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We know the all-new Lexus IS will be debuting at the Detroit Auto Show, but what else should we expect? Well, if the last few Lexus models I've driven (GS, LS) are any indicator, I expect it to be pretty good.
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Egad! Not a fan of the design
 
That's not the final design. It's just the LF-CC concept... that said, if you don't like the concept, you probably won't like the production model either.
 
I think it's beautiful.  What I'd like to know, is when Lexus and other manufacturers will go back to using paddle shifters which can upshift AND downshift on both sides of the steering wheel.  My 2004 IS300 has it.  But since that design, they've gone to "+" on one side, and "-" on the other--unnecessarily limiting functionality.  To me, if someone can't figure out that a paddle can up and downshift, then they're not likely to use paddle shifters anyway.

That's my gripe and I'm sticking to it.  Thanks for listening.
 
+David F. Schwartz A proper sports car should come with a manual gearbox, right? :)

Seriously, I dig where you're coming from. But, if they made that change, then just as many people would complain about not having separate paddles and still others would complain even more loudly that they got the pull-upshift, push-downshift orientation wrong. (Which is why I, personally, hate Porsche's PDK. The shift buttons are oriented the wrong way and I always end up upshifting when I mean to upshift.)

When you're an automaker, it's sort of a lose-lose situation anytime you change something fundamental like that. So, they just make the change that will make the most drivers happy and hope that everyone else just gets used to it.
 
I'm a big fan of manual transmissions. Unfortunately they seem to be a dying breed. Then again those cars are not in my financial league anyway.
 
Agree completely on the Porsche PDK.  When you're accelerating, you're being pulled away from the wheel.  Upshifts should pull "up" on the shifter.

To me, nothing is better than paddle shifters.  They're quicker, low effort, and your hands stay on the wheel.  It doesn't get any more efficient than that.  I know that's not the purists' view, but they make the traditional stick seem like primitive technology--to me, anyway.  No offense to the purists out there.

Reverse the Porsche PDK operation, slap that on a Lexus, and I would finally give up my '04 IS300.  From your google+ to some Lexus engineer's ears.  ;-)
 
I'm not sure its a purist point of view, not for me anyway. I just like the involvement and the mechanical nature of a manual. In my mind I'm a racer with a manual even if its in a civic Si :-) 
 
+David F. Schwartz I hear you. Although I prefer I good manual, I only really roll my eyes at paddle shifters when I see them paired with a CVT on something like a Nissan Rogue or on other anti-performance vehicles. Just stop it, automakers. You're not fooling anyone.

So while we're designing the next Lexus shifting method, are you a "paddles rotate with the wheel" or a "paddles fixed to the steering column" sort of guy?
 
Rotate with the wheel.... so you can shift and turn with one hand while you're texting with the other.  ;-)
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