The redesigned LS interior received upgraded features, varying from dual-zone climate controls to rear cupholders. Design patents were filed at the Japan Patent Office on October 14, under registration number , using a prototype. Part of the concern was due to the fact that the Lexus nameplate lacked the heritage and brand recognition of German rivals such as Mercedes-Benz. Retrieved 24 February Further information: Tahara plant. Power's long-term Vehicle Dependability Study, the Lexus LS has been the most reliable car for fifteen consecutive years,    the most for any manufacturer,    and Consumer Reports has ranked the sedan as the most reliable vehicle tested. Archived from the original on 24 May
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Available luxury options included a Nakamichi premium sound system and an integrated cellular telephone with hands-free capabilities. The substantial update incorporates the new Lexus corporate fascia, comprising the "spindle" grill and consequently sees the fitment of a redesigned hood, reshaped front fenders and headlamps, plus a new bumper. Archived from the original on 24 May The available Advanced Safety Package will introduce Lexus CoDrive, which will help actively steer the vehicle should it detect a pedestrian.