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Lexus Upgrades Entry-Level Luxury With 2014 IS

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The Lexus IS 350 F Sport makes its world debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show media preview January 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Approximately 6000 members of the media from 68 countries are attending the show this year. The 2013 NAIAS opens to the public  January 19th. (credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

The Lexus IS 350 F Sport makes its world debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show media preview January 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Approximately 6000 members of the media from 68 countries are attending the show this year. The 2013 NAIAS opens to the public January 19th. (credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (AP) – Lexus is showing off the 2014 IS sport sedan, the latest version of its entry-level luxury line.

The models include the IS 250 and IS 350. They’re being unveiled Tuesday during press previews at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The IS also is offered in F SPORT models, which include enhanced suspensions, unique 18-inch wheels and other additions.

The luxury division of Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. is looking to the IS to help boost 2013 sales. Overall, Lexus sales in the U.S. rose 23 percent in 2012 from the previous year, helped by other new or refreshed models.

The IS, however, didn’t show the sales growth last year. Its sales were down about 6 percent in 2012 in the U.S. from the previous year.

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