Lexus will get rid of three models in Europe. It will focus on more promising cars

Toyota’s premium division on the old continent no longer counts on three models. Once stocks are sold out, successors will not come.

The Lexus brand was established as a premium division of Toyota in 1989, when it focused primarily on the North American market. It did not officially enter Europe until the second half of the 1990s, when it has been trying to compete with the German premium trio, whether in Japanese style or hybrid drive. Even after years, however, it has much lower sales than German competitors. In addition, it now wants to reduce its European range in response to weaker sales.

Lexus will soon get rid of its three models on European markets, the compact hatchback CT, the mid-size IS sedan and the RC coupe derived from it. While at first completely ceases production, in the case IS will not see the extensively modernized version introduced this year in Europe.

The brand has several reasons for this step. On the one hand, these are the oldest models in its portfolio. CT is already an old man produced since 2011, IS has been produced in its current third generation since 2013 and RC is only a year younger.

Maybe because of their age, all three report very low sales. CT has 2,344 registered specimens on European markets in the first eight months of the year, while the IS has only 1,101 units for the same period, which can also record the missing station wagons on offer, which Europeans love in this category. RC as a coupe then registers 422 registrations.

A similar situation is on the Czech market, where CT and IS are regularly among the least requested cars for sale. According to the statistics of the Association of Car Importers, CT reports only seven registered pieces in the first eight months, IS six and RC five.

But Lexus is clear. Behind the low sales of this trio is a change in customer preferences. “It’s a decision based on the development of our portfolio. When you look at Lexus sales in Europe and the overall market, the trend is towards an SUV. ” a spokesman for the European division of Lexus told Automotive News Europe.

Sales numbers confirm these words. The best-selling Lexus model in Europe is the UX, the smallest SUV in the brand’s offer, with 10,291 European registrations for the period January-August 2020. It is followed by the NX with 7,739 registered units and the RX with 3,474 units. That’s why it’s no wonder that it’s been talked about for a long time that In 2021, CT will replace the new SUV, located under UX.

However, the carmaker does not want to drive low sales alone. The flagship, in the form of a luxury LS sedan, has only 58 (!) Registered units in Europe this year in eight months of the year, yet the carmaker intends to continue with it. “LS is our flagship. Despite low sales, it is a model that brings a lot of innovation and is strong in building a brand, “ says a spokesman for the European brand representation. In any case, it should support sales this year a facelift of the car that subtly modified its look and improved its comfort.


Super Mario 3D All-Stars: pre-orders fly on Amazon, players crack …

After the announcement of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, the collection bringing together three of the flagship games of the saga of the mustached plumber, pre-orders jumped on Amazon. Indeed, the compilation of titles will be sold in a limited period, both in physical and in dematerialized form. The players therefore hurry to reserve the Grail Mario on Jeff Bezos’ platform. For example, the title came in second in the top sales in the United States, just behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons and overtook behemoths like The Last of Us Part 2 ou Mario Kart 8.

In the same vein, Super Mario 3D All-Stars placed seventh in the UK. The fans are therefore at the rendezvous although a named Super Mario Galaxy 2 missing… And around us? Unsurprisingly, the collection climbs to the first step of the podium of Amazon Best Sellers. Also note that Big N. and Puma have teamed up to deliver a pair of mascot-colored shoes to fans.

As a reminder, the release date of Super Mario 3 All-Stars is set for September 18, 2020. If you haven’t already done so, you can pre-order it sure Amazon in physics from € 59.99.

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These are the best-selling car models in Chile so far this year | Economy

During the month of August, and for the second consecutive month, the automotive sector achieved a reactivation of your sales compared to the months of April, May and June.

In detail, last month the commercialization of 19,037 new units of light and medium vehicles, according to official figures from the Chilean National Automotive Association (ANAC).

In accumulated terms, until the eighth month of the year, the automotive sector had sales of 133,247 new units, with a decrease of 47% compared to the same period in 2019.

Thus, so far this year, there are 10 passenger cars and SUVs that are currently the best sellers so far in 2020.

In the first category, Suzuki, Chevrolet y Kia top the list with their Baleno, Sail and Rio models, respectively.

Even Kia is in the top ten with two other models (Morning and Soluto) as well as Chevrolet (Spark GT and Prisma).

As for SUVs, the brand MG It is the one that has sold one of its models the most so far in 2020 (MG ZS).

It is followed by Toyota (Rav4) and then Nissan with the Kicks and Qashqai models.

10% withdrawal effect and other factors

The recovery of sales during August has various factors that justify it, explained the ANAC.

The first is the progressive deconfinement of certain communes after the implementation of the Government’s Step by Step program since late July.

A second factor, they indicated, “is the effort that brands have made during these months to enhance new business strategies with an emphasis on e-commerce, attractive proposals for consumers and greater safety for their vehicles ”.

As a third factor is identified “The withdrawal of 10% of funds from the AFPs, with which several consumers have decided to invest these funds in the acquisition of a vehicle, mainly as a mobility and work tool, ”said ANAC.

The automotive sector foresees that, if it continues with the progressive deconfinement and resumes the freedom of movement in more communes, the recovery of the automobile market will continue “hand in hand with the gradual return to normality in commerce and the usual operations of consumers”.


Suzuki celebrates 100 years. Czech customers will be rewarded with several benefits

The Japanese carmaker decided to celebrate the big jubilee by offering buyers six benefits for its Vitara and S-Cross SUVs completely free of charge.

Although Suzuki is celebrating 100 years of existence, the gifts will be given to the customers themselves. The carmaker has decided to offer its SUVs on the domestic market Vitara a S-Cross several attractive benefits.

As part of the birthday benefits, those looking at this pair of models can look forward to fuel worth CZK 10,000, a complete set of winter bikes (tires and discs), the first service inspection, an extended warranty of 5 years or 150,000 km, a set of mandatory equipment and a branded bonus. Suzuki financing with interest from 3.99 percent.

Suzuki models are already among the best on the market. Vitara for CZK 552,900 with all-wheel drive, for example, is the most affordable SUV with hybrid technology and ATV on the Czech market. At the same time, you can buy Vitara from CZK 469,900, the basic S-Cross is twenty thousand crowns more expensive.

At the same time, the standard equipment of both of these cars is more than decent. It includes, for example, LED headlights and automatic air conditioning. The assistance and safety elements were not forgotten either. As standard, there is an emergency braking system on board combined with automatic signaling, which is supplemented by adaptive cruise control.

If the event attracts you, do not hesitate. The special offer is valid until stocks run out and applies to cars delivered by 15 December this year.


PC deals: best discounts on Steam, Epic Games Store, GOG and more

Over the next few days the players of PC They can get hold of a multitude of discounted video games thanks to the usual offers that we can find in digital stores such as Steam, Epic Games Store y Gog. In this article we collect the most outstanding discounts including their price in Spain.

In addition to the digital platforms that we collect here, there are also promotions in digital stores from developers such as Electronic Arts or Ubisoft, but since they are so punctual, it is advisable to go directly to Origin and Uplay to check which ones are active at the time of purchase.

Then we leave you the full compilation of weekly offers on PC games on Steam, Epic Games Store and GOG.

Steam Deals

At the time of writing these lines Steam has more than 3000 video games on offerThat is why we have made a selection of all the PC games that are offered at a discount during these days. There are whole sagas that can be purchased at a reduced price, such as SteamWorld The Dead Rising, as well as the two works by the Spanish studio Mango Protocol: Agatha Knife and Mechanics.

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  • Other outstanding discounts are found in games just released: AVICII Invector, for example, has a 33% launch discount, while Cloud Gardens it is lowered almost to half of its price. You can also purchase the newly released Paradise Killer with a discount of 20%.

    Below you can see a list of the Featured offers on Steam:

    • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun by 5,99
    • Depth by 5.10
    • AVICII Invector by 13,39
    • Dead by Daylight by 7,99 (can be played for free for the next 3 days)
    • Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition by 5,37
    • Dead Rising 3 by 8,99
    • SteamWorld Heist by 3,74
    • Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince by 8,99
    • Agatha Knife by 4,19
    • Paradise Killer by 13,39
    • Cloud Gardens by 3,95
    • Go Sims 4 by 9,99 12.49 for the Digital Deluxe Edition
    • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI by 14,99
    • Heavy Rain by 15,92
    • Party Hard 2 by 11,08
    • Mass Effect: Andromeda Deluxe Edition by 11,99

    Ofertas en Epic Games Store

    In addition to give away video games every week -this is up to Into the Breach– the digital store of Epic Games It also downgrades video games from its catalog. Here are several interesting offers aimed especially at those people who have more powerful machines.

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  • For example, the newly released Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning It is reduced by 10% and The Outer Worlds, whose first DLC is now available, is available at half price. There are also discounts on games like Death Stranding or in the edit premium of Grand Theft Auto V.

    • Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning by 35,99 (until September 22)
    • Death Stranding by 44,99 (until September 23)
    • Grand Theft Auto V by 14,99 (until September 24)
    • The Outer Worlds by 29,99 (until September 24)
    • Rainbow Six Siege by 7,99 (until September 24)
    • CastleStorm 2 by 14,39 (until September 23)

    GOG offers

    In GOG You can also find good discounts on both newly released titles (Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning It also has a 10% discount here) as in works that have been on the market for more years, honoring the name of the platform. The advantage here is that the games you buy do not include DRM, which means that no internet connection necessary to run the applications.

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  • Among the featured offers we find the Ultimate Edition of Control, than includes both DLCs plus the base game, with a discount of 20% or the standard edition of Torment: Tides of Numenera for just 11.29. There is also Independent video game deals how INSIDE The Sunless Sea.

    If you hurry you can get to the discounts of Akupara Sale, a promotion that ends very soon and offers discounted titles such as Mutation, Desert Child or the just published Spinch.

    • Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning by 35,99
    • Control Ultimate Edition by 31,99
    • Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: The Complete Edition by 5
    • Torment: Tides of Numenera by 11,29
    • Star Renegades by 22,49
    • Warhammer: Chaosbane by 17,49
    • Papers, Please by 4,50
    • Crypt of the NecroDancer by 2,99
    • Sunless Sea by 6,49
    • INSIDE by 5,79
    • Cat Quest II for 10.49
    • Spinch por 8,39 (Akupara Sale)
    • Desert Child by 4,49 (Akupara Sale)
    • Mutation by 12,59 (Akupara Sale)
    • Etherborn by 8,49 (Akupara Sale)
    • The Metronomicon by 3,99 (Akupara Sale)


    PlayStation VR: a week special announcements and sales, Minecraft soon playable in VR on PS4

    Fans of PlayStation are just waiting for one thing: to know the release date and price of the PS5. Sony Interactive Entertainment still continues to beat around the bush by making other announcements, such as this week which has just been placed under the sign of PlayStation VR.

    The manufacturer gives us an appointment every day at 4:00 p.m. French time for a revelation or an announcement in connection with a title already formalized. And it is already specified thatno information about the PS5 is to be expected this week

    The festivities have started with good news for fans of Minecraft : the version VR compatible with PCs for a few years goes soon become playable with the PS VR ! PS4 gamers will soon be able to download a free update to enjoy the usual experience with a headset in Immersive mode, or simulate a playroom with sofa and TV screen in Salon Mode. For the record, it’s SkyBox Labs who is responsible for the development of this feature on PlayStation 4, since SHE agreed to the cross-platform. No release date is however mentioned for this patch.

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    And the party will continue from September 9 to 23 with special promotions for games PS VR ! There will notably be reduced prices on the titles named below, but we will get back to you with the full list.

    • Arizona Sunshine
    • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
    • Blood & Truth
    • Borderlands 2 VR
    • Everybody’s Golf VR
    • Farpoint
    • Firewall Zero Hour
    • L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files
    • Superhot VR
    • Tetris Effect
    • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

    You can always buy a Mega Pack PlayStation VR at the price of € 319.99 at

    Read also: Minecraft Live: a date and a name change for the 2020 edition of Minecon

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    The share of diesels in Europe fell below 30 percent in the first quarter

    The share of new diesel cars sold in Europe in the first quarter of this year fell below 30 percent for the first time in three decades. Due to stricter emission limits, they are being replaced by hybrids, electric cars or models using other alternative propulsion.

    The coronavirus epidemic sent the entire market down by a quarter, with hybrids and electric cars the only growing category. This is according to current data from the ACEA association.

    According to the data, alternative-powered cars recorded a year-on-year increase in sales of 46 percent to 544,000 cars in the first quarter, which is almost 18 percent of the market. The best-selling ecological category was hybrids, which European customers bought 310,308, which represents a year-on-year increase of 49 percent. This is followed by electric cars with 130,297 cars sold and plug-in hybrids, an increase of as much as 126 percent to 97,913 cars sold.

    “Hybrid propulsion is by far the most efficient and immediate solution to reducing emissions without the need for external mains charging. In other words, the hybrid offers low emissions and consumption comparable to or lower than diesel, without the need to plug it in every day like an electric car or plug-in. hybrid, “said Martin Peleška, CEO of Toyota and Lexus CR.

    Brands offering alternative-drive models better resisted the downturn in the first quarter. While the entire market declined by 25 percent, Lexus, for example, grew by 1.4 percent. Competitive premium brands Audi or Volvo, on the other hand, fell by 18 to 19 percent. Of the mainstream brands, Toyota was the most successful, down 7.3 percent. Its biggest rivals recorded double-digit sales losses during the first quarter. Volkswagen fell 24 percent, Renault 31.8 percent and Ford even 38 percent.

    The market developed similarly in the Czech Republic, where the share of diesels fell to almost 29 percent in the first six months this year. Hybrids and electric cars accounted for over six percent of sales. Hybrids were dominant in the category of battery-powered cars, among which Toyota clearly led with a share of about a third.


    Are you an SME or an entrepreneur ?: Walmart Chile launches online application to become its suppliers | Economy

    Walmart Chile -together with the Fundación Independízate- launched a call for the remote program “Fuerza Pyme”, an initiative that seeks to promote enterprises with the idea that can become suppliers of the company, reaching a wide visibility from Arica to Punta Arenas.

    Among the benefits that the program will offer are, in addition to reaching millions of people with its products in different parts of the country through its presence in supermarkets, the training and mentoring they will receive to improve their businesses.

    Thus, they stressed, “the program, which lasts approximately 8 months, includes various stages of assessment and evaluation.”

    As explained by the CEO of Walmart Chile, Gonzalo Gebara, this initiative is aligned with the company’s purpose of promoting the development of small and medium-sized suppliers and – in parallel – support the work of SMEs that have seen their undertakings compromised by the events recorded since October last year and the current health contingency.

    “Without a doubt we are going through a very complex situation, which requires everyone’s effort to overcome it. That is why at Walmart Chile we are making the necessary efforts to promote the development of small and medium suppliers. (…) We understand that small and medium-sized companies are the engine of the economy and behind them are families, ”he said.

    Actually, more than 300 SMEs are part of the company.

    The call for applications for “Power Pyme” is part of a series of initiatives that the company has promoted, such as the recent launch of the “I am Pyme” seal, a distinctive feature that makes it easy to make visible in all the company’s sales channels those products made by national entrepreneurs.

    SMEs that are interested in participating in the selection process should visit the website, where you will find all the necessary information to be part of this program and develop your abilities to the maximum.


    Due to the Pandemic, WIKA Beton Remodeled a Massive Target

    JAKARTA, KOMPAS.comPT Wijaya Karya Beton Tbk or WIKA Beton To do revision target large-scale company in the predetermined ideal year.

    Director of Finance, Human Capital and Risk Management of WIKA Beton Imam Sudiyono said, target revision performance company must be done as part of the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

    “As we all know, the Covid-19 Pandemic occurred at the beginning of the year, which had a tremendous impact on all sectors of our lives, including of course our efforts,” said Imam. Public Expose, Thursday (27/8/2020).

    Revision targets include gains new contract, sales, net profit, as well capital expenditures ( capex).

    At first, Company target gain contract new in 2020 amounting to IDR 11.4 trillion.

    However, it has been revised to Rp. 5.26 trillion for the acquisition of a contract that has just been achieved of Rp. 1.4 trillion.

    Then, sales WIKA Beton until the second quarter only reached IDR 1.8 trillion. In fact, the target to be achieved is Rp. 9.4 trillion.

    Also read: Preparing for the Capital to Move, Wika Beton Increases Capital Expenditures

    The company cut the revised sales target this year to Rp 4.9 trillion.

    Then, the net profit was corrected from the initial aim to reach IDR 561.2 billion to IDR 107 billion.

    In addition to the three indexes, the company also revised up capex amounting to Rp. 948 billion to Rp. 377.1 billion.

    As for June, several large projects that contributed to the Company’s performance were still dominated by sectors infrastructure by 71.46 percent.

    Then followed by sector projects industry amounted to 13.20 percent and the remaining from the sector energy, property, mining with respective figures of 9.97 percent, 5.11 percent, and 0.26 percent respectively.

    The major projects include, the Indrapura-Kisaran Toll, Tebing Tinggi-Parapat Toll Road, Jakarta International Stadium (JIS), New Airport Road Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA), and the Balikpapan-Samarinda toll road.

    Then, NYIA Railway, Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road, PT Eclat Textile Indonesia Factory, Kijing Pier, and Tahang Bridge.


    They extend ‘pico y cédula’ until August 31 in Barranquilla

    Barranquilla continues to advance towards a new stage in the economic reopening process. Within the framework of this process, the district mayor’s office announced that the measure of ‘peak and cedula’ with even and odd numbers is maintained for the departures that citizens must necessarily make.

    As stated by the District, the current schedule will be in effect until August 31. In addition, she recalled that the schedules for the practice of individual physical activity for adults between 18 and 69 years old are maintained: between 5:00 and 8:00 a.m. and between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

    Likewise, the district administration indicated that the restriction for the use of common spaces such as fields and games for children is maintained, despite the fact that the indicators in the city continue to register a constant improvement.

    As stated by the District, the recovery rate is close to 85% and the ICU availability is 48%, while the average positivity rate is 14.3% during the last 7 days, that is, 16, 2 percentage points below the national average (30.5%).

    “We continue to advance, but we cannot lower our guard. To the extent that this trend continues and we make gradual, safe and responsible reopening, we will recover the productive and social life of the city, ”said Mayor Jaime Pumarejo Heins.

    New pilots

    The District indicated that the Ministries of Health and the Interior authorized pilots for the practice of individual sports, as well as the operation of sports venues, gyms, cinemas and games of chance, which they will begin to review for future reopening.

    In relation to the ‘Barranquilla Deportista’ plan, the practice of individual sports, nautical, tennis and athletics is contemplated, while the opening of gyms will be done with air exchange or effective ventilation.

    The opening of sports fields and / or stages has been proposed in open spaces for the practice of permitted group sports, while the pilot of cinemas would be launched in open spaces (drive-in cinema).

    Likewise, games of chance must comply with all capacity conditions including the review of central airs, correct air circulation and HEPA filters.

    On the other hand, the national government gave endorsement to expand the pilot of restaurants, allowing their operation in terraces or closed places with air exchange or effective ventilation.

    Pumarejo indicated that the construction of a plan to reactivate the tourism sector is underway in conjunction with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and the Presidential Council for Economic Affairs.

    “We want to become pioneers in the reactivation of the tourism sector, focused on the potential of Barranquilla in the production chain of business and event tourism, in addition to attracting foreign investment with an export vocation, and thus be an example of resilience and good practices for resume the path of growth, “said the mayor.

    Restaurant pilot balance

    The district administration also delivered a positive balance on the start of the gastronomic sector pilot: the 30 restaurants registered between 40% and 80% of attendance, increased sales and a large number of reservations for this weekend.

    He also explained that they have been working hand in hand with unions, businessmen and workers from other sectors to return to work in the safest way.

    “We have been active in providing technical tools and support to the different activities and sectors in their reactivation process, through the District’s Entrepreneur Support Unit and with the validation and pedagogy visits of the biosafety protocols,” said the Secretary of Economic Development, Ricardo Plata Sarabia.