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Two LFs: Lexus concept cars

Lexus shows off the LF-Xh and the LF-A concept cars at the 2007 Tokyo auto show.

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Lexus kept its floor area at the 2007 Tokyo auto show fairly clear, letting the cars speak for themselves as it were. And the two Lexus concepts, the LF-Xh and the LF-A, certainly had a lot to say. The LF-Xh is a continuation of the trend for road-going, SUV-bodied cars that stress performance, like the BMW X6 conceptwe saw at the Frankfurt auto show earlier this year. The LF-Xh looks like a squashed RX 400h, and that squashing made it angry. Note the "h" on "Xh"--it denotes that the concept is a hybrid, using Lexus' version of Toyota's Synergy hybrid system mated to a V-6.

The Lexus LF-A concept
The Lexus LF-A concept CNET Networks

The LF-A looks even meaner, its many air scoops surrounded by sharp edges. The even sharper protrusions where side mirrors should be house rearview cameras. Lexus specifies a V-10 under the hood, so this car won't be big on fuel economy. We got a look in the cabin and noticed paddle-shifters, so we assume the LF-A would use an automatic transmission, although Lexus' press materials are quiet on that matter.