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Lexus minibus spotted in Singapore

By SYF77 on 18 Sep 2011

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I was driving along Serangoon Road one day, after offering prayers at the famous “Si Ma Lu” Guanyin temple. I would not usually pay attention to a minibus, which is often deployed to ferry small groups of tourist. However, this particular one caught my attention at a traffic junction because it spotted a Lexus logo. Throughout the brand’s short history since 1989, I did not recall Lexus producing any minibus. A check on Wikipedia confirmed my understanding.

Although the Lexus minibus is not authentic, credit has to be given when it is due. The minibus seemed very well maintained. The rims are shiny and the paintwork is nothing less than perfect. It even has a pair of modern-looking clear taillight covers. Such an automobile certainly would not shame the Lexus brand. Hmm… I am wondering if it comes with Ottoman seats to pamper the occupants (just kidding).

There are other examples of modified cars, which are made to look more posh than they actually are. One shining example is the Toyota Harrier, which is often dressed up as a Lexus RX300 in Singapore. This trend is not new. About 20 years ago, quite a number of Mercedes W124 sedans are modified to adopt the look of the E-Class “Masterpiece”. I guess some behavior never change with time.

Mercedes W124 sedan

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Tinydog Sep 18 2011 12:31 PM
Nothing new. Have seen Lexus wannabe bus, vans, suv many times before
ER-3682 Sep 18 2011 12:56 PM
just buys the "Lexus" badge stick on it will do the job.
Lordmazex Sep 19 2011 09:21 AM
including a blue "lexus" vios.loud exhaust,blue coloured..dark tinted windows..
TMCTR Sep 19 2011 03:44 PM
If only SG allow those as MPVs. No need to fret over max. pax. unimpressed.gif
Amuroboy Sep 21 2011 09:24 AM
Toyota hiace club!
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