Since the beginning of this September, new cars registered in Britain have been sporting the number ‘64’ on their licence plate.
These two numbers that you see on current plates are present to identify the age of the car.
The new ‘64’ plate replaces the ‘14’ plate, which was used between the 1st March and 31st August this year.
Having the latest number on your licence plate adds appeal as it lets everyone know your car is brand new.
Having a more recent number plate is also beneficial because you can sell your car for more money when that time comes. After all, the number on the plate is a clear identifier of the vehicle’s age. You can reap this benefit more if you invest soon after the latest switchover.
All these benefits apply if you choose to invest in a new Lexus. With Lexus offering a varied range of practical and frugal premium cars, choosing one of these now with the new numberplate is a real appetiser. Here are just a few examples of some great new Lexus cars worth buying with the new ‘64’ plate.
Lexus CT 200h
The Lexus CT 200h is a very luxurious choice among the line-up of family hatchbacks on sale now.
Inside the interior is well built, filled with high-quality and comfortable materials and it should certainly prove sturdy during any holiday or other long-distance journeys.
Each specification in the Lexus CT range uses a hybrid powertrain, meaning plenty of miles can be covered in between fuel stops and running costs are kept low compared to rivals.
The CT hybrid combines a 1.8-litre petrol engine with an electric motor. The result is a total power output of 134bhp and CO2 emissions of just 94g/km. The official combined fuel economy meanwhile is an impressive 78.5mpg in its most efficient ‘S’ trim form. The very low CO2 emission output means owners benefit from free Vehicle Excise Duty.
The lengthy standard kit list features climate control, a radio/CD player, alloy wheels and front and rear electric windows. Pricing for the CT 200h starts at £20,995.
Lexus IS 300h
The Lexus IS 300h made its debut at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, where it caused a storm amongst motoring fans with its unprecedented efficiency.
Powered by a hybrid powertrain that pairs a 2.5-litre petrol engine with a battery-charged electric motor, the IS 300h can deliver a total power output of 217bhp, with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.
Elbowing its way straight into the competitive executive saloon class, the IS 300h features angular styling, with a long and narrow profile that makes the best use of its mix of angles, sweeps and lines.
Inside, the cabin features a stepped dashboard with a central display screen, plus various satin silver touches and cars fitted with satnav also feature a neat joystick control to move the cursor around the screen.
It’s a dynamic drive too, with rear-wheel drive and a smooth acceleration courtesy of its high-tech power units and automatic Electronic-Continuously Variable Transmission.
The entry-level SE trim is the pick of the bunch for engine frugality, with a combined fuel economy of 65.7mpg, while the 99g/km CO2 emissions make the model road tax-free.
Drivers can also modify the car's performance by switching between three different drive modes, including all-electric EV running, with the petrol engine turned off.
Eco offers for optimum fuel efficiency, while Sport mode increases throttle responsiveness and alters the steering for a sportier feeling on the road.
Boot space is a decent 450 litres, and F Sport models receive upgraded suspension and damping for extra road-holding ability.
With prices starting at £29,495, the IS 300h is competitively priced amongst the executive saloon market and also makes a compelling offer for company drivers.
Lexus NX 300h
Ahead of its release this month, Lexus has claimed that the new NX 300h crossover will be the most driver-friendly model the marque has produced to date.
The new model will feature not only a state of the art hybrid engine, advanced safety and handling systems, but also an array of technological features designed to make the driving experience as enjoyable as possible.
A host of new technologies are present, including a wireless charging tray for mobile phones and panoramic view monitor.
A touchpad infotainment interface and a premium surround sound system, designed with renowned audio specialist Mark Levinson, are also included.
Passengers will be able to recharge their mobile phones and other compatible electronic devices by simply placing them in a charging tray located between the front two seats.
The tray comes as standard with the F Sport and Premier trims and is available as an optional upgrade on the NX 300h Luxury.
A dedicated engine control unit (ECU) mounted behind the C-pillar constantly monitors input from four interconnected cameras located on the front grille, door mirrors and rear trim.
Images are then processed by the ECU and relayed to the drivers audio and navigation display monitor in a range of seven sequences. This allows the driver a birds-eye view of the car and with this they can check its surroundings before moving off.
Remote Touch interface control has been revised and updated for the launch of the NX 300h incorporating a new touchpad on the centre console.
Prices for the NX-300h start at £29,495; with orders are being taken now and deliveries beginning in October.