Voice puts Lexus show on the road

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - LUXURY CARS - Mark Hinch­liffe

THE voice of GPS sys­tems world­wide pro­vided a mu­si­cal note to the of­fi­cial open­ing of the For­ti­tude Val­ley show­room for Lexus of Bris­bane last Satur­day.

Karen Ja­cob­sen, of Mackay, whose voice gives di­rec­tions on satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems such as Garmin, Tom Tom, Mio and Nav­man, sang songs from her lat­est al­bum,

at the launch. ‘‘It’s so nice to know that our Aus­tralian ac­cent is liked by peo­ple around the world,’’ she says. ‘‘I get phone calls and emails from peo­ple say­ing I helped them get to a wed­ding in Dal­las or helped them find their way through the Black For­est in Ger­many.

‘‘I even had an eight-yearold write a song in my hon­our.’’

The new Lexus show­room is big enough to dis­play the en­tire Lexus range of 12 mod­els.

Gen­eral man­ager Ju­lian Ma­son says they pro­vide but­ler-like ser­vice in­clud­ing free air­port valet, golf days and or­gan­is­ing Lexus pre­mium tick­et­ing for ma­jor mu­sic and the­atri­cal per­for­mances.

The lux­ury fa­cil­i­ties also fea­ture a board­room equipped with state-of-the-art au­dio vis­ual fa­cil­i­ties, a chil­dren’s play area and cafe bar.

It is the first Lexus show­room in east­ern Aus­tralia to show­case the new global cor­po­rate im­age.

‘‘This year marks the 20th an­niver­sary of Lexus in Aus­tralia,’’ Ma­son says.

‘‘The Lexus logo is now revered in the in­dus­try as a sym­bol of the high­est ser­vice and reli­a­bil­ity.’’

The pre­vi­ous For­ti­tude Val­ley show­room, on Wick­ham St, will now house used Lexus ve­hi­cles.

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