The story of the Lexus LS has been told many times on this website. The previous generation model was considered soft, smooth, and quiet – everything I hoped for in a flagship sedan. This was a standard in which was born from Cadillacs, Lincolns, and Imperials in the 1960s. The two LS 460s I had worked with exemplified what I expected from a car of its stature and elegance.
There was a time when the future of the automobile was exhibited to the public as a "concept." A concept vehicle was truly a vision of the future for which a few components would be present in new models within a few years later. Others were just straight out of science fiction with none of the concept's ideas brought to market at all.
I know that you cringe over hybrid gas-electric driven automobiles. It is easy to blame Toyota and the popular acceptance of the Prius during its second generation. That particular vehicle was the darling of Hollywood at the time. How many of your favorite celebrities owned a second-generation Prius?