Hello All, My parents want to buy a new Lexus IS to replace their existing 2006 IS220d. They asked me to go along with them today as they said I know more about all of the fancy technical jargon car sales use. As you all know Lexus have recently just launched the new IS range. As expected, when we arrived at Lexus Newcastle, there were several examples of their latest new model outside and three in the showroom. I think this is an example of the old fashioned art (long since dying in HUK) of selling your products, you actually have to make some effort into demonstrating and promoting them - even when they are new you have to make some effort of a promotional push - HUK watch and LEARN! Better still, I've learned that you can have (depending on what you want) a brand new factory-order Lexus IS WITHIN 8 WEEKS!!!!!!!!!! This is also from factory in Japan, where allegedly "It's no longer viable and commercially profitable to manufacture cars" (According to HUK) "Bu!!$h!t!" was the cry! Of course Lexus is not part of a large Japanese Company who also has factory in UK to protect (As long suspected, this 5 month wait for a factory order Accord is not a reflection of the truth it is merely an obstruction deliberately placed in the way of Accord sales by Honda UK Gestapo to convert people to Swindon Wagons. An age old classic example of if you can't compete fairly then cheat. Swindon an inferior product to Japan therefore the HUK Gestapo brings out the box of dirty tricks against the Accord. I wouldn't be surprised if they probably sit on an Accord factory-order for three months before actually bothering their ar$£s to send it to Japan.) This was a lead time for factory order IS 300h F-Sport. It does vary depending upon which spec you order (obviously in line with demand for that particular spec.) but the worst case lead time was three months for IS 300h in red (similar colour to Honda's Carnelion Red). We went in my car and the Lexus salesmen were raving about my Accord. I joked saying that I nearly parked around the corner in case they threw me out the forecourt. "All Japanese makes are more than welcome" however they said. Imagine having that sort of banter with a BMW Salesman. They have about as much craic and sense of humour as their cars have reliability and quality! He couldn't believe that all signs are there that HUK is just going to give up on the Accord in UK simply because they can't be bothered. Which, let's face it, is probably the truth. The saloon/Tourer market is not dead otherwise why would Mazda, Lexus, Skoda etc... be ploughing millions into it as we speak. I read an article in AutoExpress (I think it was) recently about the new Passat. The article stated that after the Golf, the Passat is VW's second most important car and they manufacture these awful pointless SUVs as well. (Another hint of Bu!!$h!t from HUK do I detect here) THERE IS NO REASON WHY ACCORD CANNOT BE SWITCHED WITH PASSAT AND Civic WITH GOLF IN THAT STATEMENT. The new IS is a fantastic car and I have to say that if the Accord does get withdrawn from the UK then my revenge will be sweet as my money will go towards another make of car on the list that has Lexus IS as a firm favourite. I would hate to leave Honda but if the UK subsidiary of the Company who should be grateful for my money and years of loyalty (and resultant third party sales no doubt) want to bully and force me into a vehicle I do not want then the voting will be with my feet me thinks.