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The myLexus app is here to make lives easier

It will give customers the ability to remotely browse cars and schedule servicing

Lexus now has a slick smartphone app for its customers. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Lexus vehicles offer the best from Toyota with exciting designs, luxurious interiors, and performance and ride comfort worthy of the premium they command over mainstream cars. But there’s one thing that the brand lacked for its Philippine customers: a mobile app.

Following in the footsteps of Toyota Motor Philippines which launched a smartphone app a few months back, the Japanese luxury marque also has released its own application called myLexus.

It works in very much the same way as the myToyota app. SCREENSHOTS FROM LEXUS

In a nutshell, the app functions similarly to the myToyota software. Once your vehicle is enrolled, you’ll be able to schedule repairs and be notified of your maintenance timeline. You can also check its repair status, service history, and warranty coverage.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking to buy (or browse) through the brand’s catalog, you can head on to the “Showroom” tab. Here, you can read up and explore the many different models on offer. There, you’ll be able to build the vehicle to your liking, compare it to the other Lexus products, view the brochure, and book a test drive from the app. Once ready, you’ll be able to calculate your payments.

We long for the day we could use this screen to add a vehicle. SCREENSHOTS FROM LEXUS

Other functions include viewing certified used vehicles, going on a virtual 360° tour of select models, calling for emergency roadside assistance, reading up about Lexus, and receiving notifications about special offers, promotions, events and product launches.

But for now, we'll be content with browsing the brochure. SCREENSHOTS FROM LEXUS

From a user standpoint, it feels like a sleek reskin of the myToyota app. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since the application works relatively well for what it offers. Just like Toyota’s software, some of the features link directly to the Lexus website.

It doesn’t seem to have the same options to select accessories and to add a vehicle to the virtual cart. And because I can’t get a Lexus car to magically appear in my garage, I wasn’t able to test the “My Vehicles” section. But expect it to function similarly as the myToyota app.

Or figuring out how to legally get a Lexus car for less. SCREENSHOTS FROM LEXUS

Like with most smartphone apps, more features will be added and bugs will be fixed in the future. The myLexus app is in line with the hospitality the brand offers by allowing customers to connect with it wherever they may be. If you ask us, more automakers in the Philippines should follow suit as apps seem to be the future of sales and after-sales services.

You can download the myLexus app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.