APR 28, 2017
The premium leather in Lexus interiors sets extreme measures for quality, and establishes unimaginable standards of performance.
The premium leather in our vehicles is not only unmatched in quality, but also second-to-none in durability. We test each section from every batch to the point of destruction. However busy and varied your life is, Lexus leather inspires trust and ensures a premium experience.
To ensure that our fine leather interiors can take the wear from your keys and other sharp objects we take a tungsten tip blade and place incrementally heavier weights on the leather until it fails.
We know our leather will stand the test of time, no matter how many journeys you and your family make. Resistance to abrasion is tested through repeated exposure to materials that are commonly worn, like denim.
We perform various chemical resistance tests to ensure the longevity of our leather against damage caused by spillages and materials like grease, polishing wax, engine oil, artificial sweat, calcium chloride, and alcohol.
Even quality leathers suffer from repeated exposure to direct sunlight. We ensure the premium quality of our leather by testing it in a number of ways, including recreating the challenges it is likely to meet under varied environments.
We take a section of leather, for example, and leave it in a glass box, where it is exposed to sunlight for three months. The leather is also placed in a machine that accelerates exposure to sunlight over three weeks. If discoloring or unnecessary hardening occurs, the leather is rejected.
To make sure the leather is able to withstand the effects of extreme heat, it is repeatedly exposed to high temperatures. We even test the rate at which the leather burns.
And to make sure our leather won’t crack in freezing conditions, we expose it to temperatures as low as -40°C, and select only those that remain perfect under such environments.
All in all, our premium leather undergoes over 30 tests to ensure the necessary quality is present in each and every Lexus, underlining the efforts we make to deliver consistent luxury experiences.