Park Place Lexus Unveils The New 2013 Lexus ES

2013 Lexus ES

2013 Lexus ESPark Place Lexus recently hosted events to unveil the new 2013 Lexus ES. In addition, the festive evenings celebrated Park Place’s partnership with Wipe Out Kids Cancer in Grapevine and Children’s Medical Center in Plano.

The Jennifer Baldwin Band set the mood for the party with soulful jazz standards. Wendy Krispin provided delicious small plates and bistro bites with delectable cuisine from Royal 60 and Foodwerks.

Impossible to ignore and impossible to forget, the new Lexus ES was clearly the star of the show. This iconic model received a major facelift for 2013,  featuring its first complete body redesign since 2006. While the exterior certainly turns heads, the real excitement is in the advanced technology. Lexus has even introduced the first ever ES 350 Hybrid, delivering 40 mpg with a 200 horsepower powerplant.

Safety features are front and center with 10 airbags standard, an optional blind-spot monitor system with rear cross-traffic alert, optional lane-departure alert, pre-collision radar-based automatic obstacle detection, and Lexus Safety Connect with roadside assistance.

Standard entertainment equipment includes a Lexus premium sound system, USB/iPod connectivity, and integrated SiriusXM satellite radio. Optional add-ons include a Display Audio package that adds Bluetooth, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, automatic phone book transfer, and a rear backup camera, all accessed through a 7-inch screen. Upgrades include a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with an eight-inch display and DVD audio and video; a navigation system with voice command, and Lexus Enform with App Suite for on-the-go connectivity.

Park Place Lexus Grapevine Launches The 2013 Lexus ES
Matt Woolsey, Park Place Lexus Grapevine sales manager; Greg Nieberding, WOKC board member; Rick Ross, WOKC Golf Classic Co-Chair; Gary Venner, Park Place Lexus Grapevine general manager; and Rob Sumner, Park Place Dealerships marketing director.

Wipe Out Kids Cancer is Park Place’s Lexus Champions for Charity partner. Park Place Lexus Grapevine surprised the charity with an additional $5,000 donation at the event. The 10th annual American Airlines Wipe Out Kids Cancer Golf Classic will be held October 8 at the Tribute Golf Club in The Colony. More information at

Park Place Lexus Plano Launches The New 2013 Lexus ES
Rob Sumner, Park Place Dealerships marketing director; Shana Santoni, Director Corporate Relations & Cause Marketing, Children’s Medical Center; Lori Waggoner, Director of Development Communications, Children’s Medical Center; Chris Brunner, Park Place Lexus Plano general manager; and Catherine Mouton, Corporate Relations Coordinator, Children’s Medical Center.

Park Place Lexus Plano presented Children’s Medical Center a check for $10,000 for the Red Balloon Run & Ride, which will be held October 20 on the Children’s Medical Center at Legacy campus in Plano. More information at

Lexus iPhone Background Wallpapers!

Lexus LF-LC

Are you a Lexus fan and carry an iPhone with you wherever you go? You’re in luck! We’ve just released our first set of iPhone background wallpapers for the Lexus model line. Just pick the model you own, or the one you’re dreaming of, and show some pride every time you use your phone!

If you need instructions on how to update your iPhone wallpaper, just scroll to the bottom of this post for step by step instructions!

Lexus IS iPhone Background Wallpaper
Lexus IS

Lexus ES iPhone Background Wallpaper
Lexus ES

Lexus GS iPhone Background Wallpaper
Lexus GS

Lexus LS iPhone Background Wallpaper
Lexus LS

Lexus CT iPhone Background Wallpaper
Lexus CT

Lexus GX iPhone Background Wallpaper
Lexus GX

Lexus LX iPhone Background Wallpaper
Lexus LX

Lexus RX iPhone Background Wallpaper
Lexus RX

Lexus ISC iPhone Background Wallpaper
Lexus ISC

Lexus ISF iPhone Background Wallpaper
Lexus ISF

Lexus LFA iPhone Background Wallpaper
Lexus LFA

Lexus LF-LC
Lexus LF-LC

Instructions: Downloading And Changing Your iPhone Background

Step 1: Visit this page from your iPhone

Step 2: Press on the background that you want from the images above.

Step 3: When the image page comes up, press and hold on the image until your iPhone shows the “Save Image” button, and press it.

Step 4: Press the home button to exit your mobile browser. (That’s the circular button with the rounded square at the bottom of your iPhone)

Step 5: Navigate to your “Photos” app on your phone, and select your “Camera Roll” album.

Step6: Select the background image that you saved.

Step 7: Press on the button at the bottom left of your screen that looks like a rectangle with an arrow.

Step 8: Select “Use as Wallpaper”, press the “Set” button, and then select “Set Home Screen”

This will update your iPhone background!

The New Lexus GS Hybrid: Green And Mean

Lexus GS Hybrid

When you think about hybrid technology, you likely think of environmental responsibility, living in harmony with nature, and fewer trips to the gas station, but you probably don’t think of an exciting driving experience. What if we could change your mind?

The new 2013 Lexus GS Hybrid might make you see hybrid technology in a whole new light. With 338 horsepower and 34 miles per gallon on the highway, this is one package that truly brings the best of both worlds into one. You can do your part to help the environment and still get your blood pumping, but don’t just take our word for it. See it in action as these passengers are taken for the ride of their lives while trying to keep their heart rates under 120 beats per minute. Good luck with that. . .

To learn more about the new Lexus GS Hybrid and find out when you can get behind the wheel of one yourself, come see us at Park Place Lexus in Plano or Grapevine, TX!

Lexus Tops AOL Autos "Best Brands For Customer Service"




As you may already know, the goal that we at Park Place strive for on a daily basis is to be “Experts in Excellence.” In order to live up to that expectation we make it a point to offer top notch luxury automotive brands, provide a purchasing experience unlike any other, and continue to foster this experience with excellent service for years to come.  Keeping with that mindset, we are proud to announce that three Park Place Dealerships luxury automotive brands have made it into the top 5 of AOL Autos’ “Top Brands for Customer Service”, a special article on luxury brands and their attention to service experience.  It’s the fourth year in a row that Lexus has been the top name for for this particular study, and it is closely followed by Jaguar in the number 3 spot, with Porsche landing at number 5.

At Park Place, we know our brands represent the finest luxury cars available – and it’s evident that the brand efforts to increase quality in engineering, as well as continuing support in the training and development of our members has truly paid off.

Read more about “The Best Brands For Customer Service” at AOL Autos. Reviews 2013 Lexus ES

The long-awaited 2013 Lexus ES will be here very soon, and will be unlike any of the competition on my levels. Featuring a progressive new design and enhanced handling, the 2013 ES has been thoughtfully redesigned both inside and out. And for the first time, the Lexus ES will be available with Lexus Hybrid Drive expected to earn an EPA fuel economy rating of 40 mpg.

The new ES features a lower, progressive profile, and clean, continuous styling lines from front to rear. The interior features the next-generation Lexus Enform system which provides seamless connectivity with Bing™ search, iHeartRadio,, OpenTable, Pandora, Yelp and Facebook Places through compatible smart phones.

Under the hood, the 3.5-liter V6 engine allows the ability to impose your will on curves by putting the sedan’s lightweight design, more rigid chassis and new, more dynamic suspension system to good use. Protecting you while on the road, the ES features a segment-leading 10 airbags as standard equipment with an available Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Alert and Pre-Collision System to further aid the driver. And while the new ES is only one inch longer than the previous model, it has four additional inches of back seat leg room, allowing your passengers to travel in comfort and style.

Generations of Baird Family Enjoy Years Of Lexus Quality and Park Place Hospitality

Everyone knows that at Park Place, we work hard to enhance the ownership experience. We do this by building lasting, meaningful relationships with our clients. Last week, Park Place Lexus Grapevine Sales Consultant Troy Griffin sold long-time client Billie Baird her 4th Lexus GS. Ms. Baird took delivery of her first brand-new GS in 2002, which a few years later she passed down to her son.  The second Lexus GS was a 2006 model year, which she passed down to her son; at which time, he passed the 2002 Lexus GS to his own son. The third Lexus GS was only 2 years ago, in 2010 which Ms. Baird passed down to her son, and he passed the 2006 to his son, and the 2002 was recycled again within the family. The fourth was the 2013 Lexus GS,  and of course – the passing down continues.

A special thanks to Ms. Baird and her family for being a part of the Park Place tradition of excellence, and for making Lexus a family tradition of their own.

Park Place Lexus Plano to Build New Dealership to Keep Up With Growth of Lexus

In 1991, Park Place Dealerships opened their first Lexus store and after 15 expansions, Park Place Lexus Plano is preparing for the next chapter. The company announced today it is moving the dealership to Spring Creek Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway, approximately three and a half miles north of the current Preston Road location. The new multi-million dollar facility will open in the fall of 2013.

“We are positioning the dealership for the additional growth that will come from Lexus introducing new products over the next several years. As Collin County continues to grow, we must also be prepared to manage an expanding market,” said Ken Schnitzer, Chairman of Park Place Dealerships. “We will build a facility that is aesthetically exciting, but also extremely efficient so we can provide the best ownership experience for our clients.“

The 170,000 square foot facility will sit on 27.5 acres with five acres reserved for future development.  The new car showroom will accommodate up to 14 Lexus models in stylish, contemporary surroundings.  The interior of the facility will feature a lighter, softer palette with classic furniture that is tailored and sophisticated. Park Place Lexus will use rift oak, white marble and grey washed hardwoods.  The interior design continues with the direction set by the dealership’s exterior elements emphasizing light and transparency with a series of glass panels and dynamic curved ceilings.

The exterior will feature soft, smooth lines that invite guests into Park Place Lexus Plano.  A curved, sweeping wall that is the length of a football field features the Lexus emblem and can be seen from the northbound and southbound lanes of the Dallas North Tollway.  The feature wall starts at 35 feet on one end and rises to 50 feet at the other, framing the showroom and showcasing cars on the plaza with branded Lexus images above the fleet of cars.  The dealership will front the access road of the Dallas North Tollway with additional entry points on Spring Creek Parkway.

Park Place Lexus Plano will increase its service and make-ready bays from 68 to 119. More than 8,000 square feet will be dedicated to a dent and ding body repair as well as a tint service facility.  The service drive will encompass nearly 7,000 square feet allowing Park Place to easily provide personalized service for every client.

“After expanding the dealership 15 times over 21 years, we are simply out of space,” said Jordan Case, President of Park Place Lexus. “We started with 36 employees and have grown this store to more than 300 members today. Over the next several years, we will be adding technicians, sales associates, and service advisors among other job positions. We expect to have a 10 percent increase in jobs once the dealership opens.”

Located in Collin County, Park Place Lexus expects to see significant growth as a result of the demand for the Lexus brand as well as continued growth coming from Collin County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population in Collin County increased nearly 60% from 2000 to 2010. Eight of the 10 fastest-growing cities in North Texas are in Collin County. Historically, after Park Place has opened a new dealership, the company has seen up to a 20 percent growth in sales and service.

The architectural firm for the project is Dallas-based Good Fulton & Farrell Architects with Hill & Wilkinson handling duties as general contractor.  Emily Owens Design Group has been selected as the interior designer.  Civil engineer is Spiars Engineering.

Park Place Lexus is the only automobile dealership in the United States to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Given by the President of the United States, the award recognizes a company for performance excellence.  Park Place Lexus Plano has also received the Texas Award for Performance Excellence and the Elite of Lexus Award 20 times in its 21-year history.

Park Place Lexus Grapevine Supports Carroll Teacher Of The Year – With Members, Family and Community

For several years now, Park Place Lexus Grapevine has supported the Southlake/Carroll ISD. Every year, Park Place donates the summer use of a Lexus vehicle to the recipients of the school disctrict’s Teacher of the Year award, and generously supports  the Carroll Education Foundation.

This year, there were two Teacher of the Year honorees, one for middle school and one for high school. When presenting the two cars and the award to Mr. Mangham and Ms. Gilley, Park Place Lexus Sales Director Matt Woolsey thanked them for all their hard work and dedication to students of our community.

A former Dragon himself, and someone who grew up in Southlake, Matt chatted with the students, teachers and faculty of the Southlake/Carroll ISD.  He thought about community, his community, and just how close a connection he has to the neighborhood, the school district and this event . He commented, “I looked around the room and saw a few of my son’s teachers, several current teachers that are Park Place clients, my former principal Mr. Willingham, Mr. Lowery (former superintendent), and my fourth grade teacher Mrs. Anders.  I let them know how proud I was to be a Dragon, how proud I was to be the parent of a couple of Dragons, and how proud I am of Lance and Nichole’s service and dedication to our students.”

Nichole Gilley, teacher of the year for the 7-12 grade range, Carroll High School, is a Dragon too! And, Lance Mangham, award recipient for grades K-6, is a Duke grad, and is currently the accelerated math teacher at Durham Intermediate School (and he was actually Matt Woolsey’s son Austin’s Math teacher last year!)

Lance will be driving a 2013 GS 350 for the summer.  Nichole, a 2013 RX350.  Nichole is also a driver’s ed teacher and she said she usually drives her current teaching vehicle in June—not this June!  Lance mentioned he’s had two cars in the past 22 years, so he’s excited about this summer’s driving opportunity.

Pictured above (L-R): Nichole Gilley, Matt Woolsey, Austin Woolsey and Lance Mangham


Car Pro Show Client Drives Six Hours To Park Place Lexus

Park Place Dealerships love the Car Pro Show, and its voice of automotive reason, Mr. Jerry Reynolds.  Jerry is a friend of Park Place, and a client too. We were thrilled when we heard about a client Jerry recommended to our store – having an Outstanding Client Experience.  What made it even better – was when we learned that this client had driven SIX hours to buy a car from us – and turns out, they bought TWO:

“Wow ! ! ! ! ! what a dealership and what a staff of the most courteous, helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable employees a person could ever want to deal with. Chris, the General Manager at Lexus Plano, met us and was just plain superb. All of our options were reviewed and discussed, and the pros and cons of going in one or a couple of other buying options. Well, the deal finally suggested to us was too fantastic to refuse, and we bought 2 new Lexus ES 350s and drove them back up to northwestern Oklahoma the next day. I would recommend to anyone interested in a Lexus to make the trip and visit with the staff at Park Place Lexus before making a purchase…”

Thank you Car Pro Show, and Jerry Reynolds for again recommending Park Place as a dealership of choice, thank you to Jim and Cheryl from Woodward, Oklahoma – for choosing Park Place to buy your cars, and thank you to Chris Brunner and staff – for living up to our core conviction of providing an Outstanding Client Experience.

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2013 Lexus GS 350 Favorable with Car Seat Check

Lexus Car Seat GS 350When looking for a new car, the most common features people consider are style, power, refinement, luxury, reliability, safety, and efficiency. For parents with small children, there is another consideration: the child safety seat, and how well the car will accommodate the seat and their children. has recently evaluated the functionality of the car seat retaining systems in the new 2013 Lexus GS 350.  The review does a great job answering the questions parents might have when considering a new mid-size family sedan.