NFSC Car: 2004 Lexus IS300
The Lexus IS is a series of entry-level luxury cars / compact executive cars produced by the Lexus marque of Toyota Motor Corporation. The IS was introduced as an entry-level model slotted below the ES in the Lexus lineup and competing against the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Nissan Skyline/Infiniti G35 sports sedans. It was originally sold as the Toyota Altezza in Japan until the introduction of the second generation design. Its 2JZ-GE inline-6 engine generates 220 PS JIS (162 kW)or 215 hp SAE (160 kW) and 218 ft/lb of torque that is mated to a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The "IS" stands for "Intelligent Sport". The first generation Altezza (codename XE10) was launched in Japan in October 1998, while the Lexus IS 200 made its debut in Europe in 1999 and the IS 300 in North America in 2000 (as a 2001 model).