Mumbai, Nov 17 (PTI) Japanese auto major Toyotas luxury arm Lexus today unveiled a compact hybrid SUV, the NX 300h, which is a premium urban sports car and is expected to begin delivery from February.The NX is the fourth offering from Lexus since its entry into the domestic market this March and is pitted against the likes of the locally-assembled GLA Class from Mercedes, the Audi A6 and most models of the Tatas-run JLR.Though Lexus did not disclose the final price of the NX, which will be sold as CBUs, it indicated that it will priced around Rs 60 lakh.The luxury car maker sells three models–RX450H hybrid and the full-size LX 450d (both SUVs) as well as the hybrid sedan ES300H–all as CBUs in the country now.The Lexus NX300h will be available in two variants – the F Sport and Luxury, and caters to the lifestyle needs of young achievers, Lexus India president Akitoshi Takemura said.Company vice-president Arun Nair said the deliveries of the new car could commence from February.The NX comes with 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder engine, which produces 145 KW max power, and proffers 18.32 km a liter.Nair said they have so far set up four guest experience centres in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Gurgaon besides an equal number of after-sales centres.When asked if the company will follow the rest of the luxe players who all locally assemble most of their models, Nair answered in the negative saying that at present the focus is to establish the brand. PTI IAS BEN BEN BASadvertisement
Celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli — joined by Mario Batali, Rocco DiSpirito, Tony Fortuna, Chris Santos, and Geoffrey Zakarian — is calling upon New York City’s restaurants and diners to honor our nation’s heroes this Veterans Day through the 4th Annual Dine Out for Heroes, a benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation.The Food Network personality and executive chef of Butter Restaurant was drawn to the fundraiser for wounded veterans because of its simplicity.“Dine Out for Heroes is a great way for restaurants to honor those who’ve served while offering diners the opportunity to enjoy a great meal. I am thrilled to lead a culinary council whose goal is to raise awareness for this important initiative,” said Guarnaschelli. “November 11th is Veterans Day and if you are planning on going out to dinner choose a restaurant that is participating in Dine Out For Heroes.”Restaurants wishing to take part simply pledge to donate $1 per customer served on Veterans Day. In addition to Butter, some of this year’s participating restaurants include Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C., Beauty & Essex, Del Posto, Esca, The Lambs Club, The National Bar & Dining Rooms, Otto, The Stanton Social, T-Bar Restaurant and Lounge, and Vandal.Participating restaurants will be highlighted on the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s website, as well as by sponsor OpenTable, making it simple for diners to make reservations. Collateral materials like window clings will be provided to restaurants, a great way to entice customers — including the estimated half-million people who will visit Manhattan to watch the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade.‘Dine Out for Heroes’ is spearheaded by restaurateurs Peter and Penny Glazier, founders of Glazier Works, with Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox, founders of the New York Comedy Festival, and Bob and Lee Woodruff, co-founders of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.“I wanted to create an opportunity that would allow the restaurant industry and the community to offer support to veterans,” Penny Glazier explained.‘Dine Out for Heroes’ (#Dine4Heroes) will follow on the heels of the 11th annual Stand Up for Heroes, a collaboration between the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival that has raised more than $40 million to date to support injured service members and their families.Together, these efforts will continue to honor the sacrifice of returning veterans—especially those who have been wounded. To date, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested more than $45 million in programs supporting impacted veterans, service members and their families.Dine Out for Heroes is made possible by sponsors OpenTable, Jack Daniel’s, and Performance Food Service Metro NY.Restaurants and diners can learn more about this year’s Dine Out for Heroes by visiting BobWoodruffFoundation.org/Dine4Heroes.