New Lexus dealer is center of luxury

ESCONDIDO — On Dec. 1, 2009, Escondido became the home of the newest Lexus automotive dealership in San Diego County, at 1205 Auto Park Way. This new car agency’s opening brought more than a luxury automobile dealership. Lexus Escondido is, in fact, a premier destination that will house a café, complimentary Wi-Fi business center and outdoor public and private special event areas, in addition to selling and servicing new and pre-owned Lexus vehicles. Future plans include a restaurant and retail shops.
What you will find is that Lexus Escondido has been designed with the philosophy that luxury is the ability to spend your time exactly how you choose to spend it. With the luxuriously appointed architecture and furnishings that resemble a four-star resort, it is so easy to accomplish that.
Commuters on Interstate 15 will enjoy the giant digital mural screen that features artwork, seascapes, landscapes and historic landmarks from around the world. It aligns the Lexus Escondido destination with the artistic goals of the city of Escondido.
Within the three-floored structure, customers will find an outdoor fountain at the entrance designed to reflect the beautiful structure framed by palm trees. The fountain’s main water source is pumped upward from an underground well and that well water is also used for maintaining the landscaping and washing the Lexus Escondido vehicle inventory.
Inside the first level features the New and Certified Pre-Owned Lexus showrooms, sales offices and drive-in service lanes. Customers may enjoy gourmet coffees, teas, made-to-order sandwiches or snacks at the Cyber Café on 9th. The café is operated by Damon and Barbara Parker of Escondido Joe’s Café. Lexus Escondido customers can practice their swings at the golf simulator and youngsters can enjoy playing in the children’s recreation area. If you are looking for some quiet time, there is the Lexus Escondido library, complete with massage chairs.
Level two provides a display of new Lexus vehicles adorned with performance and other optional Lexus equipment, inside the Ready-To-Go showroom, which shortens the preparation times for Lexus buyers who want such optional equipment at time of purchase. Two 2,500-square-foot conference centers can be reserved for public or private use along with an outdoor plaza that overlooks the fountain. These two conference centers were designed and structurally engineered to accommodate large display items such as automobiles or small tractors for private training programs.
On level three, the views of the Escondido hills and local mountains frame the West-outdoor event area with outdoor fire tables and a capacity for more than 300 guests. This is a spectacular location for private and public parties, weddings, concerts and more. The East-outdoor area is a more intimate setting for up to 150 guests with the ability to showcase movies or live musical performances.
Also on the third level is where Lexus vehicle buyers will take delivery inside an opulent showroom next to the relaxed Lexus Learning Center where guests can discover all the features and benefits Lexus vehicles offer through videos as well as personal Product Specialists on hand to answer questions.
Coming to the hospitality area on level three, will be an elegantly appointed restaurant that can serve 150 diners, along with a flower shop and retail boutiques.
Lexus Escondido is the newest member of the Toyota Carlsbad and Lexus Carlsbad automotive family. Both agencies have been providing customers with the highest level of customer service for years. Toyota Carlsbad since 1972 has been a leader in Toyota customer satisfaction and has earned more than 20 Toyota President’s awards in the award’s inception in 1986. Lexus Carlsbad opened in 1989 and has earned the Elite of Lexus award 12 times, the most in San Diego County.
“Lexus Escondido now allows our staff to bring the highest quality of customer care to many Lexus owners that live in the areas along Interstate 15 and all of San Diego County. The convenience of the Lexus Escondido location makes it an easier commute for the Lexus sales and service customers in Rancho Santa Fe, Escondido, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch and other inland communities,” said owner Judy Jones-Cone. “And the new amenities Lexus Escondido offers allows the guests to use their time more wisely with the business center and Wi-Fi Internet access, while at the same time enjoy a quality experience.”
Seeing Lexus Escondido is worth the trip, just off Interstate 15 at the 9th Avenue/Auto Park Way exit. Operating hours for sales are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday sales hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Service department hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lexus Escondido offers an early-bird drop off, and service car pick-up can be arranged through the service department. For more information, call (760) 747-2300 or visit