PASADENA, CA – Compared with the LS and ES, the IS has never been much of a performer for Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus luxury division. The entry sport sedan at its peak sold 22,486 units (2001) and this year is dying a slow, painful death, with just 2,617 units moved in the first six months. Next to the mighty BMW 3-Series, which tallied 48,953 units in the same period, the IS has been a resounding dud. Nevertheless, company officials say it brought a younger demographic into the brand, ...

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