What is Lexus GA-L, and what difference does it make for luxury car shoppers? When luxury car models, trims, and features often read like a bowl of alphabet soup, it’s easy to write off GA-L as just another acronym. Don’t. It’s a key part of some new Lexus models available to Beverly Hills drivers at Keyes Lexus, and will eventually make its way to the entire Lexus lineup.

GA-L, in this case, stands for “Global Architecture for Luxury Vehicles.” It’s a fancy way to refer to the platform the company will be using going forward. So what’s the “platform”? It’s an approach to manufacture that standardizes many parts of a car’s construction from the nuts and bolts (literally) to design elements, key components like headlights and floor pans, and major systems like steering and suspension. The platform approach makes a single platform tremendously adaptable and allowing it to be used as the basis for multiple cars. It takes a while to develop, but once it’s done, the lessons learned and refinements applied make manufacturing faster, control costs, and help ensure quality.

The Lexus GA-L platform is already the basis of the 2017 Lexus LC 500 and Lexus LC 500h Hybrid. When the 2018 Lexus LS arrives early next year, it too will be based on the GA-L architecture. The same will be true of future Lexus models, from subsequent generations of current models like the Lexus ES, and the Lexus LF-C2 if that breathtaking convertible concept sees daylight as a production car. It’s all part of the ongoing evolution of the Lexus brand and of new Lexus cars.

Attention to detail, whether it’s the platform on which a car drives, the trademark spindle grille, the fit and finish of every component, or the attention paid to each customer by your Lexus dealer serving Beverly Hills, is a hallmark of the Lexus brand and the key to their success. To see what all those details add up to, test drive a 2017 Lexus model at Keyes Lexus, located at 5905 Van Nuys Blvd. in Van Nuys, CA.