Lexus is launching a new installment of its Lexus Eco Challenge, designed to empower the younger generation to partake in making the world a better place to live through technology. The auto giant is encouraging teams of American school students in grades 6–12 to submit their STEM-driven submissions that potentially can help tackle Land/Water or Air/Climate issues. The entrants will be competing for a chance to win a share of $500,000 in grants and scholarships.

Lexus teams up with designboom, a popular digital architecture and design magazine, to run its second annual competition The Lexus Design Award. Professionals, students and design enthusiasts from all across the globe are invited to take the challenge, which this year revolves around the theme of сuriosity. The two winners of the competition will be invited to develop their concepts, working side-by-side with a mentor designer.

To promote the new 2014 Lexus IS sport sedan, the brand is rolling out an interactive microsite “The Amazing Mix” that enables users to play with the content and create short custom videos using a keyboard. Visitors to the site (U.S. 18+ residents) who submit their unique compilations of sound and visual effects, have a chance to win prizes from Lexus.

Using the same technique as behind the Coca-Cola’s “Wearable movie,” Lexus has recently produced a promotional video for its new 2014 Lexus IS F SPORT out of users’ Instagram photos. To make the so-called LexusInstafilm possible, over 200 Instagramers were invited to a “WorldwideInstameet” at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. 

Lexus is launching a global brand campaign “Amazing in Motion,” which comes as reinterpretation of the brand’s dedication to technology, craftsmanship, art and design. As part of it, the auto giant presents an array of new marketing initiatives ranging from pop-up retail spaces in select global cities to a lifestyle magazine to short branded films.

Lexus infuses life into the new print, promoting the 2014 Lexus IS in the latest issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine. The automaker has collaborated with the Team One agency, which created the interactive print that is activated by scanning a QR code. Thanks to the technology, a traditional paper magazine ad comes to life, revealing three models wearing swimsuits.