LEXUS HYBRID CARS

Toyota’s Lexus hybrid in 2009

1 July, 2007

BY OUR AUTOMOBILE CORRESPONDENT

Japanese car major Toyota Motor Corp is planning its first dedicated hybrid model for its Lexus luxury line. Reports said that the launch would happen in 2009.

The model is expected to be the cheapest hybrid under the Lexus brand. The hybrid derivatives account for more than 70 per cent of the brand's sales in the UK, Lexus' biggest market in Europe. The new Lexus hybrid would be sold in Japan and Europe, said the report. Toyota is also planning another dedicated hybrid car by 2009 after the international success of the Prius.

With hybrids high on the agenda, Toyota has said it wants to double the number of hybrid models it offers from the current seven to help it reach a goal of selling one million units of the fuel-efficient vehicles annually, soon after 2010.

The company’s earlier Lexus LS 460 had come equipped with an all-new 4.6L V-8 engine that is coupled to the world's first 8-speed automatic transmission. It, in fact, charmed the enthusiasts with an all-new chassis and a reconfigured multilink suspension. Among the various features, the car’s next-generation vehicle dynamics integrated management system, real time traffic updates on the navigation system, intelligent park assist, power parking brake that has hill-holder/stop-light anti-rollback feature and HVAC system that monitors both cabin and body temperature, did really mesmerize.

The company’s first dedicated hybrid model in its Lexus luxury line, which would be unveiled in two years time, is expected to be even better. Automobile enthusiasts are waiting.

 

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