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Bye-Bye Lexus HS250h, We Hardly Knew Ye – nor Cared

Lexus hybrid quietly slips into oblivion.

by on May.17, 2012

Oh, they're not building it anymore?

You might not have noticed.  Indeed, it seems pretty much everyone but the folks on the assembly line missed the fact that the Lexus HS250h went out of production back in January.

And no surprise.  Even at its launch in mid-2009 normally upbeat U.S. officials for the Toyota luxury brand were already making apologies for what was billed as the first dedicated Lexus hybrid.  It was cramped and slow, with a strangely laid-out interior that hardly supported the marketing claim that it was a high-mileage luxury car.

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Consumers all but ignored the Lexus HS250h, sales plunging to a marginal 2,864 last year, down a whopping 73% from 2010’s already anemic numbers.

Lexus allowed the HS to go gently into the automotive equivalent of that good, dark night and its departure might not have been noticed had it not been for a question posed by Inside Line.


First Look: BMW Active 5 Hybrid

German maker goes green for Tokyo.

by on Nov.30, 2011

BMW Board Member Ian Robertson introduces the new Active 5 hybrid.

Japanese automakers are virtually tripping over one another to show the public who’s the greenest manufacturer of them all.  Now, BMW is entering the fray.  The German marque, one of the few foreign brands to still have a presence at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, is giving the first public showing to the all-new BMW Active 5 Hybrid.

Bringing a hybrid into the Japanese market isn’t easy, acknowledged BMW Board Member Ian Robertson.  It is, after all, “the land that has made hybrid cars so well-known.”

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Nonetheless, the Bavarian marque is betting that it can gain traction with the new BMW Active 5 which, it proclaimed during a media preview, “is the world’s most powerful and efficient hybrid in its segment.”


First Look: 2013 Lexus GS 450h

Charging in with a more fuel-sipping, second-generation hybrid.

by on Sep.14, 2011

Lexus aimed to improve fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance with the gen-2 2013 Lexus GS 450h hybrid.

Barely a month after lifting the covers on the second-generation of its mid-luxury sedan Lexus is back and charging into the Frankfurt Motor Show with the updated 2013 Lexus GS 450h hybrid.

During a Pebble Beach preview, Toyota Motor Co. CEO Akio Toyoda underscored the importance of the Lexus GS line.  Though it might not be the luxury brand’s flagship – a space reserved for the bigger LS – the GS has been as close as it comes to the heart and soul of the Lexus division.

Designed to Impress!

The GS 350 shown last month is a fair bit sportier and more refined than the original sedan.  And the Lexus GS 450h is no different there.  But there’s been a bit of a shift in its mission.  The original hybrid put the emphasis on performance and was actually a bit quicker than the standard-issue GS sedan.  This time, Lexus is focusing on fuel-efficiency and claims the GS 450h delivers a 30% improvement over the gas-powered model.


Lexus Teases Upcoming LF-Gh Preview

More aggressive design to replace current GS hybrid.

by on Apr.05, 2011

Lexus offers a hint of what's in store when it launches the new LF-Gh Concept at the New York Auto Show.

Lexus is providing a first look at the new hybrid model it plans to introduce at the New York Auto Show, later this month – or, more precisely, a pair of teaser shots that give just a wee hint of what’s in store when Toyota’s luxury brand brings its latest gas-electric model to market.

The name, LF-Gh, we’re told, stands for Lexus Future Grand Touring Hybrid, and indications are this new model could replace the aging GS-450h hybrid that’s been around for half a decade.

What seems certain is that the maker wants to pump a little more passion into a brand that is showing some signs of trouble.  The luxury sales leader in the U.S. market for a number of years, demand has been slipping, in recent months – embarrassingly, Buick outsold Lexus during January and February – and may reflect what critics contend is the plain vanilla nature of much of the Lexus line-up.

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If the front-end close-up is any indication, this latest exercise in the Lexus L-Finesse design language is moving in a more European direction, the hockey stick-like LED driving lights clearly influenced by Audi’s latest offerings.

“Through this exercise,” says the text accompanying the two teaser shots, “the marque’s design philosophy…has been refined and evolved to include a bolder, more distinct projection of what a luxury car could become in a modern world.”


Toyota to Recall 270,000 Lexus Models for Stalling

Oh where, oh where is the vaunted quality reputation now?

by on Jul.01, 2010

A number of Lexus vehicles, including the hybrid GS 450h, are among the latest to face recalls.

Toyota Motor Corporation (7203.TO) confirmed late yesterday in Tokyo that it would recall 270,000 luxury vehicles around the world to fix an engine stalling or rough idling problem. No current models are apparently involved.

The latest quality and safety problem follows recalls earlier this year of about 8.5 million vehicles for unintended acceleration or stuck throttle problems, among other defects.

Last week Toyota informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it would that it will recall 17,000 2010 model year Lexus HS 250h vehicles in the U.S. because they violate Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 301, which limits the amount of fuel that can leak after a rear impact. (See Another Toyota Recall Coming on Lexus Hybrids) NHTSA discovered the defect first.


The beleaguered automaker, which once had an unimpeachable quality reputation, said the valvetrain of 4.6-liter V8 engines and 3.5-liter V6 engines used in the Lexus LS460, Lexus LS600h, Lexus LS600hL, Lexus GS350, Lexus GS450h, Lexus GS460 and Lexus IS350 and the Toyota Crown is making the luxury cars stall. “Contaminated material” was used during the manufacturing process.

About 270,000 vehicles are affected, 90,000 were sold in Japan and the balance overseas.