2013 Lexus GS 450h: First Drive

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Ever since Lexus launched the RX 400h hybrid SUV in 2005, gasoline-electric hybrids have been an integral part of the Lexus lineup. Cleverly combining performance, luxury and economy, they allow luxury buyers to avoid the compromises that might otherwise be associated with making a luxury vehicle more fuel efficient--like sacrificing power or

Cumulative global sales of Lexus hybrids pass half-million mark

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The RX 400h, launched in 2005, was the world’s first production full hybrid luxury SUV. Succeeded by the RX 450h in 2009, it has claimed the largest share of Lexus hybrid sales (51.2%), with 259,000 units sold through to November this year. Lexus’s second hybrid model, the GS 450h, was introduced in 2006 and was the first premium production sedan to be fitted with a rear-wheel drive full hybrid powertrain. GS 450h.

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US Hybrid Sales in February Drop 29%; Lower Decline Than General LDV Market

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The GS 450h posted 22 units, a 71.4% of all GS models. The Tahoe, Yukon and Escalade two-mode full-size SUVs posted a combined 632 units, representing 8.4% Reported sales of hybrids. Click to enlarge. Reported sales of light-duty hybrids in the US dropped 29% by volume in February year-on-year to 16,020 units. The decline in hybrids was less than the 41% decline in the overall light-duty vehicle market for the month. New hybrid sales represented 2.3%

Total Sales of Toyota and Lexus Hybrids Top 1M Mark in US

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Two months later Toyota launched the Highlander Hybrid sport utility vehicle (SUV). One year later in April 2006, the Lexus GS 450h made its debut as the world’s first front-engine, rear-wheel drive, full-hybrid performance sedan. July 2007 saw the arrival of the second-generation 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV. Spring 2009 will mark the launch of the third-generation Prius, followed by the summer arrival of the second-generation 2010 Lexus RX 450h.

Hybrid Cayenne S is Red Hot!

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Porsche first came out with the Cayenne SUV in 2002 and in 2003 they brought it to the U.S. For a 2 1/2 ton SUV, the hybridized Cayenne is reported to scream fro 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 We first told you about plans for a 2009 Porsche Cayenne hybrid nearly two years ago, and not much has been said or written about it since.

US Hybrid Sales in March 2009 Down 44% Year-on-Year; Monthly New Vehicle Market Share of 2.5%

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The GS 450h sold 42 units, a 35.4% of all GS sales. Sales of the Conventional GS models were down 64%. GM sold a total of 1,612 hybrids in March: 609 units of the Tahoe, Yukon and Escalade two-mode SUVs (7.3% Reported US sales of hybrids. Click to enlarge. US sales of hybrids in March 2009 as reported by the automakers dropped 44% by volume year-on-year to 21,433 units; that performance was worse than the total light duty vehicle market, which posted a 36.8%

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Reported US Sales of Hybrids Drop 31.2% in January; 2.3% New Vehicle Market Share

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The GS 450h sold 41 units, down 35.9% of GS models sold. Total GS sales were down 39.3% GM reported a total of 923 hybrid sales in January, including: 599 2-mode full-size SUVs (Tahoe, 299; Yukon, 168; Escalade, 132), presenting 8.0% Monthly reported sales of hybrids in the US. Click to enlarge. Reported sales of hybrids in the US in January dropped 32.2%