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Lexus Discontinues The HS 250h Hybrid, Quietly

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If you were a fan of the Lexus HS 250h hybrid, you’ll be saddened to learn that fading away is exactly the fate of Lexus’ compact hybrid sedan. “It’s better to burn out, than to fade away,” once penned songwriter Neil Young, addressing the hazards of a life lived in the spotlight. Lexus has dropped the car from

2011 Lexus HS 250h

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Launched last year as the first “dedicated hybrid” from Toyota’s luxury brand, the 2011 Lexus HS 250h blends an attempt at Lexus levels of luxury with the gas mileage advantage of a hybrid-electric drivetrain. But it hasn’t done so quite as successfully as the 2011 CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback that followed it this

2011 Lexus HS 250h

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Launched last year as the first “dedicated hybrid” from Toyota’s luxury brand, the 2011 Lexus HS 250h blends an attempt at Lexus levels of luxury with the gas mileage advantage of a hybrid-electric drivetrain. But it hasn’t done so quite as successfully as the 2011 CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback that followed it this

Lexus HS 250h Hybrid Car Recalled For Potential Loose Suspension Fault

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Lexus is voluntarily recalling some of its now-discontinued HS 250h entry-level hybrid luxury sedans after it determined that incorrectly-adjusted components on the rear suspension arm could age prematurely and cause suspension failure. According to its official release, the safety recall only affects 2010 model year Lexus HS 250h cars

2012 Lexus HS 250h

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Lexus was quick to realise the potential of hybrids in its lineup, and it launched the HS 250h back in 2010, its first dedicated hybrid model, with no non-hybrid alternative. Two years on, the 2012 Lexus HS 250h tries to give consumers the best of both worlds--Lexus luxury and hybrid gas mileage. We say "tries", because the HS isn't as successful

Lexus Prices the 2010 HS 250h Starting at $34,200

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The 2010 HS 250h, Lexus’ first dedicated hybrid and the fourth offering in its lineup ( earlier post ), will carry an MSRP for the standard version of $34,200, while the Premium model will carry an MSRP of $36,970. The HS 250h has the best combined EPA mpg rating of any luxury vehicle in the US. The HS 250h utilizes Lexus’ first four-cylinder gas engine and the latest hybrid system. HS 250h has nearly zero evaporative emissions.

Toyota announces voluntary recall of certain Toyota Prius and Lexus HS 250h hybrids

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Toyota Motor Sales, USA will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 87,000 model year 2010 Toyota Prius and Lexus HS 250h vehicles. The involved vehicles are equipped with a brake pressure accumulator that may develop a fatigue crack on an internal part due to vibration. Toyota has had no reports of any accidents or injuries associated with this condition. Owners of vehicles subject to this recall will receive a notification by first class mail.

Report: Toyota to Nearly Triple Production of Lexus HS 250h Hybrid by October

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will nearly triple the production of the Lexus HS 250h hybrid ( earlier post ) by October. Sales of the HS 250h began in Japan in July. The HS 250h utilizes Lexus’ first four-cylinder gas engine and the latest hybrid system. In combination with the hybrid drive motor, the HS 250h generates 187 total system horsepower (140 kW). HS 250h has nearly zero evaporative emissions. The Nikkei reports that Toyota Motor Kyushu Inc.

2013 Lexus ES 300h: First Drive

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When Lexus rolled out its HS 250h hybrid sedan a few years ago, there was a lot of head-scratching. The HS 250h was rather cramped inside, had a powertrain that was way too noisy for a Lexus, and was rated at just 35 mpg city, 34 highway—barely better than the Camry Hybrid of the time, which we'd argue was more pleasant to drive.

Toyota Motor Kyushu Doubles Output Capacity For Hybrid Parts for HS 250h

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has doubled the output capacity for core hybrid components to 168,000 units a year to meet projected demand for parts used in the new Lexus HS 250h hybrid. The firm recently invested an undisclosed sum to launch a second line to produce the units for the Lexus HS 250h compact hybrid, rolled out on Tuesday. Nikkei. Toyota Motor Kyushu Inc.

2010 Lexus HS 250h Luxury Hybrid Not Selling As Expected

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Last summer, when we first drove the 2010 Lexus HS 250h luxury hybrid--and then did a full test drive--we were quite puzzled by it. Neither as fuel efficient as a hybrid nor as elegant and refined as other Lexus models, it seemed neither fish nor fowl. And in the end, while we appreciated its virtues, we weren't sure it particularly made sense as

Toyota USA Announces Voluntary Recall on 2010 Model-Year Prius and 2010 Lexus HS 250h Vehicles to Update ABS Software

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As part of what has become a global recall of the third-generation Prius, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA Inc, will conduct a voluntary safety recall on approximately 133,000 2010 Model Year Prius vehicles and 14,500 Lexus Division 2010 HS 250h vehicles to update software in the vehicle’s anti-lock brake system (ABS). The production change for the HS 250h is planned for later this month. The ABS system on the Lexus HS 250h is similar in design to the Prius.

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Lexus HS 250h Extends Electrification of Drivetrain to Transmission Fluid Pump

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The hybrid transaxle in the upcoming Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedan ( earlier post ) will use an electric transmission oil pump in place of a mechanical pump, further shifting ancillary loads from mechanical to electrical propulsion, according to Toyota. The HS 250h refinement follows close on the heels of the release of the 2010 Prius, which uses an electric engine coolant pump.

How To Get 85 MPG In a 2010 Lexus HS 250h Hybrid: Go Downhill

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miles per gallon in the new 2010 Lexus HS 250h, the You have to give corporate PR guys some credit when they publish an article on the astoundingly high mileage their car got in a road test, and then dismiss the whole thing as "silly and totally unscientific." That's what Lexus magazine auto editor Clark Heideger did. When a coworker got 47.4

2013 Lexus CT 200h

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It's the only compact car from the luxury brand, now that it has quietly killed the disappointing HS 250h hybrid sedan after three years on the market and very few sales. The 2013 Lexus CT 200h may be in its third model year now, but it remains the only occupant of its particular niche: the luxury compact hybrid hatchback.

Recall Alert: Avoid Limp Home Mode

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In June they had a Prius recall (along with one for the similar Lexus HS 250h) for potential braking issues. When you’re the world’s largest hybrid manufacturer, things can sometimes go wrong.

2013 Lexus ES 300h

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After the unconvincing HS 250h, Lexus is fitting a new base hybrid sedan to its lineup. The 2013 Lexus ES 300h is a much more convincing proposition. For a start, it shares Lexus' strong new design language with other recent arrivals, like the Lexus GS and LS-series models. That gives the ES a sharp profile, uniquely Japanese but no longer bland

2012 Lexus CT 200h F-Sport Drive Report

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With the demise of the HS 250h, the CT now holds the fort at Lexus as far as compact It's not every day you get to push a car to its limits on a circuit, so when the chance presents itself it's something to be relished. Even if that car proudly displays a hybrid badge on the side, as you'll find on the flanks of the 2012 Lexus CT 200h F-Sport.

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid EPA-Rated at 41 mpg City/36 mpg Highway; Most Fuel Efficient Luxury Sedan in US

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It tops its nearest competitor—the 2010 Lexus HS 250h—by 6 mpg. It also trumps the Lexus HS 250h with room for one more passenger and more standard luxury and segment-exclusive safety features, Ford notes. The pure electric mode on the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid extends to 47 mph (76 km/h) compared with the Lexus HS 250h battery-only mode, which reaches 25 mph (40 km/h).

Report: Toyota to Introduce New Medium-Sized Hybrid, the SAI

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The SAI reportedly will have the same basic structure as the recently introduced Lexus HS 250h, but with different exterior and interior designs. The SAI price is expected to fall between that of the Prius and the HS 250h. Kyodo News reports that Toyota Motor Corp. will introduce within this year a new medium-sized hybrid sedan, the SAI.

Lincoln to Price MKZ Hybrid at Parity with Gasoline Model

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As a comparison, the 2011 Lexus HS 250h Standard—which Ford uses as the MKZ Hybrid’s closest competition— carries an MSRP of $35,100; the premium model for 2011 carries an MSRP of $37,870. The 2011 HS 250h models go on sale this fall as well. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid delivers a 41 mpg fuel economy rating in the city, topping the 2010 Lexus HS 250h by 6 mpg.

GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy 2011 Nominee: Lexus CT 200h

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And after the underwhelming HS 250h sedan, it's one we didn't have high hopes for. It's the nominee we know the least about, and in some ways the one we're most curious about. The 2011 Lexus CT 200h is a non-traditional car for Lexus, which has never before offered a compact hatchback. That was before our Bengt Halvorson drove the car last month

RECALL: 2010 Toyota Prius, Lexus HS250h For ABS Software Update

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As expected, Toyota has announced a recall for its 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Lexus HS 250h models to update the anti-lock braking system (ABS) software. The new software improves the response time of the anti-lock system and alters its sensitivity to tire slippage. The update is intended to reduce inconsistencies in brake feel that many owners

Car and Driver Names Ford Fusion Hybrid one of 10 Best

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Just two weeks ago, the Fusion was awarded Motor Trend's golden calipers as the 2010 Car of the Year, beating out the Honda Insight, the Lexus HS 250h, and the Toyota Prius, among numerous others. Ford might need to upsize their trophy case for all the awards the new Fusion is winning. Now Car and Driver has followed suit, recognizing the Fusion

Toyota Hybrids Blocked From U.S. Due to Patent Issues?

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Seemingly every hybrid model developed by the company fares well including the newly releases Lexus HS 250h. With sales of Toyota hybrids booming in its home country and elsewhere across the globe, Toyota leads the competition in the hybrid market. So what could hold Toyota back in this hybrid race? Patent infringements

Lexus has sold more than 1M hybrids

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In 2009, the HS 250h, followed by the first luxury hybrid compact, the CT 200h, in 2011. Lexus International announced it has sold more than 1 million hybrid vehicles worldwide since the RX 400h went on sale in April 2005. As of the end of March 2016, Lexus had sold approximately 1,000,600 hybrid vehicles in 11 years. The hybrid drive system continues to be our core vehicle technology to help reduce CO 2 emissions, while providing a pleasurable driving experience.

Third-Gen Toyota Prius Ride & Drive, Day 1: First Impression

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Last month, I drove the Lexus HS 250h for one week, and this week, I'm test driving the third-gen Toyota Prius. When I sat inside, my first thought was: boy, I wish they had given me the Prius first, then the Lexus. Not that the Prius isn't a great little car. It's just not a luxury car. I had driven the third-gen Prius at a ride and

Cumulative global sales of Lexus hybrids pass half-million mark

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The HS 250h saloon was Lexus’s first hybrid-only model, launched in Japan and North America in 2009, since when sales have reached close to 56,000 units. HS 250h. From the sale of the first RX 400h in 2005 through to the end of November this year, Lexus has sold more than 506,000 of its hybrid vehicles. In 2005, 26,000 Lexus hybrids were sold; by 30 November this year the annual total was at 113,000. Today, hybrids account for about 25% of all Lexus sales.

Report: Lexus HS Hybrid Pulls in 1,500 Preorders in Japan

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has received about 1,500 preorders for its Lexus HS hybrid car ( earlier post ) in Japan, roughly three times more than the firm’s monthly sales target. Given this, some eager customers may switch their existing orders to the Lexus HS. The 2010 Lexus HS 250h will be available in the US later this summer. The Nikkei reports that Toyota Motor Corp.

Audi Sets US Pricing for 2010 MY A3 TDI Clean Diesel; Arrives in Showrooms in Late November 2009

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Audi notes that the Lexus HS 250h offers similar combined fuel economy with hybrid technology (EPA estimated 35/34 mpg US city/highway) but not the highway mileage range. The standard version HS 250h will have an MSRP of $34,200, while the Premium model will carry an MSRP of $36,970. Audi announced pricing for the 2010 A3 TDI, its second US clean diesel offering launched this year.

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

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Late summer of 2009 will see the launch of the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, the world’s first dedicated luxury hybrid vehicle. The HS 250h will be Lexus’ fourth hybrid and the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its lineup Total combined Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicle sales in the US have topped the one million mark, according to Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA. Overall, cumulative worldwide sales of Toyota and Lexus hybrids have exceeded 1.7

Report: Toyota Targeting Production of Approximately 1M Hybrids In 2011, About 2x 2009 Level

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Toyota currently sells more than 10 hybrids, including dedicated models such as the Prius, Sai and Lexus HS 250h. The Nikkei reported that Toyota Motor Corp. plans to double its global production of hybrid vehicles from the 2009 level to 1 million units in 2011. The automaker recently notified parts suppliers that it intends to roll out about 800,000 hybrids domestically in 2010, with the figure to be raised to around 900,000 in 2011 and roughly 1.1 million in 2012.

Toyota Receives About 14,000 Orders for the New Sai Hybrid in One Month

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The Sai, based on the platform also used for the Lexus HS 250h ( earlier post ), is planned to go on sale in Japan on 7 December. Kyodo. Toyota Motor Corp. has received about 14,000 orders for its new Sai hybrid-only luxury compact sedan, one month after its introduction. Earlier post.) The monthly sales target for Japan is 3,000 units. The new platform was developed for medium/compact vehicles. The Sai features a 2.4

Ford Introduces 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid; Projected 41 mpg City

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Ford notes that the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’s projected fuel economy tops its nearest competitor—the 2010 Lexus HS 250h—by 6 mpg, while providing room for one more passenger and more standard luxury and segment-exclusive safety features. The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Click to enlarge. Ford’s Lincoln brand revealed its first hybrid—the new mid-size 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid—during the press preview to the New York International Auto Show.

Geneva Yields A Hybrid Crossover

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Lexus prefers to call it the first and only premium compact hybrid (not to be confused with their HS 250h which Lexus points out is the world’s first dedicated luxury hybrid). The Geneva, Switzerland Auto Show turned 80 this year and as expected, the theme was green.

On Sale Now: Hybrid Buying Guide

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Here is one page , reviewing the 2010 Lexus HS 250h. Few would question that the Internet is an amazing tool and resource for learning more about nearly every imaginable topic.

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2012 Lexus CT 200h Review

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The sedan draws technology from both the Lexus HS 250h and Toyota Prius. Review: 2012 Lexus CT 200h. The Lexus CT 200h is in a class by itself, literally.

Toyota Unveils Sai Compact Luxury Hybrid in Japan

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Toyota has unveiled the Sai compact luxury hybrid sedan in Japan ( earlier post ); the vehicle, based on the platform used for the Lexus HS 250h ( earlier post ), is planned to go on sale in Japan on 7 December. The SAI G package. Click to enlarge. The new platform was developed for medium/compact vehicles. The monthly sales target for Japan is 3,000 units. The Sai features a 2.4

Hybrid Cayenne S is Red Hot!

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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.

Lexus Will Bring CT 200h Premium Compact Hybrid To US Market in Early 2011

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The new CT 200h debuted at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show in early March and will join the HS 250h as Lexus’ second dedicated hybrid. CT 200h powertrain. Click to enlarge.