Following the 2005 debut of the RX400h, Lexus gradually expanded its hybrid lineup by launching the first luxury hybrid sedan, the GS450h, in 2006, followed by the most powerful luxury hybrid sedan, the LS600h, in 2007. In 2009, the HS250h made its debut, followed by the first luxury hybrid compact hatchback, the CT200h, in 2011. The ES300h was launched in 2012, then the IS300h and GS300h in 2013, and then the first luxury mid-sized crossover, the NX300h, in 2014. The first luxury hybrid sports coupe, the RC300h, was launched globally at the end of 2015.
Today, Lexus sells 10 hybrid models and is the luxury brand with the widest hybrid lineup in the world.
Earlier this year, Lexus premiered its latest hybrid model, the LC500h, which features a new-generation performance hybrid technology called Multi Stage Hybrid System (MSHS). The MSHS expands further the hybrid advantages by delivering more power, greater acceleration, better traction and higher efficiency. The LC500h will go on sale in the spring of 2017.
“The hybrid drive system continues to be our core vehicle technology to help reduce CO2 emissions, while providing a pleasurable driving experience. We have set ambitious environmental goals for 2050, and hybrid popularity worldwide is extremely important if we are to achieve those goals. Today, Lexus manufactures 10 hybrid models, with more on the way. I’m pleased that over 1 million customers worldwide have put their faith into our hybrid lineup,” said Tokuo Fukuichi, president of Lexus International.
As of the end of March 2016, Lexus has sold approximately 1,000,600 hybrid vehicles in 11 years.
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