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April 13, 2016updated 09 Apr 2021 9:56am

Lexus sells millionth hybrid

Lexus announced it had sold over a million hybrid vehicles since launching the RX400h SUV in 2005.

Lexus announced it had sold over a million hybrid vehicles since launching the RX400h SUV in 2005.

The nominated milestone car was an NX300h delivered in Milan, Italy, by Alain Uyttenhoven, head of Lexus Europe.

“The hybrid drive system continues to be our core vehicle technology to help reduce CO2 emissions, while providing a pleasurable driving experience,” Lexus International president Tokuo Fukuichi said. “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 over 1m customers worldwide have put their faith into our hybrid line-up.”

Lexus expanded its hybrid range with the 2006 launch of the GS 450h.

The RX is most popular Lexus hybrid with 335,000 sold, followed by the CT (267,000), ES (118,000), HS (67,000) and NX (63,000).

In 2007 the brand unveiled the LS600h followed by the HS250h in 2009 and the CT200h, in 2011.

The ES300h sedan launched in 2012, ahead of the IS300h and GS300h in 2013 and the NX300h, in 2014.

Lexus offers the widest line-up of hybrid vehicles in the luxury market.

Earlier this year the brand unveiled its latest hybrid, the LC500h coupe, which features a new generation performance hybrid technology known as the Multi Stage Hybrid System (MSHS).

The MSHS expands further hybrid advantages by delivering more power, greater acceleration and traction and higher efficiency.

It will be launched worldwide next year.

Lexus UK said the country was “well-established as one of Lexus’s strongest European markets” and from the introduction of the RX 400h here in 2005 up to the end of 2015, 65,246 hybrids had been sold.

Lexus Australia said it had sold 17,173 hybrid models since 2006.

Lexus data shows North America is the biggest hybrid market,with 345,500 sales to date, followed by Europe (237,500), Japan (225,000) and China/Hong Kong (97,000).

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