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Hybrid powers Lexus to record levels

Lexus is benefiting from strong growth in premium hybrid sales with hybrid models accounting for almost one in every three new Lexus models sold in the UK. Lexus claim that “motorists are making a considered choice to opt for the unmatched combination of lower emissions, fuel efficiency and performance offered by Lexus Hybrid Drive technology, helping push sales to record levels.”

So far this year, the RX 400h is Lexus’s best selling model in Europe, representing a 24 per cent share of European sales volumes, while in Britain 80 per cent of RX sales are of the hybrid version. The GS 450h executive sports saloon also outsells its conventionally powered sister model and the new LS 600h flagship limousine goes on sale this month with an advance order book filled for the next six months.

As well as marking important advances in the performance of hybrid models, September was an all-round record-breaking month for Lexus in the UK. The 3,381 new car sales set a new benchmark for a single month, and market share for the month was also higher than ever before, thanks to volume growth of almost 24 per cent compared to 2006.

Steve Settle, Lexus Director, said: “Lexus continues to lead the premium market and motor industry with its extensive range of hybrid power models. Our advanced technology strategy is proving its value, quality, effectiveness and reliability, helping make Lexus the first choice for an ever greater number of the most discerning and demanding motorists.”