2010 Lexus HS 250h: the all new, all Lexus, all hybrid vehicle delivers new
luxury and sustainable innovation

    
    -  The World's First Hybrid-only Luxury Vehicle Achieves Combined Fuel
       Consumption of 5.7L/100km
    -  Standard Supplemental Restraint System with Class-Leading 10 Airbags
    -  30% of Interior Trim and Trunk Use Sustainable Ecological Plastics
    

TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - There are moments of joy, moments of exhilaration and moments of inner calm... and then there are defining moments that change everything. The 2010 Lexus HS 250h is all new, all Lexus and all hybrid.

With the introduction of the world's first dedicated luxury hybrid, the 2010 HS 250h, Lexus brings attainable, sustainable luxury to Canadian luxury consumers. In the process, the brand also elevates luxury transportation with advanced engineering and intuitive, driver-inspired design that offers excellent roominess and nimble manoeuvrability.

"Our research tells us that more than 60 per cent of those shopping in the entry luxury segment have been looking for a hybrid-powered option, and starting under $40,000, the 2010 Lexus HS 250h is the vehicle for these Canadians," said Larry Hutchinson, Director of Lexus in Canada. "We're confident that as the HS 250h becomes the fourth hybrid in our line up, Canadians who want the ultimate in luxury motoring with a smaller footprint will continue to turn to Lexus for the most proven hybrid systems and the greatest choice of luxury hybrid vehicles."

Designers and engineers took the opportunity to create a truly unique luxury car that maximizes fuel economy while further shrinking its impact on the planet by using ecologically advanced materials, cleverly packaging components and eliminating waste where possible. Outstanding fuel economy is the inevitable result.

The HS 250 achieves an estimated combined fuel consumption rating of just 5.7 litres per 100km (5.6 / 5.9 L/100km, city/highway), and a Tier 2 Bin 3 emissions rating. The HS 250h delivers 54 per cent better city fuel efficiency compared to the average entry luxury vehicle.

The HS 250h makes driving more efficient, without compromise to the premium quality, performance and luxury expected from a Lexus. Features standard to all models include the following:

    
    -  30 per cent of the combined interior and trunk are covered in
       Ecological Plastic;
    -  a choice of 4 driving modes: Normal, Power, Eco and EV;
    -  a class-leading 10 airbags and active front headrests with whiplash
       protection;
    -  dual-zone automatic climate control;
    -  electroluminescent instrumentation;
    -  the first Lexus Hybrid Drive built around a gas four-cylinder engine,
       developing 187 net hp;
    -  keyless entry with the Lexus smart key system with push-button start;
    -  LED brake lamps;
    -  a power moon roof;
    -  a full suite of Lexus handling and braking technologies, including
       Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Hill-start
       Assist Control (HAC), and more.

    The Lexus HS 250h Premium model, with a manufacturer's suggested retail
price starting at $39,900, is loaded with luxury comfort and convenience
features, including leather seats with 8-way power adjustable driver and front
passenger seats, an audio system featuring integrated XM Satellite Radio and
USB audio connectivity and distinctive 17" aluminum alloy wheels.

    Optional on the Premium model:

    -  The Lexus HS 250h Premium Sport package, with a manufacturer's
       suggested retail price starting at $41,400, enhances this unique
       hybrid sedan with a sport-tuned suspension, 18" aluminum alloy wheels,
       heated seats, sport pedals, a wallet-sized smart card key, and
       illuminated scuff plates.
    

The Lexus HS 250h Ultra Premium model, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price starting at $48,750, delivers the full potential of hybrid-power in an entry luxury sedan, with heated and ventilated seats covered in premium leather and equipped with the Lexus driver seat memory system, the intuitive Remote Touch navigation tool, a voice activated navigation system with integrated back-up camera, a concert-hall quality 15-speaker Mark Levinson Audio system, LED headlamps with the Lexus auto levelling system, 18" aluminum alloy wheels, power rear sunshade and auto-dimming side-view mirrors.

The 2010 Lexus HS 250h is available today at Lexus Dealers across Canada. With a manufacturer's suggested retail price starting at less than $40,000, Canadians in the market for an entry luxury sedan can join the growing community of Lexus guests who have chosen to pursue their perfect moments in life in the world's only line-up of advanced, intuitive hybrid luxury vehicles.

SOURCE LEXUS

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