Lexus hybrid rallies to an impressive sixth-place finish at TARGA Newfoundland 2008



    
    Lexus GS 450h betters its 2007 result in its second appearance on one of
    the world's most challenging road courses, once again proving Lexus
    Hybrid Drive delivers high performance
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - For the second straight year, Team Lexus proved
its hybrid technology is up to extreme road rallying by finishing 6th overall
in the 2,200-kilometre TARGA Newfoundland 2008 that wrapped up on the weekend.
This betters the team's performance in last year's event, the first for the
rally-prepped Lexus GS 450h performance luxury hybrid sedan, in which Team
Lexus placed 18th.
    "It was a great second TARGA for our team and a fantastic result," Lexus
driver Marc Lachapelle said of his second appearance behind the wheel of the
GS 450h. Noting that he and co-driver Alan Ockwell crossed the finish line in
total silence, running the GS 450h on electric power only, Lachapelle added,
"For us, it was the best proof that you can run hard for six days, make it to
the finish and still be as environmentally friendly and quiet as possible, in
a modern car."
    "On behalf of everyone at Lexus of Canada, I would like to congratulate
Marc, Alan and the Lexus technical team for proving, once again, that Lexus
Hybrid Drive delivers many performance advantages over regular automobiles.
Nowhere is this more apparent than under extreme driving conditions such as
those found throughout the week-long TARGA Newfoundland road rally," noted
Tony Wearing, Managing Director of Lexus in Canada. "For a second straight
year, we have put the GS 450h against the best offerings from other
manufacturers and an international field of competitors, and demonstrated -
before a global audience of motorsports fans - that the world's only lineup of
luxury hybrid vehicles is in a class by itself."
    TARGA Newfoundland 2008 - the seventh annual running of this
internationally-recognized event - pushed drivers and vehicles to their limits
during a six-day competition over 2,200 kilometres of challenging roads
through the central and eastern portion of the island. As in previous years,
the course consisted of a mix of public road stages on which all rules of the
road apply, as well as several closed-road TARGA speed sections (representing
approximately 20 per cent of the course), over which drivers were given free
reign to push their machines to the limits. In the evenings, the Lexus GS 450h
joined the other entries on display for local rally fans.
    More about the Lexus GS 450h that rallied in TARGA Newfoundland 2008 can
be found on the Lexus of Canada web site: www.lexus.ca.

    Lexus is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Lexus luxury cars and
sports utility vehicles through a sales and service network of 30 dealers
across Canada. An industry leader in product quality and ownership
satisfaction since its inception, Lexus has sold more than 90,000 vehicles in
Canada. The best-selling Lexus RX SUV, the acknowledged benchmark in the
luxury sport utility vehicle segment, is built for the North American market
in Cambridge, Ontario.
    For more information about Lexus products, and the Lexus pursuit of
perfection, visit www.lexus.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Dawn Soulis, Lexus in Canada, (416) 431-8333,
media@lexus.ca


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