Lexus puts hybrid power to the ultimate test at TARGA Newfoundland 2007

    Lexus GS 450h tackles 2200 km course in 6th annual running and 1st year
    of hybrid competition

    TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Lexus in Canada today announced it has entered a
Lexus GS 450h performance hybrid luxury sedan in the internationally renowned
TARGA Newfoundland road rally, taking place September 8th-15th on "The Rock".
    "Hybrid technology is most often associated with fuel efficiency and
emissions reduction, but we know that our Lexus Hybrid Drive also delivers
many performance advantages over the conventionally-powered automobile," said
Yves Gionet, Director of Lexus in Canada. "The TARGA Newfoundland is the
perfect venue to showcase the performance-oriented, environmentally-sensitive
Lexus GS 450h before an international field of competitors and a global
audience of road rally racing fans."
    The Lexus entry will be driven by Marc Lachapelle, editor for
Sympatico/MSN Autos and an avid motor sports enthusiast who has raced cars for
many years. Marc's co-driver is Jean-François Drolet, who won the TARGA
Newfoundland's Grand Touring Class twice as a driver and who has, for the past
two years, driven the course-opening vehicle at the event.
    In March, the TARGA Newfoundland announced a special competitive class
for gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, making it one of the first motor sports
events on the continent to acknowledge the popularity and importance of hybrid
vehicles in today's North American society.
    The TARGA Newfoundland 2007 starts and ends in the provincial capital of
St. John's. In between, drivers and vehicles face a six-day race over 2,200
kilometers of challenging roads through the central and eastern portion of the
island. The course consists of a mix of public road stages on which all rules
of the road apply, as well as several closed-road TARGA speed sections (more
than 400 kilometers), over which drivers have free reign to push their
machines to the limits.
    In addition, the Lexus GS 450h entered in the TARGA Newfoundland will be
decorated to raise awareness for the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. As
of February 2007, Lexus has been a partner of the Children's Wish Foundation,
supporting them in their drive to raise much needed funds to grant wishes for
children coping with high-risk, life threatening illnesses.

    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 Lexus' pursuit of
perfection, visit

For further information:

For further information: Kathryn Ruhland, Lexus in Canada, (416)

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