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Green power from Lexus

24 March 2005

Lexus has unveiled the world’s first petrol-electric-hybrid sports saloon.

Combining a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and a high-output electric motor, the GS450h is claimed to rival a 300bhp 4.5-litre V8 vehicle for pace. Lexus claims the car can sprint from 0-60mph in less than six seconds.

Lexus claims that the car will deliver around 30mpg, the fuel economy of a 2.0-litre family car. The GS should also have one of the lowest emissions ratings in the world.

The GS450h will crown the new Lexus GS executive range due to go on sale in April. However, the GS450h will not arrive in the UK until the middle of 2006. Lexus is yet to release full details for the GS range, but prices are expected to start from around £32,000.

Lexus’s first hybrid vehicle, the RX400h off-roader, has already proved popular with UK buyers. Although the car does not go on sale until June, Lexus has already pre-sold this year’s allocationw of cars. The manufacturer expects the 400h to account for almost half of all RX models sold in the UK.

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