Lexus News

  • Lexus LF-Gh Concept teaser

    Say "hybrid" and most U.S. buyers think Toyota, if not Toyota Prius. Indeed, the company just sold its millionth Prius in the United States, where roughly half of the 2 million Priuses it had built as of last fall have found homes since 2000. But Toyota's luxury marque Lexus also has hybrid models, including the dedicated CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback now being launched. The oldest Lexus hybrid on the market right now is the midsize GS 450h sedan, which debuted in 2006. And its time for renewal is about to come, with Lexus releasing a pair of teaser photos of a concept car it'll unveil in...

  • Five Axis Lexus CT 200h
    Lexus Appeals To Tuner Scene With Project CT Hybrid Hot Hatch

    Lexus has gone to great lengths to emphasize the sportiness of its upcoming hybrid hatchback, the all-new 2011 Lexus CT 200h. After previewing an F-Sport endowed concept version of the car at last year’s Sydney Motor Show, Lexus has now used this week's 2011 Chicago Auto Show to present a...

  • Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press
    Toyota Recall Recap: Floormats, Sticky Pedals, AND User Error

    Let's recap. After 18 months, recalls totaling 9 million Toyota, Lexus, and Pontiac models, and investigations by Toyota, Congress, NASA, and the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unit ... what have we learned? (1) A few accelerator pedals...

  • Lexus Harmonious Driving Navigator
    Lexus Lets Drivers Donate To Charity With Eco-Friendly Driving

    Electronic driving coaches designed to promote more fuel efficient driving are nothing new and have been appearing in production cars for the past several years, mostly in hybrids but regular models too. Some memorable driving coaches include Nissan’s Eco-Pedal, which works by activating a...

  • Lexus CT 200h in world’s first hybrid-only race
    Hybrid Race? Yep, Lexus CT 200h Laps Before Aussie Grand Prix

    The littlest Lexus, the 2011 CT 200h five-door hybrid hatchback, will start showing up at U.S. dealers over the next couple of months. It's clearly a different kind of Lexus--the perplexing "Darker Side of Green" ad campaign and its associated video proved that--but Lexus is using the new car to...

  • Lexus ES 300h on the way?
    Trademark Filing Confirms Lexus ES 300h Hybrid Sedan Coming

    It looks like the 2011 Lexus CT 200h isn’t the only new hybrid vehicle Lexus has in the pipeline. New filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have revealed that a hybrid version of the Lexus ES sedan is likely to be in the works, though apart from its new name we don’t have...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h production

    Whether it's the hatchback body style or the modest stats, the 2011 Lexus CT 200h hasn't yet created much buzz in the headlines. A new video, however, showing the car moving through its different phases of production at Lexus’ plant in Kyushu, Japan, may help alleviate that problem. Unlike its rivals, the CT 200h is built to Lexus’ highest standards for quality, an attribute the automaker prides itself on and one that has seen Lexus consistently recognized for having the highest quality of any automaker over the past several years. Some of the measures Lexus takes to ensure its...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h
    GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy 2011 Nominee: Lexus CT 200h

    It's the nominee we know the least about, and in some ways the one we're most curious about. The 2011 Lexus CT 200h is a non-traditional car for Lexus, which has never before offered a compact hatchback. And after the underwhelming HS 250h sedan, it's one we didn't have high hopes for. That was...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid
    Lexus CT 200h Defines New Market Demographic For Hybrids

    Lexus has been one of those companies that the automotive industry has been watching grow by leaps and bounds since the late ‘80s. The company’s biggest gamer changer back in the early days is arguably the Lexus LS400, a car that started out being a fringe competitor with the Mercedes...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid in New Orleans
    DRIVEN: Lexus CT 200h—The Newest Hybrid Family Member

    The Lexus CT 200h has been turning a lot of heads around the automotive industry lately as pre-production vehicles start to make the review rounds. AllSmallCars.com recently participated in one of these ride and drive reviews in the once devastated, but now blossoming city of New Orleans. What...

  • Green Car Reports 2011 Best Car to Buy Award
    GreenCarReports to Name "Best Car To Buy 2011"

    You're probably wondering by now, "Oh, no, another 'car of the year' award?" Yep. And here's why. We write a lot about future vehicles at Green Car Reports, but we also know that many of our readers seek practical information about which cars both save gasoline and lessen their impact on our...

  • BMW M6 carbon-fiber roof
    Toyota, Subaru Cars To Get Lighter Using Toray Carbon Fiber

    Carbon fiber is seen by many in the auto industry as one of the most effective ways of reducing vehicle weight and thus improving fuel economy and emissions levels, but the relative expense of the material means that it’s still reserved for only a handful of high-end production cars. BMW has...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h

    The all-new 2011 Lexus CT 200h is scheduled to hit showrooms early next year complete with a 134 horsepower hybrid drivetrain and a very reasonable--for a luxury car--EPA combined fuel economy rating of 42 mpg. However, this is just the initial setup that Lexus engineers have planned for the CT 200h, according to a new report. Speaking on the sidelines of the recent 2010 Paris Auto Show, where the CT 200h made its official European debut, Lexus insiders revealed to Autocar that more powerful versions of the car are being considered. How much more powerful? One option for Lexus is using an...

  • Leaked 2011 Lexus CT 200h images
    2011 Lexus CT 200h Gets 42 MPG EPA-Rated Combined Fuel Economy

    Whether it's the rather bland styling or the underwhelming stats, the 2011 Lexus CT 200h hasn't achieved much in creating buzz in the headlines. In fairness, hybrid power, low emissions and claims of high fuel efficiency don’t mean much without the all important EPA-rated fuel economy figures...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h
    2011 Lexus CT 200h: How Many Modes Does It Take To Drive A Hybrid?

    When I think of power modes, I really think of the ‘80s and ‘90s. I can remember the 300ZX having multiple suspension modes and the introduction of the new Maxima having Power, Comfort and a combination setting (basically changed the shift points and timing). The selectable...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h
    2011 Lexus CT 200h Shows Hybrids Can Be Sporty Too

    The 2011 Honda CR-Z was meant to be the car that showed hybrids could be sporty as well as green, but sadly, its lowly 122 horsepower and dismal 0-60 times meant it was never going to be taken seriously in performance circles. Fortunately, there’s another hybrid vehicle on the horizon that may...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
    Only One Hybrid Car Pays Back Its Owners; Know Which One?

    One of the criticisms of hybrid cars has historically been that there's no payback, especially given the cheap gasoline prices in the U.S. The extra money you spend on a hybrid isn't returned in gas savings, say critics. Well, that may be true, especially when regular gasoline is averaging $2.77 a...

  • 2012 Lexus LFA
    Want a 2012 Lexus LFA? Better Watch the Auction Block

    Toyota Says All 500 Copies To Be Build Are Pre-sold

  • Ford Escape Hybrid Cargo Space (Seats Up)

    Our reader Celeste wrote to ask us about available hybrid SUVs and crossovers, and we thought our answer might be useful for the site. At the moment, there are three main hybrid SUVs sold in the U.S. Each of them also has variations sold under other brands. All are likely to be durable, as their powertrains must be warrantied in some states for 10 years and 150,000 miles. Their mileage will vary depending on your "duty cycle." Hybrids are at their most fuel efficient in lower-speed and stop-and-go traffic, when their ability to switch off the engine on stops and run short distances solely on...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h
    2011 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid Hatch 'Darker Side' Video Launches

    You may recall that last month, we raised our eyebrows and scratched our head over the latest Lexus ad campaign, "The Darker Side of Green." The tagline, first unveiled at the 2010 New York Auto Show, turned out to be a teaser for the upcoming and unusual latest Lexus model, the 2011 CT 200h hybrid...

  • 2010 Land Rover Range_e Hybrid Concept
    Hybrid Range Rover Sport Coming In 2013, Previewed By New Range_e

    Land Rovers have long been the definition of gas-guzzling SUVs that environmentalists love to hate--that may all be about to change, however. With the development of a hybrid vehicle, the automaker stands a good chance of becoming one of the greenest companies around. Land Rover’s pledge to...

  • 2010 Lexus HS 250h
    2010 Lexus HS 250h Luxury Hybrid Not Selling As Expected

    Last summer, when we first drove the 2010 Lexus HS 250h luxury hybrid--and then did a full test drive--we were quite puzzled by it. Neither as fuel efficient as a hybrid nor as elegant and refined as other Lexus models, it seemed neither fish nor fowl. And in the end, while we appreciated its...

  • 2011 Scion iQ at 2010 New York Auto Show, with Scion's Jack Hollis
    Green Car Roundup: Best & Worst of the 2010 New York Auto Show

    Well, it's done. The public are streaming in, and the two media preview days of the 2010 New York Auto Show are over. It wasn't a hugely significant show, but clearly the apocalyptic meltdown that automakers were experiencing last year has lifted. Sales are starting to come back, slowly, and while...

  • The Dark Side of Green
    NY Auto Show Puzzler: 'Darker Side of Green' = New Lexus Hybrid ??

    Hmmmmmm. First Sarah Silverman, now "The Darker Side of Green." What exactly is going on with Lexus these days? The ominous message is the tagline for an interactive web video called, logically enough, Lexus Dark Ride. It'll be released May 13. "Young, energetic, tech-savvy" It's meant to attract...

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