Lexus News

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h

    A week before the New York Auto Show begins its media previews, Lexus has released more details on its CT 200h premium compact hybrid, which it says will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2011. Widespread reports (which we joined, unfortunately) had previously quoted a spokesman as saying Lexus had "no plans" to bring the CT model to the States. It appeared that the small hatchback would be restricted to Europe, where buyers actually like hatchbacks. New York surprise Then, three weeks ago, came the surprise announcement that the CT would debut at the 2010 New York Auto Show. Now, Lexus has...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h
    2011 Lexus CT 200h Makes U.S. Debut at New York Auto Show

    Well, when we get it wrong, we really get it wrong. Just yesterday, when we reviewed the new green production cars from the Geneva Motor Show, we said the new 2011 Lexus CT 200h compact hatchback hybrid would be restricted to Europe. Not so. This morning, Lexus dropped a press release saying the...

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    2010 Geneva Motor Show: New Green Production Cars

    No, sadly, we're not at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, underway this week in Switzerland. But we've been keeping close tabs on the introductions via our colleagues throughout the High Gear Media network. Here's our list of the green cars shown at Geneva that are headed for production. Most of them...

  • 2010 Lexus HS 250h
    2010 Lexus HS 250h Review

    Not even a year old, Lexus HS 250h has already endured its fair share of criticisms: It's not as fuel efficient as the Prius. It's more expensive than the Prius. Its brakes will kill you dead... While I can agree that at least two-thirds of these complaints are valid, I can't help but feel that the...

  • Leaked 2011 Lexus CT 200h images
    2011 Lexus CT 200h Compact Hybrid To Debut In Geneva

    Lexus Creates Another Hybrid That Looks More Like a Standard Car

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h teaser
    2011 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid Hatch: U.S. Buyers Need Not Apply

    Much has been written about U.S. car buyers' aversion to hatchbacks, with many citing the relative sales of the Volkswagen Jetta four-door sedan over its five-door Golf counterpart. It appears Lexus has taken that attitude to heart. At next month's Geneva Motor Show, it will launch a new, dedicated...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius

    Everything you need to know about the recalls affecting the 2010 Toyota Prius, and the 2004-2009 Prius too

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    RECALL: 2010 Toyota Prius, Lexus HS250h For ABS Software Update

    As expected, Toyota has announced a recall for its 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Lexus HS 250h models to update the anti-lock braking system (ABS) software. The new software improves the response time of the anti-lock system and alters its sensitivity to tire slippage. The update is intended to reduce...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius 5dr HB II (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
    New Hybrid Scorecard Slams Carmakers For Loading On Luxury

    It's long been known that hybrid buyers often choose them over luxury cars, and aren't buying them solely for the payback in gasoline savings. But a new Hybrid Scorecard, launched by the Union of Concerned Scientists, slams carmakers for inflating their prices by loading luxury into fuel-efficient...

  • 2010 Audi A3 TDI named Green Car of the Year, 2009 LA Auto Show
    Green Car Sales: Winners and Losers of 2009

    It's beginning to look as if the worst is over for U.S. auto sales. The year that just closed was, in the immortal words of Queen Elizabeth II, an annus horribilis, with only 10.4 million vehicles sold, down 21 percent on 2008 and the lowest total since 1982. But some light seems to be appearing on...

  • Lexus magazine auto editor Clark Heideger in a 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedan
    How To Get 85 MPG In a 2010 Lexus HS 250h Hybrid: Go Downhill

    You have to give corporate PR guys some credit when they publish an article on the astoundingly high mileage their car got in a road test, and then dismiss the whole thing as "silly and totally unscientific." That's what Lexus magazine auto editor Clark Heideger did. When a coworker got 47.4 miles...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius rolls onto the Detroit stage at its global debut in January 2009
    EPA's Most Climate-Friendly Cars: All About Fuel Efficiency

    The dirty little secrets of Top 10 lists are in the methodology, as Forbes found out with its weirdly inaccurate "10 Dirtiest Cars" list. (It's the end of the year, so it's time for a lot of Top 10s.) But we see no such problems in the EPA Green Vehicle Guide, which rates vehicles not only on...

  • Toyota Hybrid Concept 2

    Toyota has gained a considerable hybrid market share with the dedicated hybrid model the Prius. This single vehicle has outsold all other hybrid models and continues to set the standard for a dedicated hybrid. Toyota has been contempt with a single dedicated hybrid model for some time now.  The company just recently released a second dedicated hybrid the Lexus HS 250h to compliment the Prius. Now Toyota has announced the future addition of a third dedicated hybrid model.  The new hybrid will be unveiled in concept form at the NAIAS in Detroit on January 11th. Toyota has not released any...

  • 2010 Lexus LS600h
    Lexus Sets Pricing for 2010 LS600h Hybrid

    No manufacturer of automobiles has more hybrids in its lineup than Toyota.  The company makes hybrid vehicles ranging from the budget friendly Toyota Prius on up to the Lexus LS 600h with numerous additional models in between.  Though a Prius can be purchased for a little over $20,000, its big...

  • 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
    Car and Driver Names Ford Fusion Hybrid one of 10 Best

    Ford might need to upsize their trophy case for all the awards the new Fusion is winning. Just two weeks ago, the Fusion was awarded Motor Trend's golden calipers as the 2010 Car of the Year, beating out the Honda Insight, the Lexus HS 250h, and the Toyota Prius, among numerous others. Now Car and...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    Best Fuel Efficiency in the U.S.: 2010 Toyota Prius, at 50 MPG

    Well, now it's official. The 2010 Toyota Prius offers the best gas mileage of any new car sold in the U.S. for the upcoming 2010 model year, with a blended EPA rating of 50 miles per gallon. The 2010 Prius had actually been rated at 50 mpg back in March, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    Prius Patent Problems? Trade Panel to Investigate Infringement Claim

    A U.S. trade panel has agreed to investigate claims that Toyota infringed privately held patents in designing its hybrid electric vehicles. Toyota is widely acknowledged to be the industry leader in hybrids, having sold more than 2 million globally since 1997. If the allegations are upheld by the...

  • Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
    ALERT: Largest Ever Toyota Recall of 3.8M Cars To Check Floor Mats

    As reported earlier this afternoon on our sister site TheCarConnection.com, Toyota may will recall up to 3.8 million cars and pickup trucks to ensure that the floor mats on the driver's side are not interfering with the accelerator and brake pedals. It would will be the company's largest recall...

  • 2009 Lexus LF-Ch Compact Hybrid Concept

    If you like premium compact hatchbacks, Lexus has something for you - provided you live in Europe. As we've previously reported, Toyota's luxury brand will unveil their LF-Ch hybrid concept in a few days at the Frankfurt Motor Show and their most recent press release called our attention to some of the vehicle's finer qualities. The "LF" in the name stands for the Lexus "L-finesse" design language characterized by fastback profiles and flowing lines on a number of their concept vehicles. Lexus points out that the blacked-out B-pillar and the rear door handles hidden in the C-pillar give the...

  • 2009 Lexus LF-Ch Concept
    Lexus Unveils LF-Ch Full Frontal

    This is the face of the Lexus LF-Ch hybrid concept and it will probably come in colors other than baby poop metallic. This premium compact designed to compete with the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series will have its public debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept is a dramatic departure from...

  • Audi A3 TDI clean diesel - European model
    2010 Audi A3 TDI Priced at $30K, $8K Over 2010 VW Golf TDI

    As of November, you'll have two choices if you want a compact five-door hatchback with a clean diesel engine. One is the brand-new 2010 Audi A3 TDI, which was just given a base price of $30,775 today by Audi. It'll start arriving in dealerships in November. Longstanding diesel champ: Golf TDI The...

  • Lexus LF-Ch Compact Hybrid Concept
    Toyota To Showcase Three New Hybrids at Frankfurt

    Toyota is planning to unveil three new hybrid concepts at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show including an intriguing 5-door hatch for their upscale Lexus brand. The LF-Ch (pictured above) is aimed squarely at the premium compact segment whose other notable players include the BMW 1-series and the...

  • 2010 Lexus RX 450h
    Lexus Goes Hybrid-Only...in Britain

    Well, here's a surprise. It's no news that Lexus has found it slow going breaking into the luxury market in Europe, which is dominated by Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Jaguar. By contrast, Lexus has become the highest-selling US luxury brand since its 1989 launch, largely on the strength of its midsize...

  • 2010 Lexus HS250h - front side
    Orders for Lexus HS 250h 20 Times Higher Than Toyota Expected

    Perhaps it's the gas mileage rating of 35 mpg city, 34 mpg highway.  Perhaps it's the tax breaks offered in Japan for hybrid vehicles, or perhaps it's because it's Lexus' only dedicated hybrid model, but whatever the cause is, Lexus surely isn't complaining that pre-orders for the Lexus HS 250h...

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