Motors: Lap of luxury; Lexus launches it's new saloon.LUXURY car maker Lexus has introduced the world's first hybrid prestige saloon which offers sports-car like performance while giving family car economy.
Using a combination of a petrol engine and battery power, it also promises to be more environmentally friendly Environmentally friendly, also referred to as nature friendly, is a term used to refer to goods and services considered to inflict minimal harm on the environment. than the petrol engined gas-guzzlers which dominate the luxury car market, particularly in the USA and Far East.
On display at the New York International Auto Show The New York International Auto Show is an annual auto show held in late March or early April. It is usually held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. It usually opens on or just before Easter weekend and closes on the first Sunday after Easter. , it is based closely on the new GS luxury sport saloon that goes on sale in the UK next month.
The GS450h is also the first full hybrid vehicle For other types of "Hybrid Transportation", see .
A hybrid vehicle (HV) is a vehicle that uses two or more distinct power sources to propel the vehicle such as:
In power engineering, the term 'hybrid' does not mean a "method," such as the popular use of hybrid to mean a vehicle like the Toyota to a high--performance car of this type is unique, Lexus says it is using technology proven over several years and hundreds of thousands of miles of testing.
The result is a sports-car like performance, with 060mph acceleration in less than six seconds and combined fuel economy more typical of a 2.0-litre, fourcylinder model, plus one of the lowest emission ratings in the world.
The system combines a 3.5-litre V6 engine with a magnet electric motor, which both drive the rear wheels. Combined power output is similar to a 4.5litre V8 engine, delivering just over 300bhp.
This massive electric motor is capable of delivering maximum torque instantly, regardless of speed, for impressive overtaking prowess.
Due to go on sale in some countries in the middle of next year, Lexus says it is not yet known when the GS450h will arrive in the UK, although it could be around that time too.
The new conventional GS300 and GS430 go on sale in the UK from April 15 this year followed in June by the world's first hybrid luxury SUV, the four wheel drive Lexus RX400h
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: The Lexus GS450h successfully combines economy with a sports-car like performance