Following the debut of the RX 400h, the brand gradually expanded its hybrid line-up by launching the first luxury hybrid sedan, the GS 450h in 2006, and in 2007 the most powerful luxury hybrid sedan, LS 600h. In 2009, the HS 250h, followed by the first luxury hybrid compact, the CT 200h, in 2011. ES 300h was launched in 2012, then IS 300h and GS 300h in 2013, and the first luxury mid-sized crossover, the NX 300h, in 2014. The first luxury hybrid sports coupe, the RC 300h, was launched globally at the end of 2015. Today, Lexus sells 10 hybrid models and is the luxury brand with the widest hybrid line-up.
Earlier this year, Lexus premiered its latest hybrid model, the LC 500h, which features a new generation performance hybrid technology called Multi Stage Hybrid System (MSHS). The MSHS expands further hybrid advantages by delivering more power, greater acceleration and traction and higher efficiency. The LC 500h will be available for sale in the spring of 2017.
“The hybrid drive system continues to be our core vehicle technology to help reduce CO2 emissions, while providing a pleasurable driving experience. We have set ambitious environmental goals for 2050, and hybrid popularity worldwide is extremely important if we are to achieve those goals. Today, Lexus manufactures ten hybrid models, with more on the way.” said Tokuo Fukuichi, president of Lexus International.
As of the end of March, Lexus has sold approximately 1,000,600 hybrid vehicles in 11 years. Topping the sales chart is the North American market with approximately 345,500 units since 2005 and 38,540 units for 2015 alone. The European region contributed 237.5k units since ’05 and 40,629 in 2015, while Japan, greater Asia and Ocenia did 412k unit since ’05 and 68,520 units in 2015. Other regions took up 5k and 1,343 units.
By models, the Lexus RX accumulated 335k, the CT had 267k, the ES commanded 118k, HS took in 67k, NX with 63k, GS with 53k, IS with 51.5k, LS with 41k and the RC with 3.8k.