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Lexus GS-450h — hybrid cars

Ever since it was unveiled in 2005, the Lexus GS-450h has been making a huge impression. Not only is it the first mass-produced rear-wheel drive luxury hybrid car, but it even received critical acclaim from popular motoring journalist Jeremy Clarkson, hardly a renowned lover of green cars. So what is all the fuss about?

This guide to the Lexus GS-450h will give you a glimpse of the vehicle’s history, its future and its environmental credentials.

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History of the Lexus GS-450h

Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota, and the first GS was introduced to markets in the USA, Europe and Asia back in 1993 using the platform and running gear of the Toyota Crown. It was known in some markets as the Aristo and production of the first generation model ran until 1997.

The second generation model was launched in 1998 — the GS 400 answering consumer demand for more power. It was a much bigger sales success than its predecessor, with sales hitting 30,622 in the first year alone. The vehicle was kept in the Lexus line-up for eight years before being replaced in 2005 with the third generation – and the arrival of the first hybrid model.

The Lexus GS-450h was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show in 2005 but didn’t join the model line-up until 2007 when it was celebrated as the first mass-produced rear-wheel drive luxury hybrid car (the model did go on sale in Japan in March, 2006). The GS-450h attempted to tap into the previously overlooked market of motorists who want to drive a car with green credentials but who also want to retain an element of luxury.

With an electric motor and continuously variable transmission, the Lexus GS-450h makes use of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system by integrating an electric and petroleum engine motor.

Set to be remodelled in 2010, the GS 450h is set to become even more appealing with reduced CO2 emissions and higher MPG rate.

Environmental credentials of the Lexus GS-450h

The beauty of the Lexus GS-450h is its ability to achieve the performance of a luxury car with much better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. This isn’t a vehicle that is among the lowest CO2 emitters on the market. However, it provides an alternative for luxury car drivers who want to retain the performance they’ve become accustomed to while still reducing their environmental impact.

Where road conditions and regulations allow, the Lexus GS-450h is capable of racing from 0-62mph in just 5.9seconds and it can achieve a top speed of 155mph, smashing the perception that hybrid cars have to be slow. These performance levels are typically associated with vehicles with V8 engines, yet the Lexus GS-450h actually has the economy of a four-cylinder as its CO2 emissions are just 179g/km and it can achieve 35.8mpg.

The electric motor comes into play when the car starts and also at low speeds – making this a great alternative for city driving. When the electric motor is in use, no emissions are produced. The battery is also charged by regenerative braking and a generator that is powered when the vehicle is cruising.

The car switches off when stationary and could be powered up to 30mph for 2km without support from the petrol engine.

The Lexus GS-450h is also exempt from the London Congestion Charge, though you will need to pay a one-off £10 fee to register it, and is even now used as an unmarked police car in the Wiltshire constabulary.

Nevertheless, Lexus itself does not promote this is a green car, even though it has excellent tax breaks, particularly for company cars as it falls into the 21 per cent levy.

Lexus GS-450h statistics

Here are some crucial statistics about the Lexus GS-450h:

0-62 MPH: 5.9secs

BHP: 341

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CO2 emissions: 179g/km

Engine: 3500cc Petrol / Electric Motor

Gross Kerb Weight: 2,355kg

Insurance Group: 17-18

MPG Combined: 35.8mpg

NCAP: Five-Star

Price: £42,900+

Top Speed: 155mph

Transmission: E-CVT Semi Auto

VED band: I

Future of the Lexus GS-450h

Lexus is said to be working on a high performance Lexus GS-F along with a remodeled Lexus GS. However, there are no details available at this time so check back at to keep up to date on the latest news.

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