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Lexus Why we axed diesel IS in of hybrid

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Lexus says its new-generation IS features a hybrid rather a diesel model because it is the brand for tightening emissions

The 2013 Lexus IS has launched in this week, featuring a new variant called the IS300h.

It the IS220d diesel model was previously sold in Europe but not

Lexus’s chief engineer for the new IS at the car’s Australian launch the company had weighed up whether to the hybrid or diesel route to carbon dioxide (CO2)

“In the beginning of [developing] this especially for Europe, the CO2 regulations severe and severe… so we carefully which direction – diesel or – had potential for the future. Not so right now but in the Junichi Furuyama told

“Yes, yes [in about 10 to 20 years]. Of we can engineer a new diesel engine. But we have suitable unit so [we have to build new one.

We many cases, but conclusion was hybrid was solution to future regulations.

“In case of diesel, kind of devices were to reduce not the CO2 but HC [hydrocarbons that with nitrogen oxide in diesel fuel contribute to gases and smog] for Euro 6 or 7.”

The new Lexus IS hybrid squeezes the magic 100g/km CO2 barrier in the UK, its 99g/km figure helping save hundreds of pounds in car tax.

Differing specifications – larger wheels – mean the sold in Australia has a slightly figure of 113g/km, with consumption of 4.9L/100km.

The Audi A4 and BMW 3 both have diesel that boast even efficiency, though Lexus says the IS300h will the higher star rating to the government’s Green Vehicle ratings.

The IS hybrid is significantly more than the alternative petrols – and 3.5-litre V6 engines that over from the old model. The has official consumption of 9.2L/100km, the IS350 rated at 9.7L/100km.

acknowledges that many buyers, including in Australia, are into the driveability benefits by the high-torque engines.

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He says the hybrid can’t match the outputs of the German diesel that it offers other

“Yes, it’s kind of for us [to achieve great driveability],” he “Especially in Europe, they diesel – much torque and performance.

“At the beginning planning of this car we set two – one is [matching] competitor diesel in terms of CO2, and second is power, performance – the intermediate acceleration, not 0-100.


“Max if compared to diesels such as … max torque is not so comparable but intermediate is very good because the up of the [electric] motor is very very quick when with a diesel engine.

issue is max performance if compared to such as 320d – is little bit than competitors’ engines, and in there are many criticisms for IS300h for max power and torque. has more punch in drive

“So it is a compromise between consumption/emissions and So we carefully watch the reaction in and also Australia to the hybrid to see if we can with diesel competitors or

Lexus continues to develop a new turbocharged petrol engine.

set to make its debut in a new compact SUV due to debut later in 2013. The engine is expected to eventually the 2.5-litre V6 in the IS, though it’s to happen until the new generation’s facelift in a few years’ time.

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