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Discover Lexus Hybrid Power

HYBRID EVOLUTION

1960s - TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION TAKES THE FIRST STEPS TO A HYBRID FUTURE

The Lexus hybrid story begins in the second half of the Twentieth Century when Toyota Motor Corporation began working on the development of their first hybrid system, leading the way for car manufacturers to find a more efficient, environmentally sensitive way to power a car.

b 1977 - THE FIRST TOYOTA HYBRID CAR MAKES ITS DEBUT

Toyota Motor Corporation unveils its very first hybrid car at the 1977 Tokyo Motor Show. The Sport 800, created for the Japanese market, used a gas turbine and electric motor in place of a piston.

1993 - TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION'S ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION PLAN

A groundbreaking announcement in 1992 of an 'Earth Charter' outlined a plan to develop vehicles with the lowest possible emissions. In 1993, a committee was created to research cars for the 21st century. A year later, a concept vehicle was developed called the 'Prius'.

1997 - A WORLD FIRST IS LAUNCHED

The world's first mass-production hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Prius, is launched in Japan selling an impressive 37,000 units before being launched in the U.S.A in 2000.

2001 - PRIUS MAKES ITS AUSTRALIAN DEBUT

The Toyota Prius reaches Australian shores in 2001 with its launch at the Sydney International Motor Show providing Australian motorists with access to a vehicle that has greater respect for the environment.

23rd JANUARY 2004 - LEXUS REVEALS THE WORLD'S FIRST LUXURY HYBRID

The Lexus RX 400h is revealed at Detroit's North American International Auto Show, with the model available to buy later that year. The RX 400h represented a leading edge evolution of the highly successful RX 330, and is the first in a series of luxury hybrids from Lexus.

12th APRIL 2006 - THE WORLD FIRSTS CONTINUE WITH A HYBRID V8

Not content to rest on its laurels, Lexus unveils the LS 600hL at the New York International Automobile Show, a performance hybrid version of the luxurious LS 460 flagship model.

10th MAY 2006 - A GREAT LEAP FORWARD WITH A LUXURY HYBRID SEDAN

The launch of the Lexus GS 450h takes hybrid technology to a new level. Driven by an all-new hybrid powertrain, the acceleration is comparable to a V8 but with fuel efficiency similar to a 2-litre four cylinder compact sedan.

25th SEPTEMBER 2006 - RX 400h LUXURY HYBRID SUV LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIA

The world's first hybrid petrol-electric luxury SUV arrives on Australian shores, offering an environmentally and economically viable alternative to conventional petrol and diesel vehicles within the luxury SUV segment.

4th SEPTEMBER 2007 - THE HYBRID'S POPULARITY CONTINUES TO GROW

Lexus Australia has sold more than 1000 hybrid vehicles up to the 4th September 2007. The figure demonstrates more people are in the market for a luxury car, recognising the benefits of hybrid technology. The RX 400h luxury SUV accounted for two thirds of hybrid sales.

12th NOVEMBER 2007 - THE ULTIMATE LUXURY HYBRID LAUNCHES

Lexus launches its flagship LS 600hL hybrid sedan in Australia featuring the world's most sophisticated all-wheel-drive hybrid system and Lexus' most opulent driving experience. World firsts include the first all-wheel-drive V8 hybrid system and LED low-beam headlights.

11th AUGUST 2008 - LEXUS LUXURY HYBRID CONTINUES TO IMPRESS

The Automotive Environmental Index, based on fuel and emissions ratings as well as consumer attitudes, identifies the top 30 vehicles available on the US market. The Lexus RX 400h is the only luxury car to make the list.

JANUARY 2009 - NEW HYBRID JOINS THE LEXUS HYBRID FAMILY

An all-new hybrid production model is revealed at the North American International Auto Show in January 2009. The HS 250h features a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain and becomes the fourth hybrid model in the Lexus range, reinforcing Lexus' commitment to hybrid technology.

JULY 2009 - LEXUS BACKS THE QUALITY OF THE HYBRID BATTERY

Lexus Australia announces that the HV (Hybrid) Battery warranty on Lexus hybrid vehicles has been extended from 5 years/100,000 km to 8 years/160,000 (whichever occurs first) starting with the new RX 450h. This will also apply retrospectively to all Lexus hybrid vehicles sold by Lexus Australia since their introduction in 2006.

13th JULY 2009 - LEXUS CONTINUES TO LEAD WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE RX 450h

The all-new RX 450h, replacing the hugely successful RX 400h, represents the third generation of Lexus hybrid technology, and leads with another first as the world's only hybrid with a V6 Atkinson Cycle engine. The RX 450h remains the only hybrid SUV available in Australia.

15th SEPTEMBER 2009 - LEXUS HYBRID CONCEPT MAKES A STUNNING DEBUT

The Lexus LF-Ch full hybrid concept makes it debut at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show. This premium compact combines leading-edge technology and engineering with sublime luxury and handling, paying homage to Lexus' renowned L-finesse design philosophy.

4th MARCH 2010 - THE EVOLUTION OF A CONCEPT

What began as the LF-Ch concept has now become a reality with the unveiling of the CT 200h at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010. Featuring an advanced 1.8 litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine and a powerful electric motor, the CT 200h's Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain delivers outstanding performance.

JUNE 2012 - THRILLING NEW GENERATION GS 450h ARRIVES

The new Lexus luxury hybrid sports saloon was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Representing a new leap forward in hybrid efficiency, the GS 450h is also the world’s first hybrid to feature all-wheel steer. The bold, sporty styling hints at the outstanding power of Lexus Hybrid Drive.

18th JUNE 2012 - The RX 450h receives a bold new design

The introduction of a striking new spindle grille and the dramatically styled lines of the body ensure the RX 450h is a vehicle that continues to stand apart from the crowd. The outstanding performance and fuel economy of the world’s only hybrid with a V6 Atkinson Cycle remains a reassuring constant.

18th February 2013 - A STUNNING REINVENTION OF LEXUS’ FLAGSHIP MODEL

The LS 600h F Sport model makes its debut. Combining a high performance 5-litre all alloy quad cam 32 valve V8 petrol engine with a high output electric motor, the LS 600h F Sport delivers a maximum combined power of 327kW, making it the most powerful F Sport model in the
Lexus range.

15TH JULY 2013 - GROUNDBREAKING SPORTS HYBRID<br/>SEDAN

The first vehicle in the IS line to feature Lexus Hybrid Drive, the IS 300h is powered by a 2.5L inline 4-cylinder engine with an Atkinson cycle and a high output electric motor, delivering a maximum combined power of 164kW. Acceleration and engine sound tuning were undertaken to make the IS 300h even more enjoyable to drive, and the impressive result is a groundbreaking sports hybrid sedan.

28TH OCTOBER 2013 - A WELCOME RETURN AS A NEW JOURNEY BEGINS

After a seven year hiatus, the luxury ES line returns to Australia and for the first time includes a hybrid variant, the ES 300h. With a high technology 2.5 litre petrol engine supplemented by a high output electric motor, the latest expression of Lexus Hybrid Drive delivers an impressive 151kW of power, with smooth, whisper-quiet running and acceleration.

18TH NOVEMBER 2013 - TOMORROW'S TECHNOLOGY TODAY

The introduction of the GS 300h boosts Lexus' hybrid offering in Australia to seven vehicles and represents the long-standing commitment Lexus has to the powerful and efficient hybrid technology. With a growing trend globally towards alternative powertrains, Lexus continues to lead with Lexus Hybrid Drive, offering tomorrow’s technology today.

THE EXPERIENCE

START-UP

When you press the start button, the system is energised and ready to respond. The visual cues, like the dashboard lighting up, let you know you are in ready mode but there are no other sensory cues. This offers a more efficient, unique and refined driving experience to traditional vehicles.

The electric motor(s) produces maximum pulling power at just above zero revs and so, with the electric motor(s) on standby, it is ready as an excellent and efficient source of acceleration at take-off.
Conversely, the most inefficient time for a petrol engine is at take-off.

EASY ACCELERATION

With easy acceleration the electric motor(s) provides the driving force and the vehicle will utilise two wheel drive only, as this is more efficient.

Electric motors have a very high efficiency rating and are at their most efficient at just above zero revs, providing propulsion with gentle acceleration.

MEDIUM ACCELERATION

At medium acceleration the electric motor(s) and petrol engine work together. Any excess petrol energy generated is transferred back to the battery to recharge it. The system uses an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT). The advantage of this is it doesn't have a torque converter but has a superior solid mechanical connection between the petrol engine, electric motor(s) and generator(s) resulting in much higher energy transfer efficiencies. All energy is used during this process or sent back to the battery, with practically no wastage at all.

HARD ACCELERATION

At hard acceleration the petrol engine and electric motor(s) work together to maximise torque. In this state there is no excess power going back to the battery.

The use of all wheel drive mode is proactively determined by the vehicle using a combination of proprietary systems depending on the driving conditions. It will be introduced during hard acceleration and as required for stability control when cornering or on slippery surfaces.

CRUISING – LOW SPEED

petrol engine power is split between the wheels and an electric generator, which in turn drives the electric motor(s) and recharges the battery. Power allocation is controlled to maximise efficiency. The vehicle also determines whether two wheel drive or all wheel drive is required and distributes the power to the wheels accordingly.

At low speeds, low load situations, or when you reduce acceleration, the electric motor(s) is used.

Cruising – high speed

petrol engine power is split between the wheels and an electric generator, which in turn drives the electric motor(s) and recharges the battery. Power allocation is controlled to maximise efficiency. The vehicle also determines whether two wheel drive or all wheel drive is required and distributes the power to the wheels accordingly.

At medium to high speeds the electric motor(s) and petrol engine work together. The vehicle's intelligent systems determine when each power source, and how much of it, is required.

Natural deceleration

When you decelerate by lifting your foot off the pedal the petrol engine automatically switches off.
The generator, simulating the petrol engine, creates resistance to reduce the speed of the vehicle and the electricity generated by the resistance recharges the battery.

The manual shift can be used to introduce more generator resistance, a higher regenerative charge and a quicker slowing of the vehicle.

Braking deceleration

During light braking, maximum kinetic energy is generated and sent back to the battery to recharge it. By braking early and gently, the kinetic energy recovered is maximised and energy inefficiencies due to heat loss are minimised. The engine switches off when the brakes are applied conserving energy and reducing CO2 emissions. The brakes also force more regenerative energy to the battery.

This sophisticated system is highly efficient in contrast to a petrol engine vehicle, where decelerating or braking results in entirely wasted energy.

Stopped

In petrol engine vehicles, drivers will often shift the gear into 'neutral' when stopped at the lights to conserve petrol. In a Lexus hybrid vehicle the intelligent system actually manages its energy better when it is left in 'drive'. This will enable the petrol engine to engage and recharge the battery as required. For example, while the vehicle is in stopped mode, different systems like the air conditioning are run off the battery. If the battery runs down the petrol engine will automatically engage to maintain the systems and recharge the battery.

THE RANGE

LS 600h

THE MOST POWERFUL LEXUS F SPORT
MODEL

The LS 600h F Sport exceeds all expectations of performance due to the latest generation hybrid powerplant.

The Lexus Hybrid Drive works in combination with advanced technologies like a D-4S direct injection system and Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-iE), which ensure an optimum combination of incredible power and remarkable efficiency. The incomparable blend of high performance and indulgent luxury sets the LS 600h F Sport apart, making Lexus’ flagship model more desirable than ever before.

RX 450h

THE NEXT GENERATION OF LUXURY HYBRID
HAS ARRIVED

The RX 450h is the world's only hybrid vehicle with a V6 Atkinson Cycle engine delivering
extraordinary power on the road, combined with remarkable fuel economy.

And now this unique luxury SUV has been enhanced with a bold new design, featuring a
striking spindle grille among other captivating design elements. The RX 450h unapologetically
turns heads wherever it goes.

IS 300h

GROUNDBREAKING SPORTS HYBRID
SEDAN

A 2.5L inline 4-cylinder engine with an Atkinson cycle works seamlessly with a high output electric motor for a thrilling new expression of performance and economy. With the IS 300h delivering an impressive 164kW of power and fuel economy of 4.9L/100km*, emitting a mere 113g/km of CO2 emissions^, it offers the power of a V6 sedan and the economy of a small diesel hatchback.

Striking design, contemporary luxury and cutting edge technology complete the picture for the first hybrid vehicle in the IS Line.

GS 450h

A NEW GENERATION OF HYBRID EFFICIENCY
AND POWER

The New Generation GS with Lexus Hybrid Drive delivers a seamless yet emotional drive: an incomparable sense of acceleration that stirs the soul and redefines the perception of hybrid vehicles, while also delivering world class environmental performance.

A highly efficient Atkinson cycle petrol engine, with direct injection and two-motor hybrid system delivers on the performance promise of the GS 450h's bold, sleek body.

ES 300h

THE FUTURE OF REFINED, LUXURY
MOTORING

Lexus Hybrid Drive continues to astonish with performance that must be experienced to be truly appreciated.

In the ES 300h, Lexus Hybrid Drive integrates the power of two energy sources, with electrical energy and a 2.5 litre petrol engine working flawlessly together. A Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) delivers seamless shifting, dispensing with the gear changes of a typical transmission. The result of this leading technology for the driver is exceptionally refined performance befitting a luxury sedan.

GS 300h

A NEW EXPRESSION
OF HYBRID POWER
AND EFFICIENCY

Lexus continues to innovate with the GS 300h, harnessing the impressive power and efficiency of Lexus Hybrid Drive.

The latest addition to Lexus’ hybrid range features a 2.5 litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine hybrid. The drivetrain offers an adrenaline-raising 164kW of maximum combined power output, along with D-4S direct injection technology which boosts power delivery and aids fuel economy. The GS 300h delivers fuel consumption of 5.2 litres per 100km while emitting 121 grams of CO2, so its heightened performance can be enjoyed with a minimised impact on the environment.

CT 200h

THE STYLISH PREMIUM
LUXURY HATCH

Created for those who wish to lower their emissions but not their standards, the Lexus CT 200h offers remarkable quality, sophistication and technology. Its 1.8 litre engine combines with an electric motor to deliver a drive that balances power with fuel efficiency.

Intelligent engineering provides superb driving dynamics and handling, and a choice of drive modes lets you transform your driving style for a more enjoyable driving experience.

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Acceleration

Fast acceleration can significantly reduce fuel economy and increase CO2 emissions in both city traffic and highway driving conditions. With easy acceleration the electric motor provides the driving force and the vehicle will utilise two wheel drive only, as this is more efficient. Electric motors have a very high efficiency rating and are at their most efficient at just above zero revs, providing propulsion with gentle acceleration.

Braking

Heavy braking can significantly reduce fuel economy and result in excessive wear and tear on the vehicle brake pads. Monitor the flow of traffic and coast whenever possible to minimise wear and tear and ensure good fuel efficiency. During light braking the Lexus Hybrid Drive captures the majority of the energy generated and sends it back to the battery. Braking too hard, however, overpowers the system's ability to optimise the capture of this energy.

Trip planning

If you'll be driving to a number of locations, drive first to the destination that is furthest away. The Lexus Hybrid Drive system will run the petrol engine more frequently in order to warm up the catalytic converter. Once the catalytic converter is warm, the engine is used less. Also, if you can combine a number of short trips you will be able to minimise cold starts.

Tyre pressure

It's important to check and maintain the recommended tyre pressure. Tyres that are not inflated properly can have an adverse effect on a vehicle's fuel economy.

Carrying loads

Avoid carrying unnecessary loads as the extra weight reduces fuel economy, and this includes leaving anything in the car that you don't need like luggage or snow chains, for example.

Fuel

By using the proper fuel for your hybrid, premium octane fuel (95 octane or higher), it will help improve fuel economy and performance.

Extended Hybrid Battery Warranty

Lexus Australia provides HV (Hybrid) Battery Warranty of 8 years/ 160,000 kilometers (whichever occurs first), reinforcing the incredible reliability of the hybrid battery. Utilising advanced technology, the battery works seamlessly within the hybrid system, offering peace of mind to the driver of assured performance every time.

COMPARE THE HYBRID

LEXUS HYBRID TECHNOLOGY VS: vs STOP-START SYSTEM

Stop-start systems work by shutting down the engine when the car comes to a halt. Examples of this technology are BMW's Efficient Dynamics System and Audi's Start Stop.

The Lexus Hybrid Drive incorporates the stop-start system but is more advanced than pure stop-start due to the combination of an ultra efficient petrol engine and powerful electric motors. It offers economy gains of around 40%* compared to the equivalent petrol model. Technology such as stop-start improves emissions but the gains are minor in comparison to the Lexus Hybrid Drive.

* This comparison is based on the variance in the fuel consumption between RX 350 and RX 450h. The RX 350 achieves 10.8L/100km on a combined cycle versus 6.4L/100km for the RX 450h. Therefore the variance represents a 40.7% improvement in fuel economy.

LEXUS HYBRID TECHNOLOGY VS: vs DIESEL

Diesel engines convert fuel into energy via small explosions by compressing air, then injecting fuel. Air heats up when compressed igniting the fuel. The Lexus Hybrid Drive has enhanced economy and cleanliness versus diesel due to the blend of an ultra efficient petrol engine and powerful electric motor(s) that engage to offer instant response and performance.

It offers superb economy, especially in stop-start traffic where diesels are less efficient. A Lexus hybrid shuts down the petrol engine when not needed and regenerative braking recharges the hybrid battery. CO2 emissions for diesels may be lower than petrol but the Lexus Hybrid Drive is even lower. Diesels emit oxide of nitrogen (NOx) and, when released, add to the photochemical smog. They also emit particulate matter (PM), a mix of partially burnt diesel fuels, sulphates and inorganic materials formed as soot. All are harmful to our health.

LEXUS HYBRID TECHNOLOGY VS: vs PETROL

A petrol engine is the most common source of power for cars. It is an internal combustion engine where fuel is mixed with air, compressed by pistons and ignited by sparks from spark plugs.

The Lexus Hybrid Drive is stronger than an equivalent sized petrol engine due to the combination of an ultra efficient petrol engine and powerful electric motor(s) that seamlessly engage to offer instantaneous response when needed. The electric motor(s) power the vehicle at low speeds and when decelerating the petrol engine switches off. When extra power is needed the petrol engine and electric motor(s) work together. This combination of petrol and electric allows the Lexus Hybrid Drive to deliver a powerful ride but with low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

In addition, the hybrid system takes excess power from the petrol engine and kinetic energy from deceleration or braking to recharge the battery.