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Lexus has a two page ad inside the front cover of the new Scientific American. Mostly white space with a shiny Lexus logo sporting a superscript "h" centered in the right hand page. The left hand page is mostly a poem about words containing the letter "h", then a mention that Lexus will be involved in changing the world this fall. At the very bottom of the right hand page is the relevant content: "The pursuit continues. The world's first luxury hybrid. Coming this fall."

Just a teaser for now. Maybe it's part of a campaign which will add more details each month? This ad is in addition to the one page hybrid ad Toyota has been running every month in SA.
 
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A few weeks back a Toyota representative at Nice airport confirmed that there would be a hybrid Lexus probably later this year.
 
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Too bad Lexus is only launching an SUV hybrid rather than a sedan that might actually get decent mileage.
 

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I believe they are expecting the Lexus suv to get pretty good gas mileage. They have not released the numbers though.

Ford is putting out the escape which is supposed to get around 35mpg. That is toyotas old techonlogy from what i hear. The lexus will have a system simular to the Prius's but moer powerful. Around double the electrical power. So a more powerful batteru, and a more powerful electric motor. We'll see what kind of trick they are planning on doing with the V6 though. Even if the electric engine can propell it to higher speeds alone, that V6 might still suck up some gas. Not quite sure. They have a preview of the car on the Lexus webpage. A video actualy. I think they put LED's in the back... now why didn't they do all LED's for the Prius? hmm.. would have saved some electricity.
 

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"I'm waiting for a diesel hybrid I can run on my partner's bio diesel. THAT would be a winner car. Near zero emissions, NO toxic fuel, NO Iraqi war necessary AND probably close to 80 mpg."

Thanks for making me laugh....bitter liberals are always good for that. :lol:
 

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Got this today from Lexus:
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We'd like to thank all of our Lexus Hybrid Newsletter readers for the insightful
questions that have been submitted about the Lexus RX 400h and the
technology behind it. We're in the process of answering these questions and
we'll be sharing that information with you in upcoming editions of the Lexus
Hybrid Newsletter. However, we'd like to take this opportunity to answer the
most frequently asked question of all: "When will the RX 400h be available?"

We think the best way to answer that is to share the very latest information
regarding the timing of the Lexus RX 400h launch, as well as some
enlightening new product information:

This is an exciting time for hybrid vehicles, with demand and acceptance
continuing to grow as new products enter the market. We couldn't be more
thrilled with the reception that the RX 400h has received from the media
and from informed consumers like you.

For the last two years, our target launch date for the all-new Lexus RX 400h
luxury utility vehicle has been late 2004. With the final development stage
completed and the pre-production phase now beginning, our launch date
has been more finely focused. We are now looking at early 2005 for the
official launch.

The RX 400h's eye-catching exterior is similar to the acclaimed RX 330's,
while adding style elements such as unique 18-inch wheels, dark chrome
grille, sporty air intake, round foglamps and jeweled taillamps. The computer-
controlled powertrain seamlessly blends power from the V6 gasoline engine,
the electric-drive motors and the generator. In place of the traditional
tachometer, the RX 400h has an illuminated power meter that displays the
level of power generated by the gas-electric hybrid powertrain. The driver
will also be able to monitor the gas-electric power distribution on the
standard seven-inch touch-panel display screen that comes with the
navigation system.

The RX 400h all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain combines two powerful
electric-drive motors with the highly efficient 3.3-liter V6 engine found in
the RX 330 to significantly improve low- to mid-speed acceleration and
overall fuel efficiency. The system is a full hybrid, meaning that the RX 400h
is capable of operating in separate gas or electric modes, as well as a mode
that combines power from both.

The RX 400h will develop a combined system output of approximately
270 horsepower (versus 230 horsepower in the RX 330) and deliver
combined fuel economy equivalent to the current average of a compact
sedan. Zero-to-sixty acceleration will also improve over the current
RX 330's sub-eight-second time. The RX 400h will also be rated as a
Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV), one of the most stringent
emissions ratings in the industry.

The RX 400h uses a regenerative braking system to further boost system
efficiency. When the vehicle is coasting or the brakes are applied, the electric
motor functions as a generator, capturing kinetic energy in the form of heat
collected through the braking system. It then converts that energy into usable
electricity to recharge the hybrid battery.

In short, the new RX 400h will become the premium model in the RX series,
offering increased performance, smooth operation, better fuel efficiency and
a host of high-technology, safety, luxury amenities and comfort features.
 
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Front Grill

Regarding the new 400h.

Please tell me where the front licence plate is to be located.

The new grill takes the place of the privious location.

R L S
 
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Re: Lexus Hybrid

Anonymous said:
Too bad Lexus is only launching an SUV hybrid rather than a sedan that might actually get decent mileage.
there are definatley reasons for this.

The SUV is an awd configuration and most of the Lexus sedans are RWD only. The hybris system as I understand will be powering the front wheels and petrol the rear on the Highlander.
 

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Re: Lexus Hybrid

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The SUV is an awd configuration and most of the Lexus sedans are RWD only. The hybris system as I understand will be powering the front wheels and petrol the rear on the Highlander.
Um, it sounds rather odd to directly power any wheels with the petrol engine with a Toyota hybrid design. Do you have a source for this?
 

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I'm pretty sure that the Toyota and Lexus websites show electric motors on all 4 wheels. That also enables traction control as each motor can be controlled independently.
 

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Re: Lexus Hybrid

Anonymous said:
Too bad Lexus is only launching an SUV hybrid rather than a sedan that might actually get decent mileage.

Ford bought a drivetrain from Toyota for the Escape SUV, and Toyota probably helped Ford with the engineering retrofit. From a money point-of-view, it makes sense to apply the same "free" design to a Toyata SUV.
 
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