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Lexus RX 450h Released Locally

Lexus RX 450h (copyright image)

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16th June, 2009

Lexus Australia has now launched the world's most efficient luxury hybrid SUV - the RX 450h - in Australia.

Available this week, the Lexus RX 450h will set fuel economy and efficiency figures closer to that of some small four-cylinder hatchbacks.

The petrol-electric hybrid will consume 6.4 litres of fuel per 100 km* and emit 150 grammes of CO2 - an emissions figure not achieved by any other luxury SUV in Australia.

Lexus RX 450h achieves this efficiency, while also delivering the power, space and practicality of an SUV, by utilising Lexus' unique Lexus Hybrid Drive system.

The RX 450h also debuts a number of world firsts, including the first production Atkinson Cycle V6 hybrid engine, and becomes Australia's most powerful and efficient luxury hybrid SUV - delivering 220 kW of power from the petrol/electric system.

The all-new vehicle also features a number of new technologies that assist in reducing engine loads or driver behaviour, benefiting overall fuel consumption.

Lexus has a history with hybrid vehicles, having pioneer hybrid technology in the luxury SUV market with RX 400h, first launched in Australia in 2006.

Since this time, hybrid acceptance and the trend towards economical vehicles has seen Lexus hybrids grow in demand across the globe.

The all-new Lexus RX 450h builds on the first hybrid RX to deliver class leading economy and efficiency, while delivering on the needs of luxury SUV owners.

Safety was also paramount in the all-new model's development with the vehicle featuring a class leading 10 airbags, Lexus' unique Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) stability system and a raft of active and passive safety features.

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Lexus Chief Executive, John Roca, said the Lexus RX 450h signalled the most significant advance in Lexus' hybrid technology since the launch of the marque's first hybrid.

"RX 450h really solidifies the importance and relevance of hybrid technology for global motorists - it is the world's most efficient luxury SUV," said Roca.

"Lexus continues to be at the forefront of hybrid technology, and not only did we deliver the impossible with our first hybrid model, we are now delivering hybrid vehicles that challenge the concept of practicality and efficiency."

"Lexus continues to be the luxury hybrid leader, and while other manufacturers still talk about their forthcoming development models, Lexus continues to introduce real solutions today," said Roca.

"RX 450h is an astounding vehicle that demonstrated what is possible when you put all your efforts into pursuing absolute efficiency."

"With RX 450h we have diesel competitors firmly in our sights, and with Lexus' unique blend of power, efficiency, practicality and pricing, we are certain that RX will remain our top selling model," said Mr Roca.

* Fuel consumption will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Standard used for fuel consumption data: ADR81/02 combined cycle.


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