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Lexus starts production of all-new GS 450h
Production of the high-performance GS 450h, has started at the Tahara Plant, in Japan. Bearing Lexus’ bold new design identity and equipped with the second-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, the GS 450h is gearing up for market launch in the UK this summer.
The all-new GS features a powerful, commanding road presence, while the refined interior offers a driver-focused cockpit and advanced safety and comfort. There is more space for driver and passengers, and significantly more room for luggage.
The GS combines sharp, accurate steering and excellent body control, with outstanding high-speed stability.
The GS 450h is also the world’s first front engine rear-wheel drive performance saloon to be equipped with a full hybrid system.
Featuring a V6 Atkinson cycle petrol engine with next generation D-4S direct injection technology, the GS delivers 345bhp.
As a result, the GS 450h will accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 155mph.
Even so, CO2 emissions start from just 137 g/km, while combined fuel economy is 47.8mpg.
Production of the GS 250 started in January, and this model is already launched in Japan and the USA.
Demand for new GS has been very strong – about 4,000 all-new GS cars have already been sold between January and February this year.
In Japan, customer orders in the first month of sales were ten times higher than the monthly sales plan. In the USA, year-to-date sales of GS are four times higher than last year.