Lexus LS600h and LS600hL1 hybrid sedans available in Japan

Lexus started sales in Japan today of the LS600h and LS600hL1 hybrid sedans, which form the pinnacle of the Lexus brand. The new LS600h and LS600hL models, products designed as the ultimate embodiment of the principles of the Lexus brand, combine the outstanding basic performance and advanced environmental performance required of a next-generation premium vehicle, setting them beyond the parameters of the conventional luxury vehicle. The Lexus LS600h and LS600hL feature the world’s first2 hybrid system combining a 5.0-liter V8 engine, a high-output motor and a full-time all-wheel-drive system. These two flagship vehicles represent a new standard in the world of luxury vehicles: dynamic acceleration on par with that of a 6-liter vehicle3 ; stable cruising across all speed ranges; and reduced gasoline consumption and lower CO2 emissions, realized by optimal engine and motor control and energy recovery based on four-wheel regenerative braking during deceleration.

In the Lexus LS600hL with its long wheelbase, devoting all of the extra room afforded by the 120mm extension of the body to expansion of the rear seat space has created a relaxing cabin area. In addition, audiovisual equipment, independent temperature regulation through automatic air-conditioning, a rear-seat relaxation system and other features add up to a superlative level of hospitality full of thoughtful detail. The instrument panel is covered, for the first time in a Japanese vehicle, with real leather. Discerningly selected materials, skillfully shaped profiles and meticulous stitch-work are used to create a high quality piece of craftsmanship. With a monthly target of 300 units, Lexus LS600h and LS600hL1 hybrid sedans will be initially available for Japan market only.