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Lexus Hybrid sales top half a million

Sat, 22 Dec 2012

Lexus has revealed that they’ve sold more than 500,000 hybrid cars, with the Rx 450h the top seller and the CT 200h catching fast.

Unsurprisingly, as it was the first Lexus hybrid to be introduced in 2005, the biggest seller - accounting for half of all Lexus hybrid sales to date (259,000) – has been the RX 400h / RX 450h, but the CT 200h, which was only introduced in 2011, is catching up fast with sales to date of 122,000 to date.

During the last seven years Lexus hybrid sales have risen from 26,000 to 113,000 a year and 25 per cent of those Lexus hybrid sales now happen in Europe, even though we don’t get cars like the HS 250h (56,000 sales) and the ES 300h (8,000 sales).

Apart from the impressive sales of the less than perfect CT 200h (it needs a different suspension setup to be really good) and the RX 450h SUV/Crossover (which actually suits its hybrid powertrain and irritating CVT ‘box remarkably well), sales of the GS 450h have been strong (32,000 sale worldwide) and even the range-topping LS 600h are impressive (29,000).

We still hope that Lexus will offer more proper ICE alternatives for more of its cars in the future (as it has with the new GS in Europe), but it seems likely that Lexus hybrid sales will continue to grow from the present position of accounting for 25 per cent of Lexus sales.

By Cars UK