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Lexus Unveils 2008 LS600h L hybrid sedan

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Lexus unveiled today the all-new 2008 LS600h L hybrid luxury sedan at the 2006 New York International Automobile Show (open to the press April 12 and 13; open to the general public April 14 to 23).

The LS600h L, a high-end model from the Lexus flagship LS series, combines a newly developed high-output 5.0-liter V8 engine with a high-performance motor to achieve dynamic performance on par with a 6.0-liter V12 engine, as well as excellent fuel efficiency similar to that of a V6 all-wheel-drive midsize sedan and clean exhaust emissions (at the Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle, or SULEV, level defined by California in the United States).

Lexus 2008 LS600h L hybrid sedan outline

Lexus Hybrid Drive
By combining a newly developed high-output 5.0-liter V8 gasoline engine with a compact high-output motor, the LS600h L provides driving performance equivalent to that of a 6.0-liter V12 engine, but with superior fuel efficiency and cleaner exhaust emissions.

The continuously variable transmission features a two-stage motor speed reduction device that optimally adjusts power drive from the motor in accordance with driving conditions.

A newly developed all-wheel drive (AWD) system, which fully conveys the power generated by the hybrid system to the road surface, has been adopted to ensure safe driving, even at high speeds.

When starting up and operating at low speeds or with a light load on the powertrain, the vehicle can be operated as an electric vehicle (EV), achieving the exceptionally quiet ride characteristic of a hybrid vehicle.

Coinciding with the debut of the all-new LS is the introduction of the name Lexus Hybrid Drive, which will be used globally for all Lexus hybrid models.

Advanced Safety Technologies
The new LS600h L features a Pre-crash Safety System with a driver monitoring system that can detect the direction of the driver's face, and, when needed, issue emergency warnings at an earlier stage.

In addition to being better able to perceive other vehicles and obstacles on the road ahead, the use of stereo cameras and an improved millimeter-wave radar system enable the improved Pre-Crash Safety System to effectively detect pedestrians.

Outstanding Driving Performance
A new platform design allows the vehicle to offer a comfortable ride, as well as superior handling and enhanced stability.

It features completely redesigned front and rear multi-link suspensions, as well as VGRS (Variable Gear Ratio Steering) and VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management) for integrated active steering control.

New Lexus Design Direction
Based on the Lexus design philosophy of L-finesse*1, the new LS600h L, following the complete redesigning of the Lexus GS and IS sedans, is meant to be a first-generation model featuring a unique design characterized by a sense of dignity and emotional beauty suitable for a flagship model.

Interior and Special Features
  • World's first commercial application*2 of LED headlights (low beam)
  • Advanced Parking Guidance System
  • Four-zone front and rear air conditioning with air purification function and body-heat sensors for independent automatic temperature controls for all four occupants
  • Heated steering wheel and ventilated seats wrapped in one of four tones of semi-aniline leathers matched to one of three coordinating wood-grain trims
  • Power reclining rear seats with power leg rests and a massage feature
  • Rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a 9-inch drop-down screen and a 19-speaker 450-watt Mark Levinson audio system
  • Large rear console and rear-seat fold-away table
  • Rear-door power sunshades and rear power headrests, among numerous other comfort-enhancing features
The long-wheelbase LS600h L will be available in North America.  The LS600h L and a standard length LS600h will be available in Japan.  Both models are scheduled for a launch (including Japan) in the spring of 2007.

  • World's first commercial application*2 of LED headlights (low beam)
  • Advanced Parking Guidance System
  • Four-zone front and rear air conditioning with air purification function and body-heat sensors for independent automatic temperature controls for all four occupants
  • Heated steering wheel and ventilated seats wrapped in one of four tones of semi-aniline leathers matched to one of three coordinating wood-grain trims
  • Power reclining rear seats with power leg rests and a massage feature
  • Rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a 9-inch drop-down screen and a 19-speaker 450-watt Mark Levinson audio system
  • Large rear console and rear-seat fold-away table
  • Rear-door power sunshades and rear power headrests, among numerous other comfort-enhancing features
The long-wheelbase LS600h L will be available in North America.  The LS600h L and a standard length LS600h will be available in Japan.  Both models are scheduled for a launch (including Japan) in the spring of 2007.

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