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Remember when the Lexus LS 600h was on the way, and there was head-scratching aplenty about the $100K+ price and the delay? At the time, Lexus said it only planned to sell 2,000 of the hybrid cruisers per year, and that they already had orders for 1,650 of them. Then the car came out, and in spite of being treated rather unkindly by the motoring press and boasting a less-than-stellar MPG improvement, it has sold 6,093 worldwide through October. The car only went on sale in July.

Lexus calls the car the "progressive person's alternative." The New York Times called the car the "new standard for automotive hyperbole." After only a few months of sales, it is far too early to call -- but it would be interesting to see if Lexus has done the same thing with the LS that Toyota did with the Prius: no matter what you might think of it, it allows people to make a statement.

While Mercedes and Audi are busy working on... something, and hydrogen BMWs shuttle celebs hither, Lexus has a car on lots that lets luxury buyers make the claim, "I care." (Remember, this isn't about what you think of the statement, so keep the comments civil.) Whichever one the buyers are going for -- progressive, hyperbole, statement, or something else -- it appears to be working.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Screw the LS, I want a genuine, honest to god, LEGALIZED Toyota Century.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 2008 Mercedes-Benz S Class 6.0L V12 achieves fuel economy of 11/17 city/hwy.

      The Lexus LS600h nearly doubles that, but retains equivalent performance.

      To the folks here who think there is no fuel-economy improvement with this car, are you seriously trying to suggest that its fuel-economy will be as poor as that of its Mercedes V12 competitor?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Qnubuddy LS600H problem is that in real world traffic the average consuption is more like 19mpg..tested by british Autoexpress.. means all the Lexus consuption and emission numbers are rubbish..

        from Autoexpress...
        After covering more than 1,000 miles, the LS600h’s average consumption was only 19.4mpg. This is highly disappointing from a car that claims to achieve 30.4mpg.

        BTW that is exactly the same rating that Autoexpress gave the Mercedes S600... and the S600 monster the LS600h in drive and handling perfromance ...


        So all that techical gismos are completely worthless..

        Lexus whishes meets real world ...
        • 7 Years Ago

        0-100mph LS600h over 21seconds
        0-100mph S600 15seconds

        dream on equal perfromance...
        next to that the LS600h completely suckz at handling..

        on the Autozeitung track test the LS600H was owned pretty hard with 1:51min vs Mercedes S600 1:44min and Audi A8 4.2l TDI quattro with 1:48min.

        The Mercedes S600 never tryed to be any kind of green.. but the drive perfromance is a completly higher class vs the LS600H no matter what Lexus commercials try to teach you
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you're worried about mileage in this 100K Lexus then you shouldn't be buying it. Especially when this covers 2 Tahoe in price.
        • 7 Years Ago
        A Lexus LS costs twice as much as a Tahoe? Really? So does a S-Class Benz and the BMW 7-Series, so what?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Same mpg as LS460L and same acceleration? Check.

      Probably harsher environmental profile because of the batteries? Check.

      Bought by poseur environmentalists not willing to make a real sacrifice? Check.

      Costs a lot more than the LS460L and is a scam? Check.
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks like Lexus needs some good press... BMW nealry beat them in car sales in November 2007 in the USA..
      Pointless claim to they have much more success... the selling numbers are so low who cares?
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ nagmashot
      Usa is the largest luxury market in the world. And Lexus is # 1. Lexus unlike Audi has a better image in the Usa. They have a steady growth in Europe year after year. And from what I read its the Europeans that are trying to produce hybrids
      • 7 Years Ago
      i hate the ls600h because it's a way to cash in on the hybrid image toyota has built. it is bigger, heavier, slower, and less efficient than a GS450h. if you're buying a $100k car, you don't worry about gas prices. check out the review at edmunds.

      however, i am not surprised by its successful sales.

      by the way, there are 2 "Andrew"s on autoblog. I can't change my profile because I get a login error (I'm guessing the system recognizes the other Andrew properly, though)
        • 7 Years Ago
        "it is bigger, heavier, slower, and less efficient than a GS450h"

        Really? Come on, that's like saying a S-Class Benz is bigger than a C-Class. The GS is their midrange luxury car, the LS is the top range one, obviously it's going to be bigger, heavier, slower, and less efficient.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Rich schmucks are lapping this "hybrid" up, ey? As mentioned above, this is a "feel good" luxury purchase. How freaking pointless?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure that drivers of the LS600h actually don't give a crap about saving gas, and probably aren't particularly sanctimonious, since anybody blowing 100K+ on a vehicle really could have put that money to much better use in the world (like a whole lot of microloans or charity or something).

      The people who buy it are just the same people who buy S600's...I mean, the S class and the LS are competitors after all, and the LS600h is basically the S600's competitor.

      The fact that it's a hybrid is probably just attractive because it makes it higher-tech, kinda like how that huge twin-turbo V12 is also very advanced.

      If anything, the fact that it gets somewhat better mileage just helps slightly offset the guilt from actually owning a car that costs that much, but nobody's buying this because of the mileage or to pretend they're an environmentalist. They're buying it because it's over the top just like the S600 is.

      And seeing as how pretty much every luxury car manufacturer plans to offer a hybrid soon anyways, and pretty much every car manufacturer plans to start selling hybrids, this whole idiotic "hybrid drivers are sanctimonious" line of thinking is just going to result in you feeling like an asshat when the car you want is only available in a hybrid one day. Seriously, once hybrids get cheaper to manufacture, it's not going to make any sense to even bother making the non-hybrid version of larger vehicles-especially with gas prices going the way they are. Who the hell would drive a non-hybrid Tahoe if the hybrid was only $2000 more?!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's funny how the same people on this site that say the Hybrid Tahoe is so great. Are the first one to complain about how bad this Lexus is. When other Luxury brands offer vehicles that only get 8mpg - 14mpg. Lexus gets in the 18-20 range.
      • 7 Years Ago
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