• Aug 25, 2009
2010 Lexus HS 250h – Click above for high-res image gallery

Once again, a hybrid sales success may mean shortages for Toyota as the Japanese automaker rolls out a desirable new product here in the United States. First, the new-for-2010 Prius hatchback proved to be such a stellar sales champ that Toyota found its production hampered by a shortage of batteries. Now, Automotive News reports that the new Lexus HS 250h is in such high demand in Japan that Toyota may not be able to provide an adequate supply of the luxury hybrid model here in the States.

Toyota had initially targeted 500 sales per month of the HS 250h in its home market, but a number of government-backed sales incentives and tax breaks for hybrid vehicles has boosted demand for the new sedan so much that Toyota saw 10,000 orders in its first month on sale in Japan. The Lexus HS 250h is scheduled to hit U.S. dealerships next month with a base price of $35,075 (including shipping), barring any unforeseen supply restrictions.



[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req'd]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't believe someone would pay premium dollar for this Corolla-lookalike with comparable highway mileage. What does this say about the driver? "I want you to think I'm concerned about the environment, but I'm really more concerned about brand image?" The Prius is rated at 51/48, the 250h at 35/34, yet you pay $13,000 more for the Lexus? A most hilarious failure, and I'll mock anyone I see driving it for an empty-headed egotist.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Does it make you feel superior to those "empty headed egotist" when you mock them? You sir a good example of someone with nothing better to do with your time. A fine example of a human being mocking someone for their vehicle of choice. Get a life god.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Leclerc: Apologies, mate. You go and enjoy that 250h, and don't let me or anyone else tell you it was a stupid purchase.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I applaud the concept and technology behind the vehicle. But what a ho-hum design. This thing is about as exciting as watching grass grow.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Might appeal to the Hollywood set.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One sighted outside of Portland, Oregon yesterday. I just laughed out loud. I guess the saying that a fool and his/her money is easily departed is pretty true :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      I told you before people would buy these things anyway!
      • 5 Years Ago
      And this pointless comment coming from someone that calls themself "hyundaifans". Brilliant!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw a silver one driving to work yesterday. It was parked and had Maryland tags + a license plate frame from the local Lexus dealer. They claim they haven't received a single HS though.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      so this is like, a lexus prius?
      .. for the people who do not wish to be seen in a 'common' prius, driven my lesser mortals?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car should really wear a Toyota badge........
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just a few weeks ago I was at the Lexus of Tacoma at Fife dealership and I didn't know until I got there, that they were holding an event welcoming the new HS hybrid. I must say, this car looks a lot better in person. It seems that happens to a lot of Lexus' in my opinion: not very appealing in photos, but quite nice in person.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's not out yet? I saw one on the freeway the other night. I though it was a Corolla with aftermarket LED tailights. Then I drove along side it. Ugh. What a stupid car. Maybe it was a magazine testing it, but it was near the Lexus dealer so I don't know...It had paper dealer plates.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw one yesterday in NJ. Looks a lot like a Corolla... =
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