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13Lexus IS 300h teases American audience in Detroit

Here's the key line from today's announcement about the 2014 Lexus IS300h, the hybrid version of the new IS: it will "be available in Europe, Japan,and select international markets." In other words, you can see it at the Detroit Auto Show, but you won't be able to buy it here.

13Lexus predicts ES 300h hybrid will sell 15,000 a year in U.S.

Just how popular is Lexus expecting the ES 300h hybrid to be? Popular enough to move 15,000 units a year once the sedan is debuts for the 2013 model year, Wards Auto reports. Toyota's Luxury badge says the hybrid version will account for about a quarter of the ES 300 sedans sold, largely because its mark-up will be less than those for Lexus's GS and RX hybrids, the later which sells for a $6,600 premium compared to the gas-powered version.

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