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20Toyota's refreshed Sai is a Lexus HS by any other name

Toyota first launched Lexus in the United States back in 1989, but it wasn't until 2005 that it brought the luxury marque home to roost. But don't think that Toyota didn't find a way of selling many of its premium models in the Japanese Domestic Market in the meantime. The Lexus LS was sold as the Toyota Celsion, the ES as the Vista and Camry Prominent, and the SC as the Soarer. (We could go on, but you get the point.)

5Report: Toyota cutting 2011 global hybrid production goal

2011 Lexus CT 200h prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

1Toyota to retool Kanda plant for start-to-finish midsize hybrid vehicle production

2010 Lexus HS 250h – Click above for high-res image gallery

47Officially Official: Toyota recalls 2010 Prius and Lexus HS250h for ABS fix

2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery

9Officially, Official: Toyota recalls 2010 Prius and HS250h for ABS fix

2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery

11Report: Toyota will double hybrid output to one million a year in 2011

2010 Toyota Prius - Click above for high-res image gallery

5Tokyo 2009: hybrid-only, Japan-only Toyota Sai unveiled

As expected, Toyota has taken the wraps off of its new dedicated hybrid model, the Sai. The Sai medium-sized hybrid will only be sold in Japan, starting in early December (a bit later than expected). Toyota says that the Sai shows how committed the company is to expanding its hybrid technology. Compared to the Prius, the Sai is bigger, uses a larger engine (2.4 liters compared to 1.8) and costs more. The Sai will start at around $37,500, whereas the Prius base model is around $22,000 in Japan. T

11Toyota Sai to be brand's second dedicated hybrid, goes on sale Oct. 20 in Japan

2009 Lexus HS 250h - Click above for high-res image gallery

4Toyota Sai to be brand's second dedicated hybrid, goes on sale Oct. 20

2009 Lexus HS 250h - Click above for high-res image gallery

4Toyota readies a HS250h version for the Japanese market

2009 Lexus HS 250h - Click above for high-res image gallery

4REPORT: Toyota SAI hybrid coming to Japan later this year

Rumors of a new Toyota Motor Company hybrid called the SAI have been floating around for a few months, but things are looking more likely now than ever. The Kyodo News is reporting that ToMoCo will release the SAI, a new medium-sized hybrid, in Japan later this year. The SAI will be bigger than the Prius and share some structure and looks with the Lexus HS 250h. It won't be a simple rebadging, and Green Car Congress says the price should fall somewhere between the two already-established hybrids

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