Toyota Motor Corp. continues its plans to introduce its luxury brand in its home country. (Lexus debuted in the U.S. in 1989 but did not arrive in Japan until last year.) According to spokeswoman Shiori Hashimoto, the Lexus LS will arrive in dealershipsnext month with the hybrid version to be available sometime in early 2007.

The LS is part of Toyota's plan to compete with foreign automakers like BMW who dominate the Japanese luxury segment. The world's second largest automaker plans to double its luxury lineup to eight by 2010 with a rumored SUV, a sports car, and two other models. It's unknown if any of these future vehicles will include hybrids.

[Source: AFX News via Forbes]

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