2010 Lexus HS 250h – Click above for high-res image gallery
With the new Lexus HS250h beginning to hit the streets in the coming months, Toyota's ever-expanding hybrid lineup will need parts. Toyota Motor Kyushu Inc. is stepping up to supply bits that include the motor/generators and transmissions. The new factory launched last year with a single production line that supplies vehicles like the Lexus RX450h and Highlander. A second production line is now coming on stream to supply component sets for the HS. The new facility includes clean room areas for assembly of sensitive electronic components. The combined capacity for the two lines will now be 168,000 units annually, which seems to be more than the expected demand for the HS and RX hybrids. Perhaps Lexus is preparing to launch an ES hybrid as well with the next generation.