Lexus Ls600h Hybrid
True to predictions, The Detroit News is reporting that Lexus has issued a stop sale on its LS 460 and LS 600h (standard and long-wheelbase) luxury sedans due to a problem with the electronic steering system that can temporarily cause the steering wheel to become off-centered. Apparently, the wheel will return to its correct position after about five seconds of misalignment. Toyota issued a recall on Friday, May 21st to address the defect. Click here to see the recall notice from the National Hi
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In trying to establish a Japanese-market foothold for Lexus, Toyota has seemingly fallen prey to the same tactic that made the Cadillac Cimmaron such a maroon. When trying to launch a brand, especially an upscale brand, it's not advisable to rebadge existing models and crank up the price. It doesn't seem to matter how good the car is, or how swanky the new $10-million-a-pop showroom is, once an Altezza, always an Altezza, and paying 20 percent more for the same car with a different logo is right
In a Lexus LS 600h, going on sale at the beginning of October, there is a lot of technology in the hybrid powertrain under the hood. But, a new standard feature, the Pre-Crash Safety (PCS) system, will up the ante by figuring out if the driver is paying attention, calculating if a crash is about to occur, and then do something about it.
Lexus wants to add to their US sales total by over 100,000 units a year and they are planning to trade on the environmental reputation they built with the Prius to do it. The new tag-line Lexus just introduced is "Gives more to the driver, takes less from the world," but the applications of hybrid technology in the Lexus lineup are clearly geared more toward improving performance than making much impact on efficiency.
Sure, it costs a pretty penny, but how does the Lexus LS 600h ride? That's the question that Nihon Car recently had the chance to answer, when they spent a week with the world's most expensive production hybrid car. Nihon Car is not focused on the greener side of things, and their mission was to figure out "how is it to drive such a gigantic machine on a daily basis?"
One of our eagle-eyed readers happened to accidentally record an automotive program recently that included an interview with Lexus PR Manager Bill Ussery. Ussery gives the interviewer the full rundown on the Lexus RX400h hybrid crossover, explaining that there is no need to plug it in since it generates it's own electricity. This of course will be a disappointment to many of our readers. You can watch the video after the jump.