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Report: Toyota to Nearly Triple Production of Lexus HS 250h Hybrid by October

8 August 2009

The Nikkei reports that Toyota Motor Kyushu Inc. will nearly triple the production of the Lexus HS 250h hybrid (earlier post) by October. Sales of the HS 250h began in Japan in July.

The HS250h is Lexus’s first hybrid-only offering. Toyota produced 2,000 units in July. Remaining orders for the Lexus hybrid have reached 8,600 units—17 times the monthly domestic sales target of 500.

The HS 250h utilizes Lexus’ first four-cylinder gas engine and the latest hybrid system. The twin-cam Atkinson-cycle engine with Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i) alone has an output of 147 hp (110 kW). In combination with the hybrid drive motor, the HS 250h generates 187 total system horsepower (140 kW). HS 250h has nearly zero evaporative emissions. Sales in the US begin in late August.

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Seems much like a Camry Hybrid? It may use the very same ICE, Hybrid drive train, battery etc? How does the fuel consumption compare?
It may be tuned to higher performance?

However, it will give HEVs buyers another choice.

Anyone know what the MPG is?

35 mpg city, 34 highway, 35 combined.

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