Global Lexus Hybrid Sales Since 2005

Lexus Hybrid Models

Toyota announced today that the company’s total hybrid sales have passed the 7 million unit mark, and have released a complete model-by-model breakdown for all regions.

Here’s how Lexus hybrid models have sold since their introduction in 2005:

Model Global Sales Japan North America Europe
LS 600h/LS 600hL 37,700 25,400 3,000 4,600
GS 450h/GS 300h 45,200 17,400 7,000 14,200
RX 400h/RX 450h 305,200 30,500 152,700 90,100
HS 250h 64,100 41,700 22,300
CT 200h 207,600 45,000 65,500 49,000
ES 300h 74,700 36,200 400
IS 300h 32,900 14,800 13,100
NX 300h 3,000 1,800 500

There’s some interesting data in this table — most surprising to me is how successful the LS 600h has been in Japan, averaging 3,600 units a year since it was introduced in 2007.

It’s also no wonder that Lexus has continued to sell the HS 250h in Japan, as the numbers are very good.

The grand total of Lexus hybrids sold? 770,400 units all told, for an average of 85,600 units a year.

[Source: Lexus USA]

Lexus Announces Recall for Fuel Delivery Pipe Issue

Lexus IS 250

Lexus has announced a recall of select Lexus models due to an issue with the fuel delivery pipe.

The models affected are the IS 250, IS 250 C, IS F, GS 300, GS 460, GS 450h, LS 600h, LS 600hL and LS 460 manufactured between January 2005 and September 2010.

Lexus has found that some pipes contain particles on the surface of the gasket seating of the fuel delivery pipe, which could cause the gasket to degrade and create the risk of a fuel leak.

This recall affects approximately 759,000 vehicles worldwide. Owners will be contacted in the coming weeks to schedule the repair.

[Source: Lexus UK Blog]

Custom Seafoam Green Lexus RC F to Debut at SEMA

Lexus RC F Instabuild

After a week of voting, Lexus USA Instagram followers have chosen how the SEMA-bound RC F project car will be customized:

Lexus RC F Instabuild

Each part of the build was voted on — here are the winning choices:

  • Seafoam Green Exterior
  • 20-inch Forged Vossen CVT wheels
  • Nitto Invo tires
  • Black Brembo brake calipers
  • Lexon Exclusive gun metal gray exterior body kit
  • Sabelt SPS seats
  • Steering wheel with alcantara grips, carbon fiber and Seafoam Green accents

The finished car will be built by VIP Auto Salon, and will debut at SEMA in Las Vegas on November 4th — I’ll be on hand with live updates from the show floor, where this Insta-built RC F is sure to be quite the sight.

Is Lexus Planning a Sub-NX Compact Crossover?

Lexus NX Smaller Crossover

Lexus International president Tokuo Fukuichi discussed the possibility of a crossover smaller than the NX with Australian website GoAuto:

Meanwhile, discussing a possible sub-NX crossover for the Japanese luxury brand to compete against the Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1, Mr Fukuichi said it would depend on whether Toyota had the appropriate platform to share.

“We have many kinds of product with the Toyota brand we have to share, but we can think about smaller product also,” he said. “Actually we cannot say about planning. We have to make a strategy to share with Toyota brand. Which brand is better for the smaller one.”

It just so happens that Toyota released a concept at last week’s Paris Motor Show that fits the bill — the C-HR is a small crossover that reportedly combines the “original late-90s RAV4 with the Prius and the GT86″:

Toyota C-HR Concept

(This marks the second time a Lexus executive has mentioned a sub-NX model — a couple months back, Lexus Europe vice president Alain Uyttenhoven discussed the possibility with Autocar.)

[Source: GoAuto]

Photo Gallery: Lexus NX 200t F SPORT in Seattle

Lexus NX 200t F SPORT Seattle Europe

Lexus Europe has released a massive collection of NX photos as part of their press launch in Seattle — I’m going to break the photos up by model, starting with the NX 200t F SPORT.

NX 200t F SPORT Exterior

NX 200t F SPORT Interior