Lexus Discontinues Slow-Selling HS250h Sedan

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The Lexus HS was introduced back in 2009 as a ‘dedicated hybrid’ vehicle, which was also affordable. It never really caught on, selling only 20,226 units in the US and 8,494 units in Japan, where it was pegged as a sure-fire hit amongst car buyers at the time of its launch.
Apparently, it was one of Lexus’ own models which put an end to the HS250h - the CT200h hatchback, also a dedicated hybrid which apparently was a lot more appealing to buyers. The HS had a very (identical) similar hybrid system to the Toyota Camry Hybrid, comprised of a 147hp 2.4-liter engine, aided by a 40hp electric motor, driving the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission.

We can’t say we’re particularly sad to see the HS250h go, however it just goes to show that a variation of ‘natural selection’ is still at work in the auto industry of today.
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