2010 Lexus HS250 h : The Luxury Prius
The HS 250 h is Lexus’ first dedicated-hybrid sedan. This sedan is between the IS and the ES in size. The HS has a 187 hp, 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine paired u with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive. This combination is similar to Toyota’s Camry Hybrid.
With the HS250 Lexus claims that this model will be 30 percent more fuel-efficient than any model currently in its lineup.
The HS 250h incorporates plant-based, carbon-neutral “Ecological Plastics” or bio-plastics in specific interior areas. Ecological Plastic emits less carbon dioxide during a product’s lifecycle than plastic made solely from petroleum. Among the areas of utilization will be an industry-first use in luggage-trim upholstery. Other areas are the cowl-side trim, door scuff plate, tool box area, floor-finish plate, seat cushions, and the package tray behind the rear seats. Overall, approximately 30% of the interior and luggage area is covered with Ecological Plastic. Over the estimated lifecycle of the vehicle, the HS 250h will have approximately 20% fewer carbon-dioxide emissions as a result of utilizing the Ecological Plastic trim pieces.
The HS comes with standard 17-inch or optional 18-inch wheels, and only 10 airbags. Talk about good safety! The 2010 HS 250h will reach dealerships nationwide in late summer.
Information Via Green Car Congress
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