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Lexus NX 300h Aims to ‘Stun’


The 2015 Lexus NX now comes as a hybrid or a turbocharged model, both of which gain from the company’s long experience with hybrid drive and turbo technology. The new entry from Japan’s leading luxury carmaker features a Qi wireless charging platform for devices, synthetic leather, and something unique on a luxury crossover, a G-force [...]

Revealed: New Lexus Hybrid NX 300h


Lexus revealed fresh specs for its NX lineup at the Beijing Auto Show this week. Two of the car’s new versions, a turbo and a hybrid, are destined for U.S. showrooms. The NX 300h hybrid will carry an Atkinson-cycle, 2.5-liter engine coupled with an electric motor, a combination that creates 194 horsepower. Both the NX [...]

EV, Hybrid Cash-Back Offers Tops in Industry

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As carmakers pull out all the stops to boost the final month of first quarter sales, cash-back offers on hybrids and electric cars are among the best in the industry. Indeed, three of the top five biggest cash-back deals are on electric cars, and a luxury hybrid ranks in the top ten. Mitsubishi’s 2012 i-MiEV [...]

Consumer Reports’ Top Picks Stun Industry


Lexus, Acura, and Audi were at the top of the annual Consumer Reports picks for best all-around auto brands. CR uses its own safety testing, along with owner survey statistics and road tests to determine the rankings. Of the first eight places on the survey, seven of them were occupied by Japanese carmakers. Among individual [...]

Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Hybrid Snag Major Awards


U.S. News & World Report this week released its “Best Cars for the Money” listing, which named the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Chevy Volt, and Lexus RX Hybrid among the winners in their respective categories. Volt reigned supreme in the Upscale Midsize Cars category, while the Ford Fusion won the Hybrid Cars segment. The Lexus RX [...]

Awards: ‘Most Affordable’ Hybrids and EVs Are…


Kelley Blue Book (KBB) handed out its affordability awards this week, choosing winners in more than 22 vehicle categories. Top picks were selected based upon a 5-year cost to own rather than MSRP. Toyota’s Prius C and the Lexus RX 450h were winners in the hybrid and hybrid SUV categories, respectively. Chevy’s Spark EV won [...]

Mystery: Will New Lexus F Model be a Hybrid?


Lexus officials have announced that the Japanese automaker will bring a fresh F model to the North American International Auto Show in January. Details are scant about the car’s specs. As of today, Lexus has not even indicated whether the new vehicle will feature a hybrid drivetrain or some other power configuration. Experts have studied [...]

Toyota and Lexus: ‘Kings of Resale Value’


Kelley Blue Book has just published its yearly ranking of vehicles with the best resale values. Toyota, its luxury brand Lexus, and Chevrolet were the big winners, though Toyota rival Honda took the top spot in three different categories. Honda’s Accord was first on the Midsize listing. Lexus ruled the Luxury category, while Toyota, as [...]

LA Auto Show Battles for Top Spot


On Nov. 22, the LA Auto Show will open its doors to the public. The event hopes to build upon its reputation as a place for all things green. Already the world’s best venue for hybrid and electric vehicles, this year’s LA event, which runs until Dec. 1, boasts a long list of world premieres. [...]

New Study: “Some Hybrids Save Big Bucks”


Automotive data analysis firm Vincentric LLC has released results of its 2013 cost compilations, which showed that 13 hybrid cars now have a lower total cost-of-ownership than their combustion counterparts. Topping the study’s list were the Lexus CT 200h and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The 200h features a total ownership cost savings of $6,300, while [...]

Toyota Sweeps AutoPacific Hybrid Awards


The Auto Pacific ‘Vehicle Satisfaction Awards’ (VSA) named a pair of Toyota vehicles as best-in-class in the survey’s only two categories for hybrid-drive models. The awards are an industry benchmark for manufacturers, measuring each vehicle on 51 different qualities and gathering input from more than 52,000 vehicle owners. In the Hybrid Car/EV category, Toyota’s Avalon [...]

Lexus Hybrid SUV Will Debut at Geneva 2014


Lexus will unveil its NX 300h hybrid car at next year’s Geneva Auto Show. The compact luxury SUV is expected to feature a four-cylinder, 2.5-liter hybrid drivetrain, much like the company’s ES 300h. With the Geneva event almost a full year away, Lexus has decided to debut a concept version of the NX on home [...]

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