Archive for the ‘Hybrid’ Category

World’s First V8 Hybrid System

June 18, 2007

“Lexus Launches LS600h and LS600hL in Japan; World’s First V8 Hybrid System Combining Full-time All-wheel Drive

Lexus started sales in Japan of the LS600h and LS600hL[1] hybrid sedans, which form the pinnacle of the Lexus brand.

The new LS600h and LS600hL models, products designed as the ultimate embodiment of the principles of the Lexus brand, combine the outstanding basic performance and advanced environmental performance required of a next-generation premium vehicle, setting them beyond the parameters of the conventional luxury vehicle. ”


Honda Ceases Production Of Hybrid Accords In Japan

June 6, 2007

Honda will discontinue the hybrid version of its Accord sedans, the company said Tuesday, conceding Toyota’s dominance with the hit Prius hybrid.Honda Motor Co., Japan’s No. 2 automaker, will continue to make gas-and-electric models of its Civic sedan, but stop offering the hybrid Accord with the new model expected to go on sale later this year, company spokesman Yoshiyuki Kuroda said in Tokyo.

The Accord hybrid, which is sold only in North America, was a dud, selling just 25,000 since going on sale in 2004, and just 6,100 last year.”