Transportation & Fuel Source Technology
The 2008 Lexus LS 600h L
Lexus of Canada today announced the luxury
auto-maker's most sophisticated flagship vehicle to date - the 2008 Lexus LS
600h L hybrid-powered, All-Wheel-Drive, long-wheelbase prestige luxury sedan.
The Lexus LS 600h L seamlessly marries the Lexus Hybrid Drive's
unparalleled performance with contemporary style, unique comfort and
convenience features, and the Lexus reputation for quality design and
manufacture. The result is a vehicle that doesn't merely qualify as best in
class, but changes the very definition of prestige luxury sedan. It sets a
new, desirable standard for the prestige luxury segment through the blending
of advanced technology and unique new values.
"It's fair to say that - to our knowledge - there is nothing on the road
or on the drawing board that comes close to delivering such a formerly
contradictory combination of jaw-dropping engine performance, fuel efficiency
and low emissions, " said Stuart Payne, Director responsible for Lexus in
Canada. "Combine this with Lexus' reputation for quality and service for our
guests, the L-finesse approach to uncompromised, contemporary luxury, and an
attention to detail that's second-to-none, and the LS 600h L is quite simply
in a class by itself."
Building upon the success of the 2007 Lexus LS 460L, which has enjoyed
steadily increasing sales since its introduction to Canada in November, the
2008 LS 600h L combines top-flight performance, a new level of meticulous
detail and polished excellence, hospitable comfort, and leading edge
automotive technology that is uniquely Lexus(*).
Performance and handling:
- The world's first full-hybrid V8 AWD powertrain.
- An all-new 5.0-litre V8 engine coupled with large, high-output
electric motors and a newly designed large-capacity battery pack to
deliver performance on par with a V12: up to 438 HP and up to
385 lb-ft of torque. At the same time, this Lexus Hybrid Drive system
achieves remarkable V6 fuel efficiency while generating a fraction of
the emissions of a conventionally powered vehicle.
- Numerous enhancements to the Lexus Hybrid Drive unique to the
LS 600h L. These include advances in inverter and battery cooling
technology for better performance from smaller, lighter components,
and a new electric motor design that delivers high torque at every
- A new dual stage electronically controlled continuously variable
transmission (CVT) allowing the driver to select one of three
acceleration response modes and choose engine brake force from eight
different ranges. The transmission also features a two-stage motor
speed reduction planetary gear unit that delivers impressively
powerful yet comfortable acceleration at any speed.
- A driver-controlled powertrain, allowing the driver to modify the
powertrain's performance from normal (optimized) operation to power
(maximum performance) or snow (maximum control) settings, as driving
- A new all-wheel-drive system engineered to fully harness the
LS 600h L 's power, delivering dynamic performance and an absolute
sense of security.
- The world's first white LED headlamps, in a multiple-projector
arrangement confer a distinctive eye to the vehicle and improve
visibility. The headlamps are mounted in an adaptive front lighting
system featuring automatic headlamp beam levelling to better
illuminate the road ahead as the vehicle corners.
- The Lexus Advanced Pre-Collision System, which uses a millimetre-wave
radar system and stereo cameras to detect and identify people,
animals and other obstacles in front of the vehicle, as well as a
surveillance system to monitor driver attention and distraction. The
system - the first of its kind in North America - then co-ordinates
with the vehicle's suspension stiffness, variable gear ratio steering
and brake assist on standby in case it's needed to support driver
- The state of the art Lexus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
(VDIM) system integrates and manages a complete package of
sophisticated handling systems to maximize control and responsiveness
under any driving condition.
- A full suite of Lexus-designed active control systems that interface
with VDIM, including an electronically controlled throttle, Vehicle
Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC) and Electric Power
Steering with Variable Gear Ratio Steering (EPS w/VGRS).
- An advanced braking system, including electronically controlled brake
system, antilock braking system, brake assist, electronic brake force
distribution and electric parking brake.
- Standard 19" all season tires or available 18" all-season tires.
Every LS 600h L is also equipped with a full-size spare tire.
- Each vehicle is equipped with ten airbags - the most in this class.
Other safety features include a front passenger occupancy
classification indicator, and three-point lap and shoulder belts with
pre-tensioners and force limiters in all seating positions. Vehicles
equipped with the available rear seat ottoman include an eleventh,
rear seat submarine prevention airbag exclusive to Lexus, which stops
passengers from sliding under their seat belt in the event of an
Comfort and Luxury:
- A new suspension system tailored to the LS 600h L's unique platform,
achieving a new balance of handling stability, riding comfort and
remarkable performance. The result is superb vehicle posture and
stability with minimal pitching and rolling - even over uneven road
- A crankshaft polished to a mirror finish in critical areas minimizes
friction between pistons and crankshaft to reduce unwanted engine
noise and vibration.
- State of the art noise and vibration reduction expertise and
technology, first applied to the conventionally powered 2007
Lexus LS 460, have been further refined in recognition of the
whisper-quiet performance of the LS 600h L 's full-hybrid powertrain,
to create a tranquility never before experienced while sitting in a
motor vehicle, while acoustic engineering ensures pleasant sounds
accompany vehicle functions.
- Wood trim and careful choice of leather finishing techniques and
stitching patterns provides a luxuriously tactile, as well as visual,
- The exclusive L-finesse design language combined with the ideal mix
of intelligent technology and emotionally evocative design to create
an experience of welcome hospitality that makes passengers feel like
they are travelling in a private jet.
- The luxuriously appointed 2008 Lexus LS 600h L is equipped with many
luxury, comfort and convenience features, including the Lexus
Advanced Parking Guidance System, which assists the driver in
parallel parking or backing into a parking space; power assist doors;
16-way power adjustable drivers seat; available rear seat cooler box;
a hard disc-based navigation system with voice recognition; a back-up
camera; push-button start; and available milliwave radar cruise
- An available executive package, includes a rear ottoman seat;
reclining rear seat; multi-function rear-seat massage system; and 4-
zone independent climate control system with body temperature sensors
combine to transform the rear passenger cabin into a rolling
- The executive package also features a leather-covered instrument
panel, leather-covered door panels, and an available rear-seat DVD
entertainment system with 9" LCD monitor and two sets of wireless
headphones that sets a new standard for in-vehicle entertainment
- Master machinists listen to each completed engine using a stethoscope
to search for minute yet abnormal noises and ensure the completed
engine is properly balanced. Only engines that pass this check are
assembled into the new LS 600h L.
- A "takumi" (artistic craftsman) water-polishes each vehicle by hand
between paint coatings, to achieve the ultimate in smooth finishes.
- A production control system tailored to the LS, which monitors the
precision of body and subassembly manufacture against design
- Each vehicle is test-driven to check for and eliminate unwanted
noises and vibration, and confirm riding comfort and steering
"The LS 600h L is a new icon for the Lexus brand - a state-of-the-art
image of style, technical advancement, and performance second to none,"
Mr. Payne continued. "It's the perfect vehicle for Canadians ready to enjoy
new levels of performance, style and safety."
The 2008 Lexus LS 600h L has a suggested retail price of $132,000. The
LS 600h L with Executive Package has a suggested retail price of $158,700.
Both versions of the LS Hybrid go on sale in the summer of 2007.
Lexus in Canada is the exclusive Canadian importer and distributor of
Lexus luxury cars and sports utility vehicles through a sales and service
network of 30 dealers across Canada. An industry leader for product quality
and ownership satisfaction since its inception, Lexus has sold more than
80,000 vehicles in Canada. The best-selling Lexus RX SUV, the acknowledged
benchmark in the luxury sport utility vehicle segment, is built for the North
American market in Cambridge, Ontario. For more information about Lexus
products, and Lexus' pursuit of perfection, visit www.lexus.ca
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