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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 speed.
  • 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 conditions warrant.
  • 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 evasive actions.
  • 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 accident.
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 surfaces.
  • 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, passenger cabin.
  • 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 control system.
  • 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 sanctuary.
  • 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 experiences.
Exemplary craftsmanship:
  • 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 benchmarks.
  • Each vehicle is test-driven to check for and eliminate unwanted noises and vibration, and confirm riding comfort and steering response.
"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

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