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  • Lexus’ Multi Stage Hybrid System to feature in the powertrain of the new LS 500h flagship sedan, which makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show
  • High-performance hybrid system brings new level of driving pleasure, greater acceleration and traction, and higher efficiency
  • Higher cruising speeds achievable with petrol engine shut off – up to 140km/h
  • Performance maintains the hallmark smooth, quiet and refined nature of Lexus Hybrid

(TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 22, 2017) Lexus’ new LS 500h flagship sedan is to benefit from the company’s Multi Stage Hybrid System, a breakthrough technology that transforms the performance and driver appeal of hybrid power. The new LS 500h will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 7 March.

The system, first installed in the powertrain of the new LC 500h luxury coupe, brings multiple benefits in terms of improved throttle responsiveness, high-speed cruising at lower engine rpm and the ability to cruise at higher speeds, with the petrol engine shut off – up to 140km/h.

At the same time, overall fuel efficiency and emissions performance are improved, while preserving the smooth, quiet and sophisticated drive that is a hallmark of Lexus hybrids.

The Multi Stage Hybrid System adds a four-stage shift device to the LS 500h’s Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, which features a 3.5-litre V6 Dual VVT-i petrol engine and two electric motors. The result is more direct response to driver throttle inputs – a quality that is particularly noticeable when pulling away from stationary.

Although the system comprises a four-stage shift, its operation replicates the feel of driving with a 10-speed transmission, like that featured in the V8-level powered LS 500, with a linear, direct and continuous acceleration feel, making for a more rewarding driving experience.

The Lexus press conference will take place on March 7, at 12:45PM on the stand no. 4211 in Hall 4, Palexpo.

About Lexus Canada

Lexus Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Lexus luxury cars and sport utility vehicles through a sales and service network of 39 dealers across Canada. Guests have access to a wide range of luxury and performance vehicles with a total of 12 Lexus nameplates available in Canada, including the largest luxury hybrid lineup of 6 hybrid models. Inspired by great design and passion for innovation, Lexus is committed to delivering the highest quality products, services and experiences to meet the needs of luxury guests. The Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h are built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada’s (TMMC) award-winning Cambridge South plant. For more information about Lexus and Lexus products, please visit: www.lexus.ca.