On April 2005, Lexus sold its first hybrid vehicle, the RX400h. 11 years later, hybrids would expand to Lexus' car and crossover lineup and reach a sales milestone of 1 million cars. The millionth Lexus hybrid sold was an NX 300h and to commemorate this milestone, the car was delivered to a Lexus customer in Milan, Italy, by Alain Uyttenhoven, head of Lexus Europe.
"This is my first Lexus. I chose this brand because I really value it. When I saw the new Lexus NX 300h, I was immediately captured by its design, and of course the hybrid technology made me enthusiastic. I was surprised to hear that I was the buyer of the 1 millionth Lexus hybrid, and I am honoured to celebrate this important milestone with Lexus!" said Aldo Pirronello, owner of the one millionth Lexus hybrid.
As mentioned above, the first hybrid Lexus offered was the RX400h back in 2005. It was then followed up a year later with the GS450h, bringing the hybrid lineup to two cars. Lexus then added a hybrid variant to the flagship LS series to create the LS600h L in 2008. In 2009, Lexus released the HS250h followed by the Lexus CT200h in 2011. Lexus offered a hybrid powertrain for the ES for the first time in 2012 with the ES300h while the Lexus IS got the same treatment a year later, badged IS300h. From its launch in 2014, the sport RC Coupe also received a hybrid option with the RC300h. The latest hybrid to join the range is the NX300h, introduced last year. Lexus' current hybrid offerings consists of the CT200h, HS250h, IS300h, RC300h, ES300h, GS300h, GS450h, LS600h L, NX300h and RX450h.
"The hybrid drive system continues to be our core vehicle technology to help reduce CO2 emissions, while providing a pleasurable driving experience. We have set ambitious environmental goals for 2050, and hybrid popularity worldwide is extremely important if we are to achieve those goals. Today, Lexus manufactures ten hybrid models, with more on the way. I’m pleased over 1 million customers worldwide have put their faith into our hybrid line-up," said Tokuo Fukuichi, president of Lexus International.