Originally Posted by Trexus
I appears Infiniti is pushing performance hybrids with the M35h (360hp) and G37h (354hp?).
Lexus has the GS 450h (performance hybrid) but the IS 300h is geared more towards fuel efficiency as oppose to performance hybrid. Lexus could put the GS hybrid powertrain into an IS (IS 450h?).
thats because Lexus/Toyota are 90% of worldwide hybrid production/sales.
They are by far the market leader.
This IS300h will double Lexus sales in Europe, because in many countries it will be taxed a lot lower than other vehicles. This is why CT200h sells so well in Europe.
I know that here in my country, price of both CT200h and IS300h will go down by 10%-15% in pricing due to lower taxes. This is significant amount of money. Competitor is 320d ED (special low emissions) version which is significantly more expensive than 318d for instance, and still has 10% higher emissions than 220hp IS300h.
So with upcoming NX and IS300h, and maybe refresh of CT200h/300h, GS300h, Lexus quite possibly could reach 100k units in Europe, which is significant as it enables more dealers and more profitable dealers at that.
It is kind of crazy that for quite a while, best selling Lexus in Europe was RX450h, which is $80k-$100k car here. Imagine how many sales would Lexus have in US if their best selling model was starting at $80k... not many :-). So there is a lot of potential untapped for Lexus worldwide, which will become possible with new models as well as new 300h engine.