SUSTAINABILITY

At Lexus, we have a deep commitment to the environment and to the world we are creating for future generations. As scientific reports point to further increases in the earth's temperature and the disastrous effects this can cause, Lexus is vigorously working to improve outcomes on many fronts.

A vision for the future

Rising global temperatures are caused by rapidly increasing levels of gases like CO2

Lexus has always looked further ahead, not simply in designing better vehicles to drive, but in helping to create a better world in which to live. We have been thinking green for many years. The development of hybrid technology is central to our commitment to develop better solutions not only for Lexus drivers, but also for the planet.

The Lexus Hybrid Drive solution

Through Lexus Hybrid Drive, we are creating vehicles which deliver guilt-free performance. We have invested many millions of dollars developing Lexus Hybrid Drive into an engine system that delivers increased power with decreased fuel consumption and emissions.

Lexus Hybrid Drive is also smoother, quieter, and delivers instant response that defies its status as an 'economy' solution.

In addition, the energy which is normally wasted while slowing down or braking is conserved as electricity which is stored in the battery. When stopped at traffic lights, the vehicle actually switches off to conserve fuel. When brisk acceleration is needed, the petrol engine and high output electric motors combine to deliver dramatic acceleration rivalling far thirstier conventional vehicles.

Cleaner processes for a cleaner future

We are continually finding ways to make our manufacturing processes cleaner. We have made dramatic reductions to water usage, and the production of waste and scrap material in our plants in recent years.

Our recycling technology is continually being improved and we are on target to achieve a 95% recovery rate of our vehicles by 2015. That means all but a tiny 5% of materials will be recovered and recycled, to be later reused in helping create even better Lexus vehicles in the future.

Lexus dealers also play a significant role in this commitment, by reducing their waste through returning components for rebuilding or recycling.

All of this results in vehicles which deliver more driving enjoyment, with less impact on the environment.

Hybrid and Beyond

Our commitment also extends well beyond hybrid technology. The development of innovations like VVT-i, direct injection, lightweight alloy engines and advanced transmissions have dramatically improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. Body designs honed in wind tunnels minimise power-sapping wind drag.

Computer modelling before actual manufacture allows bodies to be designed which are lighter in weight without compromising strength, by eliminating unnecessary excess material in non-critical areas.

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