Norway Royals Add Lexus 600 Hybrid to Family Fleet

Crown Prince Haakon and his wife also own a Lexus RX 400h and two Toyota Prius hybrid cars.

Published: 17-Jan-2008

- Norwegian Crown Princess Mette-Marit was the first member of the royal family to use a new luxury hybrid that last week became the latest addition to the royal car fleet, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The princess on Monday used the dark blue Lexus LS 600h for a drive to a cinema in Oslo, tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) reported.

The Lexus LS 600hL sells for roughly 1.6 million kroner (300,000 dollars) in Norway, making it an exclusive vehicle that is also touted as the millionaire's "environmental car," the report said.

According to Verdens Gang, it was the first time the royals have included a Japanese-made vehicle in the official fleet, traditionally dominated by German brands.

"The environment is always a factor when considering new vehicles," palace spokeswoman Astrid Versto was quoted as telling VG.


The Edge crossover concept vehicle could go the first 25 or 30 miles each day on energy from the power grid.

Priced at $24,400 MSPR, the Altima Hybrid has been certified by the Internal Revenue Service as meeting the requirements for the Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit, thereby qualifying for a tax credit of $2,350.

The Small Hybrid Sports Concept is a sports car that features advanced hybrid technology - proving stylish design and driving enjoyment can be combined with low environmental impact. It was designed by Honda R and D Europe, based in Offenbach, Germany.


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