Lexus RX400h: Automotive Superman

Camoflaged by its ordinary-looking, 'Clark Kent' exterior lurks a planet-saving vehicle that Lexus claims is the most fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly, greenest, leanest car of its kind.

Published: 30-Jan-2005

Think of the Lexus RX400h as an automotive superman. On the outside it’s Clark Kent -- an ordinary-looking SUV, indistinguishable from a raft of Japanese and Korean models. But inside it has the power to save the planet.

At least that’s what the publicity claims. A sheaf of tables and statistics supplied by Lexus -- the luxury offshoot of Toyota -- claims it is the most fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly, greenest, leanest car of its kind.

That’s the kind of thing a motor manufacturer would say, of course. But it is true that some of the industry’s biggest players are staking their future on the hybrid power option that underpins this car. In Tokyo and Detroit, executives are already gearing up their companies to mass-produce hybrids.

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