Lexus Hopes RX400h Will Afford Wealthy a Guilt-free SUV

First luxury sport utility has a combined city-highway fuel rating of 28 miles per gallon, compared with 21 mpg in the conventional RX 330.

Published: 06-Feb-2005

Finally, a hybrid for high rollers.

Toyota Motor Corp., whose fuel-efficient Prius compact was the world's first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle when it went on sale in Japan in 1997, is about to launch the first luxury hybrid: the Lexus RX 400h sport utility vehicle.

Waiting lists, already common with the Prius, are piling up for the SUV, due in showrooms by mid-April. Toyota dealers nationally have taken orders for 11,900 of the 24,000 being allotted for sale in the United States this year.

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