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2013-03-07 07:16

LOOKING GOOD: The Lexus IS300h has been launched at the 2013 Geneva auto show and will go on sale in Europe by July 2013.

The Lexus IS 300h has been launched at the 20130 Geneva auto show with its 2.5-litre full hybrid unit emitting CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km.

The car has the lowest CO2 figures and is fitted with 16” wheels, with the other two models in the line-up emitting 110g/km which means no emissions or road taxes have to be paid on these cars for Europe or South Africa – should it come here.

The car is driven by a 105kW electric motor and a newly developed 2.5 four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine pushing out 133kW. It features a D-4S fuel injection system, dual intelligent variable valve timing and a high-efficiency exhaust-gas recirculation system.

ELECTRIC POWER

The constantly variable auto transmission drives power to the rear wheels and the car has a 0-100km/h time of 8.3 seconds and a 200km/h top speed.

Four drive modes are available: all-electric, with the petrol engine switched off; Eco mode; normal and sport.

The new Lexus IS range will be available in SA from June. The company's spokesperson said: "Although the local IS range will be here from June, including the IS350, the complete line-up is still being finalised. We're not sure about the IS300h as yet - when it will be here or if it will even be included." 

The IS300h will go on sale in Europe by July 2013.

Check out the latest models in our Geneva show section.

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