SUSTAINABILITY

Lexus is passionately committed to the environment with an acute awareness of the way our actions today will affect future generations. We are leaders in the development of luxury hybrid technology and continue to work hard to make constant improvements.

Other manufacturers in the luxury market have created confusion as to the advantages of a full hybrid, such as those offered by Lexus, as opposed to mild hybrids offered by rivals. Lexus will forever innovate and seek better solutions to minimise the impact we have, investing in the future of the planet.

A Vision for the Future

Rising global temperatures are caused by rapidly increasing levels of gases like CO2 in the atmosphere. Yet this is caused by more than simply motor vehicle emissions. Energy consumption and the waste that is generated during manufacturing also have a significant impact.

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.

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.

Advanced plastics like Toyota Super Olefin Polymer used in interiors are able to be recycled, while the amount of lead and mercury have been reduced by substituting them for environmentally friendlier materials in many cases.

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 of Darwin also plays a significant role in this commitment, by reducing their waste through returning components for rebuilding or recycling.

All of these factors result in vehicles which deliver more driving enjoyment, with less impact on the environment.