Back in May Lexus Centres across the country hosted a promotional weekend, titled Lexus Hybrid Drive - The Power To Change Your World. Visitors to the weekend event had the opportunity to find out what it felt like to be a Lexus owner and experience for themselves the technology that offers the combination of high performance with lower emissions, which is Lexus Hybrid Drive.

All those who test drove a Lexus were entered into a draw, with the winner having the chance of a 365 day test drive in a Lexus RX 400h. The lucky recipient, Ian Heathcock from Stoke, already the owner of a Lexus RX 300, accepted the keys from Belinda Poole, Director for Lexus in the UK.  Heathcock said, "It took a full 24 hours to get my feet back on the ground following the lavish car handover at Hanchurch Manor.  Having spent the preceding four years and 100k miles as the proud owner of a RX 300, I was amazed at the additional refinement and attention to detail within the RX 400h.  For a car that can be driven so economically, it has a fantastic turn of speed that instils confidence for overtaking and provides a fun element to boot."

Ian Heathcock accept keys from belinda

Belinda said, "The  event gave us a great opportunity to showcase Lexus Hybrid Drive and its benefits. It's great to hear of Ian's positive comments and we look forward to his feedback during the course of the next 365 days."

By combining a highly efficient petrol engine with one or more high-output electric motors, Lexus Hybrid Drive achieves the power and acceleration of a high performance luxury vehicle with the impressive fuel efficiency and lower emissions of a smaller car.  Lexus is the only manufacturer in the world to offer a range of premium hybrid vehicles and believes that hybrid technology is core for the 21st century.  While conventional vehicles waste energy during braking or low-speed operation, Lexus Hybrid Drive vehicles combine a petrol engine, electric-drive motor and battery to capture and store this power.