Lexus gs 450h — residual value champion 2013
• Residual value forecast confirms viability of Lexus full hybrid system
• Full hybrid system proves economical in terms of consumption and residual value
The German automobile magazine Auto Bild awarded the Lexus GS 450h Value Champion 2013. The magazine assigned residual value experts of Schwacke to determine vehicles with the lowest absolute and percentage depreciation after four years (of usage). Lexus GS 450h is clearly leading in its segment.
The new full hybrid sports sedan shows the lowest depreciation in percent in its class. The result proves that the full hybrid system is not only good for its owner's budget when it comes to fuel consumption, but also in terms of residual value.
The evaluation is based on factors such as attractiveness and image of the brand and the model, an estimation of the direct competitive environment and general economic factors. The award for the GS 450h confirms the viability of the full hybrid system, which has convinced more and more customers and established itself as particularly efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional powertrains.
The fourth generation of the Lexus GS model is available in Europe since early 2012. The full hybrid powertrain of the GS 450h combines an Atkinson cycle V6 gasoline engine with an electric motor and develops a total system output of 254 kW (345 hp). The average fuel consumption is 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers (137 g / km CO2).
 German agency specialized in residual value evaluation, known in other European countries as Eurotax
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