Toyota confirmed it discontinued production of the Lexus HS 250h due to slow sales and that the new 2013 ES 300h to arrive in August is not a replacing of the previous model.
“Production of the HS 250h ceased in January, 2012. Lexus continues to monitor sales for each product and we make adjustments to make sure that we meet market demand, and the discontinuation of HS was part of that adjustment. The ES 300h is not replacing HS in our lineup. It’s merely part of the hybridization of many of our existing vehicles in the Toyota and Lexus lineups,” said Toyota.
In 2011 Lexus HS 250h dropped an amazing 73% from 10,663 units in 2010 to 2,864 units. Initially the company set a sales target of 30,000 units annually, but in 2009, not long after the model’s launch, signs showed that this was mere a dream. The HS 250h had a 147hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor. The new ES 300h will receive a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and also a higher EPA fuel-economy rating compared to the HS 250h.