DETROIT -- European customers who want to buy Lexus first hybrid-only model will have to go a long way to get the car.
"The HS 250h is intended mainly for North America and Japan, sales are not currently planned for Europe," said Serge Gachot, head of Toyota Motor Europe marketing communications. Lexus' first stand-alone gasoline-electric vehicle goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.
Toyota sources say the main reason the HS 250h will be kept out of Europe is that its CO2 emissions are too close to those of the IS 220d, a similar-sized car which is sold only in Europe.
Once its certification process is done, it likely the HS 250h's 2.4-liter gasoline engine will offer about the same performance as the four-cylinder IS 220d, which emits 163 grams per kilometer.
Lexus, which is Toyota's premium brand, offers hybrid variants of its GS, LS and RX model lines in Europe. Each model line also includes a gasoline-powered version.