LEXUS HOPES DASHED FOR AUS­TRALIA

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THE Lexus HS250h hy­brid will not make it to Aus­tralia.

The com­pact af­ford­able sporty hy­brid was un­veiled at the Detroit Mo­tor Show at the start of this year as part of a plan to bring petrol-elec­tric power to younger, keener driv­ers. It was orig­i­nally planned for the US only, but talk at Detroit in­cluded a right-hand drive model and sales in Aus­tralia.

Now, sadly, the plan is dead. ‘‘We won’t get it,’’ Toy­ota’s Dave But­tner says sim­ply.

The HS plan was chopped be­cause it could not be cer­ti­fied for sales in Europe and there was in­suf­fi­cient de­mand from other right-hand-drive coun­tries.

‘‘Europe is not tak­ing it so we won’t get it. It’s go­ing to be the US only,’’ But­tner says.

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