As Top Gear puts it, “the HS250h is a rebodied, higher-performance Prius. It’s made for the US market, and was introduced at the Detroit show in January. It is hideous in profile . . . luckily, we won’t be getting it.” They say “luckily” because their version will be an Audi A3/BMW 1 series-fighting compact hatchback. But why make two? In fact why is Lexus competing for the European market at all? Lexus Europe boss Andy Pfeiffenberger offers a confused roadmap. “Our hybrid saloons are going up against the V8 diesels in Europe. In future we need to compete against the four-cylinder diesels. So we will enter new sectors with low-displacement hybrids. The C-premium segment is the fastest growing segment and we must be in it.” Huh?
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