Lexus has killed off its HS 250h compact hybrid sedan due to slow sales.
In fact, it stopped building them more than four months ago, though no one seemed to notice. Now it’s official.
Sales, never huge, had fallen off a cliff and, besides, Lexus has a new smaller hybrid coming soon.
“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,” spokesman Curt McAllister told Cars.com.
Lexus sold 10,663 of the HS 250h in 2010, then last year just 2,864 moved off the lots, and sales are down 40% from that this year — just 28 were sold in April.
Though Lexus claims it’s not a replacement for the HS, the brand’s ES 300h hybrid sedan is due later this year. Power will come from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid system and a two-speed continuously variable automatic transmission.
Lexus says the ES 300h will likely achieve an EPA-estimated 40/38 mpg city/highway. The EPA rates the HS 250h at 35/34 mpg.