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While Toyota celebrated all-time record Prius sales and Camry had its best March ever, luxury division Lexus enjoyed “a solid month” according to Mark Templin, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager.
A total of 20,140 Lexus vehicles were sold in the month of March with 2,558 of those being the new GS.
“The new GS continues to exceed our expectations,” Templin said. The astonishing thing is that the new-style GS has already sold more units in the first quarter of 2012 than its predecessor sold all of 2011.
It’s obvious that the former GS model never really caught on. The styling was a bit mundane, even for a luxury sedan, and seemed entirely out of place compared to the other Lexus models. The change in styling and aggressive design of the new GS won us over, and it’s no surprise that it’s a hit with the general public.
The new GS 450h hybrid will arrive into dealership showrooms this month, which could further boost GS model sales for the rest of 2012. The 2013 GS was recently named a ‘Top Safety Pick’ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) based on its crash test performance.
Lexus has just announced that they’re adding to the GS family with a GS 250 variant, revealed ahead of its global premiere at the 2011 Guangzhou Motor Show. No pricing was announced with the reveal, but it will go on sale starting June 2012 and it appears to not have any significant aesthetic changes compared to the GS 350.
Under the hood however, the GS 250 will feature a 2.5L V6 with 206-hp and 187 lb-ft of torque. It’ll be mated to a 6-speed sequential-shift ECT-i automatic gearbox. With its lack of power comes an impressive 31.7-mpg, which is fairly impressive for a luxury sedan in today’s market. Buyers will be able to choose between Eco, Normal and Sport S driving modes, while those that opt for the optional Adaptive Variable Suspension, an Sport S+ driving mode will also be available. Lexus has not yet announced whether the GS250 will be sold in our market.