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by Matt Brogan

Lexus has scored a huge milestone for its RX model today selling its 15,000th example in Australia.

The timing could not have been better for CarAdvice either with the all-new third generation RX 350 Sports Luxury currently on test in far eastern Victoria.

Launched in Australia in 2003, the RX 330 was the first vehicle in Australia to offer reversing cameras as standard. In 2006 the RX also adopted hybrid technology for the first time with its RX400h – which is still the world’s only luxury hybrid SUV.

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The RX is also the only luxury SUV to receive four consecutive Australia’s Best Car awards from the Australian Automobile Association.

“It’s quite appropriate that this milestone was achieved just as we launched all-new RX 350,” Lexus Australia chief executive John Roca said. “The RX, in 330, 350 and hybrid variants, has been one of our most popular models – making up a third of our local sales. All-new RX 350 will again set a category benchmark: it is more powerful, more efficient, more comfortable, safer and overall a more enjoyable vehicle to drive.”

The new RX 350 models are equipped with Lexus’ 3.5-litre quad-cam V6 engine which produces 204kW of power, 346Nm of torque and delivers exceptional fuel economy of 10.8 litres per 100km.

Current CarAdvice testing reveals combined fuel consumption figures of 11.7-litres per 100km with the car said to be “exceeding expectations”. More to follow next week.




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