NEW YORK, April 4, 2012 – Lexus today unveiled the all-new 2013 ES lineup, including the ES 350 and ES 300h equipped with Lexus Hybrid Drive. Featuring a progressive new design and enhanced handling, the 2013 ES sedan is set to continue as a favourite of luxury car buyers. “The Lexus ES is a luxury sedan that continues to deliver style, sophistication and refinement. With its signature elegance, the 2013 ES 350 will offer Canadians exceptional performance and state-of-the-art amenities,” said Larry Hutchinson, Senior Executive Director, Lexus Canada. “We are also very proud to offer a hybrid version of ES to Canadians that will further Lexus’ hybrid leadership.” ES 350 Now Complemented by ES 300h Hybrid For the first time, the Lexus ES will be available with Lexus Hybrid Drive and features a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine. This new, low friction twin cam engine utilizes a sophisticated power management system, 12.5:1 compression ratio, and Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). The beltless motor is designed to improve fuel economy and durability, and a near zero evaporative fuel system helps reduce emissions. The ES 300h hybrid offers the driver four modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and EV. EV mode allows short distance drives, at reduced speed, using only the power from the hybrid battery pack. Normal mode provides a blend of performance and efficiency that is suited to everyday driving, while Eco mode favours fuel economy. Sport mode increases powertrain responsiveness. The ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine with Dual VVT-i. The six-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) provides enhanced performance, fuel efficiency and smooth shifts. Low friction materials further improve efficiency.