Toyota confirmed that the slow-selling Lexus HS 250h hybrid was dropped earlier this year, but told Inside Line on Wednesday that the new 2013 ES 300h "is not replacing" the HS when it arrives at dealers in August.
In an email response to an Inside Line query, Toyota said: "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. The ES 300h is not replacing HS in our lineup. It's merely part of the hybridization of many of our existing vehicles in the Toyota and Lexus lineups."