A precursor to the CT 200h, the HS 250h wasn't exactly the runaway success Lexus
had hoped for. Based on the Toyota
Avensis and introduced in 2009, the HS was the first dedicated luxury hybrid on the market (predating the FIsker Karma by a few years), but failed to impress in the US market. So after a lackluster 2011, Lexus pulled the model out of its North American lineup. It does, however, continue to offer it in Japan, and as these images indicate, Lexus has also given it a bit of a facelift.