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NINETY EIGHT REGENCY

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Toyota. Writing in last Sunday's The New York Times, Lawrence Ulrich slammed Toyota and its 2008 Lexus LS 600h L in a review entitled, "Conspicuous Consumption With Green Illusions." Some excerpts worth repeating..."In recent advertisements, including one in the 'green issue' of Vanity Fair, Lexus uses one hand to present the 400-plus horsepower of the LS 600h L and the other to pat its own back for saving fuel and planet alike. The ads and the cars have convinced many, including some credulous journalists, of Lexus's pitch: that a hybrid car or S.U.V. can drive like a Porsche and sip fuel like a Prius. But a closer examination proves once again that there's no free lunch, even at the drive-through. For more than a year, Lexus has suggested that the LS 600h L - as tested, a $121,000 hybrid version of its LS 460 L flagship sedan - would set a new standard for four-door luxury automobiles. Its pitch was that the car would perform like a V-12 supersedan while whipping V-8 rivals on fuel economy. Instead, the hybrid may have set a new standard for automotive hyperbole. Behind its green Teflon shield, the Lexus proved to be just another overstuffed sedan that can barely top 20 miles a gallon - less, if you actually tap into all that power. If that's saving the planet, Jor-El had better prepare the escape pod before it's too late." It's clear that the mainstream media is finally - finally - beginning to see through the green hype being foisted off on the American public by the "Master Manipulators" at Toyota. The Lexus LS 600h L is a nothing more than an overweight (700 pounds heavier than its non-hybrid counterpart), overwrought rolling monument to Toyota self-aggrandizement, its unfettered hubris and delusional thinking. The fact that you can buy a non-hybrid version of the same car and get basically the same mileage is a flat-out indictment of Toyota's "greener-than-thou" persona. Toyota's calculated "green" marketing strategy is just that - a marketing strategy - and the fact that they've been given a free pass by too many in the media who should know better and by the Hollywood "intelligentsia" who clearly can't identify a cause without talking to their publicists first, is unmitigated bull$h!. Fissures are showing in Toyota's "Teflon kimono," and it's about damn time. Edited by NINETY EIGHT REGENCY

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And I am sure the Tundra will save the world as well...thankfully someone outside of this website saw through the Toyota smokescreen and called a spade a spade. Thank you.

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