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2005 Lexus RX 400h [MHU38]

2005 Lexus RX 400h [MHU38] in Top Gear, Non-fiction TV, 2002-2015 IMDB Ep. 10.03

Class: Cars, Off-road / SUV — Model origin: JP

2005 Lexus RX 400h [MHU38]

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G-MANN UK

2007-10-29 14:14

Clarkson pointed out that this camera car was a Hybrid, thus it didn't have to pay the London congestion charge, whereas the tiny 50cc Peel microcar he was driving was still charged, despite it obviously getting a much better fuel economy than the hybrid SUV.

Since it's a hybrid, it's obviously the RX 400h.

-- Last edit: 2007-10-29 15:00:52

Neptune US

2007-10-29 15:44

No later than a 2006 model.

antp BE

2008-02-10 19:06

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peel_P50
Quote Clarkson incorrectly stated that the tiny P50 is subject to the London congestion charge, unlike the much larger Lexus vehicle used as a camera platform, which qualifies for exemption from the charge on the grounds of its petrol-electric hybrid powerplant. In fact the P50 also qualifies for exemption, under a provision allowing three-wheeled vehicles of less than 100cm width and 200cm length to enter the Congestion Charge Zone without charge.

(but even considering that, that charge is strange, as a normal small city car will pollute much less than this Lexus)

-- Last edit: 2008-02-10 19:07:01

G-MANN UK

2008-02-10 19:43

The whole point of the congestion charge is to cut down on traffic within Central London. A hybrid SUV doesn't take up any less space than it's non-hyrbid counterpart. The hybrid exemption is just a way of encouraging people to buy hybrids (I wonder if automotive industry lobbyists had anything to do with this), which are seen environmentally friendly (they're a bit over-rated to be honest) and a step in the right direct towards reducing the need for fossil fuels. And SUV manufacturers have shrewdly started making hybrid versions to cure any guilt SUV-buyers may have about buying the gas-guzzlers (or if they find the running costs off-putting), so they can still have their stupid on-roader SUV even though it's no more economical than an average-sized family car (which is all most families need).

-- Last edit: 2008-02-10 19:44:53

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