Inspired by the demographics of Toyota Prius buyers, Lexus is shifting its focus and preparing to put more advertising muscle behind its lineup of hybrid-electric vehicles. Last week, Toyota Motor Corp. CEO President Katsuaki Watanabe announced plans for a new dedicated hybrid Lexus that would emphasize fuel economy, a departure from the more performance-oriented HEVs currently dotting the luxury brand’s lineup. Lexus HEV sales slipped some in 2007, but the move to green light ...

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