Lexus LS 600h on duty in Monaco
When it comes to all things automotive, the luxury playground of Monaco is probably best known for its annual Formula 1 race and sheer number of supercar owners than anything else. However, we now have a new tidbit of automotive related news concerning the Principality.
Confirming his commitment for more environmentally friendly solutions, Monaco’s Prince Albert II has decided to use a new 2011 Lexus LS 600h luxury hybrid sedan at the occasion of his marriage to Charlene Wittstock on July 2, 2011.
The Prince is known for taking a keen interest in encouraging environmental protection and sustainable development around the world, having even established the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in 2006. His Foundation supports more than 150 projects monitoring environmental evolution, protecting species endangered by climate change and providing assistance in water management for developing regions.
Now the Foundation is focusing on environmentally friendly mobility and as part of that initiative the Prince has signed on with Lexus, which will serve as his official car brand.
Launched back in April of 2006, the LS 600h is the first production V-8 powered full hybrid and comes packing a 389 horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 matched to a 163 kW (221 horsepower) electric motor. Its EPA-rated mileage is 19 mpg City/23 mpg Highway.