The Lexus is an automobile that is produced by Toyota. The Lexus LS 400 and the ES 250 debuted in 1989 as the first in a series of Toyota luxury vehicles.
Following its entry into the U.S. auto market, the Lexus quickly became the top-selling luxury model in the country, surpassing sales of offerings by BMW and Mercedes Benz. In 1996, the Lexus brand entered the sport utility arena with the launch of the LX 450. This was followed by the 1998 release of a new GS series and the RX, a crossover. In 2005, the RX 400h, a hybrid Lexus, was released. Lexus vehicles are available in over 50 countries.