NASHVILLE, TN – Bridgestone-brand Turanza EL42 tires have been selected by Lexus as original equipment for the company’s all-new LS 600h L luxury hybrid sedan.

Bridgestone Turanza EL42 tires in size P245/45R19 98V are one standard tire on the world’s first full V8, all-wheel-drive hybrid vehicle. The all-season original equipment tire combines sleek styling, premium comfort ride quality and quiet sound with outstanding performance in dry and wet conditions.

The 2008 Lexus LS 600h L powertrain combines a 5.0-liter V8 gas engine with two powerful electric motors, providing the vehicle with an unmatched balance of environmental efficiency and performance. With a Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) rating, the LS 600h L has nearly 70 percent fewer smog-forming emissions than vehicles with a conventional internal combustion engine.

“Bridgestone Firestone is proud to support vehicles that minimize fuel use and environmental impact,” said Michael Martini, President, Consumer OE Tire Sales, Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT).

Martini went on to explain that in July 2006, Bridgestone Firestone was the premier sponsor and sole tire supplier of the inaugural Hybridfest (Madison, Wis.), the nation's largest event dedicated to hybrid-electric vehicles. More than 100 hybrids – many fitted with Bridgestone-brand tires – were on display, including all 11 hybrid models then on the market.

“We salute Lexus for advancing hybrid technology to an exciting new level that proves you can have high performance with low emissions,” he added. “Vehicles like the LS 600h L are critical to ultimately reducing America’s dependence on oil.”

The 2008 LS 600h L began arriving at Lexus dealerships in July.

Originally posted on Fleet Financials