Lexus RX 350 named ‘Best Small Premium SUV’ at 2016 Middle East Car of the Year Awards

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Published May 8th, 2016 - 07:53 GMT
Lexus RX 450h - Hybrid
Lexus RX 450h - Hybrid

Lexus earned top honours at the 2016 Middle East Car of the Year Awards (MECOTY), the premier annual award ceremony for the region’s automotive industry, winning the award in the ‘Best Small Premium SUV’ category for its popular luxury crossover Lexus RX 350. The RX 350 was selected as the winner by a jury of 12 independent motoring journalists from leading automotive publications throughout the Middle East.

The mix of sharp creases and curves of this perennial best-selling luxury crossover represents a bold evolution in the model’s styling, sharing the same design DNA with other recently launched models in the Lexus line-up. Moreover, the winning RX 350 comprises of new redesigned powertrains, sophisticated safety technologies, driver aids as well as new convenience and technology features to make this the best Lexus sport-utility vehicle offering to date.

The Sales and Marketing Director and Deputy General Manager at Al-Markazia Nadim Haddad expressed his excitement over the win and that the RX 350 was chosen as the best among its class in this year’s edition of Middle East Car of the Year. He said, “The Lexus RX created the blueprint for the crossover utility segment when it was first launched in 1997, and has set the tone for luxury crossovers ever since, which combines style and practicality. It is also characterized by a great deal of luxury and safety features that meet the needs of passengers in the best way possible. At Al-Markazia we are keen on keeping our customers, especially Lexus lovers, informed about this car, all its news and outstanding achievements around the world. "

The hybrid-powered powertrain in the Lexus RX is the latest, most advanced iteration of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system. Its key components and control systems have been enhanced and reengineered to deliver impressive fuel economy, low emissions and excellent on-road performance that will satisfy the most demanding driving enthusiast. 

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