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This paper presents an advanced lumped parameter (LP) thermal model for a permanent-magnet assisted synchronous reluctance machine (PMaSRM) developed for propulsion in a hybrid electric vehicle. Particular focus is put on the stator winding and a thermal model is proposed that divides the stator slot into a number of elliptical copper and impregnation layers. The model is enabled by the derivation of an approximate analytical expression for the thermal resistance of an elliptical cylinder with constant thickness. The approach is attractive due to its simplicity and the fact that it closely models the actual temperature distribution for common slot geometries. Additionally, an analysis, using results from a proposed simplified thermal finite element model representing only one slot of the stator and its corresponding end winding, is presented in which the number of layers and the proper connection between the parts of the LP thermal model representing the end winding and the active part of winding is determined. The presented thermal model is evaluated experimentally on a PMaSRM equipped with a water cooling jacket, and a good correspondence between the predicted and measured temperatures is obtained.