2011 Lexus CT 200h will be more fuel-efficient than the Toyota Prius

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 13, 2010

As you may know already, Lexus will bring the production version of the 2011 CT 200h at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Prior to its debut, the manufacturer announced that the new car is expected to deliver C02 emissions of just 96g/km, and an anticipated 68.9 mpg (UK cycle) in combined cycle driving (4 l/100 km or 57.3 mpg in US cycle).

This means that the new 2011 Lexus CT 200h will be more fuel efficient than the current versions of the Toyota Prius. According to Lexus, the new car is built on a new platform which benefits from a series of exclusively developed body, chassis and powertrain control systems.

As you may know already, the car comes with a choice of Dynamic and Relaxing driving moods as well as four selectable modes for the full hybrid system: Normal, Eco and EV (electric vehicle), plus a Sport setting.

Lexus will present one of its latest products, the all-new Lexus CT 200h hybrid hatchback, at the Paris motor show at the end of September with plans to start sales of the vehicle in the United Kingdom in October. The company will commence deliveries of the Lexus CT 200h hybrid hatchback in start of January next year.

As new as it is, the Lexus CT 200h hybrid hatchback is underpinned by a new platform that takes full advantage of an exclusively developed body, chassis and powertrain control systems.

For a more customized and fitting driving experience, owners of the Lexus CT 200h hybrid hatchback can now choose between two driving moods -- Dynamic or Relaxing -- as well as between four driving modes for its full hybrid system -- Normal, Eco and EV (electric vehicle), and Sport.

When in Sport mode, the Lexus CT 200h hybrid hatchback is capable of rendering impressive performance numbers to ensure a more engaging drive for drivers. Luxury and comfort marry each other in the Lexus CT 200h.

Designers from the premium carmaker blessed the hybrid with the lowest possible center of gravity, a high-rigidity bodyshell, a lateral performance damper system and new double wishbone rear suspension – all allowing the Lexus CT 200h to deliver not only high speed stability and smooth and precise handling, but also unexpected agility and the ride comfort typical of any Lexus vehicle.

Press Release

LEXUS CT 200h THE CLASS LEADER ON LOW EMISSIONS

Low emissions, but no compromise in luxury and driving pleasure: Lexus’s sporty new CT 200h is expected to deliver CO2 emissions of just 96g/km*. Thanks to the exceptional efficiency of its full hybrid powertrain, the all-new hatchback outperforms all its similarly powered small luxury car rivals, none of which comes close to achieving a sub-100g/km figure.

At the same time, the CT 200h marks no compromise in Lexus’s hallmark standards of luxury, quality and comfort. More than that, this is a car that has been designed and engineered from the outset for a sporty, rewarding drive.

Unlike conventional diesel engines, the latest generation Lexus Hybrid Drive which powers the CT 200h produces near-zero levels of NOx and particulates. Preliminary fuel consumption figures further strengthen the car’s clean and efficient profile, with an anticipated 68.9mpg* in combined cycle driving.

Lower fuel bills, a Band A classification for Vehicle Excise Duty giving a zero road tax charge and a company car tax benefit-in-kind of just 10 per cent combine to give the car a compelling cost of ownership profile.

The CT 200h is built on a new platform which benefits from a series of exclusively developed body, chassis and powertrain control systems. Drivers are given the choice of Dynamic and Relaxing driving moods, via four selectable modes for the full hybrid system: Normal, Eco and EV (electric vehicle), plus a Sport setting that adjusts certain performance parameters for a more engaging drive.

Lexus designers have given the car the lowest possible centre of gravity with a high-rigidity bodyshell, a lateral performance damper system and new double wishbone rear suspension, which all contribute to delivering high speed stability, smooth and precise handling, rewarding agility and the ride comfort expected of any Lexus.

The CT 200h will be presented at the Paris motor show at the end of September and will be commercially available in the UK from October, with first deliveries to customers in the New Year.

*Preliminary figures for UK version. An 89g/km CO2 version of the CT 200 will be available in some other Europe markets.

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