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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Lexus CT 200h Hybrid
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World Premiere Of 2011 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Lexus premiered their CT 200h hybrid compact car at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show this month (March 2, 2010). We photographed Lexus's new 2011 CT 200h hybrid as it was presented by two beautiful models at the Geneva Show. The Lexus CT 200h is powered by a 4-cylinder inline 1.8 litre VVT-i engine and an electric motor generator in a hybrid drive configuration. The Lexus CT 200h will go into production at the end of 2010 and appear as a 2011 model..

Lexus's new CT 200h seats five and is has a front-wheel drive powertrain with the hybrid electric motor powered by a Nickel-Metal Hydride battery pack. The transmission comes standard as as automatic and is an E-CVT type (Electrically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission). The front suspension is McPherson strut with stabiliser bar and the rear suspension is coil spring double wishbone. At this time Lexus is only releasing preliminary specifications about their new hybrid car and more detail will be conveyed at a later time..

The Lexus CT 200h comes with 17-inch alloy wheels as standard equipment and the steering is electric power assisted rack and pinion. The central console includes a large 8-inch LCD multi-screen display and includes a remote touch mouse control which gives the driver access to the entertainment and vehicle set-up programs. The Chief Engineer on the Lexus CT 200h was Osamu Sadakata and was the Chief Engineer behind two other successful Lexus hybrid car projects - the RX 400h and the LS 600h..

The headlights on the CT 200h use advanced LED technology for illumination and there are large circular driving lights placed at the lower sides of the front air dam bumper. From a performance perspective, there are four selectable driver modes - EV, ECO, NORMAL, and SPORT. The driver can select EV mode for all-electric operation from start up to a speed of 45 km/h (27.96 mph) and electric is also the preferred mode of operation chosen when the driver selects the NORMAL program. In ECO mode, the engine management runs at an optimum low fuel burn program and the air conditioning runs to accomodate enhanced fuel economy.

When the driver selects the SPORT mode, the CT 200h's gasoline engine works in combination with the full available power/torque of the electric motor for maximum acceleration. SPORT mode also changes the speed response of the electric power steering and reduces the input of the traction contol and stability programs to allow for more dynamic handling characteristics.

The Lexus CT 200h comes in ten available colour choices including the new Flare Yellow and Fire Agate colours.

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