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Lexus CT 200 H Teased Ahead of Geneva Debut

 Lexus CT 200 H Teased Ahead of Geneva Debut
Lexus CT 200 H Teaser - 12.02.2010

Compact premium hatch will share its hybrid-drive system with the Toyota Prius

Here is a teaser photo of the upcoming Lexus CT 200h, which will be making its worldwide debut at the Geneva auto show next month.

This photo of one of the tail lights is close to what we have seen before in spy pics of the CT 200h.

The accompanying press release is rather brief, as it would be with any teaser ahead of a scheduled introduction. It does confirm, though, that the CT 200h is based on the previously seen LF-Ch Concept which was shown at the Frankfurt show last September.

The Lexus CT 200h is a compact hybrid which will share the same powertrain as the Toyota Prius - a gasoline/electric hybrid that combines a 1.8 liter engine with an electric motor for a total of 134 hp. The CT 200h is set to compete in the European premium compact hatch segment against the likes of the BMW 1-Series and the Audi A3.

We'll likely get full details once the car debuts in Geneva, along with a release schedule for when and where the model will be hitting the floor at dealer showrooms.

 

Source: Lexus

WORLD DEBUT FOR LEXUS CT 200h AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

KEY POINTS

  • World-first appearance of the Lexus CT 200h
  • First and only full hybrid model in the premium compact segment
  • New gateway model to progressive luxury and the Lexus brand

Six months after revealing the LF-Ch concept, Lexus is set to unveil its new CT 200h model at the Geneva motor show.

Created for motorists who want to lower their emissions, but not their standards, the CT 200h will be the first full hybrid vehicle in the premium compact segment. It will offer new levels of refinement, sophistication and attention to detail, without compromising style or driving pleasure.

Equipped with second-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive technology, the CT 200h reinforces Lexus's hybrid power leadership in the premium market, joining the established RX 450h, GS 450h and LS 600h models to create an unprecedented range of full hybrid vehicles.

The critically acclaimed Lexus LFA supercar will also be on show at Geneva, just ahead of the initial order period for the model coming to a close.

Andy Pfeiffenberger, Vice President Lexus Europe, will host a press conference on Stand 4211 in Hall 4 at 4.45pm on 2 March.

 

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Comments (33)

 super_car_muscle_man super_car_muscle_man
im really excited about this car! its the nicest affordable (?) car you can get to avoid the central london congestion charge. Toyota Prius' are everywhere in Central, and Lexus will make this car more upper class inside and out to compete with A3 and 1 series. I hope its a mini IS thats more fun to drive! Lets hope its not more than either the A3 or 1 series, if not i might very seriously get one! it will save me £8 a day in charges!
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February 16, 2010 7:30 pm
 sealover94 sealover94
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February 15, 2010 3:26 am
 kmayb kmayb
Bit Rich from someone who calls himself "Ferrariguy". Bet he has a garage full of 'em.....
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February 15, 2010 12:03 am
 kmayb kmayb
And Mini is a Entry Level BMW and Maybach is a Gloorafied Merc and Jag is an Aston Wanna be and Infiniti is just overpriced Datsun bits Kia and Hyundai share everything except sheet metal ,Honda/Acura.... The List Probably goes on. They all do it, sharing components, platforms , drivetrains, designs. Why do people want to bag a manufacturer for trying something different or wanting to compete in a diferent segment? competition/choice is good for all of us. If you don't like it don't buy it or even read about it. Sure critisism is fine but one should appreciate the effort and the dollars that go into providing interesting new Product for us REAL Carfans to Appreciate. I would like to see it go a bit quicker than a Prius though. Put the Hybrid Camry Drivetrain into it (and make sure it handles)!
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February 13, 2010 5:08 am
 The Car Guru 4 The Car Guru 4
The Prius' engine can't even compare with the BMW's in terms of performance, so basically Lexus is targeting themselves...and Toyota. WHY?
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February 13, 2010 12:05 am
 The Car Guru 4 The Car Guru 4
If they are planning to make a luxury Prius, they already have that, the HS (I know it isn't based on the Prius, don't comment mean things). That makes its a sporty Prius, which is completely ironic. So what is the point?
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February 13, 2010 12:00 am
 Shark Shark
Toyota is scum and corrupt to the core!!! Just read this article, more is coming to light what they really are about and have been for years! http://www.financialpost.com/news-sector...
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February 12, 2010 10:48 pm
 BabyMilo BabyMilo
I dont like this, i think it jsut looked confused and bad in general and i dont think that that colour is helping either
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February 12, 2010 10:09 pm
 N20_Purge N20_Purge
I don't get why people hate toyota. Yes, they had alot of epic fails recently, but they are still better that American cars on the market today.
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February 12, 2010 9:32 pm
 Mikeado Mikeado
Oh great, in a reverse to the norm, Lexus has apparently fettled the design to make it look like the New RX. Normally SUVs look like fat compacts with roof rails. This car was inevitable, and I'm sure it will be the same as all other Lexi (except the LFA) - brilliant but dull. Jeez guys, instead of trying to BE Germans, aspire to BEAT Germans. It would be much more interesting.
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February 12, 2010 9:13 pm
 nederina nederina
VW, Audi and other of its brand chains may share some of the well engineered platforms, but they're totally different cars, different driving characteristics, and true to their brand identity or DNA. Toyota just put a badge and calls it a Lexus. I want you to go to any new Lexus cars, and take a look at the front door sills, it says Toyota Motor Corporation. GM and Ford used to rule the world but I'm afraid things are about to get less exciting for Toyota if things gets carry on this way.
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February 12, 2010 7:36 pm
 Honest1 Honest1
Would it be fair to say that, Skoda is a poor man Seat ? Seat Is a poor mans VW ? VW Is a poor mans Audi. The VW Group share platforms, Switches, ECU's ect. But People always have this issue With Toyota & Lexus Why ? Me personally I could not give a monkeys Who is doing what. You Should Just Buy What You Like. We Are All Individuals In The END. I Just Hate These Teaser Adverts. Just Show The Bloody Car.
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February 12, 2010 6:04 pm
 sealover94 sealover94
AWSOME !!!!!! Great job lexus !! Amazing curves , design materials !
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February 12, 2010 5:16 pm
 Aleksi Aleksi
Why do people hate Lexus so much? Am I the only one here thinking that they actually make very nice cars? Lexus for Toyota is a bit like the DS line of products for Citroën. They use nicer materials and have more options than the "regular" models, for a premium price. What is so wrong about that? If someone wants a Toyota with a bit more gear and exclusitivity, he/she can get a Lexus. I think it's perfectly fine, and nice that the customers get to choose what they want.
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February 12, 2010 4:50 pm
 Shaktiman Shaktiman
still looks good though.. although that might change for the actual version that goes on sale..
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February 12, 2010 4:46 pm
 nederina nederina
It is just a glorified Toyota Corolla Auris hatchback with more chrome, leather, silver plastics and fancy front and rear lamps. To make matter worse, it is mechanically based on the Prius that is just went for global safety call. Look at what you have done Toyota
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February 12, 2010 4:30 pm