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2011 Lexus CT 200h Compact Hybrid To Debut In Geneva


Leaked 2011 Lexus CT 200h images

Leaked 2011 Lexus CT 200h images

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Lexus has been given a bit of bad press in the last couple weeks as the hearings investigating Toyota continue in Washington D.C. However, that won’t change the look forward toward the future and in this case Lexus is pulling from their parent companies vast knowledge in hybrid technology. Next week at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Lexus will show its new 2011 Lexus CT 200h compact hybrid 5-door wagon.

Leaked 2011 Lexus CT 200h images

Leaked 2011 Lexus CT 200h images

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The 2011 Lexus CT 200h is being positioned to attract younger customers to the brand since Lexus has one of the highest average buyer ages in the automotive industry. This is an increasing problem for car companies looking to provide luxury and something with a more youthful image because the audiences are looking to fill a vastly different set of requirements. However, the CT 200h might be on the right track with styling on par with the Audi A3, Mazda3 and BMW 1-Series; Lexus has definitely made the right decision to stay away from styling like the Toyota Prius, Honda Insight or even the soon-to-come 2011 Chevrolet Volt.

In addition, the 2011 Lexus CT 200h is powered by a new hybrid drivetrain that combines a 1.8-liter gasoline engine with a more powerful electric motor. This is supposed to emphasis the sportier side of the vehicle (including the selectable SPORT mode) while the driver will be able to select ECO, NORMAL or EV mode for a more economical driving experience. EV or electric vehicle mode will allow the driver to use electric power to propel the vehicle at a speed up to 28 mph and a distance up to 1.2 miles. As for the interior and technology, the Lexus will be equipped with the Remote Touch multi-function controller, eight-inch LCD and all the normal luxury features expected on a Lexus.

Bottom line—Car companies seem to be clicking to the idea that the style of a “green” vehicle is just as important to some generations as how much it impacts the environment. It also helps the adoption factor because people don’t feel like they are making a huge leap when the step up from their current vehicle.

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