Global debut for stunning Lexus CT 200h

Expected on the Irish market in early 2011, the CT 200h is Lexus’ first hatchback five-door car. It marks the introduction of the first and only full hybrid vehicle to the European premium hatchback segment.

Retaining strong visual links to the LF-Ch concept, the CT 200h has a highly distinctive, sharp-edged, resolute appearance which, Lexus says, immediately sets it apart from rivals. The Japanese premium carmaker says its interior brings unprecedented levels of quality, refinement and progressive luxury to the segment.

Combining a 1.8 litre VVT-i petrol engine and a powerful electric motor, the CT 200h’s Lexus hybrid drive powertrain combines 2.0 litre performance with class leading CO2 emissions of 140g/km.

This powertrain also offers customers a choice of two distinct driving moods - Dynamic or Relaxing - in conjunction with four, selectable drive modes.

Lexus tells us that featuring a new platform with unique double wishbone suspension architecture to the rear, the Lexus CT 200h has been specifically developed to combine superior driving involvement and handling agility with the ride comfort expected of any Lexus.

The Geneva Motor Show this week marks the deadline for receiving initial expressions of interest in the critically-acclaimed LFA. Since its debut at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, global demand for Lexus’ thoroughbred supercar has remained consistently strong, and the level of demand is now in excess of the 500 unit production run.

The RX hybrid front-wheel drive version, which made its European debut in the Irish market in 2009, is now on sale in selected European markets. Combining smooth, powerful performance with class-leading CO2, the benefits of the RX hybrid FWD continue to attract new customers to the brand, evident from the higher than expected sales figures in the Irish market.

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