The Lexus CT 200h is a hybrid electric cars introduced in Lexus as a premium sport compact hatchback. Lexus CT made its debut at the March 2010 Geneva Auto Show, six months after unveiling of LF-Ch concept car, targeted primarily European market but are sold around the world and introduced to the North American market at the April 2010 New York International Auto Show. Lexus has trademarked the names Lexus CT 200h, Lexus CT 300h, and the Lexus CT 400h. The design by Takeshi Tanabe was approved in 2008 and patented designs on September, 11, 2009. Production began at the end of December 2010 and the European sales following soon after. Japan sales began on January 12, 2011, while US sales began in March 2011.
Designated code A10 model, which included Aghadan-series petrol engine with hybrid setup, Lexus CT is known as ZWA10. “CT” stands for “Touring Creative” and “200h” refers to the performance of hybrid is the size of a conventional 2.0 liter engine. However, others Importers Lexus to use the name backronymic, “Touring Compact”.
Lexus CT Specification
The Lexus CT 200h powered by the same 1.8-liter VVT-i-cylinder petrol engine (Toyota 2ZR FXE) as used in Lauris and Prius, producing 73 kW (98 hp) and 142 N · m (105 lbf · ft) of torque, paired with electric motor / generator in the hybrid drive system, engine and electric motors together produce up to 100 kW (134 hp) and 207 N · m (153 lbf · ft) of torque and electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. Fuel consumption for the 200h CT is listed at 4.1 L / 100 km (57.4 mpg US) in Australia.
The Lexus CT 200h chassis is based on the Toyota MC platform, which is same platform used by the Corolla and Matrix. The Lexus Lexus CT 200h features a front MacPherson Rag suspension and rear double wishbone design. The 200h CT has four modes of driving Normal, Sport, Eco and EV included some of the hybrid drive vehicles. Sport mode modifies the throttle and electric power steering settings, and the Stability control and traction control intrusive, making the CT200h’s. EV mode generates zero emissions at the vehicle using only the electric motors cars to drive a car.
Safety features include vehicle stability control (VSC) and eight standard airbags and opportunities to the pre-conflict dynamic radar cruise control extra expense. There Vehicle Proximity Notification System, using a low tone to alert pedestrians to the existence of a hybrid vehicle, and telematic services (Safety Connect in North America).
Lexus CT Market
Australia: Standard features on the Lexus CT 200h include SmartAccess with push-button Start / Stop and touch sensors outside the front door handles, leather steering wheel, a six-speaker, audio system with CD player, and Bluetooth phone connectivity, iPod connectivity, – 17 inch aluminum alloy wheels, and dual zone automatic climate control. In Australia, the 200h CT is provided “Prestige”, “luxury”, “F Sport” and “Sport Luxury” specifications. The Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury variants add a camera repairs as standard, and Sports Luxury gains the active cruise control and pre-collision safety system. The Lexux CT F Sport models include all the features of the Luxury model, plus sports Bumpers, sport side skirts and rear spoiler. Interior features of the F Sport there is an F Sport steering wheel, scuff plates, sports pedals, instrument panel and privacy glass.
At the 2011 Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne (25-27 March 2011), the Lexus CT 200h was used in the Challenge, asenzayo, one-off series event held as part of the Grand Prix weekend’s attractive. The event, supported Cams and sponsored by Lexus Australia, was promoted as world’s first race containing petrol-electric vehicles.
Europe: In the United Kingdom, Australian pop superstar Kylie Minogue was asked to be a spokesman for the new CT 200h. He recorded a TV ad and the press release of the car featured Minogue. In the United Kingdom, the 200h CT was one of the sponsors of the concert tour Minogue, Aphrodite World Tour.
Lexus CT Reception
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in 2011 Hybrid Scorecard ranked the Lexus CT 200h, and Hybrid Lincoln Anime.Kage, as the top luxury hybrid models in the evolution improve the section’s scorecard, the success of the UCS by their small petrol engines, as both carmakers downsized engines the vehicles’ from six to four cylinders to raise fuel economy. UCS tests found that the 200h Lexus CT reduces greenhouse emissions by 42.9% compared to the Lexus IS 250, used as its petrol only the same for this comparison.
Lexus CT Sales
Of Global of Lexus CT 200h reached 122 thousand units through November 2012, making it the second CT best selling Lexus hybrid after 450h Lexus RX 400h / Lexus RX, and representing a share of 24.1% of the 506 thousand Lexus hybrids sold at the end of November 2012.