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Lexus CT 200h
Lexus adds another entry-level hybrid to its portfolio

Toyota is continuing its quest to spread hybrid technology throughout its entire lineup of vehicles and the next stop for the hybrid train is the all-new Lexus CT 200h. The CT 200h is the production version of the Lexus LF-Ch concept which debuted last year. Although the CT 200h is toned down quite a bit from its concept form, it still shares much of the design philosophy first seen five months ago.

Unlike its HS 250h sibling, the CT 200h forgoes the largish 2.4-liter inline-4 engine and instead uses a 1.8-liter VVT-i four-cylinder engine. As is the case with Toyota's other hybrid vehicles, the gasoline engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), electric motor, and a NiMH battery pack.

Toyota isn't discussing official fuel economy numbers for the CT 200h, but it does say that the vehicle can travel a measly 1.2 miles and at up to 28 mph on battery power alone.

Assuming that the 1.8-liter VVT-i engine used the CT 200h is the same 2ZR-FXE motor used in the Prius, expect to see stellar fuel economy for the vehicle. The Prius is pegged at 50 mpg combined, but every aspect of the vehicle from its tires to its body shape to its underbody is designed to slice through the wind with the utmost efficiency. The CT 200h has a more conventional shape, but we'd be surprised if it dips below 40 mpg combined using the same powertrain as the Prius.

The Lexus CT 200h is due to debut for the European market later this year. It is unknown if the vehicle will find its way to the U.S. -- there may not be enough room in the Lexus lineup with the HS 250h already occupying the bottom rung.

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RE: Interior
By inighthawki on 2/25/2010 10:29:25 PM , Rating: 3
if you wish to have advanced features in your car, you cannot expect to solve everything with a single big button that says "Do stuff"

RE: Interior
By FITCamaro on 2/25/2010 11:47:09 PM , Rating: 2
You have something against the Easy button?

And actually Lexus' do have a button that lets you give it verbal commands to change the radio, turn on headlights, turn down the volume, etc. At least my buddies 06 IS350 does.

RE: Interior
By Aloonatic on 2/26/2010 2:22:04 AM , Rating: 2
Dude, Ford Fiestas have had voice command stuff going on for years, although that might be just for the radio in fairness.

My father's Mondeao (I don't know why he bought on either, considering what it cost) does quite a few things with voice commands too. However (in my experience) quite a few cars do voice stuff too and no one ever really uses it, other than to show it off to their friends when it''s parked up on the driveway, but that's about it.

RE: Interior
By The0ne on 2/26/2010 10:03:36 AM , Rating: 2
I'm against it because when it fails you're really screwed. That's just too scary to consider for me.

RE: Interior
By HeavyB on 2/26/2010 9:08:12 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Interior
By Keeir on 2/26/2010 1:55:50 PM , Rating: 3
While that might be true... check out that literal -sea- of buttons and screens again.

Keep in mind, this car is like VW Rabbit/Golf sized.

Driver Buttons
- 11 on the Door
- 7 on Door Side
- 9 on Wheel
- 3 Stalks --> Minimum 12 buttons
- 16 on "Climate Control"
- 9 + 2 Knobs on CD Control
- 14 "other" buttons

80! Buttons which doesn't include that silly stalk shift on dash or bonus buttons on stalks.

The VW Golf/A3 type car, with Nav etc, ~65 buttons.

Personally I think designers should stive for <50 buttons on the Dash/Around the Driver... especially in small C-segment class cars.

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