Vehicles like the recently introduced
Volt and Nissan
Leaf may be grabbing the bulk of the headlines when it comes to
electric/hybrid vehicles, but Lexus is looking to make a few
headlines of its own with its CT
200h hybrid hatchback.
Lexus today announced that the vehicle
will be priced
from $29,995 including destination fee. Officials at Lexus seem
quite ecstatic about the CT 200h, which they hope will improve upon
the lackluster sales of the HS
250h hybrid sedan introduced earlier this year.
“For just $1,000 more than the cost
of a non-luxury hybrid, buyers can indulge in a CT 200h with our
proven Lexus Hybrid Drive technology,” said Mark Templin, group
vice president and general manager, Lexus Division. “Lexus hybrids
currently make up 90 percent of all luxury hybrid sales in the U.S.,
so you can imagine how excited we are to continue our leadership in
this market with the CT 200h.”
Standard features of the CT 200h will
In addition to announcing pricing for
the CT 200h, Lexus also revealed official EPA numbers for the car.
The CT 200h will achieve 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway
(42 combined). Those figures compare to 50 mpg combined for the
Prius which shares the same powertrain (1.8-liter gasoline engine
plus Toyota's Synergy Hybrid Drive).
The Toyota Prius starts at $22,800.
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quote: Acceleration is confident with over 230lb/ft of fat torque at less the 2K on the tach.
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quote: but it acceleration is more the competitive with the average American grocery getter
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quote: Just 6 More MPGs to go and it will be even with my 2005 VW Jetta turbodiesel.