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Lexus CT 200h
Lexus announces pricing, EPA numbers for its newest hybrid

Vehicles like the recently introduced Chevrolet 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 include:

  • Bluetooth phone/streaming media support
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Six speaker audio system
  • SmartAccess key with push button start/stop
  • Satellite radio
  • 17" aluminum wheels

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 Toyota 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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RE: Who's going to buy this car?
By SSDMaster on 12/16/2010 9:52:44 AM , Rating: 2
but it acceleration is more the competitive with the average American grocery getter

Well I'm actually a Rocket scientist with a PH. D in making stuff up. And let's get one thing straight. Given the above quoted statement you obviously don't live in America. Most "Grocery Getter's" are 200+ hp SUV's here in America and they'd smoke a TDI. Not that it'd be much fun to have to watch that drag race but there's really no comparison..

"Confident Acceleration" doesn't win any races, and "your S4" won't be able to beat "my Lamborghini Gallardo". Since, let's face it. I don't own a super car and you don't own an Audi.

Acceleration of a given vehicle is a direct correlation of the amount of torque it can apply to the drive train

Let's assume you really do have a degree in engineering. Then you'd have no problem explaining to me why the TDI with it's 200+ Torque can only accelerate to 60MPH in what... 8-9 seconds? Unless you want to argue that given another 100 Torque the Jetta would be even faster...

RE: Who's going to buy this car?
By FITCamaro on 12/16/2010 2:54:25 PM , Rating: 2
If you give a damn about speed you don't drive a Jetta TDI either. You drive a Jetta TDI because you want a comfortable car with great mileage.

And that diesel will take a shit load of boost, get faster, and still get great gas mileage if you keep it out of boost. Something even an Evo can't do. I dare you to poke fun at the many diesel trucks picking up 100-150 hp and 300-400 lb ft of torque with a simple plugin tuner.

RE: Who's going to buy this car?
By Spuke on 12/17/2010 5:01:59 PM , Rating: 2
If you give a damn about speed you don't drive a Jetta TDI either.
SSDMaster wasn't the one with the VW TDI.

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