Lexus CT

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Lexus CT (ZWA10)
LEXUS CT200h Japan 2011 front.JPG
2011 Lexus CT200h in Japan
Overview
Manufacturer Lexus (Toyota)
Production December 2010–present
Model years 2011–present
Assembly Miyawaka, Fukuoka, Japan
Designer Takeshi Tanabe
Body and chassis
Class Compact
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Related Toyota Corolla
Toyota Auris
Powertrain
Engine 1.8 L I4 – 100 kW (134 hp) maximum system output
Transmission CVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,600 mm (102.4 in)
Length 4,320 mm (170.1 in)
Width 1,765 mm (69.5 in)
Height 1,430 mm (56.3 in)

The Lexus CT 200h is a compact executive hybrid electric automobile introduced by Lexus as an entry-level luxury hatchback. It made its debut at the March 2010 Geneva Auto Show,[1] six months after the unveiling of the LF-Ch concept car; it is primarily targeted at the European market but is being sold worldwide[2] and was introduced to North American markets at the April 2010 New York International Auto Show. Lexus has trademarked the names CT 200h, CT 300h, and CT 400h.[3] The design by Takeshi Tanabe[citation needed] was approved in 2008 and designs patented on September, 11, 2009.[4] Production began at the end of December 2010 and European sales following shortly after.[5] Japan sales began in January 12, 2011,[6] while US sales began in March 2011.[7]

'CT' Stands for 'Creative Touring' and '200h' refers to the hybrid performance being equal to that of a conventional 2 litre engine.[8]

Specifications[edit]

The CT 200h is powered by the same 1.8 litre VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine (Toyota's 2ZR-FXE) as used in the Auris and Prius, producing 73 kW (98 hp) and 142 N·m (105 lbf·ft) of torque, paired with electric motor/generators in the hybrid drive system; together the engine and electric motors produce up to 100 kW (134 hp) and 207 N·m (153 lbf·ft) of torque along with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. Fuel consumption for the CT 200h is listed at 4.1 L/100 km (57.4 mpg-US) in Australia.[9]

The CT 200h chassis is based on the Toyota MC platform, which is the same platform used by the Corolla and the Matrix.[10] The Lexus CT 200h features a front MacPherson strut suspension and a rear double wishbone design.[11] The CT 200h has four driving modes Normal, Sport, Eco and EV included on other hybrid drive vehicles. Sport mode modifies the throttle and electric power steering settings, while making the Stability control and traction control less intrusive, maximising the CT200h's performance. EV mode generates zero emissions at the vehicle by using only the vehicles electric motors to drive the vehicle.

Safety features include vehicle stability control (VSC) and eight standard airbags with the options of a pre-collision system with dynamic radar cruise control at extra cost.[12] There is also a Vehicle Proximity Notification System, which uses a low tone to alert pedestrians to the presence of a hybrid motor vehicle, as well as telematic services (Safety Connect in North America).[13]

Market[edit]

Australia[edit]

CT 200h (ZWA10), Australia)


Standard features on the CT 200h include SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop and touch sensors on exterior front-door handles, leather steering wheel, a six-speaker, audio system with a CD player, and Bluetooth phone connectivity, iPod connectivity, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, and dual zone automatic climate control.[14] In Australia, the CT 200h is offered in "Prestige", "Luxury", "F Sport" and "Sport Luxury" specifications. The Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury variants add a reversing camera as standard, while the Sports Luxury gains active cruise control and the pre-collision safety system. F Sport models include all the features of the Luxury model, plus sports bumpers, sports side skirts and a large rear spoiler. Interior features of the F Sport are an F Sport steering wheel, sports pedals, scuff plates, 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 Celebrity Challenge, a one-make, one-off series event held as part of the Grand Prix's weekend attractions. The event, supported by CAMS and sponsored by Lexus Australia, was promoted as the world's first race containing only petrol-electric vehicles.[15]

Europe[edit]

CT 200h front (ZWA10), Germany

In the United Kingdom, Australian pop superstar Kylie Minogue was invited to be the spokesperson for the new CT200. She has recorded a TV advertisement and the press release of the car will feature Minogue. In the United Kingdom, the CT200 will be one of the sponsors of Minogue's latest concert tour, Aphrodite World Tour.

North America[edit]

2012 Lexus CT 200h at the Montreal International Auto Show

Estimated fuel consumption is:

City Highway Combined
US (EPA, 87 octane)[14] 5.5 L/100 km (43 mpg-US) 5.9 L/100 km (40 mpg-US)
Canadian[16] 4.5 L/100 km (52.3 mpg-US) 4.8 L/100 km (49.0 mpg-US) 4.6 L/100 km (51.1 mpg-US)

Reception[edit]

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in its 2011 Hybrid Scorecard ranked the Lexus CT 200h, together with the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, as the top luxury hybrid models in the scorecard’s environmental improvement category, an achievement the UCS attributed to their relatively small gasoline engines, as both carmakers downsized these vehicles’ engines from six to four cylinders to maximize fuel economy.[17][18] The UCS evaluation found that the Lexus CT 200h reduces greenhouse emissions by 42.9% as compared to the Lexus IS 250, used as its gasoline-only similar for this comparison.[19][20]

Awards[edit]

  • Best Small Car 2011 Over $35,000 - Australia's Best Cars[21]
  • Grand Prix award for highest safety performance - Japan New Car Assessment Program* (JNCAP)[22]
  • Winner (Hybrids) - Asian Auto Fuel Efficiency Awards 2011[23]

Gallery[edit]

CT 200h F Sport (Australia) 
CT 200h Luxury (Australia) 
CT 200h (Japan) 
Interior 
CT 200h rear (ZWA10; Germany) 

Sales[edit]

Global sales of Lexus CT 200h reached 122 thousand units through November 2012, making the CT the second best selling Lexus hybrid after the Lexus RX 400h/RX 450h, and representing a share of 24.1% of the 506 thousand Lexus hybrids sold by the end of November 2012.[24]

Calendar year Total sales, U.S. Total sales, Japan Total sales, Europe
2011 14,381[25] 20,704[citation needed] 16,980[26]
2012 17,673[25] 11,325[citation needed] 15,599[27]
2013 15,071[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lexus CT 200 H Teased Ahead of Geneva Debut". Worldcarfans.com. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Lexus Confirms CT 200h for U.S. Market". Insideline.com. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  3. ^ "Lexus' "C-Premium" upmarket small car gets a name: CT 200h... – my.IS – Lexus IS Forum". my.IS. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  4. ^ U.S. Patent D624,850
  5. ^ Elias, Mark (2010-11-30). "First Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h [Review]". Leftlanenews.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  6. ^ "Lexus Launches 'CT 200h' in Japan". Toyota Japan. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  7. ^ "March 2011 Dashboard: Hybrid Car Sales Triple Increase of Auto Market". HybridCars.com. 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  8. ^ "Lexus Launches 'CT 200h' in Japan" (Press release). Japan: Toyota. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  9. ^ The Motor Report, Lexus CT200h on sale in Australia.
  10. ^ Monticello, Mike (2011-02-15). "2011 Lexus CT 200h Full Test and Video". Insideline.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  11. ^ "Lexus CT200h to get North American Debut at New York Auto Show | AutoGuide.com News". Autoguide.com. 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  12. ^ Edmunds Inside Line, Lexus Highlights Safety Features on 2011 CT 200h in Wake of Recalls.
  13. ^ "Edmunds 2012 Lexus CT 200h". Edmunds.com. 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  14. ^ a b "Pricing for All-New 2011 Lexus CT 200h to Start Below $30,000" (Press release). Toyota USA. 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  15. ^ Lexus Enthusiast, Lexus Australia Sponsors World’s First Hybrid-Only Race
  16. ^ "The all-new Lexus CT 200h Premium Compact Sportback the World’s First Luxury Hybrid Sportback". Toyota Canada, Inc. 2011-03-23. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  17. ^ Cheryl Jensen (2011-07-07). "Scientists Demand Improved Hybrid Performance From Automakers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-07-23. 
  18. ^ "Hybrid Scorecard for 2011 Shows Automakers Not Delivering Enough 'High Value' Models". Union of Concerned Scientists. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  19. ^ Union of Concerned Scientists. "UCS Hybrid Scorecard Methodology". HybridCenter.org. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  20. ^ Union of Concerned Scientists. "Hybrid Scorecard: Lexus CT 200h". HybridCenter.org. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  21. ^ "Best Small Car over $35,000". australiasbestcars.com.au. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  22. ^ "Lexus 'CT 200h' Tops New Japanese Overall Safety Assessment". Toyota Japan. 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  23. ^ "Winners of the Asian Auto AmBank - Fuel Efficiency Awards 2011". asianauto.com. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  24. ^ NewsPress (2012-12-21). "Cumulative global sales of Lexus hybrids pass half-million mark". Green Car Congress. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  25. ^ a b "December 2012 and Year-End Sales Chart". USA: Toyota. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  26. ^ "Toyota Motor Europe posts year-on-year sales increase despite supply disruptions" (Press release). Toyota Motor Europe. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  27. ^ "Toyota Motor Europe 2012 Sales Up 2% (+15,583 Units) In A Sharply Declining Market" (Press release). Toyota Motor Europe. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  28. ^ "December 2013 and Year-End Sales Chart". USA: Toyota. 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 

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