Monday, March 22, 2010

Lexus CT200h Compact Hybrid Goes On Sale In Early 2011

 The all-new Lexus CT 200h premium five-door compact hybrid, shown in Geneva last month, will be on display in New York next week, and will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2011 joining the HS 250h as Lexus' second dedicated hybrid. 

The CT 200h is powered by a 1.8L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder gas engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and Lexus Hybrid Drive technology. The CT 200h's Lexus Hybrid Drive technology features two motor generators which can operate as both a motor and generator.  The engine-driven generator can charge the battery pack or provide additional power to the drive motor as needed.  The drive motor is driven by electrical power from the hybrid battery pack or generator and provides motive force for the front wheels. The CT 200h will be equipped with four drive-modes: Normal, Eco, Sport and EV.