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More Details on the Lexus CT 200h

28 February 2010

The new Lexus premium compact hybrid CT 200h (earlier post) to be introduced next week at the Geneva Motor Show combines a 1.8-liter VVT-i gasoline, permanent magnet synchronous motor, electrically controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT) and NiMH battery pack.

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The CT 200h. Click to enlarge.

Lexus’s first premium compact model, designed and developed with the European market in mind, offers a selectable electric mode, as well as Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes. The car is capable of running in EV mode for up to 1.2 miles at speeds up to 28 mph (45 km/h).

The CT 200h is built on a new platform with a dedicated double wishbone and trailing arm rear suspension system. It has been developed specifically to combine the ride comfort expected of a Lexus with superior driving involvement and handling agility.

The double wishbone rear suspension is exclusive to the CT 200h and incorporates a lightweight trailing arm. The springs and shocks are positioned separately to minimize intrusion into the loadspace floor.

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"The car is capable of running in EV mode for up to 1.2 miles at speeds up to 28 mph (45 km/h)."

This specification may not even need to be mentioned. It is not a PHEV, it is an HEV. This just points out how small the batteries are in relation to the motor and controller.

It appears that this car has the Prius III's power train with a more sporty chassis and body. This is a good commercial move to appeal to those eco-conscious drivers who prefer a vehicle with higher status and sportier look and handling.

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