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Lexus CT 200h

The Lexus CT 200h is a new premium compact full hybrid which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show prior to a worldwide sales launch in late 2010.

Mechanically it will be similar to the Prius, with a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine, electric motor and nickel-metal hydride (NiMh) battery. The full hybrid system will have a selectable EV mode for emissions-free electric running, along with selectable ECO, NORMAL and SPORT driving modes.

Lexus says the CT 200h, its first five-door compact car, was designed and developed with the European market in mind.

The production-ready CT 200h is visually similar to the LF-Ch concept that Lexus unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show, and the asymmetrical dashboard design seen in the LF-Ch show car is retained.

The CT 200h comes with the familar Lexus/Toyota electrically controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT) and front-wheel drive.

The Lexus Hybrid Drive system combines a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine with an electric motor. Drivers have the choice of four selectable drive modes: ECO and NORMAL place the emphasis on efficiency and comfort, while SPORT focuses on dynamic performance.

The CT 200h also has an EV (electric vehicle) mode that allows for ultra-quiet running on the electric motor alone, resulting in zero fuel consumption and CO2, NOx and particulate emissions. The car is capable of running in EV mode for up to 1.2 miles at speeds up to 28mph.

Keywords: Lexus CT 200h premium compact full hybrid, 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine, electrically controlled continuously variable transmission, LF-Ch concept, Geneva Motor Show.