Lexus announces its new CT 200h hybrid hatchback will have CO2 emissions of just 96g/km
30 September 2010

Lexus has unveiled the final production version of its CT200h hybrid hatchback at the Paris motor show.

The company has has announced that it is expected to have CO2 emissions of just 96g/km.

See the pics of the Lexus CT200h at the Paris motor show

Lexus claims that this preliminary CO2 emissions figure is well below that of its similarly powered small premium hatchback rivals.

This figure also puts it in Band A for Vehicle Excise Duty, meaning buyers will pay nothing in road tax each year. Its benefit-in-kind rating is 10 per cent, while its combined fuel economy has been recorded as 68.9mpg.

Read the first drive review of the Lexus CT 200h SE-I

See the pics of the Lexus CT200h in development

Sales will start in the UK in October and the first deliveries are expected in early 2011. Some European markets will get an even greener model with CO2 emissions of 89g/km.

This version will have a slightly different trim specification than the UK model, with changes such as smaller wheels lowering the weight and therefore allowing for the improved CO2 emissions.

A spokesman for Lexus said the heavier UK car's model grade and specification better suits the segment in which it will be competing.

The CT200h uses a tuned version of the Toyota Prius’s 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain and CVT gearbox.

Its electric motor and nickel hydride battery pack help propel the car up to 1.24 miles on electric power alone.

There are four selectable modes for the full hybrid system: Normal, Eco and EV (electric vehicle), plus a Sport setting.

In Sport mode, the MacPherson strut front and double wishbone rear suspension firm up and steering and throttle responses are sharpened to boost the CT200h’s agility and road holding.

Read more on the Lexus CT200h, plus see exclusive pics and video

Lexus has set itself the target of making the CT200h “a benchmark for handling in [its] segment” and promised it will be a “sporty” car to drive.

Lexus wants to make the front-drive CT200h a credible dynamic rival for the best-selling Audi A3 and BMW 1-series models in the lucrative premium hatchback segment.

The firm is expecting the car to shift around 30,000 units per year to double Lexus's business in Europe.

First deliveries will be made to UK customers in the New Year when it will be priced from around £21,000.

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13 September 2010

[quote Autocar]Lexus claims that this preliminary CO2 emissions figure is well below that of its similarly powered small premium hatchback rivals.[/quote]

I think that statement is pushing it a bit. The Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi ECOnetic and Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI BlueMotion, although not premium (and therefore cheaper to buy), also emit less than 100 g/km of CO2. They're significant because they're the current class leaders and all newcomers will be compared to them. I'm sure the forthcoming 3rd generation Focus will be cleaner still and more 'premium'.

I suppose a better rival is the Audi A3 1.6 TDIe at £18,315. Just as clean, probably more desirable (if a bit common now!) and over £3k cheaper. Three door only, though.

*edit*

Oh, and I almost forgot the in-house rival Toyota Prius which has a legion of fans (although it certainly doesn't have the desirability factor). Then there's Volvo's quirky C30, which I really like, and SEAT's sporty Leon... I think I'll have the Volvo.

13 September 2010

An expensive Mondeo at the front is what this car looks like and being Japanese it will have zero charactor and zero soul and will drive average but nothing really special and also be smaller than the Mondeo which does have charactor and soul . Id prefer a top off the range Mondeo instead or nicer still The Laguna coupe or GT .

13 September 2010

I think it has great potential I reserve full judgement on looks untill I have seen it in the flesh but it a cracking idea and on paper looks good. It is most certainly a car we will look at come change time as we have had a 1 Series and A3 now a Leon FR TDi.

Don't do high millages and some short runs that a decent hybrid would come into it's own for, as long as performance is not too tardy and is fun to drive overall. It could well be at the top of our list alongside the new 1er and A3. Lexus still do well in customer service and overall reliability soemthing Audi and BM can be a bit haphazard on especially with the dealers.

Mondeo is a completey different class of car IS is the Mondeo market in terms of size, as good as the Mondeo is just does not have badge kudos something many people aspire to. Hence the 3 Series outselling it. A year old Laguna or Mondeo are great buy's agree especially with the scary depreciation that they get hit with.

13 September 2010

I could definately be interested in this once it's 6 months - a year old. I don't do enough miles to warrant a diesel, dont like any of the petrol A3's (S3 aside), find the 1 series a bit small in the back for a car i'd have to keep for a few years had two focuses and think the quality is pathetic and don't really want a mondeo sized car unless it's an e60 (which would bring it's own problems).

Hopfefully it's a good'n but isn't bought by too many people so I can pick it up with a few grand off in a couple of years from now.

Mind you I do really like the C30 (but so does everybody else it seems, hence the resale price) and could live with something like a leon cupra or Mk6 Gti

13 September 2010

[quote Dark Isle]

I think that statement is pushing it a bit. The Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi ECOnetic and Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI BlueMotion, although not premium (and therefore cheaper to buy), also emit less than 100 g/km of CO2. They're significant because they're the current class leaders and all newcomers will be compared to them. I'm sure the forthcoming 3rd generation Focus will be cleaner still and more 'premium'.

I suppose a better rival is the Audi A3 1.6 TDIe at £18,315. Just as clean, probably more desirable (if a bit common now!) and over £3k cheaper. Three door only, though.

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Unfortunately none of the above are available with automatic transmission, unlike the Toyota/Lexus. Bit of a pain if you live in London. (That's where Honda have gone completely wrong with the new CRZ.) I'm looking for a small second car that is exempt from the congestion charge but have heard that the threshold for exemption next year will be for all vehicles below 100g/km of CO2. (Again, the Honda Insight would be no good!) But is this true? Does anyone have any further info about new rules for the cc zone?

Looked at a Prius but it was very boring to drive and was like sitting in a grey plastic bath tub. Also the green LED displays were like something from a Sinclair calculator! Maybe the Lexus CT will be better but it still looks like a Talbot Horizon and the inside is just a complete mess of buttons. Nissan Leaf looks a bit more exciting but lets see what the Early Adopters think of it!

13 September 2010

I just don't see the point at all, when you can get a Golf Bluemotion, Leon Ecomotive, Focus Econetic, A3 TDI e or C30 DrivE all of which are about the same size, cheaper and emit 99g/ km co2 and offer similar fuel economy. Petrol hybrid is a dead technology as far as I see it, the latest crop of super-green diesels leave it redundant.

13 September 2010

Are you comparing apples with apples though? Wont this lexus have the equivalent of about 150bhp? All the cars you mention come in at about 110bhp, theoretically should be slower to 60 etc. If you compare it with similarly powered petrol variants (assuming it comes in around this power band) it performs more favourably - albeit it's still bloody expensive

13 September 2010

[quote rodenal]Are you comparing apples with apples though? Wont this lexus have the equivalent of about 150bhp? All the cars you mention come in at about 110bhp, theoretically should be slower to 60 etc. If you compare it with similarly powered petrol variants (assuming it comes in around this power band) it performs more favourably - albeit it's still bloody expensive[/quote] Ah but the diesel powered cars will have more torque ;) Having said that, the closest equivalent in that case would be the BMW 320d ED, 163bhp and 108g/ km co2 but costs a bit more to buy and run.

13 September 2010

[quote J400uk] Petrol hybrid is a dead technology as far as I see it, the latest crop of super-green diesels leave it redundant.[/quote]

Not really.

Where hybrid (and full electric) have a significant advantage is in the tailpipe nasties (i.e. NOx, PM10s etc) that are extremely harmful to human health. Petrol engines produce a lot less of these. Hybrids produce very few at source (when in urban areas), full electric vehicles produce none at source.

On this subject, it's worth bearing in mind that the original primary purpose of the Prius wasn't to produce an economical car, it was to produce a family-sized car with decent performance that had extremely limited tailpipe NOx etc emissions.

13 September 2010

[quote Dan McNeil v2]

Where hybrid (and full electric) have a significant advantage is in the tailpipe nasties (i.e. NOx, PM10s etc) that are extremely harmful to human health. Petrol engines produce a lot less of these. Hybrids produce very few at source (when in urban areas), full electric vehicles produce none at source.

On this subject, it's worth bearing in mind that the original primary purpose of the Prius wasn't to produce an economical car, it was to produce a family-sized car with decent performance that had extremely limited tailpipe NOx etc emissions.

[/quote] The problem for petrol hybrids is that diesel cars now have exhaust treatment to remove NOx and small particulates and in the real world produce better economy. Yes there are few modest sized diesel automatic cars available currently but I suspect that the extra cost and fuel consumption of a torque converter automatic reduces their appeal. Maybe the automated manual gearboxes/ twin clutch gearboxes/ CVT's will spread to the cheaper models in time.

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