A Lexus CT 200h driven by Sebastien Kroetsch has placed second in Rallye Vert de Montréal, the only Canadian stop on the global FIA Alternative Energies Cup circuit. A Toyota Prius Plugin finished first.
Upon learning that Lexus was planning to cancel the much-maligned HS 250h, some readers suggested that the model be converted into a CT sedan — interestingly, photochopper Theophilus Chin tried that something very similar a couple of weeks back.
When I spotted a 2012 Lexus CT 200h F-Sport during the Pebble Beach Concours a couple weeks back, it was notable for two reasons — not only was it my first look at the F-Sport option package, it was also showing off the new Nebula Gray Pearl exterior paint.
AutoMiddleEast has posted a review of the Lexus CT 200h that's worth reading -- and not only just to get a glimpse of the model in Ultrasonic Blue (an exterior color not yet available in North America) or because the reviewer admits to taking the press car up to 109mph.
Auto journalist (& future TV show host) Dan Neil has reviewed the Lexus CT 200h for the Wall Street Journal, and it's hardly a positive affair -- Neil tears into the hybrid hatchback from all angles, from the handling & performance to the styling, all in the name of being a car enthusiast.
As unusual as it seems, this recent Motor Trend review on the 2011 Lexus CT 200h comes to the defence of the hybrid hatchback's powertrain, and that "the Lexus combines reasonably sporty responsiveness with unsurpassed fuel economy."
This Auto Express video showdown between the Lexus CT 200h, Nissan Leaf & VW Golf GTD had all the potential for a very interesting comparison, but ultimately fizzles with its focus on superficial testing criteria rather than examining the differences between the three models.
Here's two 15 second CT 200h commercials from Lexus Japan -- these spots do a great job of cutting to the quick by highlighting the CT's handling capabilities, easily one of the hatchback's strongest selling points. Short and sweet.
It was quite an eventful weekend for racing -- not only did both the Le Mans 24h Race and the Canadian Grand Prix turn in spectacular results, but the #111 Lexus LFA (and drivers Iida Akira, Oshima Kazuya & Ishiura Hiroaki) won the SP8 class on their way to placing 5th overall in the latest edition of the VLN Nürburgring series. This is the best overall result for the Gazoo team since they started racing LFAs in 2008.
Car Advice is the second Australian website to turn in a review of the Lexus CT 200h F-Sport, and it’s a much more in-depth article than the first. The review points to the exterior design, big trunk space and fuel economy as the top positives, though they were decidedly less enthused about the navigation display …
Here’s the unique sight of a Lexus CT 200h together with a first-generation IS Sportcross, as taken by automotive author Basem Wasef: Even though the IS Sportcross was released before Lexus’ L-Finesse design language, you can still see a ton of similarities between the models, particularly in the rear. Great photo! [Source: Basem Wasef]
Two weeks back, Lexus created a stunning CT 200h promotion using 3D projection technology and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel as the backdrop, and now thanks to Media Life magazine, we can find out exactly how difficult this event was to pull off: It took several months to get the stunt ready. Pearl [Media, the company …
Australian website The Motor Report has published what I believe is the first english-language review of the Lexus CT 200h F-Sport package. Outside of some exterior design tweaks, the CT F-Sport is equipped with a firmer suspension — too bad the review glosses over this fact, only mentioning that might be too stiff for Australian …
Here’s a short Lexus Magazine video featuring Brian Fox (of Fox Marketing) talking about his custom Lexus CT 200h on display at the NY Auto Show: I was there when this video was put together, and at one point, the super-tall Mr. Fox was sitting in the CT with his head sticking out the sunroof …