Frankfurt 2011 press kit: the new lexus ct 200h f-sport
- CT 200h makes up over 70% of LHD orders and over half of the total Lexus European order bank
- Class-leading emissions of just 87g/km deliver unprecedented benefits in total ownership costs
- New F-Sport model will extend appeal of CT 200h to a wider customer base
- F-Sport-specific suspension for a more dynamic and engaging drive
- CT 200h F-Sport emissions of only 94g/km
- Bespoke exterior and interior design with enhanced standard equipment specification
The 2010 launch of the Lexus CT 200h marked the introduction of the first, and only, full hybrid vehicle in the premium compact segment.
Created for those who have an environmental conscience but have no wish to lower their standards, the CT 200h is Lexus' first ever compact, five-door car. It has introduced the company's unique synthesis of unparalleled quality, sophistication and high technology to the segment for the first time.
Priced to compete at the heart of the segment, it has brought a younger group of customers to the brand. In doing so, it has contributed considerably to Lexus' growth in Europe; as of March 2011 making up over 70% of Lexus Hybrid Drive orders and over half of the total Lexus European order bank.
With class-leading emissions just 87g/km, the CT 200h offers the highest tax advantages in many European countries, and will deliver unprecedented benefits in total ownership costs to private owners, company car drivers through lower personal taxation, and fleet operators through write-down allowances.
The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show marks the European debut of a new F-Sport version, which will expand the appeal of the CT 200h to an even wider customer base.
The CT 200h F-Sport features a new suspension set-up, offering customers a more dynamic and engaging drive. The coil spring rates have been changed to a more dynamic setting, and the standard car's Showa shock absorbers have been replaced with more sports-oriented, Kayaba dampers.
With its CO2 emissions of just 94g/km the new F-Sport version allows dynamic yet environmentally conscious driving.
The new Lexus may be readily identified by several, more aggressive exterior design elements. These include F-Sport-exclusive front and rear aero bumpers and upper and lower mesh-type grilles. Outward flaring side skits reinforce the front to rear flow of the character line at the lower edge of the front bumper, and make the body appear lower. A larger spoiler is extended by 30mm to maximise the vehicle's aerodynamic performance. F-Sport 17" dark alloy wheels with black ornamentation and F-Sport side badging complete the exterior treatment.
The CT 200h F-Sport will be available in a range of eight colours, excluding model-specific Fire Agate and Silver Blue.
The interior is hallmarked by an F-Sport-exclusive, perforated leather steering wheel, aluminium pedals, a black roof lining, and F-Sport 'Lexus' scuff plates. F-Sport seat upholstery is available in a choice of 'Abyss Blue' , mesh pattern fabric with black side bolsters, or 'Galaxy Black' leather with white perforations.
Complimenting the CT 200h's already comprehensive standard equipment specification, the F-Sport is further equipped with cruise control, a lateral performance damper system and an electro-chromatic rear view mirror with an integral rear camera screen.
Optional equipments are Full Map Navigation system, heated leather powered seats, LED headlights, Smart Entry, Sunroof and Alarm system.