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 |  Jun 19 2013, 9:02 AM

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The Lexus HS 250h has been discontinued after poor sales, but could the Japanese luxury automaker be working on a CT 200h sedan variant to replace it?

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 |  Dec 14 2012, 9:01 AM

Lexus has announced pricing for its 2013 CT 200h model, increasing its MSRP to $32,050 excluding an $895 destination and handling fee.

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 |  Oct 27 2011, 8:00 PM

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Meguiar’s will be heading to SEMA this year with this custom two-tone Lexus CT 200h. While it’s not exactly the crazy project one would expect from a SEMA display car, the 2012 CT 200h serves a purpose as a proper marketing tool for Meguiar’s.

The yellow and black two-tone scheme is inspired by Meguiar’s Ultimate Wash and Wax product line, giving the CT 200h clearly defined body lines. The glossy paint comes courtesy of Glasurit Paint Systems while the Rotiform BLQ wheels with Falken Tires are also done in a nice black finish, providing a nice black/yellow/black theme to the project. Handling suspension duties is a set of coilovers from CKS, while the interior got a proper suede treatment with contrasting yellow stitching.

Autoguide will be sure to stop by the Meguiar’s booth to take a look at this hybrid project in person next week.

[Source: Jon Sibal]

GALLERY: Meguiar’s Lexus CT 200h

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 |  Oct 25 2011, 8:00 PM

Lexus will be bringing a fine collection of vehicles to this year’s SEMA Show, and AutoGuide has compiled a guide to all the ones we’re expecting to see. In addition to the previously mentioned GS 350 F-Sport, Lexus will also be showing off a custom GS F Sport and CT 200h by Five Axis, a custom IS 350C by VIP Auto Salon, a custom LX 570 by JT Grey Racing, while Lexus themselves will be bringing F Sport variants of their CT 200h, IS 350, and IS 250C models to go along with their IS F.

Starting with the pair of Five Axis projects, the GS F Sport by Five Axis will feature a Five Axis widebody conversion on a Glacier White GS350. The white exterior will further be accented with unique Slate Gray pieces, while the GS350 will be brought down to the show floor thanks to AirRunner’s TC-5 air suspension system. On all four corners will be Five:AD S5:F alloy wheels while Stoptech’s front and rear big brake kit will be concealed behind each wheel. Last but not least, a custom fabricated exhaust with dual finishers will be housed in the rear diffuser.

Turning our attention to the CT200h hybrid, Five Axis worked their magic with another custom widebody with a striking JDSU “Dark Passage” paint job. Suspension duties are handled by TEIN’s Flex coilover system while custom Five:AD wheels finish off the exterior. Braking performance is upgraded with Stoptech’s high performance big brake kit, featuring large 12-inch front rotors. The interior has been redone by Turinmodel, Inc. with uniquely appointed seats with laser-etched Ultrasuede EcoDesign inserts. The headliner also received a similar treatment with Ultrasuede EcoDesign upholstery.

Next on our list is a customized IS350C by VIP Auto Salon. The convertible coupe features a custom Chameleon paint by K&W while it gets a more aggressive stance thanks to F Sport springs and Bilstein shocks. Wheel upgrade comes in the form of 19-inch F Sport full-faced forged alloys while a Seibon carbon fiber hood round off the exterior modifications. A nice performance upgrade is courtesy of Power Enterprise’s Rotex supercharger by A’PEXi and VIP Auto Salon. The interior has been overhauled by Top Stitch with custom inserts while the fog lights received the HID treatment.

The custom LX 570 by JT Grey Racing was built to show off how capable, reliable and durable the Lexus LX 570 is. Custom King Road shocks were fitted onto the LX 570 along with 17-inch F Sport wheels paired with 37-inch BF Goodrich Baja TA race tires. The off-road race theme continues with 70-watt carbon fiber HID lighting and Sparco race seats in the interior.

All the F Sport vehicles Lexus will be bringing sport various F Sport modifications to their respective models, including wheels, suspension, and aerodynamic packages.

GALLERY: Lexus SEMA 2011 Cars

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See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show preview here and look for complete coverage starting November 1st.

 |  Aug 16 2011, 3:00 PM

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Lexus has announced its plans for the 2012 CT 200h model, adding a new car and the F Sport Package as an option to buyers. The F Sport Package originally debuted last year at the Australian International Auto Show (seen above) and will feature F Sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch wheels in a high-gloss finish, mesh front grille, metal front scuff plates, perforated leather steering wheel, leather shift knob, aluminum sport pedals, and metallic trim on the dash panel. Options for seats include black NuLuxe trimmed seats or perforated black leather-trimmed seats.

Unfortunately Lexus didn’t release any photos of the F Sport package available for the 2012 CT 200h, but most of its parts are featured in the photos released last year. Also for the 2012 model, Lexus has integrated its Vehicle Proximity Notification System to warn pedestrians of its existence. New to 2012 is the color Nebula Gray Pearl, which replaces the Smoky Granite Mica from 2012.

No pricing details were released on the 42-mpg hybrid luxury sedan, but it’s nice to see the F Sport package will be readily available to enthusiasts wanting a little more fun from their hybrid.

GALLERY: Lexus CT 200h F Sport (from 2010 Australian International Auto Show)

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 |  May 27 2011, 12:09 PM

The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety today announced the all-new 2011 Lexus CT200h hybrid earned a “Top Safety Pick” award.

The Lexus earned the award through enduring front, side, rollover, and rear impact evaluations and its standard electronic stability control.
High-strength steel components are carefully located in the body structure to help ensure strength in key areas. The CT200h utilizes a standard eight-airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with dual-stage front airbags and knee airbags for driver and front passenger, side curtain airbags, and front side airbags to help protect front and rear passengers in certain types of severe frontal or side collisions.
The CT200h, which went on sale in March 2011, produces 134-hp and can achieve 43 mpg city and 40 mpg on the highway for a combined 42 mpg using regular 87-octane gasoline.
 |  Mar 30 2011, 12:28 PM

With possibly just enough parts available to build two-thirds of its popular Prius hybrid, on Tuesday Toyota resumed production of that car, plus the Lexus HS250h, and CT 200h hybrids.

The assembly lines had been shut down following the Mar. 11 Japan earthquake, and resulting tsunami that is still causing trouble for the industry.

A Toyota spokesperson was not able to confirm restored production from one of three battery factories damaged during the natural calamity, and which normally supplies the Prius assembly line.

It is speculated by those in the know that the battery plant could still be out of business. If so, this would fit with previous Toyota warnings that U.S. Prius availability will be limited due to the affected battery plant.

[Source: Autoblog Green]