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The Lexus CT200h has been a success for the company, drawing in younger buyers as well opening up a new low-price point to enter into the luxury segment, and now the car may spawn some new models.
The “possibility to build other vehicles off that(CT200h) platform” is likely, said Mark Templin, Lexus U.S. group vice president and general manager in an interview with WardsAuto. The sales of the CT200h will likely grow 25% in 2012, a great gain, but still not as much as the company would like. “We’ll probably end up in the 18,000-unit range this year, just based on the supply that we can get,” mentioned Templin.
The average age of the CT200h buyer is 53, six years younger than the average age of regular Lexus buyers. New customers to the brand are also likely to get into a CT as their first Lexus.
Oddly enough, the company recently discontinued the HS 250h due to lack of sales. The style, price and options on the car made it much less accessible than the CT, and thus was discontinued.
[Source: Ward's Auto]
There’s an urban legend that Mitsubishi originally wanted to name the Starion, the ultra-80s turbo terror, the “Stallion,” only to FUBAR the translation. Say what you will about stereotypical Japanese pronunciation—somebody at Lexus isn’t helping that cliché.
A GS450h hybrid recently ran out of juice in Holland, only to display the unintentionally hilarious message “low traction battely.” Whoopsie-daisy! It’s unknown how many GS hybrids—nay, Lexus hybrids in general—are running around with the error-message equivalent of All Your Base; maybe their owners should idle their hybrid cars to oblivion and find out. Oh no, somebody set Lexus up the bomb!
One wouldn’t normally think of the Lexus hybrid compacts as “tuner cars”, but if there’s one thing that SEMA proves, it’s that you can make anything a “modified vehicle” by throwing wheels and other bolt-on modifications onto a car.
We highlighted the Lexus SEMA lineup earlier, but since we all know how much you love hybrids, we sought out some pictures of our own. The CT200h is actually previewing an F-Sport suite of aftermarket parts, including wheels, tires, a big brake kit and suspension pieces.
The HS250h was tuned by VIP Auto Salon, and comes with a baller-ific WALD aerokit, 20″ Work wheels, a custom exhaust system and Lexus Japan OEM-spec window visors. We can hardly contain our excitement at that bit of JDM trivia.
Gallery: Lexus HS250h and CT200h