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Lexus Mixing Speed With Pleasure in New F Sport

New LS F Sport offers multiple powertrains.

by on Apr.11, 2017

The 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport brings the power element to the grace and style of the new flagship.

The styling evolution of the Lexus line-up, specifically the Japanese brand’s LS flagship portfolio, continues with the debut of the all-new LS F Sport at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.

The new F Sport comes on the heels of the debut of the LS 500 in Detroit and the LS 500h in Geneva. The previous models offered the comfort, style and efficiency capable in the LS group, however, the F Sport is all about the speed and performance.

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The all-new LS is based on an extended version of the brand’s premium global architecture for luxury vehicles, which is the stiffest that Lexus has ever developed. The result is enhanced handling, ride smoothness and cabin quietness. F Sport capitalizes on the platform’s responsiveness and agility to present the most engaging LS driving experience yet. (more…)

Lexus Bringing CT200h to U.S. for 2011

First dedicated hybrid in premium compact segment.

by on Mar.22, 2010

The 2011 Lexus CT200h will be the first dedicated hybrid in the compact luxury segment.

Lexus will add a second hybrid-only model to its line-up for 2011.  The CT200h will be the first dedicated gas-electric entry into the premium compact segment.

The 2011 Lexus CT200h made its debut, early this month, at the Geneva Motor Show.  The maker described it as a perfect fit for a small but growing segment of “eco-conscious” European consumers who want hybrid power, rather than the diesel drivetrains that have come to dominate the Continental market.

There was some question about if and when the small hybrid would make it to the States, but Lexus now confirms the CT200h will roll it into showrooms here for the coming model-year, and will make its public debut at the upcoming New York International Auto Show.

“The CT200h is expected to lead the class in fuel economy and deliver low emissions,” claims Mark Templin, general manager of Toyota’s luxury marque.

The new hybrid, he added, will be positioned to young buyers as an “eco-conscous” offering that will “xymbolize urban, luxury living.”

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The 2011 Lexus CT200h will be the smallest of the brand’s expanding line-up of hybrids, a list that already includes gas-electric versions of the GS, RX and LS models, as well as the first dedicated Lexus hybrid, the HS 250h.

The CT200h will be powered by a 1.8-liter inline-four cylinder gasoline engine that uses the more efficient Atkinson cycle, and which features Lexus’ Variable Valve Timing with intelligence, or VVT-I, system.  It will be mated to the Lexus Hybrid Drive technology, which features two motor generators.