It was reported last month that Lexus had no plans to bring the new CT 200h hatchback to the North American market – but you can scratch that report now. Today at the world debut of the Lexus CT 200h at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Lexus confirmed to AutoWeek that the car will be sold in the United States.
“It’s designed with Europe in mind, but it will be sold worldwide,” said Andy Pfeiffenberger, vice president of Lexus Europe.
Refresher: Power for the Lexus CT 200h comes from a 1.8L VVT-i gasoline engine mated to a powerful electric-motor fueled by nickel-metal hydride batteries. Unlike a mild-hybrid system, the CT 200h has an EV (electric-vehicle) mode that allows it to run on only on its electric-motor for up to 1.2 miles at speeds of up to 28 mph.
2011 Lexus CT 200h:
– By: Kap Shah