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Hybrid vehicles started with Toyota, and quickly moved to the luxury segment at Lexus. The very first luxury hybrid went on sale in April of 2005, and between that day and 2016 more than 1 million of the vehicles were sold by Lexus to the general public. That’s an amazing milestone that the automaker is celebrating and a single NX 300h was delivered to a customer in Milan, Italy to commemorate the special milestone.
A Variety of Hybrid Models
Currently Lexus manufacturers 10 different hybrid models, making it one of the most diverse luxury automakers as far as hybrids are concerned. Lexus customers have plenty of options to pick and choose from, and additional models are planned for release as hybrids in the future to broaden the selection even more.
The 1 Millionth Vehicle
The 1 millionth Lexus model ever produced was delivered in Milan Italy to Alain Uyttenhoven, the head of Lexus Europe. The buyer was thrilled to learn about receiving the milestone vehicle and excited about having the advanced technology available.
This is what Lexus President Tokuo Fukuichi had to say about the company’s hybrid offerings.
“The hybrid drive system continues to be our core vehicle technology to help reduce CO2 emissions, while providing a pleasurable driving experience. We have set ambitious environmental goals for 2050, and hybrid popularity worldwide is extremely important if we are to achieve those goals. Today, Lexus manufactures ten hybrid models, with more on the way. I’m pleased over 1 million customers worldwide have put their faith into our hybrid line-up,”
Lexus is an ideal luxury automaker to work with if you’re interested in a hybrid vehicle. Not only does the automaker have more hybrids available than the others, but those vehicles tend to be more refined and fuel efficient as well.
The refresh Lexus CT 200h compact luxury hybrid enters 2014 with updates to its exterior and a number of added standard and optional features while maintaining the MSRP of $32,050 as the outgoing model. The fresh new sporty look will include an updated front fascia with a full Lexus spindle grille, new front bumper, LED daytime running lights and updated fog lamps surrounds. A new five-spoke 17-inch wheel design, new rear bumper design, LED rear license plate lighting, larger rear spoiler, aero-stabilizing fins, shark fin antenna and scratch-resistant clear coat rounds out the list of exterior changes.
Also available is the fixed and thinner Display Audio (DA)/Navigation screen adopts the next generation multimedia system that features complimentary HD Radio real-time traffic and weather. The optional navigation system will be paired with the second generation Remote Touch Interface and will have Bluetooth 3.0 and dual USB ports. Improved speaker design for both the standard six-speaker and premium 10-speaker audio systems provide an enhanced listening experience. Other standard features include a redesigned leather shift knob and sliding sun visors.
Other fine touches are the updated steering wheel, which has been redesigned for better feel, and metallic interior ornaments adorn the luxurious cabin. Buyers will have additional choices with additions to color and trim with the addition of Parchment NuLuxe and perforated Flaxen leather, as well as a new headliner color and dash panel; in addition, an added new exterior color, Redline, which features a highly scratch resistant self-restoring coat, is also available.
The 2014 CT 200h F SPORT also receives noticeable styling enhancements that make the sporty exterior even more impressive. The F SPORT rides on newly designed 17-inch 5-twin spoke alloy wheels with two-tone graphite and machine finish. In line with the brand’s other F SPORT models, the CT receives a front bumper with F SPORT mesh grille. The CT F SPORT will stand out with its new black contrast roof, new rear spoiler with two large air ducts, and mesh fog lamp inserts and black surround.
F SPORT exterior badging further differentiates this vehicle from the rest of the CT line. The CT 200h F SPORT also comes with two unique exterior colors: Ultra White and Ultra Sonic Blue Mica.
The Lexus CT 200h teams a 1.8-liter in-line four-cylinder gas engine and a 650 Volt motor/generator for a combined output of 134horsepower. The powertrain is mated to an Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT) for fuel efficiency and driving pleasure. It continues to deliver exceptional fuel economy ratings with an EPA-estimated 43 MPG city and 40 MPG highway.
The 2014 CT 200h will go on sale late January or early February of 2014.
by Zach McDonald | HybridCars.com
Toyota‘s new Avalon Hybrid was released earlier this year as the latest product of Toyota‘s gradual push to offer hybrids across every segment of its vehicle lineup. The Avalon Hybrid‘s sibling, the Lexus 300h ES shares its drivetrain with the Avalon Hybrid but comes at a higher pricetag and with more amenities.
The Avalon platform, remade for 2013, is a full-size sedan line offering improvements in comfort and upgrades in features compared to the midsize Camry Hybrid. Performance and efficiency numbers are nearly identical to both the Camry and Lexus hybrids, with the Avalon providing up to 200 horsepower at an EPA average combined fuel economy of 40 mpg (the Camry averages 1 mpg better.) That should come as no surprise considering that the Avalon shares the same 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine with both vehicles.
Efficiency fares slightly better under urban driving conditions, where the hybrid can officially travel gas-free at speeds of up to 25 mph. In real world tests, reviewers have exceeded Toyota and the EPA’s efficiency estimates. GreenCarReports.com was able to keep the Avalon Hybrid in EV Mode at speeds of up to 48 mph, while Edmunds produced city fuel economy of 46.5 mpg during its 100-plus mile test.
The Avalon Hybrid starts at $35,555, more than $9,400 north of the Camry Hybrid, but offers a number of luxury car comforts as standard to the vehicle. Leather seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel and heated mirrors are among a number of features not standard in the Camry but built into the base-model Avalon. Suggested starting pricing comes in $4,500 higher than the V6 Avalon, and about $3,700 lower than the Lexus 350h ES hybrid.