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Northwest Automotive Press Association given Lexus CT 200h is Favorite Hybrid Title

August 1, 2014 lacarguy Lexus Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

The Northwest Automotive Press Associate recently decided on their favorite hybrid vehicle and the Lexus CT 200h was chosen to receive the honor. The CT 200h is an impressive little sedan with a great looking exterior and it’s beginning to get notice for the great little car that it is. It was only four years ago that this car was announced at the Geneva Auto Show and today it’s gaining recognition as a fan favorite. Out of all the hybrid vehicles that the group looked at, the CT 200h was by far the favorite and after close examination it isn’t hard to see why.

2014 lexus ct 200h

Why the Title?

According to the NWAPA this little Lexus hybrid was voted as the favorite because it combines a pleasing level of luxury with an exceptional fuel economy that makes driving it a true pleasure. The vehicle manages 42 MPG combined and offers a luxurious driving experience.  This simple hatchback provides plenty of legroom both in front and in back, and it offers a good combination of technical features, comfort and appearance to give it a luxurious feel.

The Ct 200h is an Impressive Vehicle

The Ct 200h is obviously a luxury vehicle and that’s a fact you can’t miss when you climb inside. Soft touch materials abound on the interior of this vehicle, and for a compact it appears impressively spacious. Dark colors blend with bright chromes for a stylish and luxurious looking interior. Equipped with an advanced multimedia system and a vibrant gauge cluster this vehicle looks modern and offers a wide array of tech options.

The tiny 1.8 liter engine works in tandem with an electric motor to produce an impressive 134 HP that gives this vehicle plenty of pep. With a drag coefficient of just .29 this care seamlessly glides across the road seemingly immune to the oncoming breeze. Sure it takes nearly 10 seconds to go from 0 to 60, but with such a great fuel economy that figure really isn’t too bad. It relies on a mixture of MacPherson struts and a double-wishbone suspension in the rear to provide a smooth and easy ride even over rough terrain. With seating for up to five people your whole family can ride around in comfort in this economical sedan.

When you want something a bit more luxurious than your average Prius, you may want to consider the Lexus CT 200h. This little hybrid is a clearly a proud pleaser, and it has a lot to offer.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid Draws Praise in Reviews

May 20, 2013 lacarguy Green Articles, HybridCars.com, Toyota Tags: , , , 0 Comments

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.

Fisker Karma Proves 51 Mile Electric Range In TÜV Tests

November 3, 2011 lacarguy Electric Vehicles, Fisker, Plugin Hybrid Vehicles Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

The Fisker Karma has achieved 83 km/51.6 miles running in silence on electric-only mode during independent fuel efficiency tests carried out by Europe’s regulatory body, the Technischer Ueberwachungs Verein (TUV).

Founded in 1871, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent testing, inspection, certification, and consulting services. The company inspects technical equipment, products and services; oversees projects; and helps to shape processes for U.S. companies seeking entry to worldwide markets.

The TUV have carried out the most thorough tests yet of the Karma’s real-world urban performance. This is an independent process that measures every element of the Fisker Karma luxury plug-in hybrid’s performance.

“We are delighted that the TUV has confirmed that most owners will achieve a 50 mile range running purely on electric during their daily commute,” said Fisker Automotive CEO and co-founder Henrik Fisker.

The Karma has already been awarded the highest possible score of 10 out of 10 for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions on its label from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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The Frankfurt Motor Show Introduces the All-New 2013 Lexus GS 450h

October 6, 2011 lacarguy Green Auto Technology, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Lexus Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

As a leader in hybrid technology, Lexus reinforces its commitment to furthering the technology with the all-new 2013 GS 450h. When it was first introduced in 2007, the GS 450h was the first hybrid-powered luxury sport sedan to hit the market. Today, it is the world’s first premium performance sedan to be equipped with a V6 Atkinson cycle gas engine and two-motor hybrid system, in a front engine-rear wheel drive vehicle.

Equipped with a second generation Lexus Hybrid Drive system, GS 450h engineers have aimed for reductions in fuel consumption and emissions, while providing exhilarating performance. As with all Lexus hybrid vehicles, the new GS 450h is a full hybrid capable of operating the gas-only or electric-only modes, as well as a combination of both.

“The all-new GS 450h will provide our customers with an exciting blend of performance and precision in a new hybrid package,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager in the U.S. “With its dynamic exterior styling, roomy interior and advanced technology features, the GS 450h further demonstrates Lexus’ mastery of the luxury hybrid.”

With total system output of 338 hp, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds is effortless. Conversely, fuel consumption is expected to be improved by more than 30 percent. The GS 450h is targeting certification as a Super-Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II (SULEV II). The new GS hybrid also features a Drive Mode selector. In addition to the Normal mode, the driver is able to customize the driving experience using Eco, Sport S, Sport S+ and EV modes.

A newly redesigned suspension system guides the 2013 GS through corners with precision. The standard 17-inch alloy wheels are paired with 225/50R7 tires while the optional 18-inch alloy wheels are equipped with 235/45R18 tires. The Electronically Controlled Braking (ECB) system characteristics have been modified to provide greater responsiveness from the first touch of the pedal. Improvements in driving dynamics are accomplished through such advanced technologies as Active Variable Suspension (AVS) and Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS). Other cutting-edge systems available on the GS 450h include the Lexus Dynamic Handling System which integrates AVS, DRS, variable gear-ratio steering and the latest iteration of Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management. Also offered are an advanced pre-crash safety system, Lane-Keep Assist (LKA), blind-spot monitor, Lexus’ Night View system and a head-up display.

On the outside, the 2013 GS expresses a new generation of Lexus’ design philosophy with its precisely sculpted exterior and will lead the rest of the lineup in an entirely new direction. Exclusive to the hybrid model is a unique three-lamp design that aligns the turn signal and Lexus-first high and low beam LED lamps in a single horizontal row. In addition, the rear bumper covers the exhaust pipe apertures. The GS 450h can also be distinguished by Lexus’ signature blue hybrid badging.

On the inside, this hybrid will share the same luxuries and technologies as its gas counterpart, including next generation Remote Touch; analog clock with LED indicators, carved from an ingot; and a new energy-saving auto climate control system called S-Flow that focuses airflow only to the front area where passengers are actually seated. A few notable differences include a bamboo-finished steering wheel, which reinforces the sustainability of the GS 450h, and the hybrid monitor.

“There is no other mid-luxury hybrid like the new GS 450h,” said Templin. “The handling, acceleration, and design of this Lexus hybrid are impeccable. We can’t wait for customers to drive one.”

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