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Direct competitor to the Audi A3 TDI

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Lexus tells us that the CT 200h will boast a 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder gas engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) mated up with twin electric motor/generators and a CVT automatic transmission powering the front wheels. Though official EPA mileage numbers aren't yet available, the automaker expects its baby to be at the head of its class in efficiency.
Four drive-modes will be selectable from the cockpit: Normal, Eco, Sport and EV. Eco mode will adjust air conditioning settings and the throttle for the best possible fuel economy while Sport tightens up the steering, sets the stability and traction control at less obtrusive settings and provides 150 more volts of power from the electric motors. EV mode will allow the car to travel up to one mile on electric power alone under certain circumstances.
This part made me LOL. "The overall design combines sportiness, and elegance."

If this is elegance, elegance makes me want to puke.

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The interior looks like a spaceship. What an odd looking shifter. The rear window cutout looks weird too. I agree, it's not a good looking car...
At least the push button ignition is within easy reach ;)
I can definitely see the sportiness in the design. It's certainly not a typical 3 box car. It has nice wheels too.
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