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Lexus Brings GS lineup to Los Angeles Auto Show

Lexus GS 350

This year, the Japanese automaker Lexus has introduced several GS models, starting with the GS 350 that made its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California. In September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, they’ve unveiled the GS 450h while at the SEMA show they brought the GS 350 F Sport.

Lexus GS 360 F Sport

All three cars are on display these days at the Los Angeles Auto Show and will continue to be there until November 27th when the show closes its doors. The 2013 GS 350 is motivated by a V6 3.5-liter engine that pumps out 306 hp, enabling the sleek sedan to hit 62 mph from start in only 5.7 seconds. Fitted with the F Sport Package, the GS 350 adopts an aero kit as well as upgraded chassis components in order to improve the car’s handling capabilities.

Lexus GS 450h

As for the GS 450h, this one is powered by a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine with the company’s Hybrid Drive and it is capable of producing 338 hp.

Source: Lexus via Carscoop

VIP Lexus IS 350C Heading To SEMA

Lexus IS 350C by VIP Auto Salon

At this year’s edition of the SEMA show in Las Vegas, the tuners from VIP Auto Salon will bring a customized version of the Lexus IS 350C. The tuning program developed for the convertible includes both performance and visual changes.

By installing an Apexi-developed Power Enterprise Rotex Supercharger kit, the engine of the IS 350C is able to develop 386 hp @ 5,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 372 lb.-ft @ 5,200 rpm. In addition, the car has been fitted with an Apexi smart accelerator controller and a PTS Joe Z Series Header Back exhaust system.

Lexus IS 350C by VIP Auto Salon

The body of the Lexus IS 350C is covered mostly in carbon fiber and this newly developed bodykit includes side & rear diffusers, a front spoiler, a boot lid spoiler as well as headlight accents. The gorgeous coupe has also been equipped with a new bonnet while its K&W “Chameleon” exterior finish has a special ceramic film developed by STM.

Lexus IS 350C by VIP Auto Salon

Inside the cabin, the Lexus IS 350C by VIP Auto Salon comes with a bunch of bespoke parts, including custom seat upholstery and a carbon fiber shift knob. To benefit from better handling, the car features a TOMS upper shock tower brace and an F Sport suspension system.

Source: VIP Auto Salon via ZerCustoms

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport unveiled before SEMA launch

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport

Lexus has decided to announce that the 2013 GS 350 F Sport will be making an appearance at this year’s edition of the SEMA Motor Show. The new model is distinguished by a new mesh grille, front bumper, trunk-mounted spoiler and a rear diffuser. Other additions include bespoke 19-inch alloys, AVS – Adaptive Variable Suspension, beefier front brakes and thicker anti-roll bars.

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport

Inside the cabin, the 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport comes with alloy pedals, a black headliner and perforated leather seats. In addition, it also has an aluminum trim and a sport steering wheel.

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport

The car is motivated by a V6 3.5-liter engine that fires 306 hp (310 PS / 228 kW) and a peak torque of 277 lb.-ft (375 Nm). This power unit is linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox that allows the vehicle to do the 0-62 mph sprint in about 5.7 seconds. Efficiency-wise, the rear-wheel drive variant will do 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, while the AWD model can return 18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway.

Source: Lexus via WCF

Lexus Launches Three Special Editions

2012 Lexus LS 460 Special Edition

Lexus has revealed this week three special editions based on the 2012 LS 460, the ES 350 and the CT 200h. All of them will be available by the end of this year, the latter will be the last to be launched.

The LS 460 Special Edition will come with all of the available Sport package performance and styling elements, along with a new package for the interior cabin. It will be available with 10-spoke, 19-inch wheels wrapped around in summer tires, along with a sport-tuned air suspension and Brembo brakes. The MSRP for this model, not taking into consideration the $875 DPH fee is $77,000.

2012 Lexus ES 350 Touring Edition

As for the aforementioned ES 350 Touring Edition, this will set you back $40,475 + the $875 DPH fee. Customers will be able to order it with one of the two colors available: Starfire Pearl and Stargazer Black. Standard goodies include 17-inch alloys that have an elegant Liquid Graphite finish, saddle tan leather-trimmed seats and more wood trim inside the cabin.

2012 Lexus CT200h F Sport Special Edition

The 2012 Lexus CT200h F Sport Special Edition can be ordered with one of the following three paintjobs: Tungsten Pearl, Starfire Pearl and Nebula Gray Pearl. The car is fitted with the F Sport package that bundles a sport suspension, 17-inch alloys, an aero kit, Navigation and Premium Audio packages as well as other equipment. Not taking into consideration the $875 DPH fee, this special edition is priced at $37,995.

Source: Lexus via Carscoop

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Lexus LS TMG Edition Surfaces

Lexus LS TMG Edition

We already knew that a more powerful version of the Lexus LS was under development at Toyota Motorsports GmbH, but no additional details have been revealed ever since. A few photos surfaced the Internet and Toyota asked those sites to take them down. Photos are back online as the car is undergoing a new series of tests.

Lexus LS TMG Edition

What’s great is that we have a photo of the specs sheet of the vehicle from where we find out that it will be motivated by a 5.0-liter engine that develops 641 hp (650 PS / 478 kW) and a peak torque of 524 lb.-ft (710 Nm). With a curb weight of 4,563 lb (2,070 kg), the Lexus LS TMG Edition will be able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in only 4.2 seconds, before reaching a maximum speed of 199 mph (320 km/h).

Design-wise, the car will come with a significantly more aggressive front bumper, an updated grille and a ventilated bonnet. Other than that, expect to see extended wheel arches, aerodynamic side skirts and a prominent spoiler at the back.

The car will probably make its official debut in December this year at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Show, but nothing is certain at the moment. We’ll keep you posted once we find out more details.

Source: Autoblog

2013 Lexus GS 450h Goes Official

2013 Lexus GS 450h

Lexus decided to reveal its beautiful 2013 GS 450h, before the car’s public debut this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It looks just about the same as the standard model, except for the three-lamp headlights, the 17-inch alloys and blue-tinted logos.

2013 Lexus GS 450h

The car is motivated by a 3.5-liter V6 (Atkinson-cycle) engine and an electric motor. The total output is 338 hp (343 PS / 252 kW), enough to allow for a 0-62 mph sprint in 5.6 seconds and a limited maximum speed of 131 mph (211 km/h).

2013 Lexus GS 450h

The Japanese automaker says that the car’s fuel consumption has been reduced by more than 30% in comparison to the standard version by installing a brand new Power Control Unit as well as reworking the regenerative brakes.

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Source: Lexus via WCF

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2013 Lexus GS Goes Official

2013 Lexus GS 350

Some of you have probably been waiting for Lexus to unveil the 2013 GS for months now. It finally happened at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and I must say that it is one of the best looking cars of this year.

2013 Lexus GS 350

The Japanese automaker said that the car was developed in order to be contemporary and spacious, and as we can see from these official photos, it borrows the sporty design that we’ve seen in the LF-Gh concept at the New York Auto Show. It will come with a “spindle” front grille, LED-infused headlights, while at the back it will have a diffuser and a dual exhaust system.

2013 Lexus GS 350

The interior of the 2013 Lexus GS will be very luxurious, featuring seats wrapped around in leather, ambient lightning, a wood trim and an analogue clock. Aside from these, the car will get an 8-inch infotainment display as standard while the cars fitted with the navigation package will benefit from a bigger 12.3-inch display. Aside from this, it will feature an energy-saving climate control system as well as an optional Mark Levinson audio system with 17 speakers.

2013 Lexus GS 350

Lexus will offer three engines for the 2013 GS, but the specifications have not been mentioned yet. What we do know is that the choices will be a 2.5-liter, a bigger 3.5-liter and a greener hybridized 3.5-liter power unit. The car will ride on an updated platform that features a wider track as well as a new multi-link rear suspension.

2013 Lexus GS 350

Sales are expected to commence at the beginning of 2012. Stay tuned for more information about the engines and the price tag.

Source: Lexus

U.S. Gets 2012 Lexus CT200h With F-Sport Package

Lexus CT 200h F-Sport Package (SEMA 2010)

The second model year for the Lexus CT 200h will come with a few updates, the most important one being the addition of the F-sport package to the U.S. model. This package was first unveiled last year at the Sydney Motor Show in Australia and after that it made an appearance at the 2010 SEMA. Now, customers will be able to buy it for the 2012MY CT 200h.

The F-Sport package consists of 17-inch alloys, a sportier tuned suspension as well as a front grille which will have a mesh pattern. Inside the cabin, the Lexus CT 200h will get a perforated leather steering wheel, metal front scuff plates, aluminum sport pedals, leather shift knob, along with a metallic trim for the dash panel. Clients will be able to order the car with Black NuLuxe trimmed seats or they can choose perforated black leather-trimmed seats.

The new model year also brings the Vehicle Proximity Notification System which helps alert the pedestrians as well as the cyclists of an oncoming car under specific conditions. It does that by emitting a low audible warning sound.

Aside from these updates, there are no other modifications in comparison to the 2011MY as the car will keep the hybrid powertrain which is made out of a 1.8-liter VVT-I gasoline engine that produces 98 hp and an electric motor that along with the gas engine offers a combined output of 134 hp, which is enough for a 0-62 mph sprint time in 9.8 seconds.

The Japanese automaker didn’t release any photos with the U.S.-spec 2012 Lexus CT 200h with the F-Sport package and the one that we have uploaded for this article is the car exhibited at SEMA 2010.

Source: Lexus via Carscoop

2012 European-spec Lexus IS F Gets Updated Chassis

2011 Lexus IS F

It was only last year when Lexus launched a revised version of its European-spec IS model, featuring a V8 5.0-liter engine that is Euro 5 compliant. Aside from this major change, they also added a few styling updates like LED front lights and a new design of the instrument panel. Now, they’re back with the 2012MY version that comes with an updated chassis.

The Japanese automaker promises that the updated version of its high-performance sports sedan will improve the overall driving experience and also it will offer more comfort inside the cabin thanks to the addition of larger stabilizer bars, brand new shock absorbers, along with updated suspension geometry.

The 2012MY Lexus IS F is powered by the same V8 5.0-liter engine that fires 423 hp, allowing the car to do the 0-62 mph sprint in only 4.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h), which is electronically limited.

Aside from the updates of the chassis, the revised version adds a brand new set of BBS 19-inch alloys that have a 14-spoke design, along with a two-tone (black & crimson) leather trim inside.

The company mentioned that there won’t be any changes as far as the price tag is concerned which means that the starting price is $101,500 (70,600 Euros) in Germany.

Source: Lexus via Carscoop

2013 Lexus GS Will Get Only V6 Engines

2013 Lexus GS350

A few days ago Lexus announced that they will be revealing the all-new 2013 GS 350 model on August 18th at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. They also invited some of the journalists from Motor Trend, Autoweek and Car & Driver to take the car for a test drive. Obviously, the exterior of the prototype test cars was wrapped around in plastic, but the interior was mostly free of camouflage. The design of the interior cabin looks like a more edgy LF-A-esque styling with a huge 12.3-inch information screen located above the center console and plenty of stitched leather on the dashboard.

2013 Lexus GS350

Lexus told the aforementioned magazines that the new generation of the GS features an updated platform that measures the same 112.2-inch wheelbase like the outgoing model, while the overall length has increased to 190.9 from the previous 190 inches. In addition, width is also up by 0.8-inches and the roof is now 1.2-incher taller than it previously was. The 2013 GS is also 157 pounds (71 kg) lighter than the model it replaces and has a curb weight of 3,638 kg (1,650 kg).

2013 Lexus GS350

The car will be powered by an updated version of the V6 3.5-liter engine and will be mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox that will send all of the hp to the wheels in the back. There won’t be any V8 engines available for the car but Lexus promised to bring at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September a performance-tuned hybrid that will be based on the V6 3.5-liter unit. Later on, the Japanese automaker will roll out an F-sport trim level with both performance and styling upgrades. The car will be exhibited at the SEMA aftermarket show that will be held in Las Vegas.

Source: Car & Driver, Motor Trend, Autoweek via Carscoop

Preview – 2011 Chicago Auto Show PART 3

Welcome back to the third and final part of our extensive article about the most important cars that will delight us at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Let’s start with Land Rover and their Range Rover Evoque.

2012 Land Rover Evoque

The car will be available in 2-door and 4-door variants, both of them featuring the same engine, which will be a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged that outputs 240 hp, linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The Evoque will come with an all-wheel drive system as well as the company’s new Terrain Response System.

2011 Lexus CT 200h

One of my personal favorites, Lexus, will bring the CT 200h which is a 4-door / 5-passenger hybrid hatchback, featuring a conventional 4-cylinder 1.8-liter gasoline engine and a battery-powered electric motor, both of them offering a combined power of 134 hp. The new C200h will use a CVT – Continuously Variable Transmission and can run on one or both of the power sources (without having to charge it).

2012 Mercedes SLK

Mercedes will be heading out to Chicago where they will have three new production models: the beautiful 2012 SLK, the 2012 CLS and the 2012 C-Class. We’ve talked about the SLK on rpmGO.com before; it will be available in two variants: the SLK250 and the SLK350. The entry-level model will be fitted with a 4-cylinder 1.8-liter that outputs 201 hp, linked to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic gearbox. The SLK350 is going to have a more powerful V6 3.5-liter engine, good for 302 hp. This model will be available with a 7-speed automatic transmission.

The CLS will be available in two models: CLS550 and the AMG CLS63. The first one has a V8 4.7-liter turbocharged engine that outputs 402 hp while the other comes with a V8 5.5-liter turbocharged engine that produces 518 hp. The CLS550 has a 7-speed automatic gearbox while the CLS630 AMG will get a 7-speed automated manual gearbox.

The 2012 C250 will be offered in two trim levels: Luxury and Sport, both of them featuring a 4-cylinder 1.8-liter unit that churns 201 hp. The C300 will have the same trim levels, but it will be equipped with a V6 3.0-liter engine, good for 228 hp. The C350 will have the same engine, but this time it will output 302 hp. The high-end model will be the AMG version C63 which will most likely come with a V8 6.2-liter that outputs 451 hp.

2011 Mini Countryman

Mini will be bringing their 2011 Countryman, which will be the first four full-sized doors Mini model sold in the United States. The car will be available in two trim levels: Base and S. The entry-level will get a 4-cylinder 1.6-engine that churns 120 hp while the high-end variant will feature a 4-cylinder 1.6-liter that produces 180 hp. Both of the models will get front-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Mitsubishi will show us their Outlander Sport model which will be available in two trim levels: ES and SE. Both of the versions will pack a front-wheel drive system and a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter that outputs 148 hp. The ES will come with a 5-speed manual gearbox while the SE will get a CVT transmission and steering-wheel paddles for manual changing.

2011 Nissan Juke

Another Japanese automaker that will be heading out to Chicago this year will be Nissan with three models: the award-winning Leaf, the funky Juke and the sporty 2012 GT-R. We talked about the Leaf thousands of times, but here is a small presentation. The car will be available with two trims levels – SV and SL. Both of them will have the same lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor that outputs 107 hp. It can be charged at either a 110-volt or a 220-volt outlet. For the first type it will need 20 hours while for the second type it will need only 8 hours.

Porsche Cayman R

The guys over at Porsche will be bringing their 2012 Cayman R. This two-seater sports coupe will come with the third and newest trim, dubbed “R”. Unlike the entry-level trim or the S mode, the R has a 6-cylinder 3.4-liter power unit that outputs 330 hp, linked to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. It is also available with an optional 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox.

2011 Scion iQ

If you can’t afford the Aston Martin Cygnet, the next best thing is the Scion iQ. Featuring a 4-cylinder 1.3-liter engine that outputs 90 hp, this certainly won’t be the most powerful car at the Chicago Auto Show.

Scion will also be bringing the 2011 tC 2-door hatchback coupe which will be fitted with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder power unit that cranks up 180 hp, mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Toyota Prius v

Scion will not be going to Chicago without its parent company Toyota. Despite the fact that the Japanese automaker is the largest manufacturer in the world, they will be bringing only one model here (one that they already took to Detroit) – 2012 Prius v. The heart of the car will be a conventional 1.8-liter gasoline engine which will be paired with a battery-powered electric motor. The combined power will be 134 hp.

2012 Volkswagen Passat

The German automaker Volkswagen will be heading out to Chicago with the recently-launched 2012 Passat and the 2012 Eos. Presented first at Detroit, the Passat will be available in three different trim levels: S, SE and SEL. Engine options include the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter unit with 140 hp, 5-cylinder 2.5-liter with 170 hp and the high-end V6 3.6-liter with 280 ponies. The diesels will be available with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed dual-clutch automated-manual gearbox. The 5-cylinder 2.5-liter will get either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The V6 engine will be fitted with a 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox.

The EOS will come with a power-retractable hardtop with an integrated sunroof. Under the hood it will feature a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter that produces 200 hp, mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automated-manual transmission.

2011 Volvo S60

Sweden will be represented at Chicago by Volvo with their sexy 2011 S60 model. This premium-midsize car will benefit from a 6-cylinder 3.0-liter turbocharged engine that will produce 300 hp and will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. At first, the car will be available in one single trim level, the T6. Later on this year, the Swedish automaker will be introducing the T6 R-Design which should be a real looker.

These are the most important cars that will be presented at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Some of them you might have already seen while others are a premiere (not many unfortunately).  From February 9th to February 20th, the automotive capital of the world will be Chicago. Next month we will have another important auto show to review at Geneva. Stay tuned for a comprehensive coverage.

PS: Part 1 and 2 of the article are here and here. Enjoy the reading.

First Lexus LF-A Is Done

Lexus LF-A

In the last few years, we have seen the beautiful Lexus LF-A in many colors and shapes, making us dream about how would the production model look like and if it will be ever released. During all these years, the LF-A was only a just a prototype as the Japanese automaker didn’t made a production version yet.

Things took a turn for the better on December 15th when the company officially started on working on a production model LF-A at the Motomachi plant in Japan. A month has passed since then and you are looking at the first production model of the Lexus LF-A finished with a bright orange livery.

The work on this beautiful car is done by 170 people and all of them has specific roles as far as building the LF-A. To give you an example, there are a couple of specialists that only handle the very delicate (and expensive) carbon fiber components of the vehicle. More than that, all of the subsequent procedures accomplished on each and every car will be recorded and stored on journals which will have about 3,500 pages.

Being a very important car for Lexus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they are being so meticulous about the LF-A model. Although it took them a couple of years and many prototypes to get to this point when they are able to offer a production model, we are glad that they have sorted everything out and the model has entered its production stage.

The Lexus LF-A can be yours if you can spare $375,000.

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November U.S. Sales, Up By 17%

The United States trucks and cars sales rose by 17% in November, raising high hopes that the automotive market will end on a very high note, creating a solid momentum for 2011. Last month, the number of light vehicle sales went up to 873,407 cars, which is the 11th market advance in the past 12 months. The car sales until November, reached 10.45 million units, topping the 2009 sales figures that totaled 10.43 million.

The United States sales, for the second consecutive month achieved an annual selling rate of 12.26 million units, according to the information revealed by AutoData Corporation. In 2009, the light vehicles delivered reached an annual rate of only 10.86 million vehicles. According to Edmunds.com, larger vehicles, crossovers and pickup trucks are more popular among buyers. The redesigned or new models coming from Hyundai, Nissan, VW as well as other car manufacturers, helped raise the sales figures.

Ford sold 20% more trucks and cars in comparison to 2009. GM’s sales also went up by 12% and its four remaining brands grew by 21%. According to the Chrysler Group, the November request for new cars rose by 17%.

Today, the General Motors officials predicted that a gradual economic recovery will most likely continue to strengthen the request for new vehicles. Jim Bunnell, who is the general manager of U.S. sales for General Motors, stated that “the economy is continuing to gain traction. We believe we will see meaningful job creation in the coming months.”

Moving on, the Hyundai Group (and Kia), sold this November 41% more cars. The demand for Honda cars in the United States grew by 21%. Porsche also is doing well, benefiting from 49% more sales. Jaguar Land Rover sales climbed by 22%. Nissan is also benefiting from an increased number of sales, the deliveries for their vehicles rose by 27%.

On the contrary, Toyota sales, including Scion and Lexus, went down by 3% in November, totaling 129,137 cars, although the company spent more on incentives in comparison to 2009. The situation clearly illustrates the problems the Japanese automaker is having in winning back the trust of the United States customers, after more than a year since the automaker started recalling millions of cars that shattered Toyota’s good image for manufacturing high quality cars that are very safe on the road. Toyota and Mazda were the only two manufacturers that did not post double-digit sales gains in November; Mazda’s sales went up by only 7%.

Almost all of the General Motors cars shipped were 2011 models, which allowed the company to increase the average transaction prices, according to Don Johnson, who is GM’s vice president of United States sales operations. Through last month, the average price of a GM car went up by $1,300 in comparison to the similar period of 2009. Johnson added that the incentives averaged 10.4% of GM’s transaction prices, which is just about the same as the rest of the industry.

Volkswagen AG sold 24.2% more cars last month, the Jetta Sedan being the most successful model as sales grew by a healthy 49%. Analysts affirm that the sales made in the final weekend of the month went up due to the Thanksgiving holiday deals that were sponsored by individual manufacturers and dealers, including Nissan and Toyota.

Automaker Nov. 2010 Nov. 2009 Pct. chng. 11 month
2010
11 month
2009
Pct. chng.
BMW Group* 22,909 18,030 27% 238,443 218,138 9%
Chrysler Group LLC 74,152 63,560 17% 984,509 844,879 17%
Daimler AG** 19,259 17,462 10% 208,946 184,294 13%
Ford Motor Co.*** 146,956 122,846 20% 1,773,868 1,493,533 19%
General Motors**** 168,670 150,676 12% 1,987,552 1,864,211 7%
Honda (American)† 89,617 74,003 21% 1,100,864 1,043,641 6%
Hyundai Group†† 67,324 46,002 46% 819,250 680,282 20%
Isuzu - - -% - 165 -100%
Jaguar Land Rover 4,039 3,319 22% 40,329 33,420 21%
Maserati 166 100 66% 1,717 1,158 48%
Mazda 15,304 14,255 7% 208,087 189,512 10%
Mitsubishi 4,306 2,925 47% 50,809 49,631 2%
Nissan††† 71,366 56,288 27% 814,840 696,699 17%
Porsche 2,416 1,626 49% 22,753 17,578 29%
Saab Cars North America‡ 397 - -% 3,763 - -%
Subaru 20,792 16,988 22% 237,126 193,578 23%
Suzuki 2,332 1,540 51% 21,347 36,811 -42%
Toyota‡‡ 129,317 133,700 -3% 1,586,107 1,582,287 0%
Volkswagen‡‡‡ 29,713 23,191 28% 325,279 267,955 21%
Volvo Cars North America‡‡‡‡ 4,078 - -% 16,667 - -%
Other (estimate) 294 308 -5% 3,234 3,372 -4%
TOTAL 873,407 746,819 17% 10,445,490 9,401,144 11%

Numbers in this table are calculated by Automotive News based on actual monthly sales reported by the manufacturers and may differ from numbers reported elsewhere.

Source: Automotive News Data Center

Note: Other includes estimates for Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Lotus

*Includes Mini and Rolls-Royce
**Includes Maybach, Mercedes-Benz and Smart
***Includes Volvo through July 2010
****Includes Saab through February 2010
†Includes Acura
††Includes Kia
†††Includes Infiniti
‡The sale of Saab was final on February 23, 2010
‡‡Includes Lexus and Scion
‡‡‡Includes Audi and Bentley
‡‡‡‡The sale of Volvo to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group was final on Aug. 2, 2010

Source: AutoNews.com

Lexus CT 200h gets detailed before its worldwide launch


Toyota’s upmarket Lexus brand is aiming for the compact segment with the recently revealed CT 200h hatchback.

Built on top of the Prius platform and its hybrid synergy drive technology, the Lexus CT 200h promises to deliver a more premium experience for those that still want to save the planet by driving a hybrid.

Now, after seeing it at the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of the year, the CT 200h has been further detailed ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show.

The final output is rated at 134 HP, but the 1.8-liter gasoline engine is capable of 98 HP while the electric motor can output as much as 80 HP. Even with this pretty potent power rating, 0 to 62 is achieved in 9.8 seconds.

The car has been specifically tuned for improved efficiency, meaning low rolling resistance tires, a special suspension and a hood and tailgate made from aluminum to keep weight down were fitted. All of these things enable an EPA-rated fuel estimate of 42 mpg.

You will be able to enjoy a custom interior, and the car will let you choose two driving ‘moods’ Dynamic or Relaxing, and four modes: EV, ECO, Normal and Sport.

More details are set to be unveiled in Paris. The Lexus CT 200h hybrid hatchback will be launched around the world in the following months.

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