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2011 Lexus CT 200h: With four selectable driving modes

The Lexus CT 200h offers series four driving modes selectable by the driver, which allows you to change the acceleration, touch management, the lighting of the dashboard indicators and configuration

    * Methods conduct EV, ECO and Normal for everyday situations

    * Driving Mode Sport for a more dynamic response with a more direct steering feel

    * In Normal and ECO modes, the lighting is blue and hybrid system indicator is displayed

    * In Sport mode, the lighting is red and a tachometer is displayed; the VSC and TRAC systems are less intrusive

The all-new compact luxury hybrid CT 200h 2011 brings a brightness of contemporary chic to the Lexus hybrid lineup. Fifth Lexus hybrid model, the CT 200h offers a harmonious alloy athletic qualities and luxury that guarantees driving pleasure.

The new car benefited from a brand new platform that integrates many novelties developed exclusively for its body, its frame and its hybrid Lexus system, and it offers three different driving modes: Sport, when the driver desires to live a more dynamic experience, or Normal, Eco or EV for most ordinary daily needs.

In addition to the Normal mode, which promotes the smooth operation of the transmission continuously variable electronic control (E-CVT) of a new compact Lexus full hybrid system, the driver can select one of three driving modes that enhance respectively either performance and dynamic abilities, is the efficiency and the reduction of fuel consumption and emission.

EV, ECO and Normal modes are designed for a relaxed driving; they promote comfort, smooth acceleration even the silence and smoothness of the body, chassis and powertrain.

From the bus stop and at speeds of up to 40 km / h, the CT 200h can operate in EV mode (electric motor only) for a distance of a little less than 2 km. Drivers of hybrid vehicles partial lack of this unique way of driving because it requires the full hybrid Lexus system. Offering a range that depends on the state of battery charge, the EV mode allows a comfortable ride in town with minimal noise and no issuance of NOx and particulates. Because the petrol engine is stopped in EV mode, it contributes to a significant reduction in the overall consumption of the new Lexus.

In ECO mode, the response to an aggressive pressure on the pedal Accelerator is attenuated and management of air conditioning is optimized to save fuel. Depending on driving conditions, the ECO mode can help the driver to adopt a relaxed driving style, and can produce a noticeable reduction in consumption.

Designed for dynamic driving, the Sport mode maximizes the performance and accuracy of the direction of the new CT 200h. The regime engine is kept greater, and the settings of the throttle and electric power steering (EPS) are modified to produce a faster response to driver. The system automatically governs the amount of assistance management to provide more direct feedback through the steering wheel and experience more engagee conduct. In addition, Sport mode, the control system of the vehicle stability (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) are less intrusive to allow the driver to operate a background dynamic capabilities of the new Lexus full hybrid system.

The very different characters offered by the function selection mode of conduct of the CT 200h are reinforced by different views to the table edge synchronized to the selected mode. Backlit in hybrid blue when the EV, ECO and Normal mode is selected, the panel automatically turns red when the driver selects Sport mode. At the same time, the indicator hybrid system becomes a tachometer.

Recently exposed at the event "Lexus Live at the Distillery" in Toronto - the first stop of a North American avant-premiere tour - the CT 200h is a hybrid that presents a new attitude to buyers of luxury cars, including grace to selection of four driving modes it offers series. Lexus also outline shortly the CT 200h the Auto Show in Paris.

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