Aerodynamic performance is getting increasingly important for every new vehicle as automakers strive to improve fuel efficiency and reduce noise. That's especially true for hybrid vehicles as manufacturers aim for MPG bragging rights – and it's the main reason the Toyota Prius looks the way it does.
The next hybrid-only model from Toyota is the new CT 200h from Lexus and, while it doesn't feature the overtly low-drag styling of the Prius, it's spent its fair share of time in the wind-tunnel and on the CFD workstation screen. The smooth under-body and thoughtful tweaking of the bodywork around the front and where the air-flow separates has resulted in a drag coefficient of 0.28. The back end of the greenhouse has been carefully tapered and augmented with a spoiler extending back from the roof over the rear glass. Lexus claims that's the lowest figure in the compact luxury class. The production CT 200h will debut at the Paris Motor Show soon and goes on sale next year.