What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Only in this case, when we say "goose," we mean Toyota, and when we say "gander," we mean Lexus.

Take, for instance, the Japanese auto giant's hybrid strategy. Leave aside hybrid drivetrains available in conventional models (like the Toyota Camry Hybrid or the Lexus GS 450h) and look directly at the stand-alone hybrid models like the Prius, which has grown from a single model into an entire range into an of itself. Now Lexus is reportedly preparing to follow suit.

Fortunately that won't mean more vehicles like the HS, which is being discontinued, but more variants based on the CT 200h. In the coming years we could be looking at more body-styles based on the hybrid hatchback, though details remain scarce at this point.

The expansion of the CT family is only part of a larger product push for Lexus, which reportedly plans nine new or significantly updated models before the end of this year. The new GS sedan is to come first, followed by new versions of the ES, IS and LS, plus hybrid and F-Sport versions. A facelifted LX sport-ute just debuted at the Detroit Auto Show, and we could see the addition of a seven-seat crossover (to compete with the new Infiniti JX) and a new coupe to succeed the long-gone SC.

All in all it's shaping up to be quite an ambitious campaign to propel Lexus back to the top of the luxury car market, a position reclaimed in recent years by the likes of Mercedes-Benz and BMW.


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      David J. Bernstein
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't even pay attention to Lexus. Really, it's a brand whose only interesting cars are the IS-F and LF-A and even those look terrible when compared to their rivals. If I am going to buy a sports car I not only expect performance but beautiful design and above all a brand name associated with motorsport success.
        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David J. Bernstein
        You probably drive a sh*t car anyways but I will humor you.... the lexus IS350 is plenty fast, and the new GS supposedly has some very decent sporting chops (haven't driven so can't confirm). some people pay 35k for an unrefined brutal track monster (a la Evo or Sti), others spend their 35k on luxury and refinement (a la Lexus and Acura), and some of us spend our money right in the middle (in my case an Audi). So quityerbitchn!
        Helix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David J. Bernstein
        You comment on every Lexus post with your negative drivel. Of course you pay attention to Lexus.
        Bill
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David J. Bernstein
        Looks better than Infiniti
      • 2 Years Ago
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        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        pretty awesome if you ask me! this was on my shortlist of wagons/hatches, and if it was a little bit faster I would have def bought one!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      ROB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saw this at an auto show over the weekend. You would have to be a special kind of stupid to pay the $39,000 + sticker price for this. This vehicle is about $15,000 overpriced but I guess there are enough people who will think having the "L" badge makes it worth it.
        Duk3ofN3rd5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ROB
        Of course YOU ARE AN IDIOT to pay $39,000 for this car when the sticker is $29,000. YOU ARE SO STUPID, NO DOUBT.
        cinoiem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ROB
        Where can I get one comparable to this for $15,000?
        Gubbins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ROB
        Exactly what the Lexus savants are banking on...brand image.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I sat in a CT and it was miles above the Prius. The CT starts at $29k and the Prius $23.5k - it is a total no-brainer to plunk down the extra $5.5k for the Lexus, I would say it was more like $10k better in overall quality. Of course, I am baffeled all Toyota and Lexi are not the plug-in type. I mean why would anyone buy a non plug-in hybird? ......and why is a plug in Prius $10k more than a standard Prius.....are they really that much more costly to make?
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        5k is a lot of money to some people, so of course it isn't going to be a "no brainer" to everyone. I strongly disagree with your assessment as well. This isn't $5,000 nicer than a Prius, in fact its materials are rather disappointing. The NuLuxe seating material is far from impressive.
      SamerIraq
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok, it could be nice car, but what is wrong with lexus, we are expecting them to be a luxury brand and they need to compete in this segment, so frankly we are expecting new models to compete in new segments for them, I mean to produce something competing with Mercedes E coupe and E coupe convertible, or the 3 series convertible, of the G37. by the way, there is so much hype about the new GS, to frank, they praise the way the car drives and I havent tried it yet, but I saw it in flesh and it is not a looker at all, I would buy E, 5 series, A6 over it any day
      ranks88
      • 2 Years Ago
      Variant, as in different ugly. Very disappointing car from Lexus.
        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ranks88
        really? i honestly think this is best looking car in their line up. I mean, their line up is a little dull, but still this is the nicest one.
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like an old Hyundai Accent wagon.
      Pixelwiz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the CT200 overall, but I refuse to own a car that takes 10 seconds to get to 60mph. If the put the hybrid engine from the Camry into CT300, and get a 0-60 somewhere in the 5-6 second range, I would strongly consider this. Of course is Audi A5 Sportback become available I'll take that, but might have to settle for a Focus ST.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pixelwiz
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        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pixelwiz
        Cool story bro.... On a serious note, sure 10 seconds is a lot, but what do you people want out of a gas-efficient hybrid? When auto companies make performance hybrids, people scoff and say why, and then when they make gas efficient hybrids with CVTs, people go wtf why is it so slow. Trust me, I would LOVE nothing more than a 800 hp V-12 hybrid that goes 0-60 in 2.6 seconds, gets combined 60 mpg, and costs about 28 grand. Good thing dreamland doesn't follow any rules like the real world!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @libertedelacroix
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      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Correction: In the last sentence, they mention Mercedes-Benz leading in luxury sales, but this has never happened in recent memory. BMW was #1 in 2011. Lexus before that since 2000 BD
      jessesrq
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope Lexus learns from Acura something about consumer reaction to awkward grill treatments before spreading the hourglass to the IS, ES, and LS.
        BlackDynamiteOn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jessesrq
        The spindle grille is 1000X better than whatever Acura is doing Audi just puts a gaping hole in the front of their car. They don't even care...... BD
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