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With the final production version of the Lexus CT 200h set to hit the stage at the Paris Motor Show later this month, the automaker boasts that its hybrid hatchback has manged a preliminary CO2 emissions rating just below the century mark. At 96g/km CO2, Lexus claims that the CT 200h's early test figures fall well below the marks set by many of its competitors' premium hatchbacks. Initial testing by Lexus shows that the tuned 1.8-liter gasoline engine and hybrid powertrain, both of which were lifted from the Toyota Prius, returned a fuel economy rating of 57.3 miles per gallon on Europe's combined cycle, though it should be noted that the CT 200h, in U.S. trim, is expected to achieve an EPA combined rating of 42 mpg.

Priced at £21,000 in the UK ($32,237 U.S. at the current exchange rate), Lexus claims that the CT 200h is, "a benchmark for handling in [its] segment" and is confident that the "sporty" hybrid hatch can disrupt sales of the best-selling Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. With sales expected to reach only 30,000 units a year, though, even Lexus would admit that the CT 200h isn't likely to dispel the German duo from their spots atop the UK's premium hatchback segment. UK sales of the CT 200h are set for October and first deliveries will arrive in early 2011. Thanks to stevejust for the tip!

[Source: Autocar]

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