Lexus bumps up price of CT 200h, HS 250h for 2012

For 2012 Model Year vehicles, Lexus retained 2011 pricing for most of its offerings, but decided to up the sticker price for the compact CT 200h Premium and HS 250h.

For 2012, the CT 200h gets a pedestrian warning system and sees Nebula Gray Pearl appear as an exterior hue. Those are minor changes and so to is the price bump: $350 for the CT 200h Premium and $0 for the lesser CT 200h. So, for $29,120 (plus $875 in destination charges) the base 2012 CT 200h can be bought, or for $2,130 more, the Premium version of Lexus' hybrid hatch could be yours.

Meanwhile, the Lexus HS 250h adds more ecological plastic to the fabric, carpeting and package tray for 2012 and can get blasted with that Nebula Gray Pearl hue. Both the base HS 250h and the Premium version jump up in price by $700 for 2012, so now it'll cost you at least $37,030 (plus $875 in destinations charges) to snag even the cheapest HS 250h. Unless you're good at talking dealers down, of course.
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Lexus Announces Prices for 2012 Models

Nearly Half of the Lexus Lineup Will Remain at 2011 Model Year Prices
CT 200h Expands and Receives F Sport Package

TORRANCE, Calif. (August 26, 2011) – Lexus today announced Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) on its 2012 models ranging from the CT 200h hybrid premium compact to the LS 600h L premium luxury hybrid sedan. The MSRP for more than half of the Lexus lineup will remain unchanged from the 2011 model year. The new Lexus vehicles will arrive at dealerships later this summer through early fall. The MSRPs do not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $875.

For 2012, the popular CT 200h hybrid premium compact will offer a new F Sport Package with special suspension tuning and 17-inch F Sport alloy wheels. The F Sport package also includes a unique front mesh grille, larger rear deck spoiler and exterior F Sport badging. This package offers seats trimmed in black NuLuxe or perforated black leather with white perforation holes. Other interior features include metal front scuff plates, aluminum sport pedals, metallic trim added to the dash panel, a leather-trimmed shift knob and black headliner.

All CT 200h receive a standard Vehicle Proximity Notification System*. This external sound system is designed to help assist pedestrians to be aware of the presence of hybrid or electric vehicles traveling at low speeds on city streets and will automatically turn off above a certain speed. This feature will be on CT first with other Lexus hybrids to follow.

The HS 250h hybrid premium sedan continues to demonstrate its sustainable packaging by adding additional ecological plastic to the fabric, carpeting and the package tray. The HS 250h has one new exterior color as Nebula Gray Pearl replaces Smoky Granite Mica.

The GX 460 luxury utility vehicle receives bodyside molding for the base model and a high-gloss finish on the standard 18-inch wheels for the premium model. Fire Agate Pearl replaces Peridot Mica in the exterior color palette.

The IS F high-performance sport sedan receives a newly designed 19-inch forged alloy wheel, wider rear tire sand Sachs shock absorbers for enhanced handling. The IS F will also sport an all-new Red leather trim that replaces the two-toned Orange/Black seating.

*This device is not a substitute for safe driving practices. It is the driver's responsibility to maintain a lookout for pedestrians, cyclist, other cars and objects and to drive the vehicle in a safe and prudent manner to avoid making contact.

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