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LEXUS CT 200h WINS AUSTRALIA'S BEST CAR AWARD

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Lexus CT 200h wins Australia's Best Car Award for Best Small Car over $35,000
Lexus hybrid bests diesel competitors for award
CT 200h the highest-selling luxury hatch in October

The Lexus CT 200h hybrid hatch has won a prestigious Australia's Best Cars Awards in its first year on the market.

Launched in March of this year, the CT 200h took honours in the Best Small Car over $35,000 category, ahead of diesel-powered rivals from Europe.

Judges from the motoring clubs of each Australian state assessed in excess of 200 vehicles against 19 criteria under the criteria of value for money, design, and road performance.

Safety and operating economy were given strong consumer weighting in the year-long evaluation.

Lexus Australia chief executive Tony Cramb said that the Best Car Award for CT 200h was a vote of confidence for Lexus' newest hybrid.

"Lexus is the only luxury manufacturer to offer a range of hybrid vehicles in Australia and this award only serves to reinforce the importance of this technology now and in the future," Mr Cramb said.

"CT 200h was the first vehicle in its class to offer hybrid and the first to bring leading safety features, such as Pre-Collision Safety System to the small car market.

"Furthermore, CT 200h is a hybrid that backs up its environmental credentials with great driving dynamics and proves that a small economical luxury hatch can be fun to drive.

"Since launch CT 200h has firmly established itself as a true competitor in its class by offering an innovative driveline, superior specification, outstanding value and access to Lexus' industry-leading service and support programs," Mr Cramb said.

The award for CT 200h also comes of the back of strong sales results, with the hybrid hatch posting the highest sales for any luxury hatch in the month of October

The Lexus CT 200h is powered by a 1.8-litre petrol electric full-hybrid drivetrain.

The Lexus CT 200h consumes just 4.1 litres of fuel for every 100km* and emit 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre*.

The figures put the CT 200h in the highest position for volume production, luxury vehicle and fourth highest vehicle available on Australian roads (behind two pure electric vehicles and another hybrid) on the federal government's Green Vehicle Guide.

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*Fuel consumption and emissions will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR 81/02.


For further media information, please contact:

Tyson Bowen
PR manager, Lexus Australia
Ph: 0418 826 936
E: tyson.bowen@lexus.com.au

or

Peter Evans
Corporate manager, Marketing and After Sales
Ph: 0407 911 936
E: peter.evans@lexus.com.au



 
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Lexus' CT 200h hybrid hatch has taken top honours in its class in the recent Australia's Best Cars Awards for 2011 (Luxury model shown)
Lexus Australia chief executive Tony Cramb after accepting Australia's Best Car Award for Best Small Car over $35,000 for the CT 200h
Lexus Australia chief executive Tony Cramb after accepting Australia's Best Car Award for Best Small Car over $35,000 for the CT 200h
ABC Chief Judge, Mark Borlace and AAA Executive Director, Andrew McKellar unveiling the Lexus CT 200h as winner of Australia's Best Car Award for Best Small Car over $35,000.
AAA Executive Director, Andrew McKellar unveiling the Lexus CT 200h as winner of Australia's Best Car Award for Best Small Car over $35,000.