The official launch of the CT200h last year at the Paris Auto Show gave numerous clues as to what Lexus had in mind for the car.
First, the launch was in Europe, signifying that this really is a made-for-Europe model, designed to compete against the Audi A3, Mercedes B-Class and BMW 1 Series. No, not our 300-hp coupe, but the little diesel-powered hatchbacks they sell overseas.
Second, the invite list wasn't the usual group. Sure all the big outlets were there, but as for the rest it was as though Lexus swapped lists with Scion, giving a rare overseas adventure to smaller enthusiast blogs and tuner magazines.
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