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Taken from "The Truth About Cars":

Toyota has long insisted that the Lexus HS250h would be America’s luxury “dedicated hybrid” model, while the smaller CT200h would be a Europe-only model. That decision was an presumably based Lexus’s desire to match its US sales success in Europe by offering a unique model that was more attuned to European tastes, hence the CT’s trim, five-door-hatch packaging. But with Toyota and Lexus sales suddenly in trouble in the US, attracting “a whole new buyer to the Lexus brand,” as Lexus flacks put it to Automotive News [sub] suddenly took on a much higher priority. And so, the 1.8-liter Euro-hybrid will bring its “2.0-liter performance with class-leading CO2 emissions” to the US market beginning early next year. As a Euro-market model brought stateside to add youth-upscale appeal that its similarly-positioned US-market brand-mate is struggling to establish, the CT200h’s parallels with the forthcoming Buick Regal are intriguing. That Toyota is taking a page from GM’s product plan-thrashing playbook is just plain troubling.
 

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The comments in that article are a little off I think. A re branded Matrix. I dont think so. To me it doesnt look like that what so ever.

Correct me if im wrong but isnt this car new from the ground up?

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I think it is a new car as well. Doesn't remind me of a Matrix at all.




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Way lower and the roofline looks much different to me. Perhaps I am wrong. Anyone know for sure? If they share parts that means there is already a TRD aftermarket for the Lex.

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Lexus CT shares the same 2600mm wheelbase as Toyota Corolla, Matrix and Europe's Auris, but is touted as an all-new platform.

My interpretation: Lexus CT is the first model on the next-generation Toyota Corolla / Matrix / Auris platform, but the Toyota versions will have simpler rear suspensions and will probably lack the lateral stabilizers in the engine mounts and suspension.
 
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