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Not sure I'm impressed

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So I am sure that all of you guys know about the NY auto show that is going on right now. I've been trying to keep in the loop about whats going on and saw several cars that were revealed at the show.

One of the two cars that I thought were interesting was the intro of the 2012 Mazda 3. The new mazda 3 is supposed to be paired with SkyActiv-G engine and transmission. This combo delivers 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of torque from a 2.0 liter DI engine. The car is also expected to get 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the hwy.

The other car that I thought was interesting was the 2013 Chevy Malibu ECO. The car has a 2.4L DI I4 with an eAssist mild hybrid system that delivers 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the hwy for the mid-sized Malibu. With the engine producing 180 hp and the mild electric motor adding another 15 hp, the combined 195 hp should give the car some pretty good performance right?

With all of these very high FE cars coming out, it just seems that the numbers for the ct200h are a bit subpar. I do admit though, I love the design of the car and the interior looks very neat (haven't actually test driven it yet), but the 0-60 times of almost 10 seconds while at the same time delivering on 40 mpg on the hwy seems kinda outdated by comparison.

Does anyone think the same thing? What would we expect if Lexus combined the engine from the new mazda 3 with their hybrid system? Would we get much better performance and higher FE?

EDIT: FIY, I am not really a car guy and all the above numbers I got from a third party site that is publishing articles about the event.
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ct200h performance numbers are not impressive by any means, and they are using a technology that is over 10 years old, so it's sure to show in comparison with the newer generation of hybrids that are in line for production or slated for production. in my opinion, the ct200h seems more like a bridge for lexus to get into a market niche that has been overlooked (for the u.s. at least) and so far they seem to be on the right track considering the high demand for it (gas prices helping with demand i'm sure).
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