Rumors are still flying that the CT 200h, the production version of the LF-Ch concept car, will be made only for Europe, which would have been a major disappointment to the vehicle’s North American fans.
At Lexus magazine, we’ve watched this chatterespecially in the days leading up to the vehicle’s official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show a couple of weeks agowith hands behind our backs so they wouldn’t touch our keyboards.
You see, we wanted to clear the air. We were dying, actually, to assure everyone who cares about this vehiclethe world’s first luxury compact hybridthat it would indeed be coming to America.
But at Lexus, there’s a schedule for talking about these things, and we, of course, abide. The trade-off: the information we provide about new vehicles is officially from Lexus insiders, so you can take it to the bank. So here’s a deposit: no matter what you read to the contrary, take it from Lexus magazine: Lexus’ next hybrid will be a U.S.-available model.
And we plan on giving you more on the vehicle soon, including an interview with CT 200h Chief Engineer Osamu “Sam” Sadakata. Nice guy. Dang smart, actually. In the meantime, just in case you haven’t had a chance to get a handle on which features made it from concept to early production model, take a look at Lexus’ recent CT 200h press release. —BRIAN GILL
 Available 2011