Lexus Says Farewell to CT 200h

After seven years, and a sharp drop-off in sales, it looks like it’s the end of the line for the entry-level Lexus CT 200h hybrid. The report comes from Car and Driver, which said that Lexus said the hybrid hatchback won’t be returning to the U.S. market for 2018.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Lexus CT 200h Review – Video

The CT was introduced in 2011 and shares a drivetrain with the third-generation Prius. While the Prius was completely updated in 2016, the CT200h was not. It continued with that car’s 98 horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder and 80 horsepower electric motor. The 42 miles per gallon EPA combined number that the CT achieved was impressive in 2011, but looked less impressive once the newest Prius and its 52 mpg combined was introduced. U.S. sales averaged 15,891 per year for the first five years of production – hitting a high of 17,673 in 2014 – but fell off sharply to just 8,903 last year. Just 2,486 were sold in the first four months of this year.

Lexus still has plenty of hybrids in its showrooms, but its entry-level hybrid model, for now, will be the $39,720 NX 300h crossover. That’s expected to change next year when the smaller UX hybrid, first shown at the 2016 Paris auto show, arrives. The UX will fit into the currently hot subcompact crossover category, alongside vehicles like the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

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