Green models set for Chicago Auto Show debut

Automakers have been releasing details of the vehicles they intend to debut at the Chicago Auto Show, which kicks off in Illinois's Windy City next week.

Lexus said that its 1,858 square meter exhibit will exude "performance," releasing an image which hints at the design of the Five Axis Project CT, a highly-modified version of its CT 200h hybrid.

The modifications have been added by Five Axis, a concept vehicle design studio already well known for its work with other Toyota brands such as Toyota and Scion, as well as Honda and Acura.

With a low suspension, a dark paint job, custom wheels, modified brakes and a technology revamp inside, Lexus says that the project "proves that hybrids can be aggressive."

It won't be the only one pushing its alternative green credentials at the show, which kicks off February 9.

General Motors, which has already made a name for itself among electric vehicle enthusiasts with the Chevrolet Volt, will be showcasing the hybrid technology that will reportedly be used by its Buick Regal.

The e-Assist hybrid system pushes fuel economy up by 25 percent, reports Wards Auto, as GM tries to meet strict new US environmental regulations for its entire fleet.

Toyota, Lexus's parent company and the maker of the world's most popular hybrid, the Prius, has rented its largest stand ever at an American auto show, and plans to showcase its new Prius family, the forthcoming RAV4 EV and around 50 other vehicles in the 4,187 square meter space.

The Chicago Auto Show is open to the public February 11-20 in Chicago, Illinois.

http://www.chicagoautoshow.com

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