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Lexus CT Chief Engineer Explains 2014 Model Improvements

No wonder the new Lexus CT model can now be had in a nail polish red color - the car’s chief engineer is Chika Kako, Lexus’s first female chief engineer in fact.
Lexus CT and Chika Kako 1 photo
Photo: Lexus Blog UK
She joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1989, transferred to Toyota Motors Europe in 2001 and joined Lexus International in 2005. In June 2013, she was assigned as the CT model’s chief engineer.

Chika recently had an interview with Lexus Blog UK, where she explained some of the 2014 CT’s updated and the reason for them. Obviously, the main reason was that the company had to bring the CT to a more contemporary style, but clients also had a saying in shaping the new hybrid.

Some consumers said that the CVT is making too much noise, for example, so Lexus worked around to find a perfect balance between engine noise and vehicle speed. In fact, this was the most important upgrade.

“By eliminating CVT noise, and working to strike a balance between making the car fun to drive and comfortable” the CT 200h makes for a more desirable hybrid hatch, as Chika further explains.

She is also very fond about the new sporty-looking exterior, with big spindle grille, new roof wing, colors and other details, complimented by the more quieter and stylish interior.

“One improvement is visual refinement, for example the style of the gearshift leather and additional interior ornamentation. Improving quietness has helped interior feeling, along with the sporty (exhaust) note.”

Full interview at Lexus Blog UK
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