updated 3/22/2010 2:27:07 PM ET 2010-03-22T18:27:07

Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will start selling a Lexus luxury compact gas-electric hybrid in the U.S. early next year.

The five-door CT200h made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this month and will be on display at the New York International Auto Show in late March and early April.

Lexus expects the car to lead its class in gas mileage, but Mark Templin, the brand's general manager, said it also will be fun to drive. Gas mileage figures were not announced.

The CT 200h is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine as well as Lexus' hybrid drive system with two electric motor-generators.

Toyota's U.S. shares rose 27 cents to $79.83 in afternoon trading.

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