Saturday 21 November 2009

Toyota Auris hybrid caught on test

Toyota showed off its Auris Hybrid Concept at the 2009 Frankfurt motorshow – and here is the completed product testing in Europe ahead of its launch in 2010.

This will be Toyota's first mainstream hybrid; the Prius has pioneered the petrol-electric technology in a standalone bodystyle but now the Japanese want to roll out the Hybrid Synergy Drive across its entire model range, so the Auris will be the first of many Toyotas to wear the HSD hybrid badge.

The 97bhp, 1.8 litre petrol-electric powertrain of the Auris Hybrid is largely shared with the Prius, giving this five-door hatch sub-80g/km CO2 emissions married to 0-62mph performance in around 10sec. Fuel economy should hover around 80mpg combined.

Like on the Prius, there are numerous tweaks to make the Auris cut the air more efficiently. So there are changes at the front end and the rear bumpers visible in this spy picture are flatter. They make the car look wider but are designed to optimise airflow and reduce turbulence and drag. The car sits 20mm lower, has a new rear spoiler and a drag figure of around 0.28cd.

The Auris Hybrid should be green, compared with conventional Auris models. Because it's a full hybrid, it can run on battery power alone in zero-emissions mode. There will be several driving modes selectable by the driver: Eco for maximum efficiency; Power for more performance; EV mode for full electric running for 2km at up to 31mph.

The Auris Hybrid spied here will be built in Burnaston, UK and go on sale during Summer 2010.

                                  Toyota Auris Hybrid Concept:

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