Toyota has announced its plans for the Geneva Motor Show next week: the European debut of the third generation Prius hybrid and an all-new Verso people carrier.
Ultra-efficient new Prius
Starting with the new Prius, Toyota has confirmed that the third generation hybrid car will officially return 72.4mpg combined, while emitting an astonishingly low 89g/km CO2 (qualifying it for free road tax).
A number of factors have helped achieve these figures, which put the 64.2mpg and 101g/km to shame. The Prius has excellent aerodynamics, lightweight construction, and a hybrid drivetrain system that is some 90% redesigned.
This is lighter and more compact, while producing 22% more power and achieving 14% greater fuel efficiency. The claims to return 65.7mpg and emits 104g/km.
New cabin displays and greater passenger and luggage space should further ensure the new Prius is the best yet.
The only remaining question mark is over pricing – don’t expect it to be as cheap as the £15,490 Honda Insight, though.
The new Toyota Prius goes on sale in the UK in July
New Verso world premiere
The will see the world premiere of an all-new Toyota Verso seven-seat . Compared with the current Verso this has a longer wheelbase and improved passenger space – especially for the second and third rows.
Engines will include new ‘Valvematic’ 1.6- and 1.8-litre petrols, plus revised 2.0- and 2.2-litre turbodiesels. It promises to better to drive and be much more fuel efficient.
Standard equipment includes electronic stability control and full-length curtain airbags protecting all three passenger rows. Toyota anticipates a five-star rating under the tougher 2009 Euro NCAP scheme.
The new Toyota Verso goes on sale in the spring – UK pricing will follow.
Toyota iQ expands with 1.33-litre engine
Finally, from July will be available with a bigger 1.33-litre petrol engine. Already available in the Yaris, this produces 99bhp and comes with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Combined with a standard fit stop-start system it should return 113g/km CO2 emissions and fuel economy of 58.9mpg. Again, pricing is yet to be confirmed.
We’ll bring you our exclusive first impressions, photos and videos of all three Toyotas from the Geneva Motor Show on 3rd and 4th March.
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