Toyota is hoping the atmosphere on its stand at the Geneva Motor Show will be electric – as it unveils a pair of hybrids and a new sports car.
The Japanese company is aiming to bounce back from it’s global vehicle recall by revealing the production version of its new Auris HSD hybrid and a Prius that can be recharged via a mains plug socket. And, just balance things out, the show also represents the European debut of Toyota’s new FT-86 coupé concept.
Toyota Auris HSD – a hybrid for the masses?
The Toyota Auris HSD – that’s Hybrid Synergy Drive – is the first of Toyota’s regular models to incorporate hybrid technology from the latest Prius. It’ll be based on an updated version of the current model.
It joins a new 2010 facelifted Auris range, packed with ‘clean engine’ technology, and will be built in the UK alongside the others. No specific performance or efficiency details have yet been released, but Toyota says the Auris HSD is just the first stage in its plan to introduce hybrid versions of all its models by 2020.
Plug-in Prius and all-electric concept
Toyota is also showing a production version of the Plug-in Prius.
The idea here is that you use mains electricity to charge the Prius’ onboard battery in order to travel further on electric power alone, thus reducing CO2 emissions and improving average fuel economy.
Alongside this, Toyota will also show an all-electric FT-EV II concept – a future rival to the Nissan Leaf perhaps – and the FCHV-adv, a fuel cell hybrid concept.
FT-86 to make Toyota sporty again?
Toyota is widely considered to build boring cars these days, and the FT-86 aims to redress this issue.
The Toyota FT-86 is a sports coupé concept that’s already been doing the motor show rounds in the United States and Japan. It’s rear-wheel drive, and set to be production born out of a joint venture with Subaru. Geneva is the first time the concept has been shown in Europe.
Highly aerodynamic, compact and lightweight, the FT-86 is billed as an out-and-out driver’s car.
Another debut from Toyota at Geneva will come in the shape of the 2010 RAV4.
The firm says it has given the new model a ‘more sophisticated front-end design’ and an improved interior. Toyota Optimal Drive powertrain technology promises to make it one of the cleanest compact SUVs on the market.
The Geneva Motor Show takes place in March. Which? will be there to bring you all the juicy new car details.