Toyota has released more details of its Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept, going on show at the from today.
This Auris will be Toyota’s first European hybrid that is based on a regular production car when it goes on sale in 2010.
It uses the same hybrid technology as Toyota’s . HSD stands for Hybrid Synergy Drive, the petrol combustion engine and electric motor combination, while the ‘Full’ part of its name Toyota uses to signify it can run on petrol alone, electricity alone, or a combination of both.
Auris Hybrid: class-leading economy
As the Auris Hybrid is a concept car, Toyota has not yet provided complete performance details. Instead, it claims that the production version should achieve a sub 99g/km CO2 figure with class-leading fuel economy and a 0-62mph acceleration time of around 10 seconds.
In order to help it achieve these figures, the basic Auris body shape has been subject to some minor aerodynamic modification – note the squarer bumper corner profiles, helping smooth airflow along the side of the car, and larger rear wing.
The Hybrid is also 20mm lower than a standard Auris, and features additional flat undertrays and a rear diffuser. Even the alloy wheels are supposedly more efficient, reducing air turbulence in the wheel arches. Naturally, these are also fitted with low rolling-resistance .
Blue hybrid theme to interior
On the inside, the concept features a blue leather finish on the seats and dashtop, blue dial illumination, and pearlescent white accents to match the exterior finish of the car. The instruments include new, easy to interpret hybrid driving displays, with three switchable driving modes available.
These are ECO, for maximum fuel economy, POWER, which uses the electric motor to boost performance, and EV, switching the Auris to electric power alone. It’s able to run on electricity using the built-in batteries for a whole 1.25 miles, at speeds of to 31mph…
Toyota has also made an effort to improve refinement, adding extra sound insulation and an acoustic windscreen. Solar panels on the roof help power the ventilation system, while LED lights front and rear reduce energy consumption and improve economy.
The production version of the Toyota Auris Hybrid is will be built in Toyota’s Burnaston factory in the UK. Sales are scheduled to start in the second half of next year. No word yet on pricing.
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