2010 Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept Headed for Frankfurt

2010 Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept Headed for Frankfurt

2010 Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept Headed for Frankfurt

2010 Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept Headed for Frankfurt
Toyota finally builds a hybrid for which, judged solely by its style, I wouldn't have to perform self-eunuchization in order to drive it.
Now if only divine intervention would see to it that every Prius-containing ship which set sail for America would take a nosedive into the Marianas Trench. Given the number of non-hybrid cars that have lower emissions than 100g/km, this better beat that figure otherwise it'll be dead on arrival in Europe. And whats the point of a hybrid that can run in petrol only mode? Sure its unique, uniquely useless. Power comes from a 97 bhp 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a small electric motor which is connected to a Nickel-metal hydride battery (basically, it's a fancy Prius). Unlike most hybrids, the concept can be driven by the petrol engine alone, the electric motor alone, or a combination of the two. Thanks to this unique setup, the car can travel on electric power alone for up to 1.25 miles (2km) at speeds up to 31 mph.
While details are scarce, the hybrid is expected to accelerate from 0-62 mph in about 10 seconds. Fuel economy is said to be "class-leading" in the combined cycle, and CO2 emissions are expected to be below 100 g/km. Ultimately, it is the five-door concept's interior experience that will be a big selling point. The roomy interior is made to feel all the more spacious with its full-glass roof. Well, not full-glass. There are solar panels built in to provide power for the ventilation system.
Those in the cabin will be surrounded by blue Gaucholino leather, with light blue stitching. The relaxing blue hue is also used to light up the instrument cluster. Ambient lighting is also used at various points. The blue is meant to reflect Toyota's hybrid division, which is also seen in the vehicle's badging. Padded carpeting is also used to make the vehicle more comfortable.
Exterior changes have also been made to this Auris, seen in the new front end, and new front and rear bumpers. This is meant to give the car a better look, while helping to reduce the drag coefficient to 0.28. Front and rear lighting is also done with LEDs.
Toyota plans to put the Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid on the market sometime in the second half of 2010. The car will be built in the UK at the company's Burnaston factory, just outside of Derby. By 2020, Toyota hopes to have a hybrid version of each of their models on the market.Source: Toyota
The production Auris HSD hybrid will be built at Toyota's Burnaston, UK factory in mid-2010.Source: Toyota

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