Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept

Toyota will
soon be launching a full hybrid version of the Auris, which will feature the
same powertrain as the Prius.

This will be
Toyota’s first full hybrid mainstream European production model, and will be
built in the UK.

On show at
Frankfurt, the Auris HSD will have sub-100g/km CO2 emissions, class-leading
combined cycle fuel consumption and 0-62mph acceleration in around 10 seconds.

Sales are
scheduled to start during the second half of 2010 and this will be the start of
Toyota’s plan to equip its mainstream European models with full hybrid
technology. Toyota says it’s on track to offer a hybrid version of every model
in its range by the early 2020s.

The Auris HSD
can be driven on the petrol engine alone, electric motor alone, or combination
of both.

Subtle
changes have been made to Auris’s styling to improve aerodynamic efficiency,
including some details from the Prius. The ride height is also 20mm lower
compared to the conventional Auris, and underbody panels and a rear diffuser
have been fitted to smooth and control airflow beneath the car.

Even the
Prius-style 18-inch alloy wheels are designed to cut air turbulence in the
wheel arches, and they have low rolling resistance tyres.

Like the
Prius, the Auris offers three driving modes which can be selected on-demand by
the driver: ECO mode maximises hybrid system efficiency and fuel economy; Power
mode boosts performance; and EV mode allows for ultra-quiet running on electric
motor power alone for up to 1.25 miles (2km) at speeds up to 31mph, with zero
fuel consumption and zero CO2 and particulates (PM) emissions.

The Auris HSD
Full Hybrid Concept will even have solar panels covering the entire roof to
power the ventilation system. And there’s more – it will have solar panels on
top of the dashboard that generate sufficient energy to recharge mobile phones
or portable music players mounted in purpose-designed charging trays.

In the
future, Toyota aims to advance this technology to provide solar powered
recharging of the hybrid battery.