The launch of the Yaris Hybrid brings full hybrid technology to the European supermini market for the first time.
Available to order now, the new model will be on the road in the UK from early July, priced from £14,995 , making it Britain’s lowest-priced hybrid car. The hybrid system has been made smaller and lighter so that it can be fitted to the Yaris without reducing the space in either the cabin or the boot.
The new development of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system uses a 1.5-litre VVT-i petrol engine, nickel-metal hydride battery pack and CVT (continuously variable transmission).
CO 2 emissions are 79g/km for the T 3 (priced at £14,995) and T 4 (£15,895) models, and 85g/km for the T Spirit (£16,995); respective official combined cycle fuel consumption figures are 80.7mpg and 76mpg.
All models are in Band A for Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax), which means a zero annual charge ; likewise their sub-100g/km emissions gain exemption from the London congestion charge. For company car drivers the benefit-in-kind tax rate is just 10 per cent. Insurance groups are due to be announced in June.