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Toyota Yaris Hybrid
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Something there is that doesn't love waiting for the Toyota Yaris Hybrid. Rumors of this vehicle have swirled around for a long while and today Toyota finally released the first official pictures of the production Yaris Hybrid. There are only three, but they show – wait for it – a Yaris. With a hybrid powertrain.

The general idea with the Yaris Hybrid – as with the standard Yaris – is to keep things small. For the gas-electric version, this applies to vehicle size, CO2 emissions, the size of the Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain and the price. Toyota isn't ready to give out the exact price just yet, but it did say the Yaris Hybrid was "developed to be the most affordable full hybrid in Europe." Two things are not reduced: interior luggage space compared to the standard powertrain and Toyota's intentions for the car. The Yaris is already Toyota's biggest seller in Europe and the company is calling the Hybrid model "the new flagship of the Yaris range."

The Yaris Hybrid will get its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March and, based on previous reports, we expect it to be build in France at Toyota's Valenciennes plant alongside other Yarises.
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YARIS HYBRID – THE MOST ADVANCED YARIS YET

First pictures of the production Yaris Hybrid

KEY POINTS

First full hybrid model in the European B-Segment
Downsided full hybrid powertrain delivers segment-leading CO2 emissions
No compromise on performance, with maximum 98bhp(74kW)
Clever packaging delivers identical occupant and luggage space as conventional Yaris models
Developed to be the most affordable full hybrid in Europe
World premiere at Geneva motor show, on sale in the UK early summer

The first pictures of Yaris Hybrid have been revealed ahead of the public debut of the car at the Geneva motor show in March.

The new model brings together the ingenious packaging and agile handling of Yaris with the high efficiency and refined driving experience of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain.

Yaris is Toyota's best-selling car in Europe and there are more examples on the road than any other from the company's present and past model ranges. Yaris Hybrid follows the launch of Auris Hybrid in 2010 as the second core Toyota model to feature full hybrid technology, introducing the powertrain to the largest volume segment in the European market.

As the new flagship of the Yaris range, it shares the same new-design "face" of Toyota as its conventionally powered sister models, but places priority on aerodynamic efficiency.

Toyota has downsized its Hybrid Synergy Drive for Yaris, combining a new 1.5-litre petrol engine with a more compact electric motor, transaxle, inverter and battery pack. The result is a system that is 20 per cent lighter than that used in Auris Hybrid.

Thanks to all the key HSD components being reduced in size, and the location of the fuel tank and hybrid battery under the rear seat, Yaris Hybrid offers the same occupant space and 286-litre luggage capacity as conventional petrol and diesel Yaris models.

The highly efficienct 98bhp (74kW) powertrain will deliver a segment-leading balance of performance and CO2 emissions. Drivers will also be able to make use of drive modes that create zero NOx, particulate and CO2 tailpipe emissions.

Automatic air conditioning and e-CVT automatic transmission are fitted as standard, signalling that customers do not have to compromise on comfort in order to achieve low emissions performance.


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      Anderlan
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a Prius C with slightly less space, slightly more gas, and a slightly lower price?
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Anderlan
        You've got it. From what I've heard, it's for the European market only. Toyota hadn't planned on selling the Yaris Hybrid in the US - though they do sell the Yaris here, so if there is enough interest they just might change their mind.
      EVdriver
      • 3 Years Ago
      The interior is distressing. That bulky shifter is a big design failure. Why on Earth put Toyota a huge pointless stick into the interior of a HSD hybrid? It doesn't shift anything at all and, wastes valuable space and makes the interior obsolete. It looks like an old outdated ICE only car.
      DRstrangelove
      • 3 Years Ago
      This identical to the Prius C
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://invimg.valentinemotors.com/InventoryImages/2011/11/08/1403_206350_28501710_12164008162011.jpg I knew that the Yaris I rented in Las Vegas had 2 doors. I thought I was losing my mind. I'm not sure why they would make a 4 door version of the Yaris. Wouldn't that be called the Prius? The car I rented got 50mpg highway, I wonder what this could do in the city?
      JRBEINGINEER
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any fool (such as me, myself, and I) can see the difference. The Prius C Hybrid powertrain “delivers up to 99 horsepower”, while the Yaris Hybrid has to get by (or “make due” as ABG would put it) with only “maximum 98bhp”.
      MTN RANGER
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doesn't this overlap too much with the Prius C? It's a little bit smaller. 153.5" vs 157.3" length (175.6" on Prius liftback)
        Peter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MTN RANGER
        The marketing department has spoken We get the C and they (Europe) gets this
          MTN RANGER
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Peter
          Oops, I didn't see that this was a Europe only model.
          noevfud
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Peter
          Fine. Then give us a Yaris EV. 2 door please!
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Something there is first sentence not understand.
        Sukairain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        Sometimes Autoblog that which in English fails no proof read eggnog. Zing!
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      A bit redundant if the Prius C is being released. ( i wonder why autoblog has an article on it and autobloggreen does not? )
        Mike Dimmick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        The US and Japan get the Prius C, Europe - which already has an Auris Hybrid - gets the Yaris Hybrid. Toyota may be trying to hedge the fluctuations in the Yen by getting engines and chassis built in Europe, and only sending the transaxles, battery and drive electronics from Japan.
        Stacey
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I looked at the gallery images of the Yaris Hybrid and the Prius C, they look very similar (particularly the door openings). Wouldn't be surprised if this was simply badge engineering combined with regional manufacturing strategies as Mike suggests. ABG is reporting the Prius C, just lagging a bit behind...
          Mike Dimmick
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Stacey
          The Yaris Hybrid will be, as far as we know, on the same chassis as the regular Yaris. The Prius c's wheelbase is a little longer (40mm) and the body even longer (110mm). The c will also be less tall (65mm), though some of this may be lower ground clearance (which helps aerodynamics) and could be done on the Yaris Hybrid as well. The Auris Hybrid is 5mm lower than the standard Auris. It's quite possible that the same team did the styling on both cars, and that's why they look similar, but they may not share many parts.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Something there is that doesn't love waiting for the Toyota Yaris Hybrid" Oh wow, English teacher face palm.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMFG on autoblog - the Prius c is supposed to price at $19,000! This one will most certainly NOT sell poorly. WOW!
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        That is not just fluff by Autoblog staff either, it is the actual press release: 'The most accessible Prius will feature a starting MSRP below $19,000 with proven hybrid powertrain and premium technology' Why on earth do we not have an article on ABG on this, when every SUV under the sun finds its way onto the blog?
      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad. This is a lot nicer looking than the Prius C
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