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Production Toyota Auris HSD will be revealed at Geneva tomorrow
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2 March 2010

Toyota has revealed its new Auris HSD will emit 89g/km of CO2 and have combined fuel economy of 74.3mpg. The production car has gone on display at the Geneva motor show for the first time.

The British-built hybrid hatchback will be seen in production form for the first time at tomorrow’s Geneva motor show, before it reaches British showrooms this summer.

See the Toyota Auris HSD concept pictures

It is powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine and a 60kW (80bhp) electric motor powered mated to a 27kWh nickel metal hydride battery. Total power is 134bhp, and the car can run in electric-only mode at up to 30mph for 1.2 miles.

Toyota says the Auris HSD has the performance of a 2.0-litre diesel, despite having significantly lower NOx emissions. It meets Euro5 emissions standards, and is expected to also comply with forthcoming Euro6 requirements.

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1 March 2010

Figures look impressive and it will be interesting to see how this compares pricewise with the Prius. I'd also be interested to know how this car (and indeed any hybrid) is tested for fuel consumption? It occurs to me that if the test is started with a fully charged battery and ends with a partially discharged battery, then the quoted fuel figure (and also CO2 emissions figure) is not sustainable - and a second or third test carried out subsequently would yield a poorer result. Given the amount of low speed / low load running dictated by the official test, I would have thought that some discharge of the battery would be inevitable. I have a feeling that this might be the reason for the large disparity between official mpg and real world figures for hybrids!

1 March 2010

I agree. I wonder how many buyers of Prius' are finding the 'real world' economy is not matching their expectations or most diesel competitors (or even some of the new small turbo petrol engines such as VAG's 1.4 TFsi unit)....? Then there is the issue of 'life cycle' costs and toxicity of battery manufacturing/recycling and so on.... My view is 'keep it simple' and so far hybrids are simply too complex and will be a nightmare in 10 year old vehicles when no one can afford the repairs.....

1 March 2010

This is probably why the volt is claiming emissions of around 40g CO2 per Km. The assumption being electricity is carbon free.

1 March 2010

[quote LP in Brighton]I have a feeling that this might be the reason for the large disparity between official mpg and real world figures for hybrids![/quote]

From my own experience, the disparity is similar to that of a typical diesel car, and official figures are set in perfect conditions on a rolling road.

With correct driver training, all cars can acheive MPG closer to their cliamed figres.

Maybe Autocar should do an article about this using their own Prius, and ask the experts at Toyota to demonstrate the Prius in its best light (which is not driving slowly before everyone comments!!)

1 March 2010

I'm interested in what it'll cost. Is it going to be a cheaper entry point in to Hybrids or just a more recognisable alternative to a Prius?

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