Toyota currently has no plans to a build a Yaris hybrid, despite reports suggesting European production of the model could begin in France within two years.
It has been widely reported in Japan that a Yaris hybrid would go on sale in 2011 for around £13,000 and production would take place in both Japan and France.
The Japanese firm plans to have a hybrid option available in every model by 2020, but the efficiency of small engines means a full Prius-style hybrid system is unlikely to feature in small cars like the Yaris in the near future, a Toyota source told Autocar.
“Toyota has no plans at present to build a Yaris hybrid in France or anywhere else,” said the source. “The hybrid system we have works well in the bigger cars like the Lexus as it helps to cut CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy next to its competitors.
“But cars like the Yaris are already efficient and the system would be difficult to implement. Any gains would be marginal.”