Toyota unveiled today at the 2011 Geneva motor Show the Yaris HSD the latest member of brand’s hybrid family.
According to the Japanese automaker, this new Yaris HSD is claimed to be the world’s first B-segment hybrid car and promises to offer class-leading fuel economy and emissions.
As Europe’s biggest car segment, the launch of the Yaris hybrid could be a key move for the car brand, helping to push the uptake of its hybrid technology within the continent.
Yaris HSD is inspired from the Prius and Auris hybrids, it wears Toyota’s pearlescent white paint and blue badging, while reprofiled bumpers improve the aerodynamics. The upper grille opening is shallow, flanked by highly contoured headlamps, promoting a smooth airflow over the upper body. The roof is entirely covered with solar panels that power the aircon – after all, you only need it when the sun is shining.
Airflow is also managed by a large, integral rear spoiler, underbody covers and 18-inch aero wheels with enlarged gaps to promote cooling.
Official fuel consumption and emissions figures are yet to be announced as this is only the concept model. However, a production version is planned for market arrival in Europe in 2012. A 1.33-litre petrol engine and lithium-ion batteries are possibilities, giving the model impressive efficiency – in the region of 90mpg – as well as sub-80g/km CO2 emissions.