Toyota, even as it deals with massive fallout from its recent Prius braking issue and recall, is steaming full speed ahead still with hybrid development. The Japanese automaker said it plans to unveil at the upcoming Geneva auto show a production hybrid version of its European Auris hatchback.
The Auris HSD (Hybrid Synergy Drive), according to Green Car Advisor, “is the first Europe-made hybrid for the world’s largest automaker.” Toyota will put this hybrid on sale all across Europe come summer. It is being built in Britain at Toyota’s Burnaston factory and, said the company, will mark a major milestone in its plans to “introduce its full hybrid powertrain technology across its entire model range by the early 2020s.”
A few key features of this new Toyota hybrid include accelerating from 0-100 km/h in approximately 10 seconds, CO2 emissions below 100 g/km, four driving modes, solar powered ventilation like the new 2010 Prius and, perhaps, dash-top mounted solar panels that “generate sufficient power to recharge mobile phones or music players mounted in purpose-made charging trays.” More details will be forthcoming when the final production model goes on display next month.