Geneva Auto Show: Toyota Yaris HSD

Toyota debuted its latest subcompact, hybrid concept car, the Yaris Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD), at the Geneva Auto Show. The vehicle is part of the company’s full hybrid rollout plan to bring the renewable, electric technology to all of its main European models by 2020.

Earlier in the year, EarthTechling announced that the Yaris HSD and a new model of the Prius would debut at the Geneva Auto Show. At that time Toyota did not release many details about either car, and unfortunately, the case remains largely the same for the new subcompact concept, though it is known the hybrid system it is using is similar to that found in other hybrids in its fleet.

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The design of the new HSD is similar to the original Yaris, and in additional to some streamlined changes, the new HSD’s roof is covered in solar panels. A zero emission car when in all-electric mode, Toyota has yet to release specifics about the engine and its performance.

The Yaris HSD will be manufactured at the Valenciennes plant in France, and is expected to launch in the second half of 2012.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.


  • Reply April 16, 2011

    Chicago Yaris

    No doubt this hybrid creation from Toyota is looking awesome in exterior.nThe recent Geneva Motor Show became one well contribution in presenting this super Yaris.

  • Reply May 8, 2011

    toyota yaris recall 2009

    Hi…I own a brand new white Toyota Yaris, and I am pretty with the performance which my car is providing to me… I just love a car…

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