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.
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.