Mar 6, 2011


As part of its plan to offer a hybrid version of each vehicle in its European lineup,Toyota unveiled a hybrid version of its all-new Yaris hatchback today at the Geneva Motor Show.

Based on the standard European-market Yaris model, Toyota says the Yaris HSD concept “incorporates hybrid-specific styling cues and new, forward-looking design elements.” A new front fascia with larger inlets and larger 18-inch aerodynamic wheels are the biggest differences over the standard Yaris. Like most concept cars, this one is also swathed in a unique paint scheme and has some non-production styling items like LED lamps and camera rearview mirrors. Hit read more for details and pictures.
Although technically a concept, the Yaris HSD is expected to make production in the not-too-distant future. When the Yaris Hybrid does reach production, it will be the first gasoline-electric offering in its segment in most markets, Toyota says (the Honda Fit/Jazz Hybrid isn’t a global product).
Powertrain details haven’t been announced, although Toyota says that the car features a maintenance-free timing chain and no drive belts.
The production Yaris Hybrid will be built at its Valenciennes, France, plant next year, with a roll-out expected during the second quarter of 2012. A North American model based on the slightly different U.S.-specification Yaris could follow.

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