PRODUCT EYE: Toyota Auris Hybrid

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Toyota Auris/hybrid (ukp)

PRODUCT EYE: Toyota Hybrid

There’s no three-door the second generation model but a will follow from

No rival has followed Toyota Europe into the segment it in 2010 with the Auris Undaunted, TME has just launched a generation model. Glenn tries it for size and finds it an alternative to a Golf TDI.

As I this, the snow continues to over most of the UK and outside a CR-Z press review car is on an icy, silent street. But week, we had sunshine, mild and the roads near where I buzzed with the usual traffic. How quickly things I’m itching to take the out for a proper drive as it will be my experience with a manual hybrid car.

I wonder a typical owner get excited the idea of taking their Hybrid out for a drive? I doubt it, but doesn’t mean it is a car unworthy of the of we who make our living from the industry. As a piece of engineering, hard not to be impressed. There are all of clever things going on its bonnet, and also under its seat, where the battery now resides, Toyota having a way to package the cells so that no longer steal boot as was the case with the old model.

Other improvements over the generation car centre include the gearbox, which no longer like it can’t find the ratio when you put your down hard. The E-CVT gear transmission has had a lot of attention so in Toyota’s words, there is a relationship between vehicle and engine revs’. It’s not perfect, mind: my other asked what’s wrong the car? when I accelerated to a steep hill.

I don’t to give the impression that I enjoy my time with the I drove it 200 miles to the UK market of the new Golf and another 200 miles home, which was a highly test. The inevitable stationary that comes as standard most trips on the M25 motorway for 45 minutes, but in the Auris, silence and ensued. Then when the started creeping forward, a touch on the throttle was all that was no constant pushing and releasing of the pedal, no tiresome 1-2-1 It felt like being in a CT 200h but minus the sports

The day after the M25 had held me captive for an mix adventure, I was on another motorway suddenly the SatNav spoke to me, I divert to avoid the standing that it claimed was one mile I did so, and saw the jam as I passed over it on the B-road I had been re-routed onto. I had dismissed the system’s warning the day so decided I’d better from that mistake. this is one of the best systems out especially as it’s so simple to It has changed my mind about advice that so-often to be in real-time but isn’t.

It wasn’t all standing traffic my time with the car. were long, clear at motorway speed, during the Auris Hybrid was exceptionally I even tried to play the of keeping the normally white gauge needle from red by being light on the throttle I could be. There is also satisfaction to be had from seeing braking drop the needle out of down through the ECO zone and the CHG (charging) area of the gauge. next time you’re in traffic, hit the EV switch and spend of that kinetic energy. The car run up for up to a claimed 2km on its batteries alone at of up to 50km/h (30mph).

Toyota Auris/hybrid (ukp)


Toyota says the petrol-electric will return a Combined with 76.3 quoted for the Urban and Extra-Urban cycles. I saw just under 50mpg but I did a lot of cold starts and high-speed over the course of the week.

The car is to accelerate to 62mph in 10.9 and has a maximum speed of 112mph. The of its Atkinson Cycle 1.8-litre engine and electric motor is (100kW). The 2ZR-FXE engine is, the car itself, built in Britain. The plant in north Wales manufactures the 1,781cc unit was in the first Toyota powertrain outside Japan to make engines.

TME envisages a Europe-wide mix of one third petrol, one third and one third hybrid powertrains for the new In the UK, the hybrid is expected to be biggest for the full year 2013, for fully 40% of all Auris registrations. of the reason for that perhaps high percentage is the combination of car’s 87g/km Co2 average and A VED band. Company drivers are the target market.

The launch of the new Auris plus the of the UK market should mean a good year for the TMUK in the English Midlands. The 20-year-old can presently build 100,000 of the Auris per annum, with an 50,000 to come from the The five-door hatchback comes the same line as the Avensis and wagon, as will the Auris once production of that car in the summer. And yes, there be an estate version of the hybrid planners see a new sub-segment opening up the launch of that car.

The were many when TME the first generation Auris and I was one of them, but the new model does now a convincing case to a large of buyers in Europe’s C-segment of the of going petrol-electric. UK prices at £19,995 for the well equipped model grade, but if you can’t without heated leather-trimmed and a variety of other luxuries, the £21,745 Excel variant is for The Touch and Go Navigation system is an £650 but for reasons mentioned I wouldn’t buy an Auris without it.

Toyota Auris/hybrid (ukp)
Toyota Auris/hybrid (ukp)

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