Making its world debut at the 2011 Geneva motor show, the Yaris HSD concept embodies what will be an important step in Toyota’s full hybrid roll-out strategy in Europe.
Toyota aims to complete the application of full hybrid technology across its main models in Europe as early as possible in the 2020s. Following the successful introduction of the Auris HSD to the C-segment in 2010, the Yaris HSD concept anticipates Toyota’s intention to bring Hybrid Synergy Drive® to the B-segment, the biggest volume segment in Europe.
Indeed a very significant evolution, and important enough to discuss it here on our pages...
Hans Knol ten Bensel
Exterior Design – A New Design Direction for the Next Yaris Model Range
Several hybrid-specific styling cues indentify the Yaris HSD concept as a Toyota full hybrid model derivative.
Air turbulence has been minimised by flat, vertical ‘aero’ corners housing front foglamps and matching rear reflectors, a large, integral rear spoiler, comprehensive underbody covers and 18” aero wheels featuring enlarged air gaps for improved cooling air flow. Even the door handles and rear side view cameras have been carefully designed to the most aero-efficient shape
HSD – Introducing the Benefits of Full Hybrid Technology to the B-segment
The full hybrid powertrain does not need a conventional starter motor or alternator. The engine uses a maintenance-free timing chain and has no drive belts, improving reliability and bringing further cost savings.
Reflecting Toyota engineers’ ongoing analysis of improved hybrid system performance through the use of solar power, solar panels have been applied to the entire roof surface of the Yaris HSD concept.
The new Yaris HSD unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show...
European Production – The Introduction of Full Hybrid Technology at Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF)
The production model, following on from the Yaris HSD concept, will be launched throughout Europe in the second half of 2012. Committed to the highest standards in build quality, Toyota has determined that the new full hybrid will be produced at the Valenciennes plant of Toyota Motor Manufacturing France.
With the Auris HSD already in production at the Burnaston plant in the UK, Toyota will be the only car manufacturer producing hybrid vehicles from more than one European plant.
Hans Knol ten Bensel