It depends on oil prices which market will have it first. The regular Yaris is the best selling model in Europe, so they have high hopes for the Yaris hybrid vehicle to be the “the most affordable full hybrid in Europe”.
Ahead of its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show some details of Toyota Yaris hybrid vehicle have been released. “Toyota has downsized its Hybrid Synergy Drive for Yaris, combining a new 1.5-litre petrol engine with a more compact electric motor, transaxle, inverter and battery pack. The result is a system that is 20 per cent lighter than that used in Auris Hybrid.
Thanks to all the key HSD components being reduced in size, and the location of the fuel tank and hybrid battery under the rear seat, Yaris Hybrid vehicle offers the same occupant space and 286-litre luggage capacity as conventional petrol and diesel Yaris models.
The highly efficient 98bhp (74kW) powertrain will deliver a segment-leading balance of performance and CO2 emissions. Drivers will also be able to make use of drive modes that create zero NOx, particulate and CO2 tailpipe emissions.
Automatic air conditioning and e-CVT automatic transmission are fitted as standard, signalling that customers do not have to compromise on comfort in order to achieve low emissions performance.”
It’s possible to not show the fuel economy numbers until Geneva in March.