Toyota are adding a new hybrid to their collection and have developed a smaller version of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system to power it.
The new Yaris features a smaller, lighter version of the Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, which currently powers Prius and Auris Hybrid with a new 1.5 litre petrol engine and more compact electric motor and battery pack. This provides a seamlessly smooth driving experience with automatic transmission as standard and ensures interior space and luggage capacity is the same as all other Yaris models.
The highly efficient 99 bhp will deliver fuel economy from 80.7 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 79 g/km, meaning Yaris Hybrid qualifies for free road tax (VED) and is exempt from the London congestion charge. For company car drivers, the low CO2 means the lowest Benefit in Kind (BIK) taxation band of 10 %.
The hybrid Yaris is due to go on sale in mid 2012.
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