Toyota has always been a leader in the hybrid industry. Recently Toyota made hybrid cars a more accessible by showing off the whole new Toyota Yaris subcompact hybrid at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Hybrids right now run upwards of $20,000, and that makes it hard for the average entry-level fuel conscious people.
The subcompact hybrid Yaris, is here now to, hopefully, change that . This B-segment car, made specifically for the European market right now — where smaller cars are much more popular than countries like the U.S, shows that Toyota is committed to downsizing its proven full hybrid technology. The Yaris Hybrid will go on sale in Europe next year, let’s hope that it comes to the U.S, if it ever makes it here.
“Introducing full hybrid technology into the B-segment has presented Toyota with several unique engineering challenges. The new powertrain must be optimized for installation within the vehicle’s compact, extremely efficient packaging design, without detriment to either system quality and performance, or passenger accommodation and loadspace.”
We haven’t yet got the full details on the price, size, engine size or MPG of the car, but we do know that the all-new Yaris 2011 will have solar panels on the roof like the 2010 Yaris to power the air-conditioning, when the car is parked to improve fuel efficiency.
Since this is a really tiny car, and its a hybrid the least I would hope this car to be is, over 50MPG or 60MPG.