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TOYOTA Yaris Hybrid

Driven: New Toyota Yaris

Author: Hailey Philander

Africa is no stranger to hybrid The Prius started it all, in 2005 and Lexus took up the technology baton with its hybrids” that today an integral part of its line-up.


In 2012 these brands account for most among SA’s 13 hybrid

Despite South Africans’ reluctance to accept alternative – and their government’s continued to incentivise the purchases of hybrid-powered – Toyota reports that of the technology is better, although below the global average.

with this idea in that Toyota has expanded its introduced Yaris range. Its hybrid range, which includes the latest Prius in April 2012) and the Auris has been bolstered by the addition of the HSD.

Toyota’s Hybrid Drive is now in its fourth generation and more four-million of its hybrids have sold worldwide.


This the most Yaris yet – Toyota claims 3.8 and 88g/km of CO2 emissions – is also the of the hatchback fleet; there be no traditional “hot hatch” corporate communications boss Leo Kok and product planning vice-president Crompton admitted the automaker was in its approach.

“It’s a new way of looking at he said.

On the performance front, the HSD has a combination of a 55kW/111Nm 1.5-litre engine, supplemented by a 45kW/169Nm battery and electric drive on that in the Prius. The total output is 74kW. The two operate or together and the system is mated to a variable transmission.

The downsized hybrid system the petrol engine with a more compact electric transaxle, inverter and battery The total system weight is

But more than being a more efficient version of the new the HSD looks the part too with its upper grille, light and distinctive blue hybrid Aerodynamic enhancements, among an underbody cover and slipstream contribute to the HSD’s drag of Cd 0.286.

The cabin has a stand-out blue-grey hybrid blue instrumentation and a computer touchscreen displaying – other data – real-time on how the hybrid system is faring.

TOYOTA Yaris Hybrid

SA plotted an “economy run” as of the launch route in which who recorded the best (and fuel consumption along the were rewarded for their The winning team recorded litres/100km over the 130km

The Yaris HSD’s cabin is refined; not even the characteristic hum of the making its way into the cabin. the blue accents and the bold add a splash of interest to the otherwise place.


There are two specification levels – the XS ( R223 800 ) and the XR ( R245 900 ). Diode running lights, auto Eco Indicator, anti-lock brakes and brake pressure distribution, control and front and side air are standard on the XS; the XR adds more air (seven total), push-button cloth upholstery, front fog a rear spoiler and cruise

Kerry Roodt, Toyota general manager of marketing said: “The Yaris HSD is a B-segment car designed to attract young and urban customers. a hybrid for the youth market, a step into the technology.”

The HSD makes a very convincing hybrid” statement. It feels a lot like a regular car than a expensive gimmick, a millstone the has only recently starting to off, and it’s so user-friendly it can provide fuel savings for the seemingly unconcerned by such

Also, considering the relatively cost of the regular Yaris — the one-litre three-door at R127 800 and goes to R206 700 for the 1.3 five-door — the Yaris HSD even be considered as a peculiar statement. For an extra R20 000 you get the promise of fuel consumption in a car that actually reward you for the start-stop that plagues commuting while still have juice to make for pleasant journeys.

More importantly, the Yaris HSD’s most competitor, the Honda Jazz 1.3 Hybrid costs R252 which could be problematic on first impression, the Yaris is the comfortable and drivable fuel-saving

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