As an increasing amount of car manufacturers devote more and more resources to finding solutions to the problem of rising petrol costs, Toyota, one of the original innovators of alternatively-fuelled cars, has released details of its future models.
Car leasing customers looking for ways of reducing their motoring costs may be interested in the Japanese company’s new production-ready Yaris hybrid.
The car was on display at the recent Geneva motor show and plenty of delegates and motoring enthusiasts were keen to get a closer look at Europe’s first fully hybrid supermini.
Car leasing customers can order the Yaris from June and they will find that they can take advantage of the re-engineered Hybrid Synergy Drive technology.
Motorists already familiar with the Yaris’s surprisingly spacious interior will be pleased to know that all the changes occur under the bonnet.
The car features a new engine which is 16.5kg lighter than the existing hybrid powerplant and is capable of producing 99bhp.
Engineers have managed to implement the technology, which gives the vehicle class-leading levels of low carbon emissions, while still maintaining a smooth performance.
Anyone who is less concerned about lowering their carbon footprint and reducing their fuel bills may find that the firm’s all-new GT 86 may be more to their tastes.
The sports coupe arrived at the motor show leaving a cloud of hype behind it.
Toyota states that the car is for people who want to rediscover the sheer joys of driving and it has already achieved significant critical acclaim.
A few concept cars were also debited at the exhibition. Toyota’s environmental ethos is taken to the extreme in the FT-Bh – a small hybrid city car, which has been produced using low-cost materials and a simple manufacturing process.
The FCV is the first step in a process which the company hopes will result in an on-the-road saloon hybrid by 2015.
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