More econ­omy for ‘sen­si­ble car’ from Toy­ota

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

WHO would say the Toy­ota Auris is an ex­cit­ing car? It suc­ceeded the rather duller Corolla hatch­back in pro­duc­tion at the fac­tory near Derby: dullish but de­pend­able.

Cur­rent tribu­la­tions to one side (the lat­est is re­ported on Page 2) a Toy­ota has been re­garded as Very Sen­si­ble Mo­tor­ing.

The Ja­panese com­pany leads the world in mat­ing elec­tric and com­bus­tion en­gines, called the hy­brid. Its ex­em­plar is the Prius, rather odd-look­ing, like a Bedling­ton Ter­rier, but like the Bedling­ton, built for a pur­pose.

Now the use of the Prius hy­brid me­chan­i­cal stuff in a con­ven­tional-look­ing Auris hatch­back may help the sale prospects, al­beit mud­died by this year’s safety re­calls on sev­eral Toy­otas. The com­pany has to cope with that, its ver­sion of the BP oil spill.

There are those who say that the lat­est diesel cars are more eco­nom­i­cal in longdis­tance fast driv­ing than a hy­brid. There is some merit in that but the head­line fig­ures for the Auris Hy­brid with its stan­dard au­to­matic gear­box can not be matched by any com­pa­ra­ble “nor­mal” en­gine.

When fit­ted with the most eco-friendly 15-inch wheels, it has fig­ures of 74.3mpg in the of­fi­cial com­bined fuel econ­omy test and 89g/km of car­bon diox­ide. With 17-inch al­loys, the fig­ures are 70.6mpg and 93g/km.

These re­sults mean that the chore of tax­ing your car once a year is nixed and you do not pay the con­ges­tion zone charges in London ei­ther.

In the­ory, it can travel for 1.2 miles at up to 30mph us­ing only elec­tric power and with­out any CO2 or

The Auris HSD is sold only in the up­per T4 and T Spirit spec­i­fi­ca­tions, and with prices from £18,950 this means that fru­gal mo­tor­ing comes at a high ini­tial cost. De­liv­er­ies: from July 1.

FRU­GAL: Toy­ota’s Auris Hy­brid.

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