More economy for ‘sensible car’ from Toyota
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.