We’ve picked up on some exciting tweets from the Toyota team at Frankfurt, passing on more news about the new Auris Hybrid Synergy Drive and Toyota’s hybrid power ambitions for the near future.
Speaking at the show, Guillaume Gerondeau, Toyota Motor Europe’s director of product planning, said that customers for the new full hybrid Auris will not be seeking the same high level of technology as those who buy Prius, but will still want the kind of smooth relaxed drive that hybrid power provides.
He added that Toyota expects the car to have CO2 levels below 100g/km, but not lower than the 89g/km achieved by new Prius.
We have already learned about Toyota’s plan to have a hybrid version available in all its European models by 2020, but Gerondeau said that 10 Toyota hybrids will be on sale here within the next five years. This is very exciting stuff so we’ll let you know as soon as we hear what these hybrids might be.