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Friday, August 13, 2010
2011 Toyota Auris HSD Hybrid
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The Toyota Auris HSD Takes After Its Prius Big Brother

BURNASTON, UNITED KINGDOM - Toyota Motor started manufacturing the new 2011 Toyota Auris at their Burnaston, Derbyshire U.K. manufacturing facility at the end of June 2010. The HSD (Hybrid Synergy Drive) version of the car is powered by a 1.8 litre 4-cylinder VVT-i Atkinson cycle petrol (gasoline) engine that is coupled to a 60 kW electric motor, giving the car excellent fuel efficiency and low exhaust emissions.

The Toyota Auris is a C-Class sized vehicle and in some ways it can be called a mini Prius for its similar hybrid-drive capabillities. The Auris is marketed only in Europe at the moment and the Auris HSD hybrid version is manufactured only in the United Kingdom. The Auris in its hybrid configuration has a combined horsepower of 136 and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 11.4 seconds. What is most remarkable about the Auris HSD is that its fuel consumption in the combined cycle is just 3.8 L/100 km and it does this with a very low CO2 output of just 89 g/km. In many European countries the low CO2 otput of the Auris will allow owners to qualify for tax incentives at the time of purchase. On the road, the top speed of the Toyota Auris HSD is 180 km/h (112 mph).

The Auris HSD stores its electrical power in a nickel-metal hydride battery pack that is mounted below the rear loadspace floor. The Auris's 60 kW hybrid electric motor produces a maximum torque of 207 Nm. The Toyota Auris HSD is capable of starting from a standstill using just its electric motor and can reach up to 50 km/h (31 mph) before the gasoline engine starts. There are three selectable power modes available for the driver to choose from - EV (electric only), ECO (throttle response for efficiency), and PWR (maximum acceleration power throttle response). The Toyota Auris also has an 'EcoDrive' feedback display on the dashboard, so that the driver can monitor and make adjustments towards an efficient driving performance.

The Toyota Auris HSD can be equipped with either 15-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels and is available in six different exterior colour finishes, including pearl white. Aerodynamic enhancements on the Auris HSD create a low aerodynamic coefficient of drag of just 0.283, helping it to achieve excellent highway fuel efficiency. Inside the Auris, three different interior trim equipment levels are possible (Mid, High and Luxury), and the car can be equipped with an optional satellite navigation system at all trim levels.

Toyota's Auris HSD hybrid model comes equipped with front and rear electric mirrors, air conditioning, alloy wheels, folding mirrors, LED daytime running lights, 7 airbags and a CD radio system all as standard equipment regardless of the trim level selected (Mid, High, Luxury).

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