Toyota announces Auris HSD details

Toyota has announced details on its new Auris HSD hybrid model which will hit the market in July.

The high volume family hatchback uses Prius hybrid's technology and gives an economy of 74.3mpg at CO2 emission of 89g/km.

The British-built car boasts a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine and electric motor, which delivers up to 134bhp, giving a top speed of 112mph and a zero to 60mph acceleration time of 11.4 seconds.

With the switchable electric mode, depending on the level of battery charge and driving conditions, CO2 and NOx emissions of the Auris HSD hybrid can be reduced to zero over distances of up to 1.2 miles at speeds of up to 30 mph.

The vehicle comes in options of 15-inch wheels and 17-inch wheels. The former's combined cycle fuel economy is 74.3 mpg and CO2 emissions are 89 g/km, while the latter has 70.6 mpg economy and 93 g/km CO2 emission.

Toyota also claims the Auris HSB hybrid's NOx emissions are lower than those of diesel cars with similar performance. The emissions performance exempts the model from UK road tax.

The new vehicle's T4 version begins at £18,950, with the higher-end model T Spirit costing up to £20,700.

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