The launch of Yaris Hybrid marks another
breakthrough for Toyota, bringing the low emissions, refined performance
and reliability of full hybrid technology to the European supermini
market for the first time.
Available to order now, the new model will be on the road in the UK
from early July, priced from £14,995, making it Britain’s lowest-priced
hybrid car. It may be compact, but it is big on clever technology: every
element of the hybrid system has been made smaller and lighter so that
it can be fitted to Yaris without reducing the space available in both
the cabin and the boot.
The new development of Toyota’s smooth,
quiet and highly efficient Hybrid Synergy Drive system, uses a 1.5-litre
VVT-i petrol engine, nickel-metal hydride battery pack and CVT
(continuously variable transmission). CO2 emissions are
79g/km for the T3and T4 models and 85g/km for the
T Spirit; respective official combined cycle fuel consumption figures
are 80.7mpg and 76mpg.
Grade structure and equipment
The Yaris Hybrid range offers a breadth
of customer choice, with three grades available: T3
(£15,895) and T Spirit
(£16,995). All versions have five doors.
On-the-road prices for the range are
detailed below. All models are in Band A for Vehicle Excise Duty (road
tax), which means a zero annual charge; likewise their sub-100g/km
emissions gain exemption from the London congestion charge. For company
car drivers the benefit-in-kind tax rate is just 10 per cent.