Geneva Preview: Toyota Yaris Hybrid

January 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Barely time to draw breath after Detroit (not that I was there) and the Geneva Motor Show previews start. Toyota has unveiled the Prius C for the States, but in Europe we’ll be getting this instead: the Yaris Hybrid (top). On sale in the UK early summertime, intended to be “the most affordable full hybrid in Europe”, 98bhp, no compromise on luggage space. No figures for mpg or CO2 as yet.

Nissan’s Infiniti division, meanwhile, has been teasing its upcoming EV (below) since time immemorial but the latest is that it’s going to have a mid-ship-mounted range-extended powertrain. More news on this “advanced sports car concept” at Geneva, and then we might actually get to see the thing.

In other mid-week news:

  • The Citroen C1/Peugeot 107/Toyota Aygo have been facelifted and tweaked; CO2 emissions from the 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine are now down to 99g/km.
  • Order books are now open for the Vauxhall Ampera; first deliveries in May. Prices from £29,995 (incl. £5000 government incentive). Ouch.
  • The new Bentley-Audi 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 has cylinder shutdown and can operate as a V4 to save fuel, reports headlineauto. A rare configuration, V4, these days; wonder what advantages that would have over an inline, and whether, like the rotary, it has new possibilities in conjunction with the latest tech/hybrid/range extender configurations? If so, bring it back, preferably in a Saab…
  • Tata displayed concepts at the New Delhi Auto Expo including a diesel-electric Indigo Manza hybrid and a mini-minibus Starbus Fuel Cell. More at Green Car Congress.
  • More work on fuel from algae; science bit here.
  • And further to the above post on V-engines: a V2! 800cc, for use as a range-extender, the work of KSPG Automotive. Suitable for packaging as an additional optional module, they say. More at Green Car Congress.
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