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Debuting at the Geneva Auto Show in concept form, the Yaris HSD Hybrid will head into production next year as a 2013 model for Europe.
Based on the new Yaris (yet to debut in North America), the Yaris HSD Concept brings Toyota‘s legendary hybrid synergy drive powertrain to the B-segment, promising the lowest emissions for a sub-compact.
No details about the powertrain have been reveal, although it’s likely the Yaris Hybrid will use a smaller engine than the 1.8-liter currently found in the Prius and Auris hybrids.
Set to be manufactured in France, Toyota Motor Europe boss Didier Leroy extolled the virtues of hybrids for the European market at the Yaris HSD’s launch, pointing out that hybrids have a 25 percent lower maintenance cost that other gasoline or diesel powered cars. In addition, Toyota’s push for hybrids in Europe finally seems to be working, with Leroy commenting that those considering a hybrid car as their next vehicle has grown from 8 percent two years ago to 16 percent last year.
GALLERY: Toyota Yaris HSD Concept
While Toyota‘s plan for the Geneva Auto Show may be to put the focus back on sports cars with the debut of the FT-86 II Concept, the automaker will also continue to push ahead with plans to stay on top as the world’s hybrid leader.
The company responsible for the Prius has just released a lone teaser image of the Yaris HSD (Hybrid Synergy Drive) Concept, that will be revealed at the show. No details have been provided, but this won’t be a current Yaris model, but rather will be based on the new Yaris/Vitz which recently debuted in Japan. Considering the more compact size of the Yaris, we wouldn’t be surprised if it exceeded the 50-mpg rating of the Prius.
In addition, Toyota will also debut a new Prius+ model for the European marketplace. Similar to the Prius V, which was recently unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, the Prius+ will include seating for seven, rather than for five like in North America.
AutoGuide’s extensive coverage from Geneva starts March 1st. Until then, see our 2011 Geneva Auto Show Preview here.