We have the first details and images of the new Toyota Auris hybrid, and the facelifted 2010 Toyota RAV4. The story inside.
Toyota plans to unveil a production version of the Toyota Auris HSD at the Geneva Motor Show. The new four-door is a follow-up to the concept model shown off at the Frankfurt Show last September.
Look for HSD, or Hybrid Synergy Drive, to potentially become a new sub-brand for Toyota. The Auris represents the first step in the automaker's plan to offer a hybrid version of each of their models "by the early 2020s," according to a press release.
The Auris HSD will be built in Burnaston, England. The car will go on sale in Europe by summer.
Appearing next to the hybrid is a new facelifted version of the Toyota RAV4. The SUV has a new hood with more aggressive styling as part of a less-bulky front. Headlights look less conventional, and foglights are now integrated into the new bumper. The new chrome grille is a nice touch. Toyota did not provide photos of the 2010 RAV4's interior, but the company says it is "more refined."
At Geneva, Toyota will also unveil the Prius Plug-in for the first time in Europe. Hopefully, the car's brakes will be in good shape. The show will also feature Euro debuts of the FT-EV concept, and the FT-86 concept.