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September 14, 2009

Frankfurt Preview: Toyota unleashes the goods on Auris HSD Concept

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Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

We’ve already received a sneak peek at some early images of the Toyota Auris HSD concept, but Toyota was woefully tight-lipped about disclosing on any actual details at that time. No longer, as the Japanese automaker has just dropped all the pertinents and a bunch of new images of its upcoming hybrid ahead of the car’s official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

As we noted, there are solar panels installed on the Auris HSD’s roof that Toyota says are a further development of the solar-powered ventilation system which debuted on the 2010 Prius. Additional solar panels on the car’s dashboard develop enough juice to recharge mobile phones and portable electronics using built-in charging trays.

As expected, the Auris HSD is powered by a 1.8-liter four cylinder engine mated to Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology as used in the Prius. Toyota expects the run to 60 mph to take about 10 seconds and carbon emissions to be below 100 grams per kilometer. LED lights join a slew of aerodynamic tweaks that reportedly drop the car’s drag coefficient to .28 round out the exterior features unique to the concept.

Inside, blue Gaucholino leather joins a pearl white console to offer a unique showcar appearance. We’re not sure how many of these touches will make it into production (which is scheduled to begin next year at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in England with sales scheduled to start during the second half of 2010), but we’d like to see the mobile chargers make the leap. Click past the break for the official press release and be sure to check out our updated gallery below.

Gallery: Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid concept


[Source: Toyota]

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