Toyota Auris History

The Toyota Auris compact hatchback in both 3-door and 5-door body styles is built on the E150 platform. This is the same platform that was used for the Toyota Corolla, and the Auris has replaced the Corolla hatchback in the European market, although the larger saloon still bears the Corolla name. The Auris has never been sold in the United States of America, where the larger Matrix takes its place in the firm’s range.

In Toyota’s home market of Japan the Auris takes its place in the firm’s line-up as the replacement for the Corolla RunX and is named ‘Netz’, whilst in South Africa it replaced the Toyota RunX. The name of the vehicle comes from the word aurum, which means gold in Latin.

In 2006 a concept version of this car was creating called the Toyota Auris Space concept. This car was designed using the firm’s ‘Vibrant Clarity’ philosophy, and was fitted with a panoramic glass roof and high window surfaces, amongst other things. It was presented to the world at the Paris Motor Show in 2006.
Another concept version of the car based on the 1.8-litre model was presented to the world in 2011, called the Toyota Auris GT.

In the United Kingdom the Auris first went on sale in February 2007, when it was made available in T2, T3, and T Spirit trim levels, a range which was extended just a couple of months later in April 2007 with the release of a high-end T180 version.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009 the firm also revealed a HSD Full Hybrid Concept version of the car, which was fitted with Hybrid Synergy Drive technologies. This model then went into production as the Auris Hybrid, which got its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010 before going into production in the United Kingdom at the firm’s Burnaston facility.