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New Toyota Auris

The Toyota Auris compact hatchback car is available in both three door and five door body styles. It is built on the E150 platform which was also used for the Toyota Corolla and was designed to replace the Corolla hatchback in the European market. The name Auris itself is derived from the Latin word ‘aurum’, which means ‘gold’.

The first Auris cars went on sale in the United Kingdom in February 2007. With a strong range of standard equipment fitted to the entry level T2 trim model, such as a built in MP3 player, the Auris is aimed at the higher end of the lower-medium market segment, where it competes with cars such as the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra. Buyers looking for a more premium range of equipment for their new Toyota Auris car can choose between the higher T3, T Spirit and T180 trim levels.

In addition to the standard model there is also a hybrid electric version of the Auris. This hybrid model was first presented to the world in concept form at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009 as the Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept. The next year at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show the production version was unveiled for the first time, and the first cars went out to customers in July 2010. It is the first hybrid vehicle to be mass-produced at a European production facility (it is built in the UK, at Toyota’s Burnaston plant).

The Auris Hybrid uses the powertrain and batteries that were first seen on the popular Prius hybrid, which means that the car can deliver a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 74.3mpg with CO2 emissions well within the range in which vehicles are exempt from the London Congestion Charge and VED (Vehicle Excise Duty) at 89g/km.

Prices for a new Toyota Auris hybrid car, which was named at car of the year 2010 by WhatGreenCar, currently start at £18,950.