Report: Toyota Auris hybrid coming to the UK in 2012

2009 Toyota Auris

Akihiko Otsuka, chief engineer of the redesigned 2010 Toyota Prius, confirmed earlier this year that Toyota is working on a small gasoline-electric car that will be a spin-off of the Toyota Yaris. Now, according to Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun industry daily, Toyota is also working on a gasoline-electric hybrid version of the Auris hatchback for the UK in 2012.

Without citing any sources, the Japanese publication said that the Auris is due for a redesign in 2012 and that Toyota will also offer a hybrid variant that will be produced locally in Europe.

Toyota’s Auris was the company’s third-best-selling model in Europe during the first five months of 2009.

The No.1 Japanese automaker has a goal of selling 1 million hybrid vehicles annually within the next few years and wants to offer a hybrid variant of all its models by 2020.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Reuters