Japanese media reported yesterday that Toyota is working on a hybrid version of the Yaris that will add a more cost competitive hybrid than the Prius to its lineup. Reports said that Toyota will build the Yaris based hybrid in France within two years.
According to AutoCar, Toyota says that it has no plans to build a Yaris hybrid.
“Toyota has no plans at present to build a Yaris hybrid in France or anywhere else,” a source told AutoCar. “The hybrid system we have works well in the bigger cars like the Lexus as it helps to cut CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy next to its competitors.”
Toyota plans to have a hybrid option in every model by 2020 but believes that cars like the Yaris “are already efficient and the system would be difficult to implement. Any gains would be marginal.”
– By: Stephen Calogera