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Old 03-25-2009, 12:10 PM   #1
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2011 Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Quoting Jalopnik who is quoting Automotive News....

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Toyota officials have announced they're working on a Toyota Yaris hybrid to take on the new Honda Insight hybrid for cheap hybrid supremacy. Muscle Car Wars? Ha! Let the Hybrid Car Wars begin.

According to Automotive News and Japan's Nikkei newspaper, Toyota chief engineer Akihiko Otsuka has confirmed there's a Yaris Hybrid being developed for sale in Japan and the United States.

Toyota has been seeing tough competition from the equally egg-shaped Prius price-undercutting Honda Insight. The new car would wear a version of the Hybrid Synergy Drive and target the low end of the market, with a target price even lower than the Insight's $19,800 starting price. No timeline has been announced, but expect the Yaris Hybrid to be unveiled with the next generation of the bowler hat-shaped micro car for 2011. [Auto News Sub. Req.]

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The green car race between Toyota and Honda is heating up. Toyota Motor Corp. plans a new small hybrid car to take on the Insight, the inexpensive Honda hybrid that just reached the United States. The small gasoline-electric car being planned will be a low-priced spinoff of the Toyota Yaris, said Akihiko Otsuka, chief engineer of the redesigned, third-generation Toyota Prius.
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:23 PM   #2
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Dang ... you're too fast for me. I was just going to post up a link:

http://jalopnik.com/5183804/toyota-y...-honda-insight
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:39 PM   #3
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I just happened to check my computer right after the articles were posted
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:45 PM   #4
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why do all the articles about the insight refer to it like its a new concept from honda...it is the second generation of this car.
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:16 PM   #5
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I was just talking to a friend of mine yesterday about how much better it would be if Toyota would just make a hybrid version of either the Corolla or the Yaris. If Honda made a hybrid of their flagship car why can't Toyota.

That's a great move on their part. I was planning on buying my mom a Yaris (she fell in love with my car after riding around in it, even though she initially hated it) but now I think I'll wait till the hybrid is out.

Go Toyota!
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:51 PM   #6
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Yay! Finally! Lets just hope it actually comes to our shores, and costs less than $20k.
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:01 PM   #7
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Oh man, this is some big news indeed.
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:15 PM   #8
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:26 PM   #9
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:58 PM   #10
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This makes too much sense....the government will get involved and screw it up!
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:15 PM   #11
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toyota better keep up w/ the competition in this class of car. if chevy could make the gas engine cobalt 37 mpg hwy, they should be able to get the next gen yaris to 40 mpg hwy as a gas engine only and keep it cheap. i saw an article today that said ford has preliminary hopes of the incoming fiesta being 31 city/39 hwy--120-bhp 1.6-liter Ti-VCT Duratec inline-4 paired to a 5-speed manual transmission). those are very good mpg numbers under the current rating system , and by most accounts it has pretty good handling and driving dynamics.

of course, nissan had some pretty optimistic mpg hopes for the versa that turned out to be very unrealistic, so we shall see. methinks the new fiesta with those numbers at the right price would be a big hit.
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:39 PM   #12
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:06 PM   #13
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:30 PM   #14
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hope this gives us 1000km on a 42 liter tank.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:31 PM   #15
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You guys do know that hybrids don't do as well on highways, right?

I'm shooting for 38-40 highway and maybe 55 city. That would be AWESOME.
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Can you supercharge a hybrid Yaris?
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Old 03-25-2009, 09:03 PM   #17
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I cant wait to see what it looks like and how much mpg it gets! :D
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You guys do know that hybrids don't do as well on highways, right?

I'm shooting for 38-40 highway and maybe 55 city. That would be AWESOME.
maybe it will be a true hybrid and will use the ecu to control the propulsion system in such a way that maybe 50 mph and under it is total battery power with brake regeneration and then anything over that is all motor with alternator supplying juice for battery regeneration....
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