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Sub-Prius 2011 Toyota Hybrid To Use European Auris Platform?


Toyota Auris Hybrid from BurlappCars.com

Toyota Auris Hybrid from BurlappCars.com

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The prescient Prius peeps over at site All About Prius looked into their crystal ball and speculated that Toyota's highest-volume global car, the Auris, might well underpin the 2011 low-cost hybrid from Toyota. So the car you see here could be very close to the vehicle Toyota intends for battle with the new Honda Insight here in the U.S.

2007 Toyota Auris

2007 Toyota Auris

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Last week we told you about this new hybrid that aims to steal some sales success from the cheap new Honda Insight and mused: is this just Toyota's knee-jerk response to gut-punchingly successful Honda Insight sales in only its first month for sale?

2007 Toyota Auris

2007 Toyota Auris

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All About Prius' John Voelcker makes a good case for the Auris. Number one, a hybrid version of the Auris is set to hit the market in 2010. Number two, the Auris is small five-door hatchback sold in the European and Asian market since 2007 where it replaced the previous Corolla hatchback. It's smaller than the current Prius, could ring in with less weight and equipment, dropping MSRPs and further increasing mpg.

Last, Voelcker points out that the Auris' "Corolla brethren meet all US safety and emissions standards - so adapting the Auris for the U.S. should be a piece of cake."

Time will tell whether All About Prius' predictions ring true, but at this point their vision seems pretty sharp to us.

[source: All About Prius]

 
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