Toyota Yaris Hybrid Concept teased - Geneva Auto Show
While holding back all of the technical details until its official reveal in Geneva, Toyota has issued this official teaser image of the Yaris HSD Concept that it will display at the show. According to the press release, the hybrid Yaris HSD Concept "anticipates Toyota's intention to bring full hybrid technology to the B segment, the biggest volume segment in Europe."
Although still largely under wraps, we do know this subcompact gas/electric offering will feature several hybrid-specific styling cues that point the direction the automaker plans to take with future HSD products. Toyota also confirmed that it will share the spotlight with the equally new Prius+, a seven-seat version of the Prius V that was unveiled here last month in Detroit.
Although the release noted that the Yaris HSD "represents the next step in Toyota's full hybrid roll-out strategy in Europe," comments made by a U.S. spokesperson indicated that its place in the lineup here will be filled by a production version of the petite Prius C Concept, which also was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show. Given the clear resemblance in at least the front fascia area, it will be interesting to see how much the Yaris HSD and the new mini-Prius have in common -- particularly since, like the current Prius and Yaris, the pair will share basic platform architecture.