Filed under: Hybrid , Europe , Paris Motor Show , Hatchback , Toyota Toyota may have given us the full spec-sheet on its revised Auris before the car made its official Parisian debut, but our first live look at the next-generation wagon nevertheless proves compelling. The longer, lower five-door looks the part of a better-handling hatchback – just the role that Toyota hopes the hybrid can play in the European market. The Hybrid seen here is the second-generation gas-electric Auris, and it will be the top-level powertrain option for European buyers. Toyota expects that a full one-third of Auris buyers will select that Hybrid Synergy Drive model – the other two-thirds of buyers are expected to be evenly split between the diesel- and gasoline-powered versions of the car. Have a closer look at the handsome 2013 Toyota Auris in our live gallery and scroll below for the official word from Toyota in both video and press release forms. Continue reading 2013 Toyota Auris Hybrid is sharper and sleeker in new form [w/video] 2013 Toyota Auris Hybrid is sharper and sleeker in new form [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Minivan/Van , Paris Motor Show , Hatchback , Toyota The seven-seat Toyota Verso mini-MPV was introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show , two years on its successor will be introduced in Paris in about a week. The mid-cycle changes include more than 300 new parts with threefold aims: bringing the exterior design in line with the just-refreshed Auris , upgrading the fit and finish and improving the driving dynamics. That means a redesigned nose with elements that emphasize the length and width of the car, like narrower headlights with daytime LEDs, tweaked taillamps above a rear bumper with an integrated diffuser, and in a reversal of trend, smaller door mirrors with integrated turn signals. Inside, a black satin finish and soft-touch surfaces ease up the eye and finger appeal, highlights are noted in satin chrome trim, lighting and graphics have been harmonized and been given better dimmer switch controls. There are also new seat fabrics and colors, and Nappa leather makes an appearance in some Verso models. Engines get a little extra engineering, too. The 2.0-liter, 175-horsepower D-4D engine is quieter and provides more torque at low rpm, the 2.2-liter D-CAT diesel puts out 148 hp, and both diesels get higher tow ratings. On the gasoline side, 1.6-liter and 1.8-liter Valvematics remain available. All of them will make better use of their power through the Verso’s increased rigidity, an effect of more welding points used in production, and noise and vibration have been decreased through the use of more sound-deadening in the A-pillars and bulkhead. A press release below lays it all out while we wait for the Verso’s intro in Paris.