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Toyota Yaris HSD Concept

First of all I’d like to say that I’m not a big fan of superminis but if I were to choose one it would have to be the Toyota Yaris as it looks like a mature car, something that you can only find in superior segments. Yesterday at the Geneva Motor Show, the Japanese automaker presented the Yaris HDS Concept, a hybrid model based on the next-gen Yaris.

Toyota Yaris HSD Concept

Essentially, this concept is a teaser version of the soon-to-be-released hybrid model that the company will launch next year in Europe. Following the same recipe used for the Auris HSD, the Hybrid Synergy Drive version of the Yaris has a few bespoke styling cues that differentiate it from the gasoline-powered model. Some of these changes include the vertical “aero” corners that are housed in the front bumper, designed in order to minimize air turbulence, the generous trapezoidal lower grille, the rear reflectors in the rear bumper and the 18-inch wheels.

Toyota Yaris HSD Concept

As you can see, the car has no door mirrors as they were ditched for sake of aerodynamics, and were replaced with rear-view cameras. The doors of the Yaris HSD Concept have been modeled for improving the airflow around the car. The car’s roof is covered with solar panels that are able to provide power for the AC system.

Toyota Yaris HSD Concept

The hybrid version of the Toyota Yaris will be manufactured at the company’s plant in Valenciennes, France and will be on sale in the second half of next year. The Japanese automaker has plans to offer full-hybrid versions of all the cars they sell in Europe by 2012.

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