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Sporty hybrids on the way

By SYF77 on 10 Jul 2010

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In line with Toyota’s plans to offer a hybrid in each range by 2020, new models will soon get the versatile petrol-electric hybrid system that is seen in the Prius model.

This year, Toyota is expected to build one million hybrid drivetrains that will go to its Prius and Auris HSD models. Toyota has proven the reliability and cost advantages of its 1.8-liter petrol engine/electric motor/nickel-metal hydride batteries system and so it is hesitant to create a new system for future hybrids. Toyota plans to launch more hybrids but its current hybrid system already possesses sporty driving features, according to Toyota’s powertrain guru, Gerald Killman. He claims that Toyota’s hybrid technology is “adaptable” and rather than developing a new one, it makes more sense to give “more character” to what they currently have.

Rumors have been proliferating about Toyota’s ongoing development of a sporty hybrid to compete with the Honda CR-Z. The FT-CH Concept, which was shown at the Detroit show last January, is believed to be a preview of how this model is expected to look. On whether these new hybrids would take on the Prius name to form a family of cars, Killman replied that the marketing department has yet to decide on this matter.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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