The title of WhatGreen Car of the Year 2010 has been awarded to the new Toyota Auris Hybrid. The Toyota Auris was chosen from a short list of ten green car finalists which were test driven by six of the UK’s leading green transport and environmental experts.
The Toyota Auris’ Hybrid Synergy drive is almost identical to that of the successful Toyota Prius, and features a 1.8 litre VVT-i petrol engine and two electric motors that work together to deliver power to the wheels in the most efficient way. The result is best-in-class CO2 emissions of just 89 g/km and a combined fuel economy of 74.3 mpg.
The Toyota Auris Hybrid allows the driver to be able to switch between the power options: driving in EV-mode (electric only when batteries have sufficient charge), ECO-mode (the car decides how to use energy sources most efficiently), and POWER-mode (petrol and engine and batteries are used to maximum effect). The model is exempt from paying 'road tax' and the London Congestion Charge. The Toyota Auris Hybrid is manufactured in the UK and is available from 1st July.