by George Skentzos

Toyota is set to unveil a new hybrid concept based on its Corolla model at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor show, a car that is expected to be the second of eight new hybrid models that Toyota Australia plans to roll out over the next four years.

Known in Europe as the Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept, it represents a milestone in Toyota’s strategy by introducing its full hybrid technology to a mainstream model.

This marks the first step in the deployment of Hybrid Synergy Drive across the company’s model range

The new Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept will also make its world premiere in Frankfurt, expanding the capabilities of Toyota’s full hybrid technology.


This latest evolution will allow pure electric operation for short-range day-to-day transportation.

An extensive field trial is due to commence in Europe by early 2010 which will see over 150 units being leased to selected fleet customers.

Frankfurt will also stage the European premiere of the iconic, all-new Toyota LandCruiser, which will go on sale later this year.

  • Alex

    Corolla Hybrid? Something to get excited about then.

    This couldn’t really come at a worse time considering reports about battery production mining the world of it’s precious metals. The people who buy hybrids may have some sort of environmental conscience (they do mean well, it’s just that hybrids aren’t as good as first thought) but lets just hope Toyota do too. Precious metals can be used for far better and more important things than running yet another Corolla around.

  • Baddass

    Why does that Corolla look so bad? It’s because of the blue headlights oh course.

  • Mitch

    Isn’t that just a Prius with a new shell?

  • Tyson

    No, its the facelift Corolla by the looks of it, with a hybrid powertrain, Prius and corolla share the same platform, so it shouldnt be to hard to do.

  • http://flksjgf Begl

    No, its not a facelift,
    there actually keeping the one they have until late 2012 but they will also be adding the Auris (corolla hybrid) to the range