Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept Revealed Ahead of 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

2013 Frankfurt Auto Show


  • Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Picture

    Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Picture

    The Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R concept will make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. | August 19, 2013

2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R concept, a showcase for possible future hybrid technology, was revealed ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
  • Toyota says the Hybrid-R features a 1.6-liter Global Race Engine developed by Toyota Motorsport, combined with two electric motors to give the car "intelligent all-wheel drive capability."
  • Toyota said it will also provide details of its fuel-cell hybrid drivetrain in Frankfurt, ahead of the market launch of a production car in 2015.

FRANKFURT, Germany — The Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R concept, a showcase for possible future hybrid technology, was revealed ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The Hybrid-R features a 1.6-liter Global Race Engine developed by Toyota Motorsport, combined with two electric motors to give the car "intelligent all-wheel-drive capability," according to Toyota.

The concept is based on the three-door Yaris and uses technology like that featured in Toyota's TS030 Hybrid racecar. The concept will be a significant one at the Frankfurt show, since Toyota ushered in the hybrid era in 1997 with the first-generation Toyota Prius. The Prius is the world's first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car.

This latest image is the first to show more than a small section of the concept and confirms that this is indeed a Yaris. Technical specifications have not been disclosed at this point.

"Toyota will bring together its past achievements and future plans for hybrid power in a Frankfurt presentation devoted entirely to its industry-leading technology," the company said in a statement on Sunday.

Toyota said it will also provide details of its fuel-cell hybrid drivetrain in Frankfurt, ahead of the market launch of a production car in 2015.

"Toyota considers the energy and emissions benefits make this the best technology yet to deliver the ultimate zero-emission car, with hydrogen as an ideal, ultra-clean energy source," the company said.

Edmunds says: Toyota hints that this Yaris concept will offer more performance and driving excitement than its current hybrids.

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