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With its revolutionary automatic CVT transmission, the Auris Hybrid is a completely new driving experience.
From the smooth flow of petrol power on the open road to silent running on electric power in the city, it’s an experience that is uniquely rewarding.
An electric car is powered exclusively by electricity (one power source) whereby a hybrid vehicle is fuelled by petrol and uses a battery and motor to improve efficiency (two power sources).
You don’t need to plug it in to charge the car – it charges as you drive and brake which is known as Regenerative Braking.
This means that if you’re approaching a junction and brake for 300 metres, you can recycle enough energy to drive again for 300 metres without the need to use the petrol engine.
The first Toyota Hybrid car went on sale in Japan in 1997 and globally in 2001. Over 3 million Toyota hybrid vehicles have been sold since then, with more and more being introduced. So it’s been around for 15 years - not much of a fad!
The Auris Hybrid has a 1.8l engine and 136bhp.
While the hybrid components can be more expensive these rarely need to be replaced - less than 2% of the warranty cost of the Prius is related to the hybrid components - very reliable.
When it was initially launched hybrid cars appealed to mostly ecologically minded people, however, the cost savings and driving experience mean that the Auris Hybrid appeals to a wide range of people.
It doesn’t need any extra servicing, the Auris Hybrid, as with a conventional car, should be serviced every 15,000km or every year whichever occurs first, this is in line with the manufacturer’s specification.
The residual value of hybrids is just the same as conventional cars and in some cases can be as much as 5% higher.
Hybrid vehicles are the same price to service as a conventional car. In fact over the life cycle of the vehicle you could actually save money as some parts don’t need to be replaced as often:
i) Regenerative Braking accounts for 60% of the braking of the car – this means that there is a lot less wear and tear on the brake pads and they don’t need to be replaced as often, also there are no brake discs so these never have to be replaced! A saving of over €600
ii) As the Auris Hybrid is more evenly balanced there is less tyre wear meaning that you can extend the life of your tyres. A saving of over €400
Hybrid is great for all journeys - when you drive it, you’ll understand.
As hybrid vehicles use less fuel due to their dual power source, and with the ever increasing cost of diesel, as well as a lower total cost of ownership, hybrid vehicles are more economical than diesel vehicles over the life cycle of the car.
The battery is designed to last the life of the vehicle – some US owners have already passed 250,000 miles!
- “Because it has two power sources you have to service it twice”
- “Hybrids don’t hold their value like conventional cars”
- “Hybrid is more expensive to service that a conventional car”
- “Hybrid is only suitable for short journeys”
- “Diesel is more economical than Hybrid”
- “Hybrid batteries cost a fortune and have to be replaced regularly”