For some people, hybrid technology is still thought of as new technology. In fact, even though our first hybrid, the Prius, was on the roads ahead of its time in 1997, we’ve actually been honing our hybrid know-how since the mid 1970s, with gas turbine hybrid models, the Century and Sports 800.
Unlike other manufacturers’ ‘mild’ hybrid cars that simply give a boost of electrical power to support the engine, the electric and petrol engines in our ‘full’ hybrid cars can run independently of each other – or in tandem – to give you the best balance of efficiency and performance for every trip.
All our hybrid cars are fitted with automatic transmissions as standard, so they are as easy to drive as a conventional car. Just put the lever into D and drive!
You can pack just as much into our hybrid family for those weekends away as you can in their conventionally powered siblings. As batteries have grown smaller, we have found alternative ways to transport them so you have more space to take what’s important with you.
Whether you’re a city slicker looking for some urban wheels, or an ever-widening family finding it difficult to squeeze everyone in, from the Yaris to the Auris and the Prius to the Touring Sports we’re sure to have a Hybrid answer.
Our hybrid cars have been lovingly designed and built to last in just the same way as every other model in our range – just drive them wherever and whenever you want. Some owners have taken this to the extreme and we are always proud to hear of hybrid models with over 500,000km behind them.
Our hybrid cars are not just making an impression on the roads, they are now proving a hit on the racetrack too. After returning to the World Endurance Championship in 2012 with the TS030 HYBRID, our 2014 challenger – the 1,000PS, 4WD, TS040 HYBRID – went on to seal both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles in style.
Since our hybrid story began in 1997, over seven million people have fallen for its charms. With the imminent arrival of number of new models, in a wider range of styles, there will be even more ways to fall in love with driving again.