After much talk, Toyota will debut its brand new Yaris HSD concept at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show this March, dedicating its entire stand at the show to the new hybrid technology. The Yaris will mark Toyota‘s initiative to bring full hybrid technology to the B segment – the biggest automotive volume segment in Europe. While no specific specifications were revealed for the hybrid version of the Yaris, the Japanese manufacturer did state that the gas-electric concept will sport hybrid-specific styling cues, that will let it stand apart from the conventional Yaris.
From what we can tell, the small hybrid car is likely to be launched in 2012, though no official word is out on that. Toyota will also debut the The Prius+, a 7 seater with a hybrid powertrain, in Geneva, which we guess is a bigger version of the Prius V. The Yaris, however, isn’t likely to make its way to the U.S. anytime soon.
Toyota has said in the past that full hybrid technology is the key to the auto industry’s future, and they’re using the 2011 Geneva Motor Show stand to reinforce their conviction in the technology. The company is also working on a plug-in version of the Prius, to keep up with the influx of electric vehicles that are hitting markets.