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What is Hybrid Synergy Drive?

Understanding the benefits of hybrid technology

Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) is Toyota’s advanced hybrid technology, which combines a petrol engine and an electric motor – that’s right, two engines in one car. They combine seamlessly to deliver extra performance and outstanding fuel efficiency. It’s also ultra smooth and extremely quiet when driving in electric mode.

Recycling energy

And here’s the really clever bit. This technology can actually recycle energy. How? Well, when you drive you create energy. Like, braking, for example. With most cars that energy is completely wasted. But with the Auris HSD, it’s able to capture the energy and use it again to power the electric motor.

Double power, double fun

The new Auris HSD has two engines. One petrol, one electric. They work together to deliver extra power and responsive torque, as and when you need it. To be more precise, it produces 136hp. But should you need any extra performance, simply press the Power button and enjoy the ride.

  • Uphill: Both engines power the vehicle to deliver maximum performance
  • Deceleration and Braking:The system recycles kinetic energy to charge the battery
  • Overtaking: Both engines power the vehicle to deliver maximum performance
  • Standstill: Both engines are automatically switched off so no energy is wasted idling
Fuel economy that doesn’t waste a drop

It’s no secret: city driving bumps up the petrol costs on most cars. However, the new Auris HSD isn’t like most cars. For a start, it recycles energy and has two engines. One petrol. One electric. A perfect match to deliver 3.8l/100km. And when driving in Eco Mode, you can reduce that figure even further.

However, if you want to get rid of that figure completely, simply select electric EV-mode, go easy on the pedal and you won’t use a single drop when accelerating up to 50km/h.

Quietness so you can hear yourself think

Select the electric EV-mode on the new Auris HSD and experience the silence. It’s something you have to experience to believe. Electric EV-mode also produces zero emissions and provides an ultra smooth ride. In fact, it’s a very tranquil place to be.

Reduce your emissions

The perfect partnership of an electric motor and a petrol engine means the new Auris HSD emits only 87g of CO2 per km. Amazing for a family car, really.

In fact, when driving in electric EV-mode, it can go from 0-50 km/h without producing any emissions whatsoever. Basically, you’d find more CO2 in a balloon.