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Chance to catch the latest hybrids

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

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Somerset County Cars' exciting new and used car event on October 6 and 7 includes Toyota's world class Hybrid range, it has emerged.

Most people are looking for ways of cutting our motoring expenses these days and driving a hybrid enables us to do this through improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.

The Auris HSD offers a combined figure of 74.3mpg, and both the Prius and Auris Hybrid emit just 89g/km of CO2 which leads to no annual road tax! So let's take a look at the current Toyota Hybrid model range.

The Toyota Yaris brings hybrid technology to the supermini sector at a price you'll like. With emissions as low as 79g/km and fuel economy pitched at over 80mpg on the combined cycle, this is a great car for capping those day to day running costs.

There's a lot to like about the latest Toyota Yaris Hybrid. It's keenly priced, the technology is tried and trusted, and if you need a low tax company car, it's an absolute no-brainer.

Toyota's Auris Hybrid, pictured, offers much of the same technology as the larger Prius beneath Auris family hatch bodywork with various aerodynamic enhancements. Toyota has made a huge investment in developing and refining hybrid engine technology and brings the Hybrid Synergy Drive to a more mainstream audience by installing it as an engine option in the company's well-built family hatchback. It's hard to argue with economy of 74.3mpg (combined) and emissions figures of 89-93g/km, which makes this Auris one of the cleanest vehicles on sale.

The Toyota Prius is now thoroughly established at the nation's favourite hybrid vehicle. This third generation car has demonstrated that a hybrid car doesn't need to be dull and it's been further improved of late, with improved driving manners, styling updates, a better quality interior finish and even more standard equipment.

With a combined fuel consumption of 72.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 89-92g/km, the latest Prius is a relatively inexpensive way to run a family car and it's an altogether different, more relaxing drive than a typical diesel hatch. What's more, it's a car that feels better the worse driving conditions are. In traffic-choked cities where many cars feel as if they're straining at the leash, this Toyota is serenity itself. The improvements made to the Prius ensure that it remains the benchmark if you're looking for a hybrid-powered family car.

Toyota Prius +

The Toyota's Prius+ brings petrol/electric hybrid technology to the seven-seat MPV sector. The Prius+ scores plenty of credit points in the way it translates the Prius' hybrid driving experience to a bigger body. Capable of 68.9mpg and 96g/km, it's a brilliantly green contender.

The Toyota Prius+ works as a seven-seat MPV but excels as a five seat car with plenty of luggage space and the ability to carry a couple of extra passengers. If anything, it's this added utility and elegant styling that makes it even more appealing. Who knew that saving the planet felt this easy?

Toyota's Prius is best known as the nation's favourite hybrid car. It's also now available in an electric plug-in version which uses a special rechargeable lithium-ion battery and can cover longer distances and reach higher speeds on electric power alone. This model produces CO2 emissions of just 49g/km and an incredibly low combined fuel consumption figure of 108.6mpg.

Unlike all-electric vehicles, once the charge in the battery is used up, the car switches seamlessly to its hybrid system, so you won't have to worry about getting stuck at the roadside with no charge.

"Check the Toyota Hybrid range at Somerset County Cars during their New and Used Event on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October, where you'll find new and used Toyotas available at excitingly affordable prices," said a spokesman.

■ You'll find Somerset County Cars at the following locations:

Somerset County Cars – Toyota, 142 Priorswood Road, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8DN. Tel: (01823) 289901

Somerset County Cars – Toyota, Edwards Close, Houndstone Business Park, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8RU. Tel: (01935) 421050

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