Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. (TMUK) held a line-off ceremony today to mark the start of production of the Auris Hybrid (earlier post). TMUK will produce 30,000 Auris Hybrids annually, with sales of the vehicle beginning on 1 July 1. Plans call for the vehicle to be sold in 32 European countries.

Key to the successful installation of Hybrid Synergy Drive series/parallel full hybrid system within the Auris front-engined platform is the housing of the electric motor, generator and power split device in one transmission casing the size of a conventional gearbox. The full hybrid drive system’s electric continuously variable transmission is controlled by shift-by-wire technology, using an electric shift lever system.

System power is provided by a lightweight, compact, 4-cylinder, 1798 cc, Atkinson cycle VVT-i gasoline engine developing 98 DIN hp (73 kW) at 5200 rpm and 142 N·m (105 lb-ft) of torque at 4000 rpm, and a high performance, permanent magnet, synchronous 60 kW electric motor generating a maximum 207 N·m (153 lb-ft) of torque from 0-13,000 rpm. Combined cycle fuel consumption is calculated to be 3.8 L/100km (62 mpg US), with CO2 emissions of 89 g/km.