Toyota hybrid sports car in development
Toyota says it is fully committed to launching five new hybrid models in Australia within the next two years.
Restating its promise to bring hybrid cars to Australia soon, the success of the latest Camry hybrid has been a catalyst for an even stronger hybrid lineup that could include a hybrid sports car.
In the almost 12-months since the Camry has been on sale, Toyota says around 48 per cent of orders have been for the petrol-electric driveline, bringing “stronger-than-expected buyer demand for hybrid versions of the latest Camry,” and inspiring it to bring “petrol-electric to a broader base of customers.”
The five hybrids will all land by mid-2020, starting with the new Rav4 hybrid next year that will join the current Camry, Corolla and Prius hybrids.
Toyota says that the RAV4 will be the first of its SUV petrol-electric models on our shores, suggesting more will follow, such as the C-HR hybrid.
"First off the rank in this hybrid model offensive will be the all-new RAV4 which will become Toyota's first hybrid SUV in Australia when it arrives in local dealerships during the first half of next year,” said Toyota Australia's national sales & marketing vice president Sean Hanley.
"No matter what happens with petrol prices, Toyota offers motorists a way to save on their fuel bill by opting for vehicles featuring its hybrid technology.
But not all hybrids will be run-of-the-mill models, as Toyota suggests there will be a hybrid sports car joining the mix, offering “great performance as well as efficiency,” in the “next-generation super sports car, based on hybrid performance and technology honed on the track.”
Alex Rae is Drive’s Melbourne based reporter with over 10 years’ experience in the automotive industry as a photographer and journalist. Having studied both engineering and the arts, Alex understands what makes things tick while appreciating that sometimes it’s all about form over matter…