Australia’s favourite car is going Hybrid


Toyota will bring the added appeal of hybrid technology to Australia’s favourite car with the mid-year launch of a Corolla hybrid hatch.

The new hybrid car is expected to use around one-third less fuel while producing similar power to the already efficient petrol-only Corolla hatch with its Multidrive S automatic transmission.

Corolla hybrid hatch will be introduced as a well-specified single grade, expanding the local company’s Hybrid Synergy Drive offerings to a fifth model following Prius, Prius c, Prius v and Camry.

Premium features will include satellite navigation, Toyota Link connected mobility, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning and bi-LED headlamps.

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the company’s full hybrid technology is established as a mainstream powertrain choice.

“The combination of Toyota’s hybrid technology and Australia’s best-selling car gives us a unique opportunity to broaden the market appeal of both,” Mr Cramb said.

“Corolla hybrid hatch will offer all the advantages of Australia’s favourite car, coupled with the hybrid system’s established performance, reliability, durability and exceptionally low running costs.

“This addition to the Corolla range will be fun to drive – and fun to own with fuel economy and emissions that are superior to its direct competitors, especially diesel.

“There is enormous potential for the hybrid Corolla as shown by its success in western Europe where hybrid versions account for more than 50 per cent of all Auris (Corolla hatch) sales. In fact, it attracts more sales than any other hybrid in that market.”

Australia’s best-selling hybrid vehicle is Camry with 5,881 sales last year, an increase of 11.2 per cent over the previous year.

The Corolla Hybrid hatch will be fitted with a Euro 5 compliant 73kW 1.8-litre petrol engine mated to a 60kW electric motor and driven through a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Combined system output of 100kW is achieved with almost Prius-like fuel economy while generating low oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and virtually zero particulate matter emissions.

A selectable electric-vehicle mode will enable the Corolla hybrid hatch to be driven for up to two kilometres at speeds of up to around 45km/h with zero tailpipe emissions, depending on the level of battery charge and driving conditions.

Corolla, which is now in its 50th year in the Australian market, has been the best-selling car for each of the past three years with a 103kW petrol engine available in sedan and hatch body styles.

The Corolla nameplate is the most successful in Toyota’s Australian range with more than 1.34 million sold to local customers.

Torque Toyota expects the Corolla Hybrid to be available for test drive on Monday 20th of June.


Type Four cylinders in line
Valve mechanism DOHC 16-valve with Dual VVT-i
Displacement (cc) 1,798
Max power (kW @ rpm) 73 @ 5,200
Max torque (Nm @ rpm) 142 @ 4,000
Motor generator max. voltage (V) 650
Motor generator max. power (kW) 60
Battery type Nickel-metal hydride
Max system output (kW @ rpm) 100
Front MacPherson strut
Rear Double wishbone
Overall length (mm) 4,330
Overall width (mm) 1,760
Overall height (mm) 1,475 (inc roof antenna)
Wheelbase 2,600mm

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