Toyota will debut the Auris Hybrid at the Goodwood Moving Motor Show next week, and let 80+ prospective buyers have a drive.
It’s only just over a week away from the first Moving Motor Show at Goodwood, and although performance and luxury cars – a trademark for the Goodwood Festival of Speed – will be in attendance, so will more prosaic metal. Including the debut of the Toyota Auris Hybrid.
Although we aren’t fans of the HSD powertarin Toyota look set to shove in as many of their models as possible, the Auris Hybrid is a big deal. It’s a big sign that hybrid is becoming mainstream and – rightly or not – is here to stay – at least in the medium term.
And in some ways the Toyota Hybrid powertrain does suit. It’s not a great drive – which it could have been – and it’s not all that economical – which may improve in the Auris – but it is a move forward. We do have to get away from the oil dependency we have, not for the sake of the climate – for that’s palpable nonsense - but for political and practical reasons.
So although we don’t like the Auris Hybrid we welcome it. As will the 80 odd potential buyers Toyota are lining up to have a drive round Goodwood at the show, a route which includes the iconic hillclimb.
And as we’ll be at the Moving Motor Show we can let you know what an Auris Hybrid coasting up the Goodwood hillclimb looks like.
Incongruous, is our guess.