The Toyota Auris is a compact hatchback derived from the Toyota Corolla, manufactured and sold by Toyota. Introduced in 2006, the first generation shared the E150 platform with the Corolla, while the second generation compact five door hatchback and station wagon called the Touring Sports uses the E180 platform. The name “Auris” is based on the Latin word for “gold”, “aurum“.
In Europe, Toyota positioned the Auris as the replacement for the Corolla hatchback, while the notchback sedan continued with the Corolla nameplate.
For the first generation only, the more luxurious Auris was named Toyota Blade in Japan. The Auris succeeds the Toyota Allex in Japan and the Corolla RunX. Toyota Australia and Toyota New Zealand resisted suggestions from Toyota Japan to adopt the new European Auris name for the Corolla.
The Toyota Auris space concept is a concept using Vibrant Clarity design philosophy. It included panoramic glass roof, flat rear passenger floor, high window surfaces, 19 inch alloy wheels, free form geometric lamps, prominent brake callipers, deep rear bumper with integrated chrome exhausts, gold coloured body.
The former Kanto Auto Works produced the Auris and Blade from October 2006 to November 2011.
The Auris received a five star cabin protection rating from Euro NCAP for adults, but four stars for children.
The Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept was unveiled at the September 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.The concept version included Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, 18-inch alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres, a larger, more efficient rear spoiler, 20 mm lower ride height, seats and upper dashboard with blue Gaucholino leather upholstery, instrument cluster with hybrid blue illumination, solar panel roof with ventilation.
On 17 July 2009, Toyota announced the production of hybrid Auris by Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd (TMUK) beginning in 2010. It is equipped with engines produced at TMUK’s Deeside Plant and produced at TMUK’s Burnaston Plant.
The production version of the Auris Hybrid was presented at the March 2010 Geneva Motor Show.Mass production began in May 2010 at Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) Burnaston plant and became the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle to be built in Europe.Sales in the United Kingdom began on 1 July 2010, at a price starting at GB£18,950 (US$27,450), GB£550 (US$800) less than the Toyota Prius.
The Auris Hybrid shares the same powertrain and batteries as the Prius. Combined fuel economy is 74.3 mpg‑imp (3.80 L/100 km; 61.9 mpg‑US). Carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) are 89 g/km on the standard test cycle which allows the model to be exempted from paying Vehicle Excise Duty (for cars registered prior to 1 April 2017) and the London congestion charge.On July 2010, the Auris Hybrid was selected as “WhatGreenCar Car of the Year 2010” by magazine What Car?.
In 2010, Toyota sold 15,237 Auris Hybrids in Europe,and 32,725 in 2011.