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Other UK Hybrid Cars

Many of the major car manufacturers have shown a strong interest in hybrid car technology. This page contains details on some of the other production hybrid cars currently available in the UK.

Toyota Auris Hybrid

The hybrid version of the Toyota Auris was introduced into the UK in May 2010. It shares the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the Prius and becomes the first mainstream Toyota vehicle to receive this technology. The company has plans to add hybrid models across its entire range.

Lexus LS 600h

The LS 600h is the Lexus flagship and is a hugely refined luxury car designed to compete with the top-of-the-range offerings from BMW, Mercedes and Audi. There is no diesel option in the LS line up so this is filled by the hybrid 600h. With a 5 litre V8 engine generating 439 bhp and propelling the LS from 0-60 in 6.1 secs it may seem an unlikely green car yet the electric motor helps increase fuel consumption to 30 mpg (extra urban) and lower CO2 emissions to 216 g/km.

Honda Insight

The new Insight, available since 2009, is powered by Honda's IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) engine. This consists of a lightweight four cylinder VTEC 1.3 litre petrol engine backed up by a 13 kW electric motor.
Honda Insight These two systems combine to give a maximum power output of 102 bhp.

0 to 60 mph is achieved in 12.1 seconds and the top speed is 113 mph. Fuel economy for this Prius 3 rival is an extra urban figure of 64 mpg.

Honda CR-Z

The Honda CR-Z borrows many components from the Insight but with a larger 1.5 petrol engine generating 112 bhp. Add to this the electric part of Honda's IMA and power is further boosted to 124 bhp giving a 0-60 time of 9.9 secs. The CR-Z is designed with a sporty feel in mind and boasts a very slick 6-speed manual gearbox. Extra urban fuel consumption is 56 mpg with CO2 figures of 117 g/km.

Honda Civic Hybrid

The Civic Hybrid succeeded the Civic IMA in the UK from 2006. The second generation uses an upgraded version of Honda's IMA with a 1.4 petrol engine to produce a top power output of 113 bhp. The car accelerates from standing to 60 mph in 11.7 seconds, has a top speed of 115 mph and returns combined fuel figures of 61 mpg. CO2 emissions are 109 g/km.

Lexus RX 400h

This large luxury SUV is powered by a 3.3 litre petrol engine (with a rating of 208 bhp) and two electric motors. The first motor drives the front wheels with the second powering the rear and the maximum power output for the RX 400h is 269 bhp. This setup is very similar to the Prius with a CVT stepless gearbox and the rear motor adding 4 wheel drive if the vehicle enters a skid.

Lexus RX 450h

The 400h replacement, from 2009, shows significant improvements in fuel economy and performance. This model is now exclusively hybrid with a larger 3.5 litre petrol engine on offer and impressive CO2 emissions of 148 g/km. The 450h manages 0-60 in 7.6 seconds and yet returns 44.8 mpg on an extra urban cycle.

Lexus GS 450h

This Lexus hybrid combines a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine rated at 292 bhp with a 190 bhp electric motor to deliver a total of 341 bhp. The vehicle, which had its UK launch in 2006, sits firmly in the luxury market and reaches 62 mph from standing in an impressive 5.7 sec whilst delivering combined fuel figures of 35.8 mpg.


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