Toyota began its local green power assault in earnest in 2011 with the South African introduction of the first Auris HSD. The model was followed by the current Pruis and Yaris HSD in 2012. HSD? Hybrid Synergy Drive, of course...!In 2013, the Japanese automaker is expanding its local hybrid range with its second-generation Auris HSD launched in South Africa. The HSD will be sold with one engine (1.8 petrol coupled with an electric motor) and two trim levels (XS and XR). The HSD sports the same exterior as the 2013 Auris launched locally in January 2013 with style tweaks to the front and rear. Image galleryThe logos are finished in blue and special HSD logos can be seen on the sides and back. The rear lights incorporate hybrid-specific LEDs.PETROL AND DIESEL RIVAL General manager of marketing communications, Kerry Roodt, comments: “The Auris HSD entrenches Toyota’s position as the standard for green motoring by offering refinement, practicality, performance and affordability that rivals conventional petrol and diesel cars. “It also thrusts the newcomer into the forefront as a mainstream proposition, accessible to the largest possible audience.” HYBRID POWER The Auris HSD is powered by a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol and an electric motor that together develop 100kW and drive through a constantly variable transmission.The petrol engine produces 142Nm, the electric motor 207Nm. The model accelerates to 100km/h in 10.9sec and is capable of 180km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 3.8 litres/100km (the standard 1.6 Auris is rated 6.2l/100). The HSD produces 87g/km which will fall to zero in battery mode, which can be activated up to 50km/h. TOYOTA THAT PARKS ITSELF? Toyota introduces its Simple Intelligent Park Assist (SIPA) as standard on both HSD variants. According to Toyota, the Auris HSD has an Easy Set function "making it easier and significantly quicker to use". The system uses sensors at the front and rear to identify viable parallel parking spaces. It will then automatically steer itself into the bay without any steering input from the driver. The driver controls the vehicle’s speed. UNIQUE INTERIOR Standard on both models are daytime running lights and a hybrid-specific spoiler. The higher trim XR models benefit from a glass roof with a power cover and tinted rear windows. The XS sports 15” silver alloys while the XR has 17” grey rims. Inside, both models sport automatic aircon, touch-screen audio with Bluetooth, unique hybrid instrumentation, reversing camera, and leather steering wheel. Other standard kit includes smart entry, electrochromatic rearview mirror and rain-sensing wipers. XS models have a metallic finish insert on the dashboard. Luggage capacity is rated at 360 litres.Models in XR trim benefit from dual air conditioning, front seat heaters with power lumbar support (driver), push start, cruise control and grey leather upholstery. PRICES Auris HSD XS - R297 900Auris HSD XR - R323 100 The HSD range is sold standard with a five-year or 90 000km service plan. The new model is also sold with a three-year or 100 000km warranty, extendable to eight years or 195 000km on hybrid system components, including the battery.