Then it is the hybrid drivetrain that people love!? My argument goes out the window Australia then! How much more is the hybrid over the 1.2L in the UK?Alexr said:No incentives in UK for ordinary hybrids, I'm afraid.
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This on the engine choice. In my opinion the low performance is holding back sales. Honda appeared to have the same issue with the Crz.lee789 said:Toyota could improve fuel economy of their hybrids by installing lithium ion batteries instead of the cheaper and less efficient nickel metal hydride packs we get over here. The increased electric range could then be offset with a decent DCT or auto gearbox that would eliminate that horrible droning you get from the CVT. It is particularly noticeable in the CHR because it has less insulation than the Prius. I think that is why the majority of the press recommend the 1.2 manual, although it isn't supposed to be selling very well. In fact, the CHR isn't exactly flying out of showrooms at all, and most of the dealers I have spoken to have only sold about 15% of their first year allocations since the order books opened. The CHR is a great little vehicle, but that's the point, it's little, and certainly not practical enough for a lot of people looking for an SUV. For others who just want a better view of the road, only have one or two kids, and don't lug half the house to Cornwall every summer, it's great. Fortunately I fall into the latter group, so it's great to be able to own a reasonably practical small SUV that is very economical, and doesn't look like a box on wheels. Now if Toyota could retune that 1800 engine to produce something nearer 150bhp, I would gladly sacrifice some fuel economy for the extra performance.