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2021 – Singapore’s Year Of Hybrids?

There’s no car like a hybrid, there’s no car like a hybrid, there’s no car like a hybrid…

You might be wondering – what’s the buzz with hybrid and electric vehicles? Just like the Emerald City, Singapore plans to go green by phasing out the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles from 2030 onwards. This is in favour of full adoption of electric vehicles.

While that may be our Emerald City, full adoption of electric vehicles remains yet-to-be for now. On the yellow brick road there however, hybrids and plug-in hybrids seem to be the way forward, since they offer advantages of both electric and petrol engines.

In the numbers released by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for new car registrations in the first half of 2021, top ranking brand Toyota sold a whopping 5,171 cars out of which 55 percent were mostly hybrids.

Jury still out? Let’s take a look at a few of the hybrids launched this year!

Toyota Yaris Cross

The Toyota Yaris Cross is one of two hybrid sport utility vehicles (SUV) launched by Toyota earlier this year – the other being the Toyota Harrier.  This model is also in the A2 band of the Vehicle Emissions Scheme (VES) qualifying it for a S$15,000 rebate. With plenty of added safety features usually found in more expensive cars, the Yaris Cross makes for a compelling choice of hybrid and you can check out our friends at CarBuyer’s review of it.

Toyota Yaris Cross 

Toyota Yaris Cross

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Toyota Harrier

In its fourth generation, the 2021 Harrier comes in 3 versions – the gasoline powered Elegance, and two hybrid variants called Premium and Luxury. The Premium has all the features the Elegance has to offer, with a few additional features like memory seats and seat ventilation.

Toyota Harrier 

Toyota Harrier

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In addition, the Luxury comes in three driving modes – eco, normal, and sport. If the usual drive associated with hybrids leave you wanting more, the Harrier is sure to be the choice for you. It is also in the A2 band of vehicles, ensuring you a rebate of S$15,000.

Our very own CarBuyer Singapore did a review on the Harrier, which you can check out here.

Honda Jazz

Also in its fourth generation, the Honda Jazz has traditionally been one of the most popular small cars in Singapore. And for the first time, it introduces hybrid power to its lineup. But unlike conventional hybrids, the engine and motor output is not combined. Instead, for low-speeds the electric motor does the work while the combustion engine takes over at higher speeds.

Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz

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Similar to the Yaris Cross, the Jazz is in the A2 band of vehicles qualifying it for a S$15,000 VES rebate.

Check out CarBuyer Singapore’s review on the Honda Jazz!

Hyundai KONA Hybrid

Hyundai KONA Hybrid

Hyundai KONA Hybrid

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While it isn’t a newcomer to the hybrid scene, the 2021 version of the SUV received a facelift. Equipped with a sunroof and plenty of enhanced safety features, the drive with a Kona is as you’d expect with a hybrid, making it perfect for families.

Find out more about the Kona in the review done by our partners over at CarBuyer Singapore!

Toyota Camry Hybrid

We’re sure you’re no stranger to this car, and neither are we. Hybrid tech, newly-introduced this year, makes for a faster car while still retaining its famous fuel efficiency. Just like the Harrier you have your sport and eco modes while driving – and even an EV mode that when triggered makes the car work on its battery alone.

Toyota Camry Hybrid

Toyota Camry Hybrid

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In two variants, Standard and Luxury, the car offers plenty of interior space and even ventilated seats – who wouldn’t enjoy that? And with the vehicle falling into the A2 band under the VES as well, that’s S$15,000 kept in your pocket.

Find out more about the Camry over at CarBuyer Singapore’s review!

 

You’ve heard about the Vehicle Emissions Scheme (VES) a few times now, and you might be wondering what it’s about. In a bid for consumers to opt for cars that cause less pollution, the Land Transport Authority enhanced the scheme to provide more rebates for cars like hybrids and electric vehicles. 

This of course all goes into making hybrids more affordable than their gasoline counterparts, and the cars above prove it. Every vehicle featured here falls into the A2 band, qualifying owners for a S$15,000 rebate. With all the rebates available on the road to full adoption, perhaps our Emerald City is closer than we think!

Interested in what else hybrids have to offer? Check out our marketplace for the latest models at affordable prices!

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