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    The new Toyota C-HR hybrid arrives with a choice of hybrid powertrains, a new multimedia system, handling improvements and design enhancements which further refine its bold look C-HR has been a big hit in the UK with a mix of engaging driving dynamics, hybrid efficiency and stand-out design helping the SUV to an impressive 8.3 per cent segment share in Britain. Now C-HR will also benefit from Toyota’s ground-breaking twin hybrid powertrain option. Joining the 120bhp 1.8-litre hybrid system is a new, more powerful 182bhp 2.0-litre hybrid to give customers a choice of powertrains to suit their driving style. CO2 emissions start from 86g/km for the 1.8-litre system and from 92g/km for the 2.0-litre (NEDC correlated). Additionally, the new Toyota C-HR is equipped with a new multimedia system that includes Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration. The new Toyota C-HR remains true to the visual identity which has made it such a success. The coupe-like lines create a bold style that continues to stand out. Both front and rear have received detailed attention, bringing added refinement to the shape, while a painted lower lip reinforces a strong, wide and elevated stance. Front lights are upgraded to premium LED technology, with the daytime running lights and indicators combined in one frontal projector that emits a single smooth line above the main beam. At the rear, the new combi lights are connected by a gloss black spoiler creating a single clean shape. Dynamic upgrades include modified electric power steering tuning for improved steering feel. The 2.0-litre hybrid also benefits from a new suspension design that improves ride comfort while retaining the Toyota C-HR’s excellent handling capabilities. All variants also feature an upgraded package to further reduce cabin noise. The new C-HR includes a new multimedia system that upgrades Toyota’s connectivity offer, allowing full smartphone integration and supporting the latest versions of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. It also enables ‘over the air’ map updates to allow customers to access the latest versions of European road maps with ease. Prices in the UK for new C-HR start from £25,625 for the entry-level Icon model. Customers can also choose from Design, Excel and Dynamic grades, all available with either 1.8 or new 2.0-litre hybrid powertrains. The range-topping “Orange Edition” rounds off the line up. New Toyota C-HR CO2 Emissions NEDC correlated data WLTP data 1.8-litre Hybrid, 120bhp From 86g/km From 109g/km 2.0-litre Hybrid, 182bhp From 92g/km From 118g/km
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    Toyota GB and Wales Rally GB are calling for schoolchildren and pre-university students across the UK to enter a special ‘Design a Rally Car Livery’ competition this summer. The winner will see their dream design come to life as a wrap for a Toyota GR Yaris rally car – the new performance model born from Toyota’s title winning experience in the WRC (World Rally Championship) Entry forms can be downloaded with the official design templates and full competition details, from the dedicated Spectator section of the Wales Rally GB website: https://www.walesrallygb.com/spectators/toyota-livery-competition/. The competition closes at midnight on Friday 28 August. The overall winner will be invited to the unveiling, by Britain’s top rally driver Elfyn Evans, of the GR Yaris wrapped in their livery design (location tbc) and will also receive a framed picture of the GR Yaris. To provide some guidance on how to create a design for an eye-catching car livery, Toyota sourced the following top tips from car livery designer Tim Holmes of Tim Holmes Design*: Decide on your idea or theme. This is often dictated by a primary sponsor, team styling, or a driver’s brief and vision. Next select your colour scheme/palette. Tim personally likes to stick to around three colours: a base, primary and then an accent colour to make the design ‘pop’, but don’t let that restrict you. Place your Primary Logos or items of visual interest in the most effective locations, such as the side, bonnets, rear tailgate, then add a scattering of support logos on the four corners of the car if needed. Follow the flow of the car. The car’s shape will often dictate the direction, styling and what you can apply to the car. Take a break and then return to your design for a once over to make sure you’re happy. If not, make a few tweaks. Overall the most important tip is simply to have fun and play around until you are happy with your design. Good luck! Click link below to download template and entry form 1592826031WelshRallyLiverydesigncompPDFEntryForm.pdf The Wales Rally GB team has close links with Toyota as the high-profile world championship rally service park is based alongside the company’s engine manufacturing plant in Deeside, Flintshire. Scott Brownlee, Toyota GB head of PR & Social Media said: ‘Over the years we’ve received some amazing entries and I always look forward to seeing the designs. We see a lot of clever ideas and this year it will blank canvas as we are using a brand new car, the GR Yaris. The winner’s design will be transferred onto one of the first GR Yaris is the country so the winner will get to be driven in the car they designed.”
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    As we go into lockdown in the face of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat many people are asking what help their insurance provider can give in these incredibly trying times Help from your insurer when it is needed The ABI (Association of British Insurers) is reassuring people that its motor and home insurance members are offering enhanced help and support to all their customers who may be affected by the impact of Coronavirus. The commitments include waiving any requirements to extend cover for key workers who may need to drive to different locations, people who want to help their communities by transporting medicines or groceries to support those affected by Coronavirus and office workers who need to work from home. These follow on from guidance already issued by the Financial Conduct Authority. Motor and home insurers have pledged to: Support those who need to make a claim Support those who are working from home Support those who cannot work from home Support those who use their cars to help communities Support our key workers Here, experts at Adrian Flux, one of the country’s largest independent specialist insurance brokers, answers your Coronavirus insurance questions. I have been told to work from home because of the Coronavirus, will that affect my home insurance policy? If your work is clerical in nature, working from home due to the need to self-isolate or because you have been ordered to do so by your employer because of the Coronavirus outbreak, you should be covered by standard home insurance policies. However, if you need to have visitors in the course of your work you should check with your insurer as there may be restrictions in the cover permitted. Because of my age I am advised to self-isolate for an extended period. Can I pause my car insurance? It is a legal requirement to have valid car insurance unless you register your vehicle as being off the road and apply for a SORN. In this case it may be appropriate for you to consider laid-up motor insurance cover. Even when unused and parked in a garage while you keep safe from the Coronavirus, cars can be damaged by accident or by fire and they can be targeted by thieves and criminals. With laid-up cover they remain protected but the policies are cheaper because, as they are not being driven, there is no third party or liability insurance needed. Adrian Flux laid-up insurance is available at two levels, fire and theft or fire and theft plus accidental damage, so they suit any budget and any need. I have been laid off because of COVID-19. I’m worried I may not be able to meet my insurance instalments. What should I do? One of the benefits of dealing with a specialist broker such as Adrian Flux is that we can be sensible and offer flexibility in times of uncertainty such as these. Adam Hollinger, Customer Service Floor Supervisor at Adrian Flux, explained: “We’ll do our best to arrange individual payment plans given the current climate. “Individual plans will be based on a client’s previous payment history. If the customer has a good payment record we will do whatever we can to help. But advise us in good time that you are having financial difficulties and we will help you get through it.” My car is booked for an MOT, do I still need to get it during the Coronavirus lockdown? Garages undertaking MOT tests have been deemed an “essential service” by the government, which means they’ll stay open despite the lockdown. That means your insurance could be invalidated if your vehicle doesn’t have a valid test certificate. This may change if the government decides to reclassify MOT test centres as “non essential”. If I have to self-isolate and need someone to drive my car to collect groceries or medicine, will they be insured? In these circumstances you should contact your broker and have them added to your policy as a named driver. If the new driver has car insurance that includes driving other cars and they drive yours with your permission they will only get third-party cover. If you are fully comprehensive and want to ensure damage to your own car is covered when someone else uses it, contact your broker to add the other person as a named driver to your policy. I have lost my job because of Coronavirus. What should I do and what are the financial implications on my motor insurance? Adam said: “Get on the phone to your broker and let them know what has happened and they will do their best to help you. “We’re not applying Additional Premiums for mid-term changes to unemployed customers and we won’t be issuing Road Traffic Act notices for unacceptable risks due to unemployment as a result of COVID-19. “We are doing what we can to accommodate this, please get in touch to talk to a member of the customer service team.” Will home insurance cover the cost of a deep clean to my property should it become contaminated by COVID-19? Most standard home insurance policies do not provide cover for the costs of cleaning a property, even deep cleaning in the event of Coronavirus. I have been quarantined and my home may be left unoccupied for more than the 30 day limit on my policy. Will I be covered? Insurers will be pragmatic when considering those who are quarantined and unable to return to their property within the timescales set out in their policy. However, individuals should contact their broker at their earliest convenience, Adam advised. I have volunteered to drive for those who can’t leave their homes because of COVID-19. Will my current insurance be valid? If you are using your own car for voluntary purposes to collect and deliver medicine or groceries to support people affected by COVID-19, your cover will not be affected and you will not need to notify your insurer. I’m stuck abroad in lockdown and concerned my foreign use motor insurance cover will run out. What should I do? The terms and conditions of your foreign use motor insurance policy will differ from person to person so you should get in touch to talk about your individual circumstances as soon as you can. I work for the NHS. What is Adrian Flux doing to help me? Adam said: “With immediate effect Adrian Flux has decided to waive all mid-term admin adjustment fees and insurer admin fees when NHS workers call to make changes to their policies. We think this is the least we can do to help our NHS workers during this extremely difficult time.” Need more help regards the Coronavirus and your insurance? Adrian Flux customer services can be contacted on 0344 381 6502 – lines will be very busy so please be patient. If you have questions about how Coronavirus may affect your insurance leave a comment below or email Customer Services. Last Updated on 25th March 2020 Original Article Source: https://www.adrianflux.co.uk/blog/2020/03/how-will-coronavirus-affect-my-insurance.html?utm_source=AudiOwnersClub&utm_medium=ForumLinks&utm_campaign=referrals Written by: Frazer Ansell
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    The new GR Yaris is a pure performance car, born from Toyota’s title-winning experience in the World Rally Championship (WRC). Forged from success in the heat of competition, it brings motorsport technology and design directly to the world of the road car, true to Toyota Gazoo Racing’s ethos of making ever-better cars that are intrinsically rewarding and fun to drive Positioned at the top of the all-new Yaris range, the GR Yaris is a unique model that benefits from the design and engineering skills of Toyota Gazoo Racing and Tommi Mäkinen Racing, Toyota’s partner in the WRC. As well as serving as the official homologation model for development of the next Yaris WRC car, it also has all the attributes required for owners looking to compete successfully in local rally competitions. Scheduled for launch in the second half of 2020, it will follow the GR Supra as Toyota’s second global GR model. Presenting the GR Yaris at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon, Gazoo Racing President Shigeki Tomoyama said: “One of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s commitments is to use motorsport to refine its knowhow and its personnel, with the aim of launching world-class production sports cars. While the new GR Supra is a sports car developed through track racing, the GR Yaris has been devised through our participation in rallies – something that many of our fans have been waiting for.” Every aspect of the car has a performance focus: an all-new platform and engine, new suspension, lightweight construction, aerodynamic styling and a new GR-Four permanent all-wheel drive system. With high power and low weight, it has all the credentials for competition success, and for delivering exhilarating performance as a super-hot hatch for the road. Heritage The new GR Yaris is Toyota’s first genuine all-wheel drive sports car and its first homologation model for World Rally Championship competition since the end of production of the Celica GT-Four in 1999. Across two generations and three models, the Celica GT-Four featured in Toyota’s most successful WRC campaigns, a golden age of rallying that brought the company 30 rally victories, four drivers’ championship titles and one manufacturers’ championship. In a reference to its illustrious predecessor and its all-wheel drive technology, the GR Yaris features a GR-Four logo on its tailgate. As a homologation model, the GR Yaris will support the development of a new competition car for the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team’s WRC campaign. Since rejoining the championship in 2017, Toyota has won both the manufacturers’ championship, in 2018 and, with Ott Tänak, the drivers’ championship in 2019. Development priorities The WRC-skilled team of designers and engineers at Tommi Mäkinen Racing focused on perfecting the aerodynamics, weight distribution and light weight of the new car – the three qualities essential to achieving the best performance and drivability. A lower roofline improved the car’s ability to cut through the air, while positioning the new 1.6 turbo engine further back towards the centre of the car and locating the Battery in the boot helped produce a better chassis balance for improved handling, stability and responsiveness. The three-door body Shell is made from lightweight materials including carbon fibre polymer and aluminium, to deliver an impressive power-to-weight ratio, while the new platform allows for a wider rear track and new double wishbone rear suspension system. The team also devised reinforcements beneath the side members to ensure the suspension’s performance potential can be realised. To ensure the plans worked in practice, the GR Yaris was put to the test by professional race and rally drivers during the development programme. Unique design Although the new GR Yaris sits at the top of the all-new Yaris range, it has a unique design with a three-door body and a roof lowered by 91mm, creating a coupe silhouette. Frameless doors add to the coupe look. At the front the grille design and spoiler express the car’s authentic GR status, while at the rear the wide tread and muscular wings accommodate 18-inch alloy wheels. All-new 1.6-litre turbo engine The GR Yaris’s engine is an all-new, three-cylinder turbocharged unit that benefits from motorsport technologies to maximise performance, including multi-oil jet piston cooling, large-diameter exhaust valves and a part-machined intake port. Displacing 1,618cc, it produces a maximum 257bhp/192kW and 360Nm of torque. Compact and lightweight, the DOHC 12-valve engine features a single-scroll ball-bearing turbo and is matched to a six-speed manual transmission, engineered to accommodate high torque levels. Power-to-weight ratio Achieving a strong power-to-weight ratio was a key objective to help meet the GR Yaris’s performance targets. The body Shell is constructed predominantly from lightweight materials, including a new carbon fibre polymer for the roof that can be compression moulded. Aluminium is used for the bonnet, doors and tailgate. As a result, the GR Yaris has the power of a C-segment performance hatch but the weight of a B-segment machine (kerb weight 1,280kg). Its power-to-weight ratio of only 5.0 kg per bhp helps deliver 0-62mph acceleration in less than 5.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 143mph. GR-Four: new all-wheel drive system The GR Yaris’s performance is supported by a new GR-Four all-wheel drive system designed to optimise drive power to each wheel, while also being simple and lightweight. The distribution of torque between the front and rear axles is governed by a high-response coupling. As an option in the Circuit Pack (details below), two Torsen limited-slip differentials manage the split between the left and right-side wheels to give natural and direct car control. The ingenious system uses slightly different gear ratios for the front and rear axles and allows for a theoretical range of front/rear torque balance from 100:0 (full front-wheel drive) to 0:100 (full rear-wheel drive). This flexibility gives a performance advantage over AWD on-demand systems that use twin-coupling or permanent AWD systems with a centre differential. The GR Four system is also considerably lighter in weight. The driver can adjust four-wheel drive performance to suit their preference or the driving situation using a 4WD mode dial switch. In normal mode the base front/rear torque distribution is 60:40; in Sport mode the balance shifts to the rear, with 30:70 distribution to achieve a fun-to-drive quality on winding roads and circuits; and in Track mode the base setting is 50:50 for fast, competitive driving on circuits or special stages. In each mode, the torque balance will automatically adjust in response to the driver’s inputs, vehicle behaviour and road or track conditions. Dedicated platform and suspension The GR Yaris has a new, dedicated platform that combines the front end of Toyota’s GA-B platform – debuting in the all new Yaris model in 2020 – with the rear of the GA-C platform. This allows for a new suspension design and accommodation of the GR-Four all-wheel drive system, while also contributing to the car’s excellent stability and handling. Where the standard new Yaris uses a torsion beam rear suspension, the GR Yaris has a double wishbone set-up, with every element optimised for performance. A MacPherson strut system is used at the front. Performance braking system The performance braking system features large, 356mm grooved front discs with four-pot callipers, engineered to cope with rigorous demands of high-speed track and special stage driving with high-level heat capacity. Circuit Pack Customers can upgrade their GR Yaris with an optional Circuit Pack. This equips the car with a Torsen limited-slip differential on both the front and rear axle, performance-tuned suspension and 18-inch forged alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4s 225/40R18 tyres. New GR production centre at Motomachi To help meet its performance goals for the GR Yaris, Toyota has established a new production facility at its Motomachi factory, with a line dedicated to manufacturing GR sports cars. Instead of the traditional conveyor system, the body and assembly lines comprise a number of different cells connected by automatic guided vehicles. Production of each vehicle calls for a large number of manual processes, for which Toyota uses a specialist team. The factory design and the talents of the workforce allow for high-precision assembly of highly rigid vehicle bodies to levels that are hard to achieve on standard production lines. With its new manufacturing methods, the GR facility is capable of handling multi-type, small-volume production, without compromising productivity. GR YARIS TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS ENGINE Type In-line, 3 cylinders Valve mechanism DOHC 12-valve with VVT-i Fuel system D4S direct and indirect injection Supercharging Single-scroll turbo Displacement (cc) 1,618 Bore x stroke (mm) 87.5 x 89.7 Compression ratio 10.5:1 Max. power (bhp/DIN hp/kW) 257/261/192 Max. torque (Nm) 360 Emissions level Euro 6d temp TRANSMISSION All-wheel drive system GR-Four Transmission 6-speed manual PERFORMANCE Power-to-weight ratio (kg/bhp, kg/DIN hp, kg/kW) 5.0, 4.9, 6.7 Max. speed (mph) 143 (electronically limited) CHASSIS Front suspension MacPherson strut Rear suspension Double wishbone Steering Rack and pinion, electric power steering Min. turning circle (m) 10.8 BRAKES Front (diameter, mm) Ventilated discs (356) with 4-pot fixed callipers Rear (diameter, mm) Ventilated discs (297) with 2-pot fixed callipers TYRES Type Dunlop SP Sport MAXX050 Michelin Pilot Sport 4s (option) Size 225/40R18 DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT Overall length (mm) 3,995 Overall width (mm) 1,805 Overall height (mm) 1,460 Wheelbase (mm) 2,558 Front track (mm) 1,530 Rear track (mm) 1,560 Kerb weight (without driver, kg) 1,280
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    Mike Conway celebrated a home victory as Toyota Gazoo Racing made a perfect start to the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship at the 4 Hours of Silverstone on Sunday (1 September) Conway and his No7 car team-mates Kamui Kobayashi and José María López took victory in their TS050 Hybrid to register a sixth consecutive win for the reigning world champion team, ahead of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley in the No8 Toyota. “It’s great to win my home race, I have been trying to win this race for a while now – it’s taken me long enough!” said Conway. “Big thanks go to my team-mates who did a really solid job in tricky conditions. It was a very tight race so it feels great to come away with the win.” This one-two result was achieved in spite of new sporting regulations that meant the Toyotas were carrying an extra 99kg compared to their nearest rivals. Conway started the race from pole position, maintaining an advantage over Buemi during the early stages. A full-course caution period briefly saw the Rebellion team cars at the front of the field, before Buemi moved through to the lead, with Conway running second. A heavy rain shower forced the team to make unscheduled pit stops to fit wet weather tyres. Pit stops were crucial to the team’s strategy, as the new regulations have also increased the refuelling time for the Toyotas. Brendon Hartley, making his race debut for the team, took over the lead, but was passed by Kobayashi towards half distance. The running order closed up as the race entered the final two hours due to a safety car period, after which the two Toyotas battled for victory, swapping position several times before López and Nakajima took over the driving duties for the final hour. López held the advantage in the closing stages, taking the chequered flag less than two seconds ahead of Nakajima. This gives Toyota Gazoo Racing an early World Championship lead ahead of the second race of the season, a home event for the team at Fuji Speedway in Japan, on 6 October. Here the race format will return to its more familiar six-hour length. 4 Hours of Silverstone results: 1 No7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 129 laps 2 No8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing +1.901secs 3 No3 Rebellion (Berthon/Derani/Duval) +1 lap 4 No5 Ginetta (Robertson/Hanley/Orudzhev) +5 laps 5 No42 Cool Racing (Lapierre/Borga) +5 laps 6 No36 Signatech Alpine (Laurent/Negrão/Ragues) +5 laps



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