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  1. Toyota Professional is a comprehensive new programme designed to give Britain’s van and pick-up owners the products and services they need to keep their business on the move Its launch today coincides with the growth of Toyota’s LCV range, with the new Proace City compact van set to join the “invincible” Hilux, Proace medium duty van range and “go-anywhere” Land Cruiser Commercial this spring. Targeting self-employed business people who own or lease just one or two vehicles, and SMEs running fleets of up to 50 LCVs, Toyota Professional’s message is: “We’ve got your back.” Mark Roden Toyota (GB) Operations Director said: “For many people, their vehicle is essential to their business. With Toyota Professional we will help them keep on the move so they in turn can keep their customers happy. “With the arrival of Proace City, our range will cover the second largest segment in the LCV market, helping us reach a much-wider customer base with a product that boasts best-in-class performance and load-carrying abilities. Toyota Professional will help us maximise its potential and strengthen our relationship with new and existing customers.” Toyota Professional is based on fundamental promises to customers. From today, all new LCVs come with the additional peace-of-mind protection of a five-year warranty and five years’ roadside assistance, and owners are guaranteed a service appointment at their convenience, within seven days. If the seven-day target cannot be met, customers will be given a 50 per cent reduction on the servicing labour charge. Existing customers are also being rewarded for their loyalty, receiving free roadside assistance cover each time they complete an interim or full service for their Toyota commercial vehicle at a Toyota centre. This will run until their vehicle’s next service is due. The dedicated Toyota Professional web page provides full details of the programme and its benefits, plus contact details for customer’s nearest participating retailer. It also features full details of the current Toyota LCV range. Retailers across Toyota’s UK network are embracing Toyota Professional, featuring the LCV range prominently in their displays and providing easy access to demonstrator vehicles. Staff members are receiving training to ensure customer priorities are clearly understood and supported with appropriate products, including finance and leasing packages.
  2. Toyota Gazoo Racing driver José María López tested the all-new Toyota GR Yaris at Estoril circuit in Portugal. Watch him in action and hear what he thought of the new rally-inspired GR Yaris.
  3. Rally ace Kris Meeke tested the all-new Toyota GR Yaris at Estoril circuit in Portugal. Watch him in action and hear what he thought of the new rally-inspired GR Yaris.
  4. Motor racing legend Fernando Alonso tested the all-new Toyota GR Yaris at Estoril circuit in Portugal. Watch him in action and hear what he thought of the new rally-inspired GR Yaris.
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  8. Double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has called Toyota’s hotly anticipated new GR Yaris “the perfect combination of sport and good performance” after putting the World Rally Championship inspired car through its paces at Estoril race circuit in Portugal The event gave the FIA World Endurance Champion and double Toyota Gazoo Racing Le Mans winner his first impression of the GR Yaris at a specially organised media event. Despite the tricky conditions, Alonso was clearly enjoying driving the turbocharged four-wheel drive GR Yaris. “This car has the perfect combination of sport and good performance. A very sporty car you can drive every day exceeding your expectations in every gear change, in every braking point in every corner, you know it’s a little bit better than you expect.” Alonso, who also completed the gruelling Dakar Rally for Toyota Gazoo Racing last month added, “Not only the power and the stability, but for me also the brakes, it was a really nice surprise, it is only the first few laps but it is exciting!” The Toyota GR Yaris will be the second Gazoo Racing model available in the UK market joining the GR Supra which was launched last year. The GR Yaris will be available to buy in the UK market later in the year and more information regarding specification and pricing will be released in due course.
  9. In 1975, Norm Needham and his FJ40 LandCruiser made a perfect partnership on his trip from Sydney to Cape York
  10. Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team opened their 2020 account with a double podium result in Monte Carlo. Their all-new driver line-up was immediately on the pace on the opening round of the new season, finishing the event on Sunday with a brace of podium places Six-time world championship winner, Sébastien Ogier and Welshman Elfyn Evans finished second and third respectively after strong performances on their debuts with the Toyota Yaris WRC, even though they ultimately missed out on victory in a three-way final-day fight. Rookie driver Kalle Rovanperä rounded out a positive weekend for the team with a fine fifth place on his first appearance at rallying’s highest level. Although disappointed not to claim his seventh successive Monte Carlo victory, Ogier was positive about his first event in the Yaris WRC: “I had hoped to deliver even more and bring the team a win straight away. But it’s always such a huge challenge to adapt to a new environment, especially on such a challenging rally, so I think we can be happy. I tried to stay in my comfort zone the whole weekend, not overdo it. We missed it by just a little bit, but 22 points is very good for the championship,” he said. Demonstrating immediate front-running pace in their new cars, Ogier and Evans traded the lead with each other from Friday morning through to Saturday afternoon. Evans led with a 4.9-second advantage over his team-mate going into the final day’s four stages. Their third-placed rival was only 1.5s further back, however, and posted a succession of stage wins to ultimately deny the Toyota duo. Ogier edged Evans for second overall on the rally-ending Power Stage, where he missed out on the fastest time by just 0.012 seconds. His second place together with co-driver Julien Ingrassia marked a strong beginning to his bid for a seventh world title this season. Evans – co-driven by Scott Martin – achieved his best Monte-Carlo finish yet. Rovanperä, who at 19-years-old is the youngest full-time factory driver yet to compete in the WRC, moved up to fifth place with co-driver Jonne Halttunen on the final day to round out an impressively mistake-free and mature performance in demanding conditions. Takamoto Katsuta made it four Toyota Yaris WRC in the top seven with his best finish to-date at the start of an eight-round campaign with the Toyota Gazoo Racing Rally Challenge Program, navigated by Dan Barritt. In spite of missing out on the win, Team Principal Tommi Makinen was pleased with the performance: “We are competing at the highest level and it is so, so tight. The overall result is still incredible for our first rally with our new drivers: Not just to have Sébastien and Elfyn both on the podium, but also for Kalle to finish fifth in his first rally at the top level. It is very promising for the future.” Next date on the calendar is Rally Sweden, the championship’s only full winter event, contested on snow and ice since the WRC’s first season in 1973. The Yaris WRC posted its maiden victory on the event in 2017 and won again in 2019. Monte Carlo Rally, final classification 1 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) 3h10m57.6s 2 Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) +12.6s 3 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC) +14.3s 4 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Ford Fiesta WRC) +3m09.0s 5 Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) +4m17.2s 6 Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +5m04.7s 7 Takamoto Katsuta/Daniel Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC) +11m27.9s 8 Teemu Suninen/ Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC)) +13m30.4s 9 Eric Camilli/François-Xavier Buresi (Citroën C3 R5) +13m42.2s 10 Mads Østberg/Torstein Eriksen (Citroën C3 R5) +14m21.8s
  11. The Toyota C-HR has opened its 2020 honours account with the Best Crossover title in the Company Car Today 100 listing It achieved its winning status thanks to its combination of tax-friendly low emissions from its self-charging hybrid powertrains, low day-to-day running costs, good looks and lasting value. Paul Barker, Company Car Today Editor, said: “Toyota’s C-HR deploys hybrid technology to deliver low running costs and excellent emissions figures, which combine with good residual values to tick the boxes that make for an excellent company car. It also enjoys cutting edge design and has recently been revised to make it an even better proposition, and well worthy of the CCT100 Best Crossover title.” The CCT100 is presented by Company Car Today as a definitive list of the 100 cars that can fulfil any business requirements. The top models in each category are assessed on 12 criteria that are key to an excellent company car, including emissions, price, running costs, company car tax rates, practicality, desirability and the driving experience. The Toyota C-HR benefited from significant upgrades at the end of 2019, including a shift to an all-hybrid line-up, with a new, more powerful 2.0-litre powertrain added to the range and improvements made to the established 1.8-litre system. It is the only crossover on the market to offer a choice of two different hybrids, ensuring it meets the requirements of a wider range of customers. Although it delivers 182bhp, the new 2.0-litre system remains highly efficient, with CO2 emission from 86g/km (NEDC correlated data)/109g/km (WLTP data). Across the entire C-HR range, the benefit-in-kind rating for company car tax payers is just 22 per cent. All versions of C-HR also now benefit from seamless smartphone integration as standard, via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Full information about C-HR, including specifications, images and video footage, is available here.
  12. Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel claimed second place on the 2020 Dakar Rally in the Toyota Hilux, maintaining the strong form that saw them win the event in 2019 Last Friday’s final day also saw former Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso complete his debut on the gruelling rally in a highly creditable 13th place overall, partnered by Marc Coma. Held for the first time in Saudi Arabia, the 2020 Dakar Rally comprised 12 racing stages that included dune crossings, rocky tracks and high speed desert crossings. It lived up to its reputation as one of the world’s toughest sporting events with all four Toyota Gazoo Racing crews having to deal with setbacks, including 43 punctures between them. The Toyota Hilux proved equal to the challenge and all four crews made it to the finish with no technical problems. Giniel de Villiers and Alex Haro were placed fifth and Bernhard ten Brinke and Tom Colsoul completed the rally in seventh. After more than 5,000km of racing, Al-Attiyah was little more than six minutes away from wresting victory from Carlos Sainz, who posted his third Dakar win. Speaking after Friday’s final stage, Al-Attiyah said: “It’s a great feeling and we are quite happy. We won the stage today and partially closed the gap to the leaders, but we knew it was a big ask after making a mistake two days ago. But this is a rally, and that’s how it goes. I’m proud that we finished second. It really wasn’t easy, considering the competition and the terrain, but I’m sure we’ll be back to fight for the victory again next year.” Alonso and Coma battled to regain more than two hours lost on the rally’s second stage, pushing themselves and their Toyota Hilux to the limits to climb back up to 10th place overall before a roll on stage 10 put a top-10 finish out of reach. “This is the toughest rally in the world, and we finished it on our first attempt,” said Alonso. “I had the best team around me; the Toyota Gazoo Racing guys, Marc in the car, and I think thanks to them we finished the race on the first try. I’m really grateful, and I really enjoyed the last two weeks.” Giniel de Villiers and Alex Haro pushed hard in the opening stages of the race, winning stage 2 outright before losing ground due to a multitude of punctures. Despite the time lost, the pair were never out of the top 10 and ultimately secured fifth place, 1hr 7min 9sec behind the winners. The 42nd edition of the Dakar Rally also saw a strong performance by Bernhard ten Brinke and navigator Tom Colsoul. This was the pair’s second Dakar together and they equalled their previous result in seventh place overall. While the crew didn’t win any stages this time, they were also constantly in the top 10. 2020 Dakar Rally overall results for Toyota Gazoo Racing after stage 12 (final): 2nd No.300 Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel, +6min 21sec 5th No.304 Giniel de Villiers/Alex Haro, +1hr 7min 9sec 7th No.307 Bernhard ten Brinke/Tom Colsoul, +1hr 18min 34sec 13th No.310 Fernando Alonso/Marc Coma, +4hr 42min 47sec
  13. Toyota led the world with the introduction of the hydrogen-powered Mirai saloon in 2014. Now it is getting ready to take its advanced zero emission fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technology to new heights with the second generation model Mirai has been a catalyst for increasing global awareness of how a future clean and sustainable hydrogen society might be achieved. It is a car that is technically sophisticated, yet eminently practical with a driving range of around 300 miles, easy refuelling in a matter of minutes and no emissions other than pure water. Since launch, around 10,000 Mirai have been sold; at the same time, Toyota has actively supported the development of hydrogen fuel infrastructure in key markets worldwide. This has been just the beginning: at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota provided an early glimpse of the advances it is making across the board with the new Mirai, in terms of technical excellence, dynamic performance, and desirable design. Scheduled for launch in 2020, initially in Japan, North America and Europe, the new Mirai will be much more than an eco-car, showing how its FCEV technology is no barrier to creating a vehicle that is rewarding to drive and beautiful to look at. Efficiency is still a critical area, and Toyota is targeting a 30 per cent increase in Mirai’s driving range through improvements to the fuel cell system and the use of larger on-board hydrogen tanks. There are now three tanks – one long, two short – which together increase the fuel capacity by around one kilo of hydrogen compared to the current model. Yoshikazu Tanaka, the new Mirai’s Chief Engineer, said: “We have pursued the goal of making a car that customers will feel they want to drive all time, a car that has an emotional and attractive design and the kind of dynamic and responsive performance that can bring a smile to the driver’s face. “I want customers to say ‘I chose the Mirai not just because it’s an FCEV, but because I simply wanted this car; it just happens to be an FCEV.’ We will continue our development work focusing on that feeling, and we hope that with the new Mirai we will be a leader in helping realise a hydrogen energy society.” The new Mirai’s immediate impact is in its exterior design, with low lines, elegant proportions, sleek, taut bodywork and large, 20-inch diameter wheels that together generate a powerful and distinctive look. The interior has been conceived as a simple, modern space with a warm, comfortable ambience that adds to the sense this is a car that’s genuinely enjoyable to drive and travel in. Key elements include a 12.3-inch centre display and an instrument panel that wraps around the driver. The platform and intelligent packaging allow for five seats to be provided in place of the current Mirai’s four. The freedom to craft a more emotional and head-turning design has been one of the benefits of new Mirai being constructed on Toyota’s latest rear wheel drive modular platform, which was engineered to accommodate different powertrains – including a hydrogen fuel cell – at the outset. It further gives the new Mirai a higher degree of body rigidity, which contributes to greater agility and responsiveness, and a lower centre of gravity, which makes for nimble, rewarding handling. As well as extending the potential driving range, improvements in the performance of the fuel cell system give the rear-wheel drive Mirai linear, smooth response when pulling away and an elegant driving feel, with unity between the driver’s throttle inputs and the car’s acceleration. Handling is light and easy on winding roads, while highway driving produces a sense of power at all speeds. New Mirai measures 4,975mm long, 1,885mm wide, 1.470mm high and has a 2,920mm wheelbase.
  14. When it comes to “sustainable” vehicles, the familiar points of reference are qualities such as fuel economy, low emissions and recyclability. But there’s another aspect to the issue that has helped earn Toyota’s mighty Land Cruiser the Sustainability Award in 4×4 Magazine’s 4×4 of the Year Awards Where the judges were concerned, Land Cruiser has no equal when it comes putting in year after year of reliable service, delivering the kind of longevity that other models cannot match. And that’s the key to making it a winner as a “sustainable” vehicle. 4×4 Magazine Editor Alan Kidd explained: “Not everyone will be able to understand why the Land Cruiser has won our Sustainability Award, but it’s very simple. You can buy one and, if you so choose, never need to return to the car market for the rest of your life. “It’s built to last for decades, and its long history of outstanding build quality means a well-maintained one will rarely need new parts. All that points to a tiny whole-life carbon footprint. It’s a world-class vehicle, and a sound investment in every sense.” With a heritage spanning more than 60 years, the Land Cruiser is a truly global product proving its strength in the toughest environments, whether delivering aid to remote areas or safely transporting owners through inhospitable terrain. Land Cruiser is the only diesel model in Toyota’s UK passenger car range, a line-up in which full hybrid models have increased their share of the company’s new car sales to 60 per cent in the past year. Land Cruiser is now being put to perfect use in the model’s latest development as a rugged, go-anywhere light commercial vehicle, part of the new Toyota Professional LCV range. Full details of the Land Cruiser passenger vehicle range of three and five-door SUVs can be found here.
  15. The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has triumphed in 4×4 Magazine’s 4×4 of the Year Awards, named Best Medium SUV Announced today, the award reflects the all-round qualities of the fifth generation of Toyota’s compact SUV, launched in spring 2019. It also sustains RAV4’s reputation for market-leading success since the original model created the concept of the recreational SUV 25 years ago. Alan Kidd, 4×4 Magazine Editor, said: “The Medium SUV award category probably had more potential winners in it than any other, but the new RAV4 was a clear winner. Its styling is brilliant inside and out, it’s superbly made and it’s as pleasing to drive as it is practical. It came incredibly close to taking the overall win, only coming second behind a vehicle costing three times as much.” In its awards report, 4×4 Magazine hails RAV4 – an all-hybrid model – as “the slickest of all the current crop of medium SUVs,” praising its “modern, classy and well-made” appearance. The multimedia system, cabin space and ease of loading are all highlighted and the hybrid powertrains – front or all-wheel drive – are commended for their smooth and quiet character. A “natural feel” in the steering and composed suspension add to the positives, together with the vehicle’s ability to automatically switch to all-electric power whenever possible – a key benefit of Toyota’s “full hybrid” technology. Value for money is a critical factor, too, the RAV4 offering “a lot of kit for your money, as well as a very good SUV indeed”. For 2020, RAV4 is newly available with smartphone integration as standard on all models, providing both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions.