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  1. 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, previewing the second generation Mirai in a special exhibit at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show (23 October to 4 November). The current 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 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota will provide 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. 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 preview car will be presented in a specially developed new blue paint finish that uses multiple layers to achieve an exceptional brightness and depth of colour. 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 – 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 new 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 an exceptional sense of power at all speeds.
  2. 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
  3. The Toyota Hilux is the real thing when it comes to the no-nonsense toughness and reliability needed to get the job done, no matter what the conditions. That’s why the latest series of updates for the world-beating pick-up tackle everyday practicality and safety, as well as style Plush carpet and upholstery aren’t going to last long when your Hilux is doing duty in the rough, so the entry-level Active Single and Extra Cab models now come with easy-care PVC seats and flooring. Regardless of Hilux’s role – workhorse, leisure machine or go-anywhere adventure vehicle, safety is a top priority. That’s backed up by the latest generation Toyota Safety Sense being made available across the range – standard on Icon, Invincible and Invincible X and an option on Active grade. This newly equips Hilux with Adaptive Cruise Control and a Pre-Collision System that can recognise pedestrians in the road ahead by day and night, and cyclists during daylight driving, in addition to Lane Departure Warning and Road Sign Assist. To boost fuel economy and cut exhaust emissions, Hilux’s muscular 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine has been fitted with an eco stop-start system, featured on Icon grade and above. For the Hilux Invincible X at the top of the range, the focus is on a commanding presence, with new smoked chrome detailing on the upper front grille surround, fog light bezels, door and tailgate handles, door mirror casings, front and rear under-runs and rear bumper corners. The side bars are finished in black and the exterior look is complete by a set of 18-inch alloys with a two-tone machined finish. In the cab there are new piano black inserts on the dashboard, door panels, steering wheel and gear shift. There’s more customer choice in the Invincible X Double Cab line-up with the re-introduction of the manual transmission option. All Hilux have all-wheel drive capability and according to model it can be specified with 3.2 or 3.5-tonne braked trailer towing capacity. The new Toyota Hilux is on sale now, with commercial vehicle on-the-road prices from £20,424 for the Active Single Cab AWD.
  4. If you were to consider buying a Hybrid model over 5 years old, would you be worried about the reliability of the Hybrid system?
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  6. The wait is over, the first UK customers are taking delivery of their new Toyota GR Supra, completing a remarkable comeback story for one of the world’s most celebrated sports cars It is a year-and-a-half since Toyota confirmed the long-running rumour that a fifth generation Supra would be built, and 10 months since eager British customers rushed to put their name down for a car. Such was the demand, the entire UK allocation for 2019 was snapped up long before prospective buyers had the chance to see the model close-up, let alone take the wheel. A waiting list for 2020’s cars is already up and running. The GR Supra’s Chief Engineer, Tetsuya Tada – also mastermind of the Toyota GT86 – promised a sports car in its purest form, with no compromise to detract from the sheer pleasure of driving. What Toyota has delivered is faithful to Supra’s heritage and Tada’s mission – a coupe powered by a front-mounted 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels, while embracing modern technologies and a perfectly balanced, super-taut chassis to deliver an exhilarating blend of power, agility and precision handling. Supra’s special qualities and status are referenced in its “GR” designation, which references the work of Toyota Gazoo Racing in honing its performance, working extensively on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack and roads around the world. It is the first global GR model from Toyota Gazoo Racing, the organisation behind championship titles in world endurance and rally competition, two successive Le Mans wins and overall victory in this year’s Dakar Rally. In the build-up to this week’s new car deliveries, anticipation of something special was fuelled by glowing reports from the world’s media and an exclusive introduction for many of the first British customers at Thruxton race circuit earlier this summer. These first drives prompted equally enthusiastic responses from both the press and prospective owners, confirming that Toyota’s bold decision to bring back Supra had produced a very special machine. In its production form, the GR Supra muscles 335bhp and 500Nm of torque from its engine, giving it a 6:1 kg/kW power-to-weight ratio. Using an eight-speed sports automatic gearbox, it can move from rest to 62mph in 4.3 seconds. For owners, this is potentially just the start of the car’s performance potential. Some of the UK’s leading tuners are already formulating packages that will enhance performance, handling and styling. Once again, this is faithful to Supra’s heritage as a car beloved of after-market specialists and has the support of Chief Engineer Tada himself, who always envisioned the GR Supra as a car that would be an ideal project for tuning houses. Full details of the new Toyota GR Supra are available here Toyota GR Supra timeline 1978 The Supra name appears for the first time, designating a special version of the Toyota Celica sports car. 1981 Supra becomes a model in its own right. 1982 The first Supra are sold in the UK. 1996 Supra sales are brought to an end in the UK. 2002 Production of the fourth generation Supra finally comes to a close in Japan. 2014 Toyota reveals the FT-1 Concept, fuelling rumours that Supra is destined for a comeback. 2018 With the world debut of the Toyota GR Racing Concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Toyota confirms that Supra will return. The concept model is seen in action for the first time in a demonstration run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, sporting camouflaged bodywork. In September, leading motoring journalists drive a development version of the road-going GR Supra at a test event on road and track in Spain and are enthusiastic about the car’s qualities. UK customers have the first opportunity to put their name down to order a new GR Supra. The entire allocation for 2019 is quickly snapped up. 2019 In January, the production-ready Toyota GR Supra makes its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The official European GR Supra media launch takes place in May, based in Madrid. The GR Supra makes its competition debut, taking part in the Nürburgring 24 Hours. In July, UK customers who have placed orders for a new GR Supra enjoy an exclusive preview of the car, driving it on track and on local roads at the Thruxton race circuit in Hampshire. The same month, Toyota Gazoo Racing confirms will launch the GR Supra GT4, a race car that will be available for private/customer teams, built to international GT4 competition specifications. New GR Supra deliveries to UK customers begin on 2 September.
  7. 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
  8. Toyota Gazoo Racing will begin the defence of their FIA World Endurance Championship title this weekend when the 2019-2020 series opens with the 4 Hours of Silverstone Home favourite Mike Conway leads the line-up in the No7 car, alongside Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, while in the No8 car, World Champions Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima are joined by Brendon Hartley, who will make his Toyota Gazoo Racing debut at Silverstone. Conway said: “Silverstone is a special place for me, not only as my home race but because the track itself is really cool, with fast and flowing corners. When you put together a fast lap there, it is very rewarding because it is so quick. There’s always a big crowd and I have family and friends supporting me, so I would love to finally win my home race; I’ve been close a few times but I hope that this is the year.” The team enjoyed a near-perfect season in 2018-2019, which included two Le Mans 24 Hours victories. They return to the track with the Toyota TS050 Hybrid race car, competing in eight races on four continents, including the climax of the season at Le Mans on 14 June 2020. To start their fourth and final year of competition, the TS050 Hybrids will compete at Silverstone in high-downforce trim, debuting a new aerodynamic configuration that the team revealed at the championship prologue test in Barcelona in July. The team are particularly determined to succeed at Silverstone, as it is the only race they failed to win last season, having been excluded from the results because of a technical infringement caused by accident damage. This year the Silverstone race is the first in the WEC’s modern era to be held over four hours, during which the leading cars can expect to complete close to 500 miles. At stake is the Royal Automobile Club International Tourist Trophy, a prize first presented in 1905 and won by some of the legendary figures in world motorsport, including Tazio Nuvolari, Stirling Moss and Graham Hill. The challenge to the Toyotas will come from LMP1-class non-hybrid rivals from Rebellion and Ginetta, which will benefit from revised regulations that give them weight, fuel and engine performance advantages. The action will start on Friday with two 90-minute practice sessions, followed by qualifying at lunchtime on Saturday. The race will get under way at midday on Sunday. The weekend marks the first visit to a WEC race for Katsuyoshi Hikichi, in his new role as President of Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), the Cologne-based technical centre where the TS050 Hybrid is designed and assembled. He takes over the position from Hisatake Murata, who remains Team President of Toyota Gazoo Racing WEC and Field General Manager of the Gazoo Racing Company.
  9. Having formally announced his intention to prepare for a possible entry in the 2020 Dakar Rally earlier this week, Fernando Alonso has completed three days of intensive rally-raid training with Toyota Gazoo Racing in the Namibian desert. The reigning FIA World Endurance Champion completed nearly 1,000km at the wheel of the 2019 Dakar-winning Toyota Hilux Alonso previously tested with Toyota Gazoo Racing in South Africa in March this year, after which he decided to expand his already impressive racing experience by taking on the challenges of rally raid competition. Having spent his racing career to date on tarmac, the transition to gravel tracks and sand dunes made for a stern test, but he quickly adapted to the change in terrain. Alonso was mentored in Namibia by former Dakar winner and Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate Giniel de Villiers, who completed a test session at the same time. While Alonso focused on spending as much time in the Hilux as possible, de Villiers was tasked with testing a variety of components for the 2020 version of the pick-up. The team completed almost 2,500km driving over the three-day test; further testing is scheduled for later this year. Glyn Hall, Team Principal, said: “Fernando’s progress this week has been astounding. It is clear that he has a huge amount of talent, which he is putting to good use during this transition from tarmac to gravel and sand racing. It is important for him to get a feel for the car in the dunes, and especially to learn how to read and deal with the varied terrain. “So far, he has taken to driving the Hilux with a sense of purpose, and we look forward to continuing his development at the next round of the South African Cross Country Series, which takes place in September.” Alonso commented: “I’m very happy with my progress after this week’s test and am starting to understand driving in the dunes a lot more. Thanks to the tuition by Glyn and Giniel, we made good progress. My mindset right now is to approach the preparation as an adventure and try to improve step-by-step every time I jump in the car. “As a racing driver, there’s always a competitive spirit inside of me which will come alive at the right time. With so much that I still have to learn, working with an experienced team like Toyota Gazoo Racing takes a really big weight off my shoulders. The team have a proven track record and have been consistent over the years, allowing me to focus on the milestones I need to reach every day.” De Villiers said: “Fernando is an extremely quick learner, and he is clearly a very talented driver. He quickly adapted to the Hilux, and if he continues to learn at this pace, I feel confident that he will be able to take on the rigours of the Dakar Rally. His professional approach to this project speaks to his discipline as a racer. I look forward to continuing on this journey with him.”
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  11. RIP Crofter and deepest condolences to the family
  12. Toyotas are world-famous for their long-lasting quality, with well-looked-after cars capable of clocking up high mileages over many years of day-to-day motoring. To encourage owners to take care of their older vehicles and make the most of their built-in durability and reliability, Toyota has launched the new Toyota 5+ Club, offering valuable discounts on the servicing and MoT bills for cars more than five years old Owners qualify for membership automatically if their Toyota car, van or pick-up is between five and 16 years old, and they only need to complete a simple online registration form to join up. There is no joining fee or annual subscription charge. Once approved, they receive a welcome letter and a membership card which they can use to secure 20 per cent reductions on the standard cost of interim and full vehicle services and the annual MoT test at participating Toyota centres*. There are multiple benefits in choosing an authorised Toyota centre for vehicle maintenance: the work will be carried out by Toyota-trained technicians and original parts and equipment will be fitted, all with the peace of mind of a one-year warranty. The work can be carried out while-you-wait, and will include a free vehicle health check and, subject to availability, car wash. The table below illustrates some of the potential savings. MODEL RANGE INTERMEDIATE SERVICE TOYOTA 5+ CLUB PRICE FULL SERVICE TOYOTA 5+ CLUB PRICE Aygo £145 £116 £260 £208 iQ, Urban Cruiser, Verso S, Yaris (exc GRMN) £165 £132 £295 £236 Auris, Avensis, C-HR, Camry, Celica, Corolla, Dyna, Hiace, MR2, Previa, Prius, RAV4, Verso £190 £152 £340 £272 GT86, Hilux, Land Cruiser £250 £200 £395 £316 Proace £335 £268 £750 £600 Rob Giles, Toyota GB Customer Service Director, said: “We’re proud that our vehicles last so long and the new Toyota 5+ Club is a way we can celebrate that fact and reward customer loyalty with genuine savings on top-quality servicing, maintenance and repairs. With the thorough, professional care provided by our highly skilled, factory-trained technicians, we can also help owners make the most of their car for many more years to come.” Click here to join the Toyota 5+ Club *Terms and conditions apply, full details available here. Models excluded are vehicles produced prior to 2003, Camry models prior to 2006 and the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell saloon.