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  1. As its name makes clear, the new RAV4 Hybrid Black Edition has a powerful one-colour treatment that makes Toyota’s mid-size SUV stand out from the crowd The deep Galaxy Black paint finish throws the angles and facets of the bodywork into sharp relief, an effect heightened by matching black styling elements throughout. The front grille and lower grille, lower bumpers, door mirror casings, skid plates, rear garnish and spoiler are all-black, while the 19-inch alloy wheels also have a glossy black finish. Even the Intelligent Clearance Sonars are painted black, so the only interruption in the all-black appearance is the chrome Toyota emblem in the centre of the car’s front end. In the cabin, the seats are upholstered in a high-quality black synthetic leather with grey stitching. This combines with the black headlining and interior trim to create a striking cabin ambience. The standard and optional equipment features match the current RAV4 Dynamic grade and include, among others, intelligent parking sensors, a 360-degree panoramic view monitor, digital rear-view mirror, a nine-speaker JBL premium audio system with DAB. Toyota Safety Sense and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both provided as standard. The new RAV4 Hybrid Black Edition will go on sale in the UK from October 2020, with price to be announced nearer the on-sale date.
  2. The new GR Yaris is breaking cover in the UK this week with the start of a summer tour of Toyota retailers. The thoroughbred performance hatchback, developed directly from Toyota Gazoo Racing’s World Rally Championship-winning experience, is making its debut ahead of its official launch in October The display gives potential customers and those who have already reserved their car the chance to take a first close-up look at the model “in the metal”. Each Toyota Centre is operating a personal appointment service, so everyone will have plenty of time to take in the detail and learn more from the specialist sales teams about the GR Yaris’s performance and equipment specifications. The tour begins this Saturday, 18 July, with four locations in London and the South East confirmed through to 25 July. Details of further appearances nationwide during August will be announced shortly. The initial calendar is as follows: – Inchcape Toyota Guildford, Surrey, 18-19 July, information and appointment bookings here. Jemca Toyota Edgware Road, London, 20-21 July, information and appointment bookings here. Hills of Woodford Toyota, Essex, 22-23 July, information and appointment bookings here. Steven Eagell Toyota Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire, 24-25 July, information and appointment bookings here. The car is a pre-production model and will be on static display only. Details of driving opportunities in production-ready cars will be announced at a future date. The GR Yaris is Toyota’s second global GR model engineered by Toyota Gazoo Racing, following the launch of the GR Supra. It is powered by a new, turbocharged 1.6-litre cylinder engine that produces 257bhp and drives all four wheels through Toyota’s new GR-Four sports all-wheel drive system. Acceleration from 0-62mph can be achieved in less than 5.5 seconds. Customers opting for the Circuit Pack version of GR Yaris gain further performance-focused features, including 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels with Michelin Sport Pilot 4s tyres, circuit-tuned GR suspension, two Torsen limited-slip differentials and red-painted brake callipers. The new GR Yaris is available to order now. Purchase finance offers starting from zero per cent APR representative were announced last week, for details and terms and conditions please visit here.
  3. New Aygo JBL Edition features five-speaker JBL premium audio system and vibrant Electro Grey/Mandarin Pop paint finish and interior trim Revised Aygo model range, now with Toyota Safety Sense as standard throughout Hot looks and cool sounds are the order of the day for the Aygo JBL Edition, a new special edition model that leads changes to Toyota’s city car line-up for the summer JBL Edition The JBL Edition packs a five-speaker JBL audio system that includes a 160mm subwoofer housed in the spare wheel well (a tyre repair kit is provided as standard). This can be linked to the owners’ sound library with easy smartphone integration using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, bluetooth, or the USB port in the centre console. The sounds are matched by the car’s visuals: the bodywork is in an exclusive combination of Electro Grey with bright Mandarin Pop for the roof, front pillars, door mirror casings, lower grille surround and side sills. The vibrant orange theme is picked up in the cabin in the air vent and gear shift surrounds, the side bolsters and contrast stitching on the seats and the floor mat edging. The new Aygo JBL Edition is on sale now, price £14,150 with five-speed manual transmission and £14,850 with the x-shift automated manual gearbox. Revised range with Toyota Safety Sense as standard Aygo becomes exclusively a five-door model for 2020, with three core equipment grades, each of which is fitted as standard with Toyota Safety Sense active safety systems. This provides a Pre-Collision System with automatic emergency braking and Lane Departure Alert, to warn the driver if the car begins to deviate from its traffic lane, Entry point to the new Aygo range is the x-play, which comes with air conditioning, height-adjustable driver’s seat, LED rear lights and the x-touch multimedia system with reversing camera, DAB and bluetooth. The x-trend adds 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, automatic air conditioning, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass and exterior decals for the sills, bumpers and door mirror covers. The Funroof large, power-operated canvas roof can be specified as an option. At the top of the range, the Aygo x-clusiv is additionally equipped with twin-spoke alloy wheels, part-leather seat upholstery and smart entry and start. A bi-tone paint finish is also standard. Aygo’s highly efficient powertrain is unchanged, the 71bhp three-cylinder engine matched to either a five-speed manual or x-shift automated manual transmission. This delivers both sprightly performance and efficiency with combined cycle (WLTP) fuel economy of 53.3 to 56.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 114 to 120g/km for the manual version, and 51.4 to 54.3mpg and 118 to 124g/km for the x-shift.
  4. Trading up to a brand new car is a big financial step, but Toyota and Lexus are making it easier for owners of older vehicles to snap up a showroom-fresh model, offering generous discounts through their vehicle scrappage schemes Savings of up to £4,000 are available this summer, covering most models from both brands. For Toyota, the choice extends from the Aygo city car through to the all-terrain Land Cruiser SUV and Hilux pick-up. The Lexus line-up includes the popular CT hatchback, ES saloon and the UX, NX and RX top-selling SUVs. Customers have been enthusiastic in taking the opportunities offered by successive scrappage schemes, which have yielded almost 18,000 new Toyota and Lexus vehicles sales so far. This sees older, more polluting cars replaced with cleaner more efficient models, in particular Toyota and Lexus’s market-leading self-charging hybrids. The new cars also feature more advanced safety systems and typically contain more parts that can be recycled or re-used. The scrappage savings cannot be combined with any other special offer, but customers can access the same APR rates on Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) agreements. These currently include zero per cent APR for certain Aygo, Yaris, Corolla, C-HR, RAV4 and GR Supra models. For Lexus, even before the scrappage saving, the self-charging hybrid CT range is available from just £26,275, with 2.9 per cent APR. These are the qualifying Toyota model ranges in the scrappage scheme, with the saving offered on the recommended retail on-the-road price (including VAT). Some specific model variants and forthcoming new models, including the new Yaris and GR Yaris, are not eligible. MODEL SAVING Aygo £2,000 Yaris (petrol) £2,500 Yaris (hybrid) £1,500 Corolla (hybrid) £2,000 C-HR (hybrid) £2,000 RAV4 (hybrid) £2,000 Prius/Prius Plug-in (hybrid) £2,000 Camry (hybrid) £2,000 GT86 £2,000 Land Cruiser £2,000 GR Supra £4,000 Hilux £4,000 Proace £3,000 Proace Verso £3,000 For Lexus, the choice and savings available are shown below. MODEL SAVING CT hatchback £3,500 UX compact SUV £3,500 ES saloon £4,000 NX mid-size SUV £4,000 RX large SUV (five seats) £4,000 RX L large SUV (seven seats) £4,000 Customers can use any passenger or commercial vehicle in the schemes, manufactured on or before 30 September 2012. They must be the registered keeper of the vehicle for a minimum of six months before the order date of the new Toyota or Lexus. The new vehicle must be registered in the same name. The schemes are available until 30 September 2020, and new vehicles must be registered by 31 December 2020. The schemes are available through franchised Toyota and Lexus dealers only and may not be used in conjunction with other Toyota or Lexus offers. Full terms and conditions for the Toyota scheme are available here and for the Lexus scheme here.
  5. Premium Members can benefit from the following Trade Discount Structure Minimum order quantity 5 pieces, payment with order, delivery within 5-10 days. 1. On orders between 1-25 pieces, 10.0%. 2. On orders over the first 25 up to 50 pieces, 12.5% 3. On orders over the first 50 up to 75 pieces, 15.0% 4. On orders over the first 75 up to 100 pieces, 17.5% 5. As soon as your orders are over 100 pieces in any one year, 20.0%, this will remain in force as long as your average annual orders from then on remain at 100 pieces or more. If the average drops to say 85 pieces then the percentage at item 4 will apply i.e. 17.5%
  6. 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: 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.”
  7. The Sports Utility Vehicle, or SUV, may be the most popular vehicle style for car buyers across the world today, but it’s now 25 years since Toyota lifted the covers on what may still be the daddy of them all And Toyota UK doesn’t like to let an anniversary of what was to become one of our rarest, strangest but also most loved vehicles go unmarked. The Mega Cruiser’s name alone gave some idea of what this leviathan was all about when it was unveiled to the market in 1995, with first orders opening a few months later in January 1996. It’s bulk and go-anywhere looks were no mere window dressing, given the vehicle was originally developed and supplied as a high mobility infantry transport vehicle for the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force. With a wheelbase of 3.39m the huge truck was more than five meters long, 2.2m wide, 2.1m high and weighed in at a massive 2,850kg. It could accommodate six people and carry 750 kg of cargo. That cargo may have originally been envisaged as soldiers, mortars and ammunition, but it didn’t take someone long to work out that it had potential outside the military sphere, and Mega Cruiser was born. A 750kg payload is a lot of shopping, but while the civilian Mega Cruiser was really intended for emergency rescue and ambulance services it quickly found a following among private owners who wanted the ultimate off-road truck. Only available in Japan, the Mega Cruiser cost from £74,000. That might have seemed a lot in 1995, but buyers got a vehicle which could walk the walk as well as talking the talk. Full time 4-wheel-drive was mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission with torque converter lock-up control and a sub transmission with a 2-speed centre differential lock. That centre diff lock complimented the other two, on the front and rear, because three is surely the right number of diff locks? Four wheel steering was also added to give the giant SUV a little more nimbleness – more of a mountain mammoth than a mountain goat, of course. The suspension was of a torsion bar-type 4-wheel double wishbone design, which was combined with 4-wheel inboard ventilated disc brakes. The Mega Cruiser employed a hub reduction drive system with gears inserted between the drive shaft and the axles. The minimum practical ground clearance was as high as 420 mm. Specs included that reversed phase 4-wheel steering system and a torque-sensing limited slip differential (Torsen LSD) with those front and rear locks. The engine was a bulletproof 4,104 cc inline 4-cylinder direct injection turbo diesel unit with intercooler (15B-T) capable of producing 150 PS. Whilst the military versions took all sorts of shapes and sizes, from vans to full convertibles, the civilian Mega Cruiser was always a hard top. But it was the interior that really set it apart, and it still turns heads today if you are ever lucky enough to sit in one. Vast sheer surfaces combined with a military style layout gave the civilian Mega Cruiser a look inside like nothing else. It contained all the luxuries of the day, including plenty of space for a giant 1990s car phone (or two, in many cases). Although intended for Japan only, buyers in other countries who needed to cross vast distances without good roads found ways to import the vehicles, and today they still come up for sale as far afield as Russia and Australia, as well as in the US. Mega Cruiser never officially made it to the UK, but the good news for anyone who wants a used example of the king of the SUVs is that all of the civilian versions produced (and we think there were just over 100) were made in right-hand-drive. Whether it would fit through your gate is a matter for you of course. Production of the Mega Cruiser was discontinued in August 2001, with the last civilian vehicle being sold in 2002. It may not have sold like Yaris or Prius, and it may have been a tad on the large side, but here at Toyota UK it remains one of our favourite Toyotas, and we want to wish it a very happy 25th birthday.
  8. The restart of manufacturing at Toyota’s UK car plant has seen the factory produce its 4.5 millionth vehicle. The landmark model, a 1.8-litre hybrid Corolla Hatchback, came off the line at the Derbyshire plant today, reaffirming that is it’s very much “back-to-business” at the site Production resumed on 26 May following temporary closure due to the Covid-19 health emergency. Facilities and processes have been revised to ensure the health and safety of all staff members and visitors to the site. Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) completes a car every 89 seconds at Burnaston – that’s 3000 vehicles a week and on average 150,000 a year. Of that total, almost 90 per cent are exported to overseas markets, principally in Europe, reinforcing Toyota’s key status in UK manufacturing. In fact, today’s landmark Corolla is a left-hand drive model, on its way to a customer in Poland. Jim Crosbie, TMUK Managing Director, said: “Seeing our 4.5 millionth car come off the line gives everyone at TMUK a sense of pride in what we have achieved in almost 30 years of high-quality manufacturing. It also symbolises the great commitment and team spirit of all our members to overcome the challenges we have faced and secure our future as a competitive and highly efficient business.” TMUK has been building cars in Britain since 1992 when the Burnaston factory came on stream as Toyota’s first manufacturing centre in Europe. Since that time, £2.75 billion has been invested in TMUK, most recently upgrading equipment, skills and supply chains for the latest TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) vehicle and engine production. Today TMUK Burnaston is the European production centre for the Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports models. Its sister plant in Deeside, North Wales, manufactures engines for Toyota’s 1.8-litre hybrid power system. As well as its own workforce of more than 3,100, TMUK’s business supports thousands more jobs in its extensive supplier network in the UK.
  9. World champion driver Fernando Alonso had an early chance to experience the new Toyota Hilux, giving the latest version of the legendary pick-up a rigorous test drive during his preparations for the 2020 Dakar Rally Alonso and co-driver Marc Coma were able to push the new model to the limit, alongside their driving duties in their rally-raid-spec Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux. The latest version of the “indestructible” Hilux is equipped with a new 2.8-litre powertrain and benefits from revised suspension geometry to maintain its reputation for world-class quality, durability and reliability. Following the test on a gravel and dirt special stage, Alonso said: “Hilux is an icon and I’ve always been a fan. It was good to test the new Hilux in a challenging environment and to push it to the limits. The new engine behaves well and the new suspension feels great. Even when you push it, the comfort is still there.” The test was conducted in collaboration with the rally team in the spirit of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s core philosophy of helping make “ever-better cars.” Alonso and Coma brought exceptional experience to the task. Alonso is a two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and reigning FIA World Endurance Championship title holder with Toyota Gazoo Racing, two-time Formula 1 World Champion and winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona. Coma is a five-time Dakar Rally winner in the motorbike class and six-time FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion. Their first Dakar entry as a pairing resulted in a creditable 13th place finish earlier in 2020. Further details about the introduction of the new Toyota Hilux will be announced shortly.
  10. Anticipation is high for the arrival of the new GR Yaris performance hatch in October and orders previously placed by customers with retailers have been secured. However, to further help customers who are keen to be among the first to drive one of the new cars, Toyota has introduced an online pre-ordering service It has been designed so that prospective owners can reserve their car without having to physically visit their Toyota retailer, or compromise social distancing or other movement and business restrictions that are currently in place. This dedicated page on the website is the gateway to reserving a car. Customers first need to set up a free My Toyota account (this can be done on the same website), then choose their preferred GR Yaris grade and colour. They next pay the vehicle reservation fee of £1,500 and nominate their preferred Toyota dealer for organising finance options, insurance and vehicle delivery. On-the-road prices are from £29,995 for the GR Yaris and from £33,495 for the GR Yaris Circuit Pack. Engineered by World Rally Champions GR Yaris is an authentic performance car in every dimension, created with direct input from Toyota Gazoo Racing and its World Rally Championship partner Tommi Mäkinen Racing. Their design and engineering expertise is key to the car’s role as a homologation model for a future Toyota WRC contender. GR Yaris is powered by a turbocharged, three-cylinder 1.6-litre engine that produces 257bhp and 360Nm of torque. With a power-to-weight ratio of less than 5kg per 100bhp, the hatch can move from rest to 62mph in 5.5 seconds – performance that’s more akin to a larger, C-segment performance model. The engine drives all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and Toyota’s new GR-Four permanent all-wheel drive system. Equipment specifications The GR Yaris specification includes GR-Four all-wheel drive, GR sports suspension, GR sports seats upholstered in Ultrasuede, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tailpipes, smart entry and Active Noise Control for a rousing engine note. The GR Yaris Circuit Pack introduces lightweight components and performance parts, designed for drivers who want even sharper response and more precise handling. The details include 18-inch forged alloy wheels with Michelin Sport Pilot 4s tyres, circuit-tuned GR suspension, two Torsen limited-slip differentials and red-painted brake callipers.
  11. Toyota’s GR Supra models are featured in a new stop-motion animated short film made by winning drift team Papadakis Racing. In the absence of competition racing the team created the entertaining film, showcasing what happens when a top motorsport builder finds himself alone in his racing shop with nothing much to do
  12. The new Toyota Yaris Cross is very much a car of today in terms of its sophisticated technology, performance and exceptional safety standards. But the essential qualities of this small SUV, set for launch in 2021, have their roots in Toyota’s original RAV4, its breakthrough model of the 1990s RAV4 was the original recreational SUV, a model that reinterpreted the traditional 4×4 as a more user-friendly, versatile and dynamic vehicle that’s as well-suited to urban streets as the great outdoors. Looking at the 1994-vintage first generation model that has pride of place in Toyota GB’s heritage fleet, it is clear to see how Toyota’s ground-breaking approach to construction, ride and handling, packaging and performance continue to influence today’s lifestyle SUVs, including Yaris Cross and the compact C-HR. And just as RAV4 was initially developed with a focus on the European market, so too were Toyota’s latest SUV additions – both of which are also built in Europe. At the time of launch, Chief Engineer Masakatsu Nonaka spelled out the qualities that would distinguish RAV4 from other models. A wide track and independent suspension gave the car its essential dynamic appeal, while a multivalve engine (transverse-mounted) with a wide power band ensured rewarding performance. The styling was compact, and sporty, with short overhangs, making the car agile around tight urban streets, but rugged enough for more challenging routes. Thanks to clever packaging, the cabin was spacious, with a low, flat floor that made access easy. Kerb weight was kept down, to less than 1,200kg, and there was a focus on safety and environmental performance. These touchstone features are evident in Yaris Cross, too, which is being built on Toyota’s new GA-B platform, shared with the new Yaris hatchback. This gives it high body rigidity and a well-balanced chassis with a low centre of gravity, all of which contribute to rewarding and secure handling. The first RAV4 had a permanent, mechanical all-wheel drive system fitted as standard, with front/two-wheel drive versions being added as the model’s popularity soared. Yaris Cross is an authentic SUV in that it too offers an all-wheel drive option, but a compact, electric-driven system, AWD-i, that operates intelligently when driving conditions require extra grip. In terms of size, Yaris Cross is in fact slightly larger than the original three-door RAV4. Its 2,560mm wheelbase is 360mm longer, while overall length is greater by 475mm and width is extended by 70mm. It is a lower vehicle, however, notwithstanding its increased ground clearance compared to the Yaris hatchback. Toyota sought performance and efficiency from a 16-valve 2.0-litre petrol engine for the first RAV4. Where Yaris Cross is concerned, the principal powertrain is a new 1.5-litre full hybrid electric system that takes fuel efficiency, low emissions and all-electric driving capability far beyond anything Chief Engineer Nonaka and his team could have envisioned. Of course, RAV4 remains central to Toyota’s current SUV line-up, now established as one of the world’s best-selling vehicles. Today it is a much larger vehicle, competing in a different market segment, but like Yaris Cross it has reaped the benefits of a Toyota New Global Architecture platform and hybrid electric power – the exclusive powertrain option for UK customers. More details about the new Yaris Cross are available here, and the current RAV4 here.
  13. Highlander, Toyota’s largest hybrid SUV, is to go on sale in the UK and Western Europe for the first time, from early 2021 It will be offered exclusively with a full hybrid powertrain and will extend Toyota’s hybrid SUV line-up in the region, joining the established D-segment RAV4 and C-segment C-HR and the new B-segment Yaris Cross that will also be introduced next year. Toyota has an unmatched 23 years’ experience in developing hybrid technology, during which time it has produced nine models, gained 15 million customers and progressed to a fourth generation of self-charging hybrid electric powertrains. It has combined this with its reputation for quality, durability and reliability and its strong SUV heritage to create the new Highlander. Built on Toyota’s GA-K platform, Highlander brings together the Toyota SUV qualities of comfort, drivability and safety with a fuel and emissions-efficient hybrid powertrain, intelligent, all-wheel drive, a flexible interior and a two-tonne towing capacity. Design and packaging Highlander measures 4,950mm long and is fitted with striking 20-inch alloy wheels, helping create an urban SUV look that is sleek, dynamic and sophisticated, matched with the power, durability and rugged appeal of a versatile AWD vehicle. The interior offers the practicality, durability and space-on-demand in a comfortable, premium-quality environment. This is an authentic seven-seater: a 180mm sliding range for the second row seats ensures spacious third row accommodation for two adults and easy access. A kick-sensor allows hands-free access to the 658-litre luggage area. There’s also underfloor storage space, while fully flat-folding the third and second row seats can bring the load capacity up to 1,909 litres. The cabin design provides plenty of storage compartments plus USB ports for the front and second row seats. Premium equipment features will include a multimedia system, satellite navigation, head-up display, wireless phone charging, smartphone connection via Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto, ventilated front seats and a digital rear-view mirror that provides a wide image unobscured by rear passengers or headrests. Details of UK specifications and pricing will be announced nearer the time of launch. Powertrain and driving dynamics Highlander’s fourth generation full hybrid powertrain features a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with front and rear electric motors. The rear motor provides the vehicle’s AWD-i intelligent all-wheel drive. A high-voltage nickel-metal hydride Battery is located beneath the second row seats. Total system power is 241bhp* and WLTP combined cycle CO2 emissions are 146g/km* with 42.8mpg* fuel consumption. This gives the hybrid Highlander the best balance of power and CO2 emissions in its segment. The driver can use the vehicle’s Drive Mode Select system to switch between Eco, Normal, Sport and Trail modes. Each of these can also be used when Highlander is running its separately switchable EV all-electric mode. The GA-K platform allows for a lightweight and highly rigid body Shell and a low centre of gravity, giving the SUV nimble handling and comfortable motorway cruising performance. Noise reduction measures to maintain a quiet cabin environment include an acoustic windscreen, silencers in the roof, dashboard and floor, and liners in the wheel arches and load space. The calm interior adds to the inherently smooth and quiet performance of the full hybrid powertrain. Safety The new Highlander is equipped with the latest Toyota Safety Sense package of active safety and driver assistance systems. These include a Pre-Collision System with active steer assist, to provide further collision avoidance support. The PCS can also detect pedestrians in the vehicle’s path by both and day and night, and bicycle riders in daylight. Other features include full-range Adaptive Cruise Control with Road Sign Assist, Lane Departure Alert and Lane Tracing Assist, and Automatic High Beam. * Provisional figures subject to final homologation
  14. Toyota GB has made available its entire fleet of hiyacar rental vehicles for London’s NHS staff and key workers, with rental fees scrapped, in a bid to support the capital’s COVID-19 relief effort. The cars listed on the car sharing service, previously used for short-term private rental, are being driven by NHS staff and other key workers to allow for safe and efficient commuting and to enable critical medical rounds to continue A total of 31 Toyota cars are available through hiyacar – a peer-to-peer car sharing service – ranging from the Aygo city car to the spacious RAV4 SUV, meaning that essential journeys can still be carried out, whether those journeys involve a safe and isolated commute or the transportation of vital equipment. As a result, to date, 571 days’ worth of free Toyota rentals have been made use of by key workers. With rental fees waived, the only cost to key workers is an insurance premium, which averages out at £9 per day. Working with hiyacar, the Toyota fleet has been positioned in locations that allow for fast access and where demand for essential personal transport, within and around London, is high. For example, today five cars have been positioned at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington; there are four cars based at Queen’s Hospital, Romford and three cars at Charing Cross Hospital. Paula Cooper, director of Toyota GB’s customer insights division, ConsumerOne, notes the company’s pride at what has been achieved and explains that the collaboration with hiyacar is part of a range of COVID-19 relief activity being undertaken by Toyota in the UK. “Our support of hiyacar’s initiative to keep key workers moving seemed like a simple gesture at the outset but to see the extent of what has been achieved with a relatively small number of cars – well over a year’s worth of loans – is really heart-warming for all of us here. “As well as enabling safe commuting, we recently learned of a nurse in Leatherhead who uses one of our cars four days each week to administer home-testing for disabled patients and we know that a wide range of key workers, ranging from pharmacists to physiotherapists, from social workers to scientists have all been able to continue carrying out their duties thanks to hiyacar’s rental fee waiver programme.” According to data provided by hiyacar, doctors have been the greatest users of Toyota cars, followed by nurses and then police officers. Records show that key workers in more than 20 areas of specialism have used Toyota’s hiyacar fleet since the rental fee waiver scheme started at the end of March. Paula continues: “Alongside what we’re doing with hiyacar, Toyota staff have worked exceptionally hard to contribute to the national relief effort and we thank them for their dedication. Technical colleagues have worked with the NHS to help maintain and refurbish medical equipment and to work on the supply of respirator hoods. I know of individual efforts, including staff who have been sewing surgical scrubs, and there are many examples from within our retailer network of donations made to charitable funds and of help provided directly to key workers.” The hiyacar rental waiver scheme is available to NHS staff and key workers and can be accessed via Rental fees for key workers have been dropped, with a payment to cover insurance being the only cost. Hiyacar is able to move cars to locations such as hospitals and key worker homes to aid with essential transport requirements.
  15. The new Toyota Corolla Trek brings the efficiency and green credentials of hybrid to families who want a tougher vehicle to match their active lifestyle Aimed at those with outdoor lifestyles, the new Corolla Trek adds a more rugged appearance and greater functionality to the spacious and efficient Touring Sports range. The new model is the result of a collaboration between Toyota and Trek Bikes – a partnership that brings together two brands that share environmental values. Externally, the new Corolla Trek is distinguished by a 20mm increase in ride height for improved ground clearance, as well as protective wheel arch cladding and under-runs front and rear. Additional features include a honeycomb grille, bespoke 17-inch machined alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, kick-activated tailgate opening, LED headlamps and Trek logos in the door steps and tailgate. On board, the new Corolla Trek features two-tone textile upholstery coordinated with decorative wood-finish elements of the dashboard. This supplements an impressive standard equipment list, which includes a seven-inch colour TFT display in the instrument cluster, the latest version of the “Toyota Safety Sense” suite of safety and protection systems, and an eight-inch TFT infotainment screen which supports both Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The package is designed to add to the Corolla Touring Sports’ already enviable load space, comfort and equipment by giving the new editions the ability to take customers wherever their outdoor hobby, sport or pass-time requires. Customers can also choose from two engines, as Corolla Trek joins the list of hybrids Toyota offers with the choice of a higher-powered engine and different tuning for a sportier driving experience. The car is available with the efficient 1.8 VVTi petrol-hybrid motor which gives 122 DIN hp, or the new 2.0 version, delivering 184 DIN hp. The two engines produce 113g/km and 121g/km CO2 (WLTP) respectively, and 25 per cent and 27 per cent BIK taxation. Both are rated for VED at £165 pa. In 1.8 guise the Corolla Trek starts at £29,225 on the road, with the 2.0 option starting from £30,950. In keeping with Trek’s heritage as a cycle racing team, as well as manufacturing brand, a fleet of 16 Corolla Trek models was already being used to support the Trek-Segafredo World Tour teams during their European events this season prior to racing being postponed. The new Corolla Trek will continue to be built at Toyota’s plant at Burnaston, Derbyshire, UK when manufacturing resumes.