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  1. The performance of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) drove the strong new car sales performance recorded by Toyota Motor Europe (TME) between January and the end of June 2019 The hybrid line-up across the Toyota and Lexus brands now extends to 20 different models, including four major new introductions brought to market during the first four months of this year. Today, TME reported half-year sales of 578,400 vehicles across the region, an increase of 3.3 per cent on the same period last year, giving the company a 5.3 per cent market share. “The first half of the year has been vibrant for us, with no fewer than four model launches during this period. Although the European market has weakened overall, Toyota and Lexus sales have increased thanks to strong demand for our hybrid models,” said Matt Harrison, TME Executive Vice President. “We were confident of continuing to grow our sales and market share this year, but demand is even higher than our expectations. This strong performance will continue in the second half of the year, putting us on track to exceed our Toyota and Lexus sales objective of 1,065,000 sales, due to the strength of our hybrid order bank.” Customers are responding very well to the new Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports, which are available with two hybrid electric powertrains in Toyota’s new dual-hybrid strategy: 1.8-litre/120bhp and 2.0-litre/178bhp. The combined sales mix for the two body styles is 83 per cent hybrid. Meanwhile, the new Corolla Saloon has adopted a hybrid powertrain for the first time, claiming around half of the model’s sales total. Demand is also strong for the new RAV4 and the new Lexus UX compact SUV, with hybrid electric sales mixes of 72 and 92 per cent respectively. The new Camry, successfully launched in Western Europe this year, is sold exclusively with a hybrid electric powertrain. Other models, such as the C-HR and Yaris hybrids have achieved record sales, supporting the strong overall performance of HEVs. Lexus sales increased by five per cent on 2018’s performance, thanks to the good performance of the new ES and UX. The HEV share of TME sales stands at 52 per cent across greater Europe, and 62 per cent in Western Europe. This year has also seen the relaunch of the Supra nameplate. After a 17-year absence from the market, the GR Supra is back, a sports car that delivers a pure driving experience. Its return has been eagerly awaited by car enthusiasts and the level of excitement has been such that the 2019 model allocation sold out prior to the car’s official launch in March. Toyota Motor Europe highlights in H1 2019 Total sales: 578,400 (including Lexus), up 3.3 per cent year-on-year Market share: 5.3 per cent, up 0.4ppt year-on-year Toyota hybrid sales: 303,400, up 18 per cent year-on-year Hybrid sales mix: Western Europe 62 per cent, Eastern Europe1 23 per cent, all Europe 52 per cent Toyota highlights in H1 2019 Total Toyota sales: 538,000, up 3.2 per cent year-on-year Top selling models (full range figures): Yaris (131,000), C-HR (79,000), RAV4 (72,800) Top gainers: Mirai (up 65 per cent), Camry (up 32 per cent), RAV4 (up 25 per cent) Top hybrids: C-HR (70,300), Yaris (66,400), Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports (57,700) Total hybrid sales: 275,300, up 18 per cent year-on-year Hybrid sales mix: Western Europe 60 per cent, Eastern Europe1 24 per cent, all Europe 51 per cent Lexus highlights in H1 2019 Total Lexus sales: 40,450, up 4.9 per cent year-on-year Top sellers (full range figures): NX (11,700), UX (8,500), RC (8,400) Top gainers: UX (new model), ES up 387 per cent Top hybrids: NX (8,700), UX (7,800), RX (3,800) Total hybrid sales: 28,000, up 17 per cent year-on-year Hybrid sales mix: Western Europe 99 per cent, Eastern Europe1 eight per cent, all Europe 69 per cent 1 Eastern Europe includes Russia, Kazakhstan, the Caucasus region, Ukraine, Turkey and Israel. 2 Toyota Motor Europe is responsible for sales in all Western, Central and Eastern European countries, including Turkey, Russia, Israel and a number of Central Asian markets (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kazakhstan).
  2. Toyota Gazoo Racing today confirmed it will launch the GR Supra GT4, a race car for private/customer teams, in 2020 This comes on the back of growing worldwide customer expectations following the unveiling of a GR Supra GT4 concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, and the GR Supra’s participation in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race in June. The company plans to strengthen its focus on customer motorsports to help people around the world take part in racing, It will use feedback gained from their involvement to help develop ever-better cars. The GR Supra GT4* race car is based on GR Supra – Toyota Gazoo Racing’s first global model, released earlier this year – and is developed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH. The GT4 competition category is popular with private race teams around the world because of its low cost and simple entry requirements. GT4 cars are eligible for a wide variety of races, including the Continental series and the VLN endurance races at the Nurburgring in Europe, the Michelin Pilot series in the USA and the Super Takiyu series in Japan. GR Supra already competes in the NASCAR Xfinity championship in North America and, from 2020, is scheduled to take part in the Super GT GT500 class in Japan. Toyota Gazoo Racing joined forces with three technical partners to develop the GR Supra GT4: Akrapovič, Pirelli and Ravenol. Akrapovič will co-operate in development of motorsport exhaust systems, while Pirelli will collaborate on tyre development and Ravenol will provide lubricants. The car’s full specifications, pricing, sales area and release date will be announced later this year. GR Supra GT4 outline technical specifications Chassis Length (mm) 4,460 Width (mm) 1,855 Height (mm) 1,250 Construction Steel body with high-strength roll cage Front diffuser Natural fibre composite Rear wing Natural fibre composite Fuel tanks Motorsport-spec’ with fast refuelling system Driver’s seat FIA-standard racing seat Engine and transmission Engine type Six-cylinder, in-line with twin-scroll turbocharger Displacement (cc) 2,998 Transmission Automatic, rear-wheel drive Lubricants Ravenol Exhaust system Akrapovič Suspension, steering and brakes Front suspension MacPherson strut Rear suspension Multilink Steering Electric, rack and pinion Tyres Pirelli Wheels Five-hole, 11 x 18in * GT4 is a competition category for production race cars, based on SRO-regulated Grand Touring (GT) cars. It is positioned one rank below GT3.
  3. Toyota’s finest race, rally and road-going cars will add to the sound and spectacle of the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week (4 to 7 July) The annual celebration of motoring and motorsport, which attracts thousands of international fans to the historic Goodwood Estate in the south of England, will feature the all-new Toyota GR Supra in race, road-going and even customised drifting specification. The new GR Supra GT4 Concept will be in action on the famous hillclimb for the first time, driven by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing driver Mike Conway. Its Goodwood appearance follows on from its world debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show, where it was presented as a study for how the new GR Supra might be developed as an affordable proposition for grassroots motorsport and GT4 competition. The standard Toyota GR Supra will also be taking part in the festival, returning to the scene of its world premiere public driving appearance last year when it ran with its bodywork clothed in distinctive “A90” camouflage. This time there will be no disguise as it heralds its much-anticipated arrival on European roads later this year. Taking the wheel once again will be Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada, the sportscar genius who has led the legendary Supra’s renaissance and who also created the Toyota GT86 coupe. Adding another dimension to the GR Supra experience at Goodwood, the Toyota GR Supra Drift by HKS will be debuting in the Live Action Arena. Created by custom specialists HKS, it will be piloted by Nobuteru Taniguchi, one of Japan’s top drifting stars. Special features of this 700hp car include an HKS GTIII-4R turbo system, HKS HIPERMAX suspension, Endless Racing brakes and YOKOHAMA ADVAN tyres and wheels. The leading motorsport attraction on the Toyota stand will be the No 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid that was driven to victory at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso. The second successive win at the world-famous race formed part of an FIA World Endurance Championship season in which TOYOTA GAZOO Racing claimed both the driver and manufacturer world titles. It will be featured alongside the specially engineered Hilux that won the 2019 Dakar rally for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing South Africa and a replica of the Yaris WRC that already has three victories to its credit in this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. Also on view will be the GR Supra VLN Edition that successfully completed its motorsport debut at this year’s Nürburgring 24-hour race, driven by a crew that included Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda. The car will be shown complete with bodywork damage that’s a testament to the gruelling demands of the race at the legendary circuit in Germany. The direct contribution made by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing to the development of Toyota’s road-going cars will also be celebrated with the GR Supra, Yaris GRMN and the Corolla GR SPORT that was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. In addition to Toyota’s official participation in the festival, there will be a number of other historic, privately entered cars. These will include some of the greatest Celica world rally cars from the 1980s and 90s, the AE86 Corolla rallying coupe and the Toyota TF108 Formula One car from 2008.
  4. Toyota Gazoo Racing won the 87th Le Mans 24 Hours yesterday (Sunday) with a one-two finish for their cars in spite of a final hour drama that closed the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship season Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso defended their Le Mans title in the No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, securing them the drivers’ World Championship. They crossed the line with a 16.9-second advantage over their team-mates Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, who had looked set for victory in the No7 car. On the 367th lap, López held a lead of more than two minutes, but had to pit when his car’s on-board sensors indicated a puncture. A sensor issue resulted in the wrong tyre being replaced and the car being sent back into the race still with a deflating tyre. A further slow lap back to the pits for another tyre change handed an unassailable lead to Nakajima. The No7 crew had controlled much of the race, including setting a new record Le Mans race lap with a time of 3 min 17.297sec. Other motorsport records were rewritten, too: Nakajima became Japan’s first circuit racing world champion and Alonso became only the second driver to win four-wheel world titles in two different disciplines, having previously been crowned Formula 1 World Champion. Kobayashi had put the No7 Toyota on pole position with the fastest qualifying lap, just ahead of the No8 car. That set the scene for an exciting and close battle between the two 1,000hp machines as the race progressed. After 12 hours the gap was still less than nine seconds, but during the night the No7 extended its advantage as its sister car encountered aerodynamic issues from bodywork damage. During the final hours the gap remained stable at around two minutes and the focus switched to bringing both cars home safely. All appeared to be going to plan until the final drama played out with less than an hour to run. Hisatake Murata, Team President, said: “We have an unusual feeling because we have won our second Le Mans but everyone in the team is sorry for Mike, Kamui and José and the No7 crew, who would have been deserving winners. Nevertheless, I am proud of the overall performance as well as the team spirit which we showed throughout the race, also in the difficult moments in the final hour. Congratulations to the new World Champions Sébastien, Kazuki and Fernando, also on their second Le Mans victory. This was a dramatic end to an incredible season for Toyota Gazoo Racing and we look forward to defending our titles next season.” FINAL CLASSIFICATION, LE MANS 24 HOURS 2019 1st No8 Toyota Gazoo Racing (Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso) 385 laps 2nd No7 Toyota Gazoo Racing (Conway/Kobayashi/ López) +16.972sec 3rd No11 SMP (Petrov/Aleshin/Vandoorne) +6 laps 4th No1 Rebellion (Jani/Lotterer/Senna) +9 laps 5th No3 Rebellion (Laurent/Berthon/Menezes) +15 laps 6th No36 Signatech Alpine (Lapierre/Negrao/Thiriet) +17 laps
  5. Really looking forward to watching the race live from Le Mans this year (13th year in a row!) I would imagine Toyota will dominate, as usual, but there are many more LMP1 cars on the grid this year and as the saying goes "It ain't over until the Fat Lady sings" and there is nothing more accurate at the Le Mans 24 Hours race than this saying.
  6. Toyota Gazoo Racing are preparing to defend their Le Mans 24 Hours crown next week in the most challenging race of the year and the final date in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018-2019 season The team have dominated the series since claiming Toyota’s first Le Mans win last year, and enter this year’s race already assured of taking both the teams’ and drivers’ world championships. The drivers’ title will be decided between the crew of the No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid – the 2018 Le Mans victors – Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso, and their No7 car team-mates Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López. The No8 drivers go into the race with a 31-point advantage, but with a maximum 39 points still to be won. Looking ahead to the prospect of his second Le Mans, Alonso said: “Le Mans is the toughest race on the calendar. The victory last year meant a lot to me, it was a dream come true to achieve that on my first attempt. The podium celebration when you see the whole straight, the whole pit lane full of people after so much hard work makes you feel very proud of your team. Fortunately this year we do not have the pressure of winning for the first time and I hope we can enjoy the race a bit more, but we will work hard and it will definitely be very challenging.” Toyota has competed at Le Mans with a hybrid-powered LMP1 prototype car since 2012. This year’s TS050 Hybrid has all-wheel drive courtesy of motor-generators on the front and rear axles and maximum power of 1,000hp. This high output supported by a regenerative braking system that recovers energy under braking for storage in the car’s high-power Battery. Because this year’s race is part of the same season as the 2018 edition, the competition rules prohibit any major changes to the low downforce-specification TS050 Hybrid, but the team have been able to fine-tune the car’s set-ups and their race strategies. Preparations for race week stepped up a gear with the official Le Mans test day on 2 June, during which the two Toyotas set the pace. Buemi recorded the overall quickest lap, marginally slower than last year’s best test lap due to 10kg increase in the car’s minimum weight. The Le Mans meeting encapsulates the spirit and challenge of endurance racing with close to 35 hours of driving, starting on Wednesday, 12 June with a four-hour practice session at 4pm, followed by two hours of qualifying from 10pm. Qualifying continues the following day with further two-hour sessions at 7pm and 10pm. The starting grid is decided by the fastest overall laps from any of the sessions. On Saturday a 45-minute warm-up precedes the race getting underway at 3pm.