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  1. As we go into lockdown in the face of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat many people are asking what help their insurance provider can give in these incredibly trying times Help from your insurer when it is needed The ABI (Association of British Insurers) is reassuring people that its motor and home insurance members are offering enhanced help and support to all their customers who may be affected by the impact of Coronavirus. The commitments include waiving any requirements to extend cover for key workers who may need to drive to different locations, people who want to help their communities by transporting medicines or groceries to support those affected by Coronavirus and office workers who need to work from home. These follow on from guidance already issued by the Financial Conduct Authority. Motor and home insurers have pledged to: Support those who need to make a claim Support those who are working from home Support those who cannot work from home Support those who use their cars to help communities Support our key workers Here, experts at Adrian Flux, one of the country’s largest independent specialist insurance brokers, answers your Coronavirus insurance questions. I have been told to work from home because of the Coronavirus, will that affect my home insurance policy? If your work is clerical in nature, working from home due to the need to self-isolate or because you have been ordered to do so by your employer because of the Coronavirus outbreak, you should be covered by standard home insurance policies. However, if you need to have visitors in the course of your work you should check with your insurer as there may be restrictions in the cover permitted. Because of my age I am advised to self-isolate for an extended period. Can I pause my car insurance? It is a legal requirement to have valid car insurance unless you register your vehicle as being off the road and apply for a SORN. In this case it may be appropriate for you to consider laid-up motor insurance cover. Even when unused and parked in a garage while you keep safe from the Coronavirus, cars can be damaged by accident or by fire and they can be targeted by thieves and criminals. With laid-up cover they remain protected but the policies are cheaper because, as they are not being driven, there is no third party or liability insurance needed. Adrian Flux laid-up insurance is available at two levels, fire and theft or fire and theft plus accidental damage, so they suit any budget and any need. I have been laid off because of COVID-19. I’m worried I may not be able to meet my insurance instalments. What should I do? One of the benefits of dealing with a specialist broker such as Adrian Flux is that we can be sensible and offer flexibility in times of uncertainty such as these. Adam Hollinger, Customer Service Floor Supervisor at Adrian Flux, explained: “We’ll do our best to arrange individual payment plans given the current climate. “Individual plans will be based on a client’s previous payment history. If the customer has a good payment record we will do whatever we can to help. But advise us in good time that you are having financial difficulties and we will help you get through it.” My car is booked for an MOT, do I still need to get it during the Coronavirus lockdown? Garages undertaking MOT tests have been deemed an “essential service” by the government, which means they’ll stay open despite the lockdown. That means your insurance could be invalidated if your vehicle doesn’t have a valid test certificate. This may change if the government decides to reclassify MOT test centres as “non essential”. If I have to self-isolate and need someone to drive my car to collect groceries or medicine, will they be insured? In these circumstances you should contact your broker and have them added to your policy as a named driver. If the new driver has car insurance that includes driving other cars and they drive yours with your permission they will only get third-party cover. If you are fully comprehensive and want to ensure damage to your own car is covered when someone else uses it, contact your broker to add the other person as a named driver to your policy. I have lost my job because of Coronavirus. What should I do and what are the financial implications on my motor insurance? Adam said: “Get on the phone to your broker and let them know what has happened and they will do their best to help you. “We’re not applying Additional Premiums for mid-term changes to unemployed customers and we won’t be issuing Road Traffic Act notices for unacceptable risks due to unemployment as a result of COVID-19. “We are doing what we can to accommodate this, please get in touch to talk to a member of the customer service team.” Will home insurance cover the cost of a deep clean to my property should it become contaminated by COVID-19? Most standard home insurance policies do not provide cover for the costs of cleaning a property, even deep cleaning in the event of Coronavirus. I have been quarantined and my home may be left unoccupied for more than the 30 day limit on my policy. Will I be covered? Insurers will be pragmatic when considering those who are quarantined and unable to return to their property within the timescales set out in their policy. However, individuals should contact their broker at their earliest convenience, Adam advised. I have volunteered to drive for those who can’t leave their homes because of COVID-19. Will my current insurance be valid? If you are using your own car for voluntary purposes to collect and deliver medicine or groceries to support people affected by COVID-19, your cover will not be affected and you will not need to notify your insurer. I’m stuck abroad in lockdown and concerned my foreign use motor insurance cover will run out. What should I do? The terms and conditions of your foreign use motor insurance policy will differ from person to person so you should get in touch to talk about your individual circumstances as soon as you can. I work for the NHS. What is Adrian Flux doing to help me? Adam said: “With immediate effect Adrian Flux has decided to waive all mid-term admin adjustment fees and insurer admin fees when NHS workers call to make changes to their policies. We think this is the least we can do to help our NHS workers during this extremely difficult time.” Need more help regards the Coronavirus and your insurance? Adrian Flux customer services can be contacted on 0344 381 6502 – lines will be very busy so please be patient. If you have questions about how Coronavirus may affect your insurance leave a comment below or email Customer Services. Last Updated on 25th March 2020 Original Article Source: https://www.adrianflux.co.uk/blog/2020/03/how-will-coronavirus-affect-my-insurance.html?utm_source=AudiOwnersClub&utm_medium=ForumLinks&utm_campaign=referrals Written by: Frazer Ansell
  2. Car enthusiasts, young and old alike, have a little more time at home these days Sorry it doesn't feature any Toyota cars, but hopefully your little ones will be happy with pictures of Audi in the short term to keep them occupied Simply print out as many different pictures as you like and get colouring 🙂 Download a copy to print out and get colouring! (click link below to start download) documents_original_6974-AudiColoringBookforonline (1).pdf Original article source: Audi News https://twitter.com/AudiNews/status/1241129753140252681
  3. With domestic hygiene high on the agenda right now, it’s important to remember it’s not just your house that needs scrupulous cleaning, as your car is one of the most tactile items you’ll own, with multiple surfaces that need special attention too During an average trip the driver and passengers are likely to be touching many surfaces that can attract dirt and germs, from opening the door to changing gear, or from adjusting the heating fan to switching the lights on. Ben Murphy, Toyota’s professional car detailer is responsible for keeping Toyota GB’s fleet of press vehicles cleaned and professionally maintained. On average, Ben cleans about 30 cars per week but in busy times this number can rise to 46. As well as ensuring high standards of vehicle hygiene, Ben has to bear in mind that meticulous car reviewers expect every vehicle they assess to look and feel as good as new. In a new short film from Toyota (Toyota tips on keeping the car germ free) Ben demonstrates 40 potential touch points around the car that need specific cleaning attention, using a RAV4 as an example. “I try to be as efficient as possible,” Ben explains. “Our cars return to our press fleet garage from all over the country and I have to think – ‘where have people touched?’. For example, a driver will probably approach the car with the key in their hand and pull on the door handle. Then there’s the steering wheel and horn, the gearstick and surprisingly the rear-view mirror, because most people adjust the rear-view mirror when they get in the car. The interior of the driver’s door is a common touch point, especially on our press fleet cars which are driven by many different people. Think about all the people who get in the car and use the controls to put the window down a bit.” Ben also has to think about other points that might get touched less frequently, such as the dust caps, the bonnet and then things like the head rests. He has a check sheet which he goes through on every vehicle to make sure he hasn’t missed any part of the vehicle before it leaves the press fleet garage. The seatbelt is a key area. Everyone has to wear one when they get into the car, and the number of times you adjust that seatbelt depends on the size of the person in the car, so there could be two to three touch points just on the seatbelt itself. Also, the belt sits across you, so if you were to cough or sneeze there’s a very good chance germs get on the seatbelt or the steering wheel. Keep your car germ free: which products to use Although Ben uses commercial products made specifically to clean cars without damaging leather or interior materials, bleach-free antibacterial wipes are the next best thing. Ben says: “They’re inexpensive and kill 99.9% of germs, so they’re as safe and inexpensive as you can get without going out and buying a really strong cleaner. With a pack of wipes, a pair of gloves and a dry microfibre cloth, you can give most of the touch points a clean. Don’t just give each area a quick wipe; make sure you wipe it at least twice in a forwards and backwards motion so you’ve cleaned it completely.’ Now wash your hands! “Every time I remove my gloves I always give my hands a good wash,” says Ben. “I wear gloves during my working day and advise people to wear gloves if they are in a vehicle such as a rental car or a taxi. You don’t know which areas of the car the previous occupants have touched and germs can stay on a spot for 72 hours. If kids are travel in your car then there’s every chance they’ve been wiping their hands on windows – we’ve all done it as children, drawing faces on the window!” 40 areas of the car to clean Toyota has put together the following list of 40 areas of the car that should be cleaned. For simplicity the seatbelts are counted as one item and if you carry others in your car, you might have to spend a little longer ensuring each of your passengers can enjoy a factory-fresh ride next time they get into your car. 1 Exterior door handles 2 Frame of door and roof 3 Interior door release 4 Window switches 5 Interior door handle 6 Door pocket 7 Seatbelts 8 Seatbelt clips 9 Seat adjust buttons 10 Steering wheel 11 Horn 12 Control stalks 13 Driver air vents 14 Dashboard 15 Power button 16 Gear shift 17 Multimedia screen 18 Central air vents 19 Heating controls 20 Glovebox 21 Log book 22 Central storage compartment 23 Cupholders 24 Rear-view mirror 25 Interior lights 26 Grab handle 27 Key 28 Head rests 29 Seat pockets 30 Rear central tab 31 Fuel cap 32 Wheel valves 33 Boot lid 34 Parcel shelf 35 Boot floor tab 36 Boot close button 37 Bonnet lid 38 Washer cap 39 Dipstick 40 Oil cap Original article source: Toyota Media https://media.toyota.co.uk/2020/03/toyota-tips-on-how-to-keep-your-car-germ-free/ (25/03/20)
  4. MOTs for cars, vans & motorcycles due from 30 March 2020 From 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months. This is being done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. There’s separate guidance about what to do if your MOT due date is up to and including 29 March 2020. There are different temporary rules for MOT tests for lorries, buses and trailers. What you need to do You do not need to do anything to extend your vehicle’s MOT expiry date if it’s on or after 30 March 2020. However, you must keep your vehicle safe to drive. Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption. This will extend your current MOT expiry date by 6 months. ExampleYour vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 3 April 2020. This will automatically be extended to 3 October 2020. You will need to get your MOT by this date. You can check your MOT history to see when you have been issued an exemption. It will not be updated straight away, so keep checking back if your new due date MOT is not yet showing. You will not get a paper exemption certificate. If your vehicle tax is due, you can tax your vehicle as soon as your MOT due date has been updated. If your vehicle’s first MOT is due Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption from the date its first MOT was due. If your first MOT was due before 30 March 2020 and your vehicle did not pass Your vehicle will not get an extension to its MOT due date. Your vehicle will need to pass an MOT before you can drive it again. The government is allowing MOT centres and garages to remain open. So you can still get an MOT if you need your vehicle: to shop for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible for any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person to travel to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home Read the full guidance on staying at home and away from others. Keep your vehicle safe to drive You must make sure your vehicle is safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). It can be unsafe even if your MOT expiry date has been extended. Find out how to check your vehicle is safe and read the rules about vehicle maintenance, safety and security. You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition. Original article source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020 Published by gov.uk (25/03/20)
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  6. Toyota Gazoo Racing has been the driving force behind multiple championship titles at the highest levels of international motorsport. Now it is set to be part of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, the UK’s premier motorsports competition, with the Speedworks-engineered Corolla competing under the new Toyota Gazoo Racing UK banner The name switch from Team Toyota GB creates a formal link with Toyota Gazoo Racing, the umbrella organisation for Toyota’s international race and rallying activities. Competing in the World Rally Championship since 2017, the Toyota Gazoo World Rally Team already has manufacturer and drivers’ honours to its credit. In the World Endurance Championship, Toyota Gazoo Racing is a double winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours and current champion manufacturer. And in the Dakar Rally, one of the world’s most gruelling motorsports challenges, the Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux was the overall winner in 2019 and placed second in 2020. Toyota Gazoo Racing is about more than just competition, it is about building the teamwork and technical skills of Toyota’s people and celebrating car culture around the world by involving fans and enthusiasts in a wide range of activities and encouraging motorsports at grass-roots level. It also directly contributes to Toyota’s commitment to building ever-better cars, through experience gained on the racetrack and rally stage. Toyota Gazoo Racing is the development partner in a growing range of new Toyota GR and GR Sport models. Its technical prowess helped produce the acclaimed new GR Supra coupe and the eagerly awaited GR Yaris, the high-performance hatch that will be the basis for Toyota’s next WRC challenger. Its influence is also evident in sports styling cues for the British-built Corolla, witnessed in the newly launched GR Sport versions of the Hatchback and Touring Sports. Taking the wheel of the Speedworks Corolla this year for his seventh season driving a BTCC Toyota, Tom Ingram joins an elite crew of top British talent that has thrived with Toyota Gazoo Racing. They include Mike Conway, who is again proving his race-winning ability in the current World Endurance Championship, and Elfyn Evans, who is excelling in his first World Rally Championship season in a Toyota, winning Rally Sweden on only his second outing in the Yaris WRC. Andrew Cullis, Toyota GB Product and Communications Director, said: “We’re pleased to be able to bring our involvement in the BTCC within our worldwide Gazoo Racing activities. Just as much being about great performance and winning races, it’s a way we can help more people experience and enjoy the excitement of motorsport. We’re confident the proven race-winning combination of Tom, the Toyota Corolla and Speedworks will be doing just that through the season ahead.” Christian Dick, Speedworks Motorsport Team Principal, said: “To see the Corolla running under the Toyota Gazoo Racing UK banner this season will be a great incentive for everyone in the team and for all our fans, as it connects us with one of the world’s most successful motorsports operations. We are looking forward very much to building on our achievements during the Corolla’s debut season last year to mount an even stronger championship title challenge.” Toyota Gazoo Racing UK and Speedworks Motorsport are entering a single car in this year’s BTCC series, with the potential to increase its presence in 2021, subject to review. The new season will get under way at Donington Park on 28-29 March.
  7. The countdown has started for the launch the new Toyota GR Yaris, an all-new performance hatchback forged in the heat of the World Rally Championship. Despite its impressive pedigree as a pure-bred performance car, it carries a price tag that starts at less than £30,000 UK customers will have the choice of two versions, GR Yaris and the GR Yaris Circuit Pack, with respective on-the-road prices of £29,995 and £33,495. Specifications and further details will be announced later. Meanwhile, those keen to be among the first UK GR Yaris owners can sign up to Toyota’s “keep me informed” service for the new model, via their local Toyota centre or the toyota.co.uk website, prior to orders being accepted later in the year. First deliveries to customers are expected from November 2020. The Toyota GR Yaris is not a tuned-up version of an existing car, but an authentic performance model in its own right, with a bespoke chassis and drivetrain. It has been developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing in partnership with Tommi Mäkinen Racing – Toyota’s partner in its title-winning World Rally Championship campaign. Powered by a new 257bhp 1.6-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine, it is expected to deliver 0-62mph acceleration in less than 5.5 seconds – power and speed that are on a par with a larger (and more expensive) C-segment performance car. It promises the handling to match thanks to its lightweight construction, specially developed platform, dynamic balance and new GR-Four intelligent all-wheel drive system. These sports-focused elements are key to its role as the road-going precursor of a future Toyota World Rally Championship competition car, reviving the spirit and excitement of competition homologation models of the past. Further details about the Toyota GR Yaris are available here.
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  9. GR Supra lines up for British GT Championship A new Toyota GR Supra GT4 will line up in the 2020 British GT Championship, entered by Speedworks Motorsport. The Cheshire-based team, which also campaigns the Toyota Corolla in the British Touring Car Championship, is among the first customers for the 430bhp race car, prepared by Toyota Motorsport GMBh (TMG). It will be driven in the upcoming GT series by Sam Smelt and James Kell. The GR Supra GT4 is based on the road-going GR Supra, Toyota Gazoo Racing’s first global model, released in 2019. The three-litre in-line six-cylinder engine with single twin-scroll turbocharger has been tuned for higher power and is matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Performance elements include an Akrapovič exhaust system and body parts fabricated from a natural fibre composite, which help keep the car’s weight down to 1,350kg. The braking system is uprated with dedicated Brembo racing callipers – six-pot at the front and four-pot at the rear – and the OZ five-hole 11×18-inch wheels are shod with 305/660 Pirelli tyres. By offering the GR Supra GT4 for sale to customer teams, Toyota Gazoo Racing demonstrates its commitment to helping others become involved in and enjoy motorsport. Anyone interest in finding out more about availability and pricing can contact TMG at tmgcs@toyota-motorsport.com. Double podium finish at the Circuit of the Americas Toyota Gazoo Racing earned a double podium result in the six-hour Lone Star Le Mans race at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas on Sunday, the fifth round of the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship. The No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley put in a flawless performance to take second place, but saw their lead at the top of the drivers’ world championship reduced. Third place was taken by the No7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López – a sound result given the crew were running with the maximum success handicap. The full race story can be found here. Next stop in the WEC calendar is also in the USA, the 1,000 Miles of Sebring on 18-20 March. Introducing Kalle Rovanperä – the history man Kalle Rovanperä made history on Rally Sweden as the youngest driver to ever stand on a World Rally Championship podium. At just 19 years old, the Finnish rising star was giving a clear signal of his potential, right from the start of his first WRC season with the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team. He certainly has the right pedigree to succeed as the son of former WRC hero Harri Rovanperä. With competition in his blood, he had mastered the art of drifting a car on ice by the age of eight and he was competing in rallies before he reached teenage. Even before he had a road licence, he was competing in events in Latvia, passing the wheel to his co-driver for the public road stretches between stages. At 15 he won the Latvian R2 class, then claimed the national open championship two years running. His WRC2 debut came on Rally Wales GB in 2017 and took his maiden victory in Australia later the same year. Kalle’s Swedish success included a storming performance on the final stage, where he was 3.7 seconds faster than any other driver. This prompted praise from team boss Tommi Mäkinen, who said: “It’s incredible what Kalle did, it was his first time on that stage in these cars. Everybody else had done it many times before, but he was just flying away from the rest.” With British driver Elfyn Evans taking the rally victory and reigning WRC champion Sebastien Ogier coming home in fourth, Tommi reckons Toyota has a “dream team” for this year’s competition. Kalle is co-driven by fellow Finn Jonne Halttunen. Their next outing will be the high-altitude test of Rally Mexico on 12-15 March. Barrichello back – in a Toyota Rubens Barrichello, the world’s most experienced Formula 1 driver with 326 race starts to his credit, will be back on track this year in a Toyota. The popular Brazilian has been signed by Toyota Gazoo Racing Argentina for its squad competing in the national Super TC2000 touring car series. The 47-year-old will be driving a Corolla alongside Matías Rossi Julián Santero and Mariano Altuna. First race date is on 1 March at the San Juan circuit. GR in Japan The Gazoo Racing stamp of sporting quality is relatively new to Europe, with models such as the Yaris GRMN, GR Supra and upcoming GR Yaris the pathfinders for Toyota’s competition-inspired road-going models, and GR Sport versions of Corolla and Yaris raising the sports style factor. Cross the globe to Japan and the GR name is well-established across a wide spectrum of model types, from the diminutive Copen roadster to the vast Voxy people carrier. This Japanese-language web page gives you a taste of what is on offer. The Toyota Gazoo Racing story Toyota has been involved in international motorsport for more than 60 years but the relationship between its competition activity and its business of building cars for the road has never been closer. That’s thanks to the fundamental link that Toyota Gazoo Racing – the umbrella organisation for its worldwide sporting activities – provides between the pit lane and production line. The experience gained from racing and rallying feeds directly into Toyota’s development of ever-better cars. And the skills of Toyota people are honed by letting them work shoulder to shoulder with the race teams at events such as the annual Nürburgring 24 Hours. Above all that, Toyota Gazoo Racing is about generating a love of cars and the joy of driving, building excitement and interest through engagement with fans and enthusiasts and encouraging motorsport at grass roots level. You can read more about the Toyota Gazoo Racing philosophy here.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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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  17. 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.
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  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.