Toyota will be out in force in this year’s RAC Future Car Challenge with a trio of models demonstrating the breadth of its industry-leading technologies for developing cleaner, sustainable transport.
The SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) Industry Forum has replaced its fleet of Avensis saloons after five years use with six Auris Hybrids, built at Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire.
Toyota is celebrating the delivery of its 20 millionth vehicle in Europe, a landmark reached just 10 years after recording its 10 millionth sale here.
Home honours were claimed by the England A Auris hybrid in the Toyota Nations Challenge on Saturday, achieving an average 72.8mpg over the 60-mile route from Brighton to London.
For the historic vehicles taking part in the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, simply completing the 60-mile route might be considered achievement. A quite different test faces the fleet of hybrid Toyota models that will be to the fore in the first Brighton to London Future Car Challenge.
A white Toyota Auris parked under a Victorian railway arch in London’s East End wouldn’t normally attract too much attention, but passers-by in Shoreditch were stopped in their tracks as the seemingly ordinary car was transformed, its bodywork peeling back to reveal a pulsing blue light.