RECAP: a digest of recent Toyota news

13 June 2014

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Toyota put fun first when creating the new Aygo. Prices and specifications for the UK range have been announced, ahead of first vehicle deliveries from 1 July. The range offers unprecedented – and affordable – options for customisation, with up to 10 different body and cabin elements available in different colours and finishes.

There’s a new-look Yaris on the way this summer, too. The 2014 model has undergone a restyle and extensive work under the skin to deliver a more rewarding and comfortable drive. Fuel economy and emissions have also been improved.

Toyota is always looking at how it can improve people’s lives by using clever, useful technology. This month it has showcased the latest developments of its Partner Robots to help with the rehabilitation of people who have suffered leg injuries, or have balance problems. Working with Panasonic, it has also produced a cloud-based telematics system that will let drivers monitor and control their home appliances from their car.

Working in harmony with nature is at the heart of Toyota’s business and its UK operations are taking a lead in a motor-industry first collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to re-landscape their factory and office sites to promote plant and animal biodiversity.

Toyota is firmly the market leader when it comes to hybrids in the UK, and in May it passed landmark of 100,000 sales since the first Prius went on sale here in 2000. During that time it has made significant advances in fuel economy and emissions, and more gains are expected from the development of new semiconductor technology for use in the hybrid system’s power control unit.

Toyota Racing are targeting victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend (14 – 15 June). True to the spirit of the occasion, a specially commissioned Proace van camper conversion, the PRO40, is heading for the world-famous race, complete with racing livery.

Did you know?

The Toyota Camry has enjoyed many years as America’s best-selling car and there is no sign of its popularity declining. Toyota in the USA reports a record-breaking performance in May, with a Camry “gone in 60 seconds” from showrooms throughout the month.

Remember when?

In 2006 England was hoping Sven’s men would achieve World Cup glory in Germany. In patriotic spirit, 400 Yaris were used to create a giant flag of St George at Toyota’s Burnaston factory.

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And there’s more…

You can find much more Toyota content at: –

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Official Toyota UK blog

Official Toyota UK Facebook page

Official Toyota GB Twitter @toyotagb

Official Toyota UK YouTube channel

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