Toyota has been named the Green Fleet Manufacturer of the Year in the Fleet News Awards, achieving the honour for a second year in succession. The award, presented at a ceremony in London this week, reconfirms Toyota’s leadership in making vehicles that deliver genuine benefits to businesses who want to improve their environmental performance while maintaining a practical, reliable and cost-effective vehicle fleet.
As the world leader in self-charging hybrid power, Toyota has continuously improved the technology’s performance and made it available across an increasingly wide range of models, meeting the needs of more business customers.
The judges were clear about the qualities that earned Toyota the green accolade, stating: “Now fully committed to hybrid, Toyota has always been an environmental pioneer but it continues to introduce new initiatives every year. It has never wavered from its objectives, with long-term planning for a greener future. Think environment, think Toyota.”
This year sees the introduction of further Toyota hybrids with strong appeal to business and company car drivers, led by the all-new, British-built Corolla. Corolla, offered in hatchback, Touring Sports wagon and Saloon versions, is the first European Toyota to be available with two self-charging hybrid powertrains, increasing customer choice with different power outputs and driving characteristics.
The latest generation RAV4 SUV, also launched this year, becomes an all-hybrid range with all-wheel drive models benefiting from an electric rear axle drive system that provides significantly improved performance in low-grip conditions. Later this year the all-new Camry Hybrid will strengthen Toyota’s presence in the mid-size saloon market, combining highly efficient performance with sharp styling, exceptional comfort and superior equipment specifications.
Together with the popular Toyota C-HR (highly commended in the Fleet News award for Best Compact SUV), these hybrid models are all constructed on Toyota New Global Architecture – TNGA – platforms, giving them fundamental strengths in terms of ride, handling, safety and advanced packaging and design.
Stuart Ferma, General Manager Toyota and Lexus Fleet, said: “Toyota has a global commitment to achieving the highest environmental standards in all areas of our business. For our fleet customers this means we are constantly developing technologies and vehicles that deliver real-world greener performance without compromising the day-to-day quality, reliability and value that businesses demand. At the same time as we are increasing our range of self-charging hybrids, ever-greater numbers of fleet customers are recognising them as the ideal solution as they look to move away from conventional powertrains to cleaner alternatives.”