2016 Toyota Mirai Review –

The Toyota Mirai is a quiet, comfortable and very inexpensive vehicle to operate. There is a long list of various standard equipment that comes with it as well. The instant torque of the electric motor means it offers plenty of punch for overtaking. However, it is still quite difficult to recommend purchasing one, since there are very few filling stations available that will meet the specific circumstances for buyers to be able to run one of these vehicles. Even then they will pay dearly for the privilege. At this time, we simply cannot recommend purchasing one. However, we do applaud Toyota for offering the future in 2016 to the marketplace.

The Toyota Mirai is among the first of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles being offered for sale in the UK. Mirai is the Japanese word for ‘future.’ It is all part of the auto maker’s plan for forging ahead by offering alternative fuels as soon as they can.

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It is hydrogen in this case, which has the great advantage of being available at fuel stations in pressurised form just like diesel or petrol. That means that although an electric motor powers the Mirai, you have the ability to top it up in a couple of minutes just like a regular car. Its range is similar as well, at about 300 miles.

– Is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle really some you can live with?

Electricity is generated by the fuel cell through mixing oxygen and hydrogen and storing it inside the battery. The motor is powered like all of the other Toyota hybrids. What that means is that the only emission coming out of the tailpipe is water. Water is periodically purged from the system. There is even a button located on the dash, for getting rid of it whenever you want to. You just need to be sure it isn’t released right when you get home and are pulling into your garage.

The electric motor offers 335Nm and 152bhp of torque. However, the bulky motor, fuel cell, and batteries result in the car weighing around 1,850kg. This results in a top speed of 111 mph and 0 to 62 mph in 9.6 seconds. However, don’t let those figures fool you. The instant torque off of the line means that the Mirai feels plenty fast enough.

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In corners, the weight can be a problem, and the Mirai feels quite hefty there. It isn’t bad at all to drive. However, the hydrogen Toyota is best suited for motorways journeys and town driving rather than on twisting country roads. Its soft suspension does best on a route that is more relaxed.

Up front, the centre console unit, dashboard and steering wheel all feel like they are built well. However, the small buttons and touch interface are fiddly to use while on the move. We prefer to have an interface that is more logical. However, it’s quite a small niggle in all honesty.

That said, the biggest problem for Mirai comes when its rivals are considered. Nearly every car that is about the same size is a lot less expensive to purchase compared to the Toyota, with its £66,000 list price. That is more than twice what a rival car will cost, making any running cost savings practically negligible. If your purchasing decision is focused on the bottom line, then really it is impossible for us to recommend this expensive car to you. However, a proposed (but as yet unconfirmed) Government grant may result in a several thousand pound price reduction.

Even those people who are considering purchasing the car for its green credentials may need to think twice. Most hydrogen fuel is currently produced through using fossil fuels. This makes its claim of water-only coming out of the tailpipe somewhat questionable and you could also ask yourself if how the Toyota will fit into the quality used car market.

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Opportunities and Initiatives at Toyota GB | Toyota Talks

Opportunities and Initiatives at Toyota GB | Toyota Talks
Welcome to Toyota Talks, a series of interviews that offer a unique insight into the worlds of senior staff at Toyota GB.

In this film, we talk to Paul Van der Burgh, President and Managing Director of Toyota GB. Paul is proud to lead a company that puts lots of effort into investing in its staff, ensuring they are ready for whatever challenges lie ahead.

If you’re interested in a career in the automotive sector, visit the Toyota GB careers website here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/world-of-toyota/careers/

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Inspiring Innovation at Toyota GB | Toyota Talks

Inspiring Innovation at Toyota GB | Toyota Talks
Welcome to Toyota Talks, a series of interviews that offer a unique insight into the worlds of senior staff at Toyota GB.

In this film, we talk to Chris Hayes, Director of the People and Planning Division at Toyota GB. Chris is spearheading Toyota GB’s passion for innovative thinking, and here he explains how the company is nurturing its staff by creating a supportive, free-thinking environment.

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The Ultimate GT86 Engine Swap | Talking GT4586 with Ryan Tuerck

The Ultimate GT86 Engine Swap | Talking GT4586 with Ryan Tuerck
It took professional drifter Ryan Tuerck months to put the finishing touches on the GT4586 – a GT86 fitted with a Ferrari 458 engine – and only seconds for him to crash it on its first outing.

We speak to Ryan as the GT4586 made its maiden appearance in the UK at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019, and asked him what went into making the GT4586 and what it’s like to have one of the most viral car accidents on the internet.

Haven’t seen Ryan’s ‘accident’? Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obUnEqsTmLg

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How Toyota is Preparing for the Customers of the Future | Toyota Talks

How Toyota is Preparing for the Customers of the Future | Toyota Talks
Welcome to Toyota Talks, a series of interviews that offer a unique insight into the worlds of senior staff at Toyota GB.

In this film, we talk to Paula Cooper, Director of Consumer One and the Academy for Toyota GB, who is responsible for developing the innovative solutions that will prepare Toyota for the customers of the future.

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Ott Tänak | GR Supra Full Throttle Review

Ott Tänak | GR Supra Full Throttle Review
Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja are used to piloting a Yaris WRC on different surfaces in different countries. Things are different this time, with Tänak taking control of the new GR Supra. What did he think?

The Full Throttle Review series gathers the best drivers from the worlds of WRC, WEC, NASCAR and more get behind the wheel of the new GR Supra to give a true racer’s perspective on how the car behaves on track. Keep your eyes peeled for new episodes over the next few months.

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Toyota GR Supra Drift by HKS | Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

Toyota GR Supra Drift by HKS | Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019
This is the Toyota GR Supra Drift by HKS, and this year it became the first drift-enhanced Mk5 Supra to take on the Goodwood Hill. Driven by Japanese legend Nobuteru Taniguchi, the GR Supra Drift by HKS looked incredible in the Goodwood sunshine, wouldn’t you say?

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Toyota GR Supra Drift by HKS | Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

Toyota GR Supra Drift by HKS | Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019
This is the Toyota GR Supra Drift by HKS, and this year it became the first drift-enhanced Mk5 Supra to take on the Goodwood Hill. Driven by Japanese legend Nobuteru Taniguchi, the GR Supra Drift by HKS looked incredible in the Goodwood sunshine, wouldn’t you say?

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Biodiversity Day at Toyota GB

Biodiversity Day at Toyota GB
Every year, Toyota celebrates Green Month, giving staff the opportunity to step away from their desks and learn more about the environment around them.

At Toyota GB, Green Month concludes with Biodiversity Day, a whole day dedicated to getting out in the gardens of our Eco HQ and improving conditions for the local wildlife. Find out more about Biodiversity Day in this film. Will you join in with us next year?

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Toyota Supra GT4 Concept at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Toyota Supra GT4 Concept at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Making its public dynamic debut at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed was the Supra GT4 Concept, driven by WEC driver Mike Conway.

Where would you race the GT4 Concept?

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Kamui Kobayashi | GR Supra Full Throttle Review

Kamui Kobayashi | GR Supra Full Throttle Review
The Full Throttle Review series gathers the best drivers from the worlds of WRC, WEC, NASCAR and more get behind the wheel of the new GR Supra to give a true racer’s perspective on how the car behaves on track. Keep your eyes peeled for new episodes over the next few months.

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