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.

– Best electric cars currently on sale

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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Toyota GB and Guide Dogs: Meet the Puppy Walker – Audio Described

Toyota GB and Guide Dogs: Meet the Puppy Walker - Audio Described
Banjo the Labrador Retriever is as a playful as any other puppy. But for this young dog, the fun is combined with early training in the behaviour and skills to become a loyal and trusted guide dog.

Banjo’s lifetime career is being funded through Toyota GB staff’s on-going support for Guide Dogs, the national charity that helps people with sight loss.

Learn more about Banjo and his puppy walker here: blog.toyota.co.uk/toyota-gb-guide-dog-puppy-banjo-gets-socialised

You can learn more about Guide Dogs for the Blind here: https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/

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Toyota GB and Guide Dogs: Meet the Puppy Walker

Toyota GB and Guide Dogs: Meet the Puppy Walker
An accessible version of this film is available here: youtu.be/xcXRW6CKxi4

Banjo the Labrador Retriever is as a playful as any other puppy. But for this young dog the fun is combined with early training in the behaviour and skills to become a loyal and trusted guide dog.

Banjo’s lifetime career is being funded through Toyota GB staff’s on-going support for Guide Dogs, the national charity that helps people with sight loss.

Learn more about Banjo and his puppy walker here: blog.toyota.co.uk/toyota-gb-guide-dog-puppy-banjo-gets-socialised

You can learn more about Guide Dogs for the Blind here: https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/

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Yaris GRMN at the 2018 Pomeroy Trophy

Yaris GRMN at the 2018 Pomeroy Trophy
When the engineers of Toyota Gazoo Racing built the Yaris GRMN hot hatch they probably expected people to take them on track.

But they probably didn’t expect people to take them on track like this.

In 2018, we took two Yaris GRMN to the Pomeroy Trophy. Held annually at Silverstone circuit, the event aims to find the best all-round car.

Find out more about the Pomeroy Trophy by visiting the Toyota GB Blog: http://blog.toyota.co.uk/yaris-grmn-pomeroy-trophy

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Yaris GRMN takes on the Pomeroy Trophy

Yaris GRMN takes on the Pomeroy Trophy
When the engineers of Toyota Gazoo Racing built the Yaris GRMN hot hatch they probably expected people to take them on track.

But they probably didn’t expect people to take them on track like this.

Read more about this unique track event on the Toyota GB Blog here: http://blog.toyota.co.uk/yaris-grmn-pomeroy-trophy

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Toyota Hilux | 50 years in the making

Toyota Hilux | 50 years in the making
Toyota Hilux turns 50. Built to survive storms, volcanoes, zombies… You’ll be fine.

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Toyota Hilux | 50 years in the making

Toyota Hilux | 50 years in the making
Toyota Hilux turns 50. Built to survive storms, volcanoes, zombies… You’ll be fine.

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Practical Classics Restoration Show 2018 – Gallery

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Practical Classics Restoration Show March 2018 – Show Report

The past weekend saw the club attending the Practical Classics Restoration show at the NEC for the second time. This year the club was allocated a much larger 5 car stand up from last year’s 2 at the bottom of the largest hall.

The club and the cars received a lot of attention, with lots of comments from those that used to own them, those that want to buy another, lots of new members wanting to join and in the case of Gemma’s 1000 someone getting a bit emotional in a moment of nostalgia.

There were a good mixture of cars on the stand, with the 5 being:

  • Gemma’s restored Toyota 1000, Olly
  • Malcolm’s restored TA23 Celica GT, it’s first time on the road in 19 years.
  • Ian Evans’ restored MA61 Celica Supra
  • Geoff’s 1982 Celica Sunchaser
  • Alan’s KE25 Corolla
KE25 Corolla being worked on at the show.

The spirit of the Practical Classics show is to demonstrate what can be achieved restoration-wise, and many stands will work on the cars live, something quite unique to this event. The TEC stand was no exception, with Alan’s Corolla receiving some upgrades to it’s ignition system and some work on it’s carburettors over the course of the three days.

In all, the show was a great success for the club with a great deal of interest shown and a lot of new members joining, with the TEC stand being a credit to all those involved.

 

 

Our next event is quite soon – Retro Toyota Day at Toyota Carlisle on the 8th April. More information can be found on our Events Calendar, or on the Retro Toyota Day Facebook page.

 


























 

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Coming up – Practical Classics Restoration Show

After a successful first visit in 2017, the club will once again be attending the Practical Classics Restoration Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

The club stand is in a prominent location near the live stage, with 5 cars already lined up to be on show.

For more details visit the event link, or go through to the event’s forum thread.

Harvey with Fuzz Townshend at last year’s show.
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Toyota AYGO | Le Fil | #GoYourOwnWay

Toyota AYGO | Le Fil | #GoYourOwnWay
Always changing, always amazing, performance artist Le Fil is constantly reshaping things. So from the Electro Grey AYGO x-press, Le Fil created a futuristic piece of ‘pop sculpture’ – part art-installation, part pop performance. Because when you #GoYourOwnWay the world can take any shape you want.

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