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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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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What will the cars of tomorrow look like? We ask school kids!

What will the cars of tomorrow look like? We ask school kids!
To promote the 2020 Dream Car Art Contest, Toyota GB decided to bring the competition to life by talking to children of Lane Green First School in Wolverhampton about their cars of the future.

The Dream Car Art Contest is a global opportunity for children under 15 to show off their creative flair by imagining how the cars we’ll drive in the future might look.

Presenting cars that can time travel, water plants, jump over obstacles and have an all-important disco button, the children we filmed certainly had vivid ideas for the future of mobility.

For more information about the Toyota 2020 Dream Car Art Contest: https://www.toyota.co.uk/dreamcar

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Damales Zambia | Toyota Driven

Damales Zambia | Toyota Driven
This is the story of Damales Mukaka, nurse for Marie Stopes NGO in Zambia. Together with her team she strives to empower women all over the country, to help them choose their own path and inspire them to achieve their dreams. From the bustling city to the tiniest of villages. Damales brings empowerment to the remotest places of Zambia. What drives her to make an impact? How does she change her country and the world at large? Check out her story.

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DRIVEN: A documentary series about the people not the cars

This series is not about Toyota cars. DRIVEN is a story about the people who drive our cars.

And more importantly: it is about what drives them. It is a story about their direction in life rather than their destination. So for once we are not selling you a car. We are showing you a dream. We are telling you a story and hopefully taking you along the road. Where are you heading?

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Behind the Scenes of a Racing Simulator

Behind the Scenes of a Racing Simulator
Has Marvin Struijk got one of the best jobs in the world?

He reveals all about Toyota Gazoo Racing’s high-tech race simulator, including how powerful it is, why it’s so important and how good he is behind the wheel.

Want more Toyota sim action? Watch our film with BTCC ace Tom Ingram: https://youtu.be/QuvfpHQpgho

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Tom Ingram v The Simulator: Full Silverstone Onboard

Tom Ingram v The Simulator: Full Silverstone Onboard
Real life or make believe?

Watch the uncut onboard footage as BTCC driver Tom Ingram completes a full flying lap of the Silverstone circuit in Toyota Gazoo Racing’s high-tech racing simulator.

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Tom Ingram v The Simulator: Full Silverstone Onboard

Tom Ingram v The Simulator: Full Silverstone Onboard
Real life or make believe?

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Tom Ingram Takes on the Ultimate Racing Simulator

Tom Ingram Takes on the Ultimate Racing Simulator
When we invited British Touring Car Championship driver Tom Ingram to Toyota Gazoo Racing’s headquarters in Cologne, we promised him the ultimate driving sim experience.

Watch Tom strap into Toyota’s high-tech racing simulator as he experiences the power of the TS050 Hybrid LMP1 Prototype.

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Tom Ingram Takes on the Ultimate Racing Simulator

Tom Ingram Takes on the Ultimate Racing Simulator
When we invited British Touring Car Championship driver Tom Ingram to Toyota Gazoo Racing’s headquarters in Cologne, we promised him the ultimate driving sim experience.

Watch Tom strap into Toyota’s high-tech racing simulator as he experiences the power of the TS050 Hybrid LMP1 Prototype.

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Toyota’s Focus on Mobility for All | 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, Paul Van der Burgh, President and Managing Director of Toyota GB explains the fascinating thinking behind Toyota’s transition to a company that offers Mobility for All.

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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Working at Toyota GB | Toyota Talks

Working 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, Chris Hayes, Director of the People and Planning Division at Toyota GB, gives a unique insight into what it’s like to work for Toyota GB and how the company is shaping the future of mobility.

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