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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Finding the best Toyota in the UK – The Parallel Pomeroy Trophy

The Pomeroy Trophy is a competition run from Silverstone circuit on Saturday 16th February 2019, and this year is it’s 64th running. It aims to find the best all round touring car using a formula based on that of Laurence Pomeroy.

Some of you may remember that last year Toyota entered 2 Yaris GRMNs and a Corona into the event: https://blog.toyota.co.uk/yaris-grmn-pomeroy-trophy

This year, Toyota are running the “Parallel Pomeroy Trophy” alongside the main event, and are inviting all (road legal) Toyotas to take part.

The aim is to find the UKs best overall Toyota. As the event itself always has such a wide variety of cars being that anything road legal can take part, Toyota are hoping to get a massive spread of models from over the years to participate. We would love for the club to show a good turnout here as it promises to be a great event, and as mentioned above it doesn’t matter what Toyota you want to take part with – as long as it’s road legal.

Competitors will participate in a series of autotest-style challenges, with a minimum of six tests scheduled on the day. A competition licence isn’t required, but a road driving licence is needed and passengers are not allowed to be on board during the tests.

There is a £30 entry fee, with all proceeds going to the Guide dogs for the Blind charity. Regulations along with an entry form can be found at this link: https://www.vscc.co.uk/vsccMedia/25863.pdf, or in the blog post below.

You can find more information about the event in Toyota’s blog post here: https://blog.toyota.co.uk/is-your-toyota-a-winner-join-us-at-silverstone-to-find-out

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Website update and full NEC Gallery

If you are seeing this, you’re successfully seeing our upgraded website – everything should look the same but the site should be a bit more responsive and speedy compared to previously.

This also means we can now post up a larger gallery from the NEC show back in November. I’m hoping to also have a little write-up for each car that was on the stand over the coming weeks.

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How to Wrap a Shirt

How to Wrap a Shirt
Wrapping gifts for the petrolhead in your life? Follow our guide to wrap the perfect present.

For a limited time only, Toyota GB is selling exclusive Toyota Supra inspired wrapping paper that has the same camouflage body wrap design as the all-new sports car which arrives in 2019.

The paper is available to buy now, here: http://fal.cn/SupraWrappingPaper

All profits will go to the Crisis UK, the national charity for homeless people, to support its Crisis at Christmas programme.

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How to Wrap a Race Car

How to Wrap a Race Car
Wrapping gifts for the petrolhead in your life? Follow our guide to wrap the perfect present.

For a limited time only, Toyota GB is selling exclusive Toyota Supra inspired wrapping paper that has the same camouflage body wrap design as the all-new sports car which arrives in 2019.

The paper is available to buy now, here: http://fal.cn/SupraWrappingPaper

All profits will go to the Crisis UK, the national charity for homeless people, to support its Crisis at Christmas programme.

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How to Wrap a Jacket

How to Wrap a Jacket
Wrapping gifts for the petrolhead in your life? Follow our guide to wrap the perfect present.

For a limited time only, Toyota GB is selling exclusive Toyota Supra inspired wrapping paper that has the same camouflage body wrap design as the all-new sports car which arrives in 2019.

The paper is available to buy now, here: http://fal.cn/SupraWrappingPaper

All profits will go to the Crisis UK, the national charity for homeless people, to support its Crisis at Christmas programme.

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How to Wrap a Mug

How to Wrap a Mug
Wrapping gifts for the petrolhead in your life? Follow our guide to wrap the perfect present.

For a limited time only, Toyota GB is selling exclusive Toyota Supra inspired wrapping paper that has the same camouflage body wrap design as the all-new sports car which arrives in 2019.

The paper is available to buy now, here: http://fal.cn/SupraWrappingPaper

All profits will go to the Crisis UK, the national charity for homeless people, to support its Crisis at Christmas programme.

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How to Wrap a Cap

How to Wrap a Cap
Wrapping gifts for the petrolhead in your life? Follow our guide to wrap the perfect present.

For a limited time only, Toyota GB is selling exclusive Toyota Supra inspired wrapping paper that has the same camouflage body wrap design as the all-new sports car which arrives in 2019.

The paper is available to buy now, here: http://fal.cn/SupraWrappingPaper

All profits will go to the Crisis UK, the national charity for homeless people, to support its Crisis at Christmas programme.

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Mike Conway | Toyota Supra

Mike Conway | Toyota Supra
With the arrival of the new Toyota Supra imminent, we gathered seven of the world’s very best drivers from a variety of disciplines to put the legend through its paces.

In this film, Toyota Gazoo Racing World Endurance Championship driver Mike Conway uses his experience of phenomenal speeds to give the new Supra the ultimate test.

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Mike Conway | Toyota Supra

Mike Conway | Toyota Supra
With the arrival of the new Toyota Supra imminent, we gathered seven of the world’s very best drivers from a variety of disciplines to put the legend through its paces.

In this film, Toyota Gazoo Racing World Endurance Championship driver Mike Conway uses his experience of phenomenal speeds to give the new Supra the ultimate test.

Join the conversation:
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/toyotagb
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Townsend Bell | Toyota Supra

Townsend Bell | Toyota Supra
With the arrival of the new Toyota Supra imminent, we gathered seven of the world’s very best drivers from a variety of disciplines to put the legend through its paces.

In this film, IndyCar racer Townsend Bell tells us how the new Supra meets up to his high-school memories.

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