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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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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Samantha Payne | Toyota Driven

Samantha Payne | Toyota Driven
What happens when technology meets ideas people thought were impossible? With a punk attitude and tons of ambition Samantha Payne and the team at Open Bionics are changing lives by creating unique, advanced and affordable bionic limbs that empower people.

⬇ Discover the DRIVEN series ⬇

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. 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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Toyota GR Supra at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

Toyota GR Supra at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019
Road. Race. Drift. Concept.

The Toyota Supra took over Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019, with models inspired by a wide variety of motorsport disciplines.

Making its public dynamic debut was the Supra GT4 Concept, driven by WEC driver Mike Conway.

The GR Supra Drift by HKS burned rubber with Japanese legend Nobuteru Taniguchi behind the wheel.

The road-going GR Supra also took plenty of tours on the famous Goodwood Hill.

Have you got a favourite?

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Toyota’s History at the Goodwood Festival of Speed


So many classic Toyotas have tackled the famous Goodwood Hill during the Festival of Speed. Can you name them all?

Join us again from 4-7 July 2019 at Goodwood Festival of Speed where more Toyotas will be making new memories on the Goodwood Hill.

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José María López | GR Supra Full Throttle Review

José María López | GR Supra Full Throttle Review
How did José María López get on when he traded in his LMP1 Prototype Toyota TS050 Hybrid for the new GR Supra?

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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Retro Toyota Day 2019 – Gallery

Now back for it’s 4th year and bigger than ever, Border Toyota Carlisle allowed Toyotas from all over the country to take over it’s showroom and grounds to put on a display of cars from across the brand’s history, from 70s 1000s and Celicas right up to present day GT86s.

This is always a brilliant event and is growing year on year, with a great attendance from the club – there is a gallery of the day below, and we look forward to next year’s event.

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Retro Toyota Day 2019 – Gallery

Now back for it’s 4th year and bigger than ever, Border Toyota Carlisle allowed Toyotas from all over the country to take over it’s showroom and grounds to put on a display of cars from across the brand’s history, from 70s 1000s and Celicas right up to present day GT86s.

This is always a brilliant event and is growing year on year, with a great attendance from the club – there is a gallery of the day below, and we look forward to next year’s event.

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How Does Toyota Build the Toyota Corolla?

How Does Toyota Build the Toyota Corolla?
The Toyota Corolla is proudly made in Derbyshire and this is how our Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK staff do it.

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Chris Hayes’ Career Journey | Toyota Talks

Chris Hayes
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 has travelled all over the world in his time at Toyota, and here he extols the virtues of working for a company that is dedicated to investing in talent.

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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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2019 Accessories Review

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2019 Accessories Review
Take a tour of all the accessories available on the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

To find out more about Toyota RAV4 accessories, visit the Toyota website: https://www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/rav4/specs-and-accessories

To browse the range of Toyota RAV4 accessories, visit the Toyota GB Official eBay Store: http://www.ebaystores.co.uk/ToyotaOfficialStore/_i.html?_fsub=29140217012

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