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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Introducing the GR Supra GT Cup | Gran Turismo Sport

Introducing the GR Supra GT Cup | Gran Turismo Sport
Who is the fastest Supra driver in the world?

Launching 14 April, the GR Supra GT Cup is Gran Turismo Sport’s first one-series global competition, which will see the world’s fastest Supra driver crowned at Tokyo Motor Show in October.

To find out more, visit: https://toyotagazooracing.com/jp/e-motorsports

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Parasport | Powered by Toyota [Audio Described]

Parasport | Powered by Toyota [Audio Described]
Find a sports club in your local area on the new Parasport website, powered by Toyota.

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Corolla BTCC on Track | Team Toyota GB

Corolla BTCC on Track | Team Toyota GB
Team Toyota GB return to the British Touring Car Championship with Speedworks Motorsport and the all-new, British-built Corolla.

Watch the car in action during pre-season testing on the Calafat Circuit in Spain. And make sure you turn up the sound – this is no ordinary Corolla.

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The Corolla Returns to the British Touring Car Championship | Team Toyota GB

The Corolla Returns to the British Touring Car Championship | Team Toyota GB
Go behind the scenes as the Toyota Corolla returns to the track in preparation for its first season in the British Touring Car Championship.

Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport has been working furiously to prepare the all-new Corolla for the start of the new season. We joined the team on their test at the Calafat Circuit in Spain to talk to driver Tom Ingram and Team Principal Christian Dick about how the Corolla build has progressed, and how it’s performing ahead of the start of the new season.

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Pressurised Rover Concept | Toyota and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Pressurised Rover Concept | Toyota and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Could this be our modern-day Space Cruiser?

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) are looking into how they can collaborate on international space exploration.

As a start, JAXA and Toyota will accelerate their ongoing joint study of a manned, pressurised rover that employs fuel cell electric vehicle technologies.

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Experience the Toyota GR Supra in Gran Turismo Sport

Experience the Toyota GR Supra in Gran Turismo Sport
Want to drive the Toyota GR Supra? Well, now you can.

The returning legend is now available in Gran Turismo Sport for PlayStation 4, along with a new race series for serious Supra fans only.

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Revealed: Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept

Revealed: Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept
Toyota will present the world debut of the new GR Supra GT4 Concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show 5 March.

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WRC Rally Sweden Highlights | Toyota Gazoo Racing

WRC Rally Sweden Highlights | Toyota Gazoo Racing
Ott Tänak dominated the second round of the World Rally Championship with a performance that put him top of the overall drivers’ leaderboard.

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Toyota Corolla 2019 TV Advert – 30"

Toyota Corolla 2019 TV Advert - 30"
The start of an exciting new era for the world’s best-selling car.

Watch the new UK TV advert for the Toyota Corolla, which demonstrates how the Corolla’s new hybrid powertrain makes it the no-compromise choice of today.

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Toyota Corolla 2019 TV Advert – 60"

Toyota Corolla 2019 TV Advert - 60"
The start of an exciting new era for the world’s best-selling car.

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