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.


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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Oldest UK Carina E

Search is on for the oldest British-built Toyota

Competition launched to find the earliest surviving Carina E

In December 1992, history was made when the first Toyota Carina E rolled off the line at Toyota’s newly opened factory at Burnaston, in Derbyshire. Twenty years on, it’s time to celebrate and Toyota is hoping to mark the occasion by tracing the oldest surviving example still in daily use.

Thanks to Toyota’s commitment to quality and reliability, a huge number of the cars are still on the road today. DVLA records show some 17,000 Carina models, built between 1992 and 1997 are still in regular use.

To mark that achievement, Toyota has launched a competition, offering owners and drivers of the UK’s oldest British-built Toyotas a chance to get behind the wheel of the newest – the all-new Auris to be launched in December.

It is seeking the help of enthusiasts across the land to track down those early cars and their owners, using the power of social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

Anyone spotting a K-plate Carina E is asked to let the owner know about the search, perhaps simply by putting a note on the car’s windscreen, and that Toyota would like to get in touch.

If you own such a car, you can easily confirm whether it was British-built, or one of a number that were imported from Japan. The 17-character code on the vehicle’s identification plate will start with an S for Burnaston vehicles, and a J for imported cars. The plate can be found under the bonnet, just below the windscreen wipers.

To let Toyota know about the car, name, address and contact details should be emailed to toyota.contact@tgb.toyota.co.uk. Owners of the oldest examples found will be invited to tell their car’s story and have it photographed, and will have the chance to win use of a new Auris for a week (terms and conditions apply).

Toyota owners and spotters are also invited to post pictures of early Carina E on Facebook (‘Like’ at www. facebook.com/toyotauk) or by posting on Twitter with the hashtag #firstGBtoyota. The vehicle owner’s permission must be obtained before posting.

There’s a serious message behind the mission to find the oldest Carina E. Achieving the highest standards of build and quality are central to Toyota, and there was to be no compromise when the decision was made to begin its European manufacturing operations in the UK. The building of a new assembly plant here was only sanctioned once it could be sure that British parts suppliers and assembly line workers were capable of working within the same margins as their Japanese counterparts.

By 1993, Carina E was in full-scale production at Burnaston, beginning a long-line of saloon and hatchback production that continues today with Avensis and new Auris and Auris Hybrid. Its output makes a significant contribution to the current prosperity of the country’s automotive industry: last year Burnaston produced more than 128,000 vehicles, 80 per cent of which were sent for export to Europe and other world markets.

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Oldest UK Toyota

Does anyone know of a car/owner that can beat long-standing TEC member Dave Clarke’s acheivement of possibly having the oldest UK Toyota. If there is an older car, can this then boast still being in regular road use ?

If it can, can it then beat the triple whammy that Dave can claim of having actually bought the car brand new from an early UK Toyota dealer and having continuous ownership of it since then. I thought not !!!!


Here’s the car at Oulton Park this year (2012) where it won Best Japanese Classic.


Here’s Dave at Cholmondeley in 2010 enjoying a cuppa !


And here’s the article about Dave and his Corona from the Toyota Today magazine.

Details are Toyota Corona RT40 registered on 1st January 1967 as although Dave agreed the purchase in late 1966, he wanted to wait for the all-important ‘new’ E- suffix registration.

We’re hoping to have Dave and the Corona at the Event City Indoor Show in Manchester in April 2013.

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TEC at Event City Show in Classic Car Weekly

Just in case you’ve missed it, the TEC stand at the Classic Car Spectacular last weekend made it into print with an appearance in Classic Car Weekly dated Wednesday 28th March 2012.

As Peter Hunter had anticipated, putting Tony’s Land Cruiser on the open end of the stand certainly caught people’s attention. I was a little disappointed though that they didn’t seek to clarify that there was one Celica Supra there and that the red car was in fact an RA61 Celica.

That aside it’s nice to see the classic press recognising early Japanese cars.


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North West Indoor Classic Show, Manchester – 2012

The stand is now set up at this show with a fine display as the photos show.


The cars are four different cars from last year and show the varied range of vehicles within the club.

The show is open to the public on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March.


We look forward to meeting past, present and future club members so come along and say hello. Details of the show are in this link:


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Today Tomorrow Toyota coverage of TEC 2011 AGM

Look at all the smiling faces in this photo and then read all about it by clicking the link below:-



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Club Vehicle Dating Service

Historic Tax Class update 1976 manufactured Toyotas

The Government’s 40 year rolling historic tax class will see more cars becoming “Tax Exempt” and, as there’s plenty of Toyotas still on the road from the 1970’s, now is the time to check your V5/C (log book) to see if your car qualifies as it becomes 40 years old.

Unfortunately the DVLA doesn’t change the taxation class automatically, the registered keeper is required to request the changes. If your Toyota was first registered in 1976 or before then, you’re now eligible from 1st April 2017 to qualify and enjoy “tax exempt” motoring. Cars registered in 1977 but manufactured in 1976 can also qualify as long as you can prove to the DVLA the year of manufacture. Many Toyotas took as long as 9 months from rolling off the production line to registration in the UK so it is worthwhile to check.

The TEC is currently the only Toyota Club on the DVLA club listing V765 scheme which allows a “dating certificate” to be issued to allow 1977 registered cars manufactured in 1976 to qualify. Contact Harvey Wade by e-mail, tecmembership(at)yahoo.co.uk, with the chassis number and we can check what month the car was manufactured.

Fee for this certificate is £20 for non members and discount rate of £10 for subscribing TEC club members

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Monte Carlo Historic Rally 2015

This year’s UK start of this famous rally is once again departing from Paisley Abbey . TEC members Alan Duncan ( Big Al ) & Harvey Wade will be joining the competitors on two runs. Alan is travelling all the way to the French start of the Monte at Reims in his 1974 TA22 Celica, and Harvey is taking a more local historic run to the first time control at Auldgirth outside Dumfries in his 1973 TA12 Carina.

Last year Alan and his wife Cath went all the way to Monte Carlo , and thouroghly enjoyed a trouble free run over the Alps, so in comparison this is just a short run for “the yellow peril” Celica.

Harvey and Gemma Wade will be taking for the first time the Carina over the start ramp, fothe last 3 Monte’s Gemma’s KP30 1000 “Ollie” was used but the Carina will take to the 80 mile first leg this year for a change.

Look out for the cars on the 28th Jan 2015, departing Paisley Abbey from 7.00pm.


Alan & Cath Duncan with the “Yellow Peril”    (2012 Monte)


Harvey & Gemma Wade with “Ollie the 1000”  (2013 Monte)

Three Toyotas went over the start ramp. Alan & Harvey were joined by a JDM TA22 GTV.

Both Celicas travelled to Reims to watch another start for the Reims to Monte Carlo leg.


Big Al’s TA22 with a rather cold “Mrs Big Al” Cath Duncan


JDM Celica GTV note TA23 style front although its a TA22 this nose available in Japan only


Snowy start after first nights rest halt in the Scottish borders

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Toyota Enthusiasts Club at the NEC 2015

Toyota Corona RT40

First time in 21 years the Toyota Enthusiast Club were displaying at the Lancaster Insurance Classic car show at Birmingham NEC. The Corona above is still owned by Dave Clark who bought it new from the showroom in 1966 and 50 years on he still has it. Other cars on display was the magnificent Crown coupe, the original 1st generation Celica and the technologically advanced and first UK market FWD fuel injected Celica.

NEC 2015 Classic Motor Show
NEC 2015 Classic Motor Show
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TEC at Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show Apr 2017

First time the club attending this venue and an excellent three days with great interest in both cars on display.

Darren Neilson displayed his magnificent 1972 Crown coupe (more pics to follow)17757128_10212852399293123_2819856066250919719_n
17621821_1506492242695404_8880396472790659712_oFuzz Townshend  of Car SOS popped in to say hello

17634879_10212852841224171_6011232445772550526_nEdd China had plenty of room in the crown

Harvey Wades has his unrestored 1973 Carina 1600,somewhat cosmetically challenged in the paint dept!


Even “The Stig” was impressed by the Crown

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TEC invited back to NEC in Nov 2017

The Club have been accepted to display at  NEC Classic Car Show 10th-12th November 2017, UK largest and most prestigious classic event. Pics below from the 2016 event. If any club member could like to be considered for this years display contact events coordinator  Malcolm Graham-Jones.


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