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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25 years of Toyota Manufacturing in the UK: Giving Something Back

25 years of Toyota Manufacturing in the UK: Giving Something Back
Join Toyota Manufacturing UK’s Jean Sayers and Helen Hydes as they travel across the country to surprise local charities with donations from the TMUK Charitable Trust.

Wherever it works in the world, Toyota aims to be a good neighbour, supporting and working with the communities local to its operations. It is also committed to helping charities and good causes.

TMUK has donated more than £5.5 million so far and since 2006 has organised fund-raising activities through the TMUK Charitable Trust. Last year the trust raised £305,000 and was able to make donations to charities and local organisations including MacMillan Cancer Trust, Sporting Futures and, local to Burnaston, Burton and District Mind.

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25 years of Toyota Manufacturing in the UK: Shaun and Mark’s story


As Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) celebrates its 25th anniversary, Toyota Burnaston members Shaun Bromley and Mark Hibbs reveal their insight to 25 years working at the factory.

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25 years of Toyota Manufacturing in the UK: Taj’s story


As Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) celebrates its 25th anniversary, Taj Singh gives us his insight to working 25 years at Toyota’s factory in Burnaston in Derbyshire.

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25 years of Toyota Manufacturing in the UK: Sally’s story


As Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) celebrates its 25th anniversary, Sally Humbert reveals just how much of a role Toyota has played in her life over the past 25 years.

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25 years of Toyota Manufacturing in the UK: Marvin’s story


As Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) celebrates its 25th anniversary, Managing Director Marvin Cooke talks about his first job on the factory floor and the 25 years he’s spent at Toyota since then.

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Toyota Loves Winter

Toyota Loves Winter

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2018 Toyota Safety Sense: Pre Collision System

2018 Toyota Safety Sense: Pre Collision System
For advanced vehicle safety systems to realise their best potential to reduce the number of traffic accidents and fatalities, they need to be operating on large numbers of vehicles. That’s why in 2015 Toyota decided to launch the democratisation of these technologies in its cars with Toyota Safety Sense, a set of active safety features designed to help prevent or mitigate the consequences of collisions across a wide range of traffic situations.

By making Toyota Safety Sense a standard feature or an affordable option on large numbers of its cars, Toyota helps larger numbers of motorists – and other road users – to benefit from the safeguards it can provide.

The package includes a Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Road Sign Assist (RSA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB). Vehicles equipped with a millimetre-wave radar further benefit from Adaptive Cruise control and PCS with a pedestrian detection function.

More than five million Toyotas worldwide are now using Toyota Safety Sense; in Europe, 92 per cent of new cars are fitted with the technology. Studies in Japan reveal that in real-world traffic conditions there has been an approximate 50 per cent reduction in rear-end collisions – and a decrease of around 90 per cent where Toyota Safety Sense operates in combination with an Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS).

Toyota is committed to achieving a safe mobility society and believes it is important to take an approach that involves people, vehicles and the traffic environment, as well as pursuing real-world safety by learning from accidents and incorporating that knowledge in its vehicle development.

True to the company’s Kaizen philosophy of continuous improvement, Toyota is introducing the second generation Toyota Safety Sense. This comes with an improved system unit, an upgraded PCS function and new Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), while retaining the established ACC, RSA and AHB functions.

Vehicles will use a single-lens camera and millimetre – wave radar with higher performance, increasing the scope of hazard detection and improving functionality. The hardware is also more compact and easier to install.

Between speeds of approximately 6 and 112mph, the upgraded Pre-Collision System will detect vehicles ahead and reduce the risk of hitting them from the back. The system can also detect potential collisions with pedestrians (in day and night-time driving) and cyclists (during daylight hours), with automated braking operating at relative speeds between 6 and 50mph.

The new Lane Tracing Assist keeps the vehicle centred in its highway lane by helping the driver with steering control, when the Adaptive Cruise Control is operating. LTA also comes with an upgraded Lane Departure Alert which can recognise the margins of straight roads, even when white line markings are not used. Should the vehicle deviate from its lane, the system will sound a warning and provided assistance for the driver to steer the car back to its correct course.

The second generation Toyota Safety Sense will be progressively rolled out from the start of 2018, predominantly in Japan, Europe and North America.

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2018 Toyota Safety Sense: Road Sign Assist

2018 Toyota Safety Sense: Road Sign Assist
The second generation Toyota Safety Sense will be progressively rolled out from the start of 2018, predominantly in Japan, Europe and North America.

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2018 Toyota Safety Sense: Lane Tracing Assist

2018 Toyota Safety Sense: Lane Tracing Assist
The second generation Toyota Safety Sense will be progressively rolled out from the start of 2018, predominantly in Japan, Europe and North America.

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2018 Toyota Safety Sense: Lane Departure Alert

2018 Toyota Safety Sense: Lane Departure Alert
The second generation Toyota Safety Sense will be progressively rolled out from the start of 2018, predominantly in Japan, Europe and North America.

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