Toshiba fleet to use Toyota Auris Hybrids

Toshiba Tec has chosen the Toyota Auris Hybrid Touring Sports as the ideal fleet vehicle for its UK engineers, due to environmental performance credentials and practicality.

The company, part of the global Toshiba Corporation, has switched to Toyota with an initial order for 28 vehicles to create a solus fleet. Based in Chertsey, Surrey, the business provides technical support for Toshiba Tec's computerised point-of-sale and retail information systems and barcode printers.

In terms of efficiency, the 1.8-litre full hybrid petrol-electric system has official combined cycle fuel economy of 76.3mpg and 85g/km CO2 emissions, when combined with 15-inch wheels. This particular version achieves a Next Green Car Rating of 29, which is among the best in the family estate vehicle category.

Toshiba Tec's teams can expect to travel in comfort, too, thanks to the signature quiet and smooth performance of the hybrid system, seamless E-CVT transmission and automatic air conditioning.

Brian Goddard, Toshiba Tec Fleet and Facilities Co-ordinator, said: "We wanted to secure the most modern and economical solution, a vehicle that has strong environmental qualities that supports our drive to reduce our carbon emissions, but which equally can provide our engineers with reliable transport and the space they need for their equipment."

The British-built Auris Hybrid Touring Sports certainly offers plenty of load space that is practical to use and easy to access. With the rear seats in place it provides 530 litres of space, but this can be extended to 1,658 litres using the one-touch Easy Flat system to fold the seats down.

John Ironmonger

Author:John Ironmonger
Date Updated:19th Nov 2013

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