On their end of year press conference, Toyota and Lexus commented that they are on the forefront of (plug in) hybrid technology and are now launching even fuel cell propulsion on their road going car(s).
Seen here on the forefront, David Willems (left) and Stephane Lesuisse (right) hosted the well attended end of year Toyota/Lexus press conference.
Together with this progressive technology, we are seeing important new models being presented in Brussels, like the all new Toyota RAV4 for instance, together with a host of other Toyota and Lexus “firsts” on the Brussels show.
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Hans Knol ten Bensel
Marketing Director David Willems (see photo above) pointed out that their revolutionary fuel cell car, the Mirai, will initially be offered to government bodies and private businesses and corporations which want to promote "green" mobility.
Toyota will lease their Fuel Cell Mirai to these customers for the time being, as infrastructure develops gradually. The leasing cost is quite competitive with an all in expense of 1200 Euros/month. Quite a few players in the energy (distribution) sector are keen to participate in the project, which we are anxious to see develop in the near future.
Hybrids increasingly popular...
Belgian Toyota customers are ever more choosing for hybrid propulsion. Indeed, not less than 30 pct of the Toyota's sold are hybrid, with of course still a majority of Belgian customers opting for Diesel engines. But the trend towards petrol engines is also becoming ever more clear.
The fourth generation Prius makes its Brussels debut...
Toyota therefore continues to invest in Diesel technology for our market(s), let this be said, focusing at the same time on the worldwide "greener" technologies.
The new Verso, which makes also its debut on the Brussels show, amply proves this point. It offers the 1.6 D 4D Diesel, alongside the 1,6 and 1,8 Valvematic petrol engines.
On the new RAV4 (see photo above) we see the 2 litre 4D Diesel engine developing 143 HP (105 Kw) with a generous torque of 320 Nm. The 2 litre petrol engine develops 151 HP and has 195 Nm of torque. It can be coupled to a 6 speed manual or CVT transmission.
The good news is of course that the new RAV4 is now available in a hybrid version. Needless to say that we are quite keen to get our hands on one rather soon, and tell you more on how it drives and handles...
Further Toyota news on the Brussels Show...
Besides the all new RAV4 and Verso, the new Prius makes also its debut in Brussels. This iconic hybrid is now in its fourth generation, and its CO2 emissions are now as low as 70 g/km, with consumption being a mere 3 litres/100 km.
The Yaris will be presented in a flashy two tone version, and it is also good to know that Toyota brings a comprehensive Toyota Safety Sense safety system, which will be standard equipment in the new Prius, Avensis and Verso. In the course of 2016, this system will also be available as an option in the Yaris, Aygo, Auris and RAV4.
Toyota Safety Sense includes amongst others a Pre-Collision System; this uses a camera and millimetre-wave radar to detect pedestrians and other vehicles in the road ahead. When the possibility of collision is detected, the driver is alerted with audio and visual warnings and brake assistance is activated. If the driver fails to brake in time, the brakes automatically engage to prevent or mitigate a collision.
For sporting hearts...
Toyota will also have an eye catcher on the show, the GT86 CS-R3 rally car which Patrick Snijers drove recently in the Condroz Rally. This car is built by Toyota Motorsport Gmbh in German Aachen. It is the only rear wheel drive car in the R3 category and has 232 HP fed through a sequential six speed box.
Further news is that the breathtakingly styled C-HR concept car will be offered to the public and the end of next year. On the commercial vehicle front, both the new Hilux and Proace will be available next June.
Lexus is coming to Brussels with a host of novelties…
This year, Lexus is coming to Brussels with more news than ever before. First of all, there is the new RX 200t and 450h. Both cars have recently been launched at the Frankfurt show. Needless to say, the RX has become an icon in the luxury crossover segment.
There is a design update for the GS 300h and the GS400h, and the GS range has a very sporting version, the F, which has the high revving unblown V8 of the RC Coupé under its bonnet. The equipment is further enhanced with Lexus Safety System+, and all this with no extra price rises compared to the previous GS line.
Talking about coupés, new are also the stylish Lexus RC 200t en RC 300h. The midsize luxury coupés can also be had with a 245 HP cylinder turbo coupled to an 8 speed sports Direct Shift automatic box.
On the popular CT 200h and IS 300h, Lexus offers a so called “Shadow Edition”, combining a black colour with extra equipment at interesting prices.
Lexus now also introduces the annual “Hybrid Health Check”, which allows also to extend the battery guarantee to 10 years…
You will read more about the Toyota and Lexus news in more detail in forthcoming reports…
Last but not least Toyota/Lexus presented its new PR team, with Aurélie Gerth being the PR & Social Media Manager, and Stephan Lesuisse the Press Events Manager.
Hans Knol ten Bensel