This August is Toyota’s Trybrid month, whereby Toyota are promoting test drives in their extensive range of hybrid vehicles. Toyota say it is a great way to find out exactly what the clean vehicle technology has to offer.
Not only do you get to try the latest hybrids from Toyota, but they’re also offering customers’ cars a free wash while you’re out on the test drive.
You can choose to test drive from the following list, Yaris Hybrid, Auris Hybrid, Auris Hybrid Touring (estate car), Prius, Prius Plug-in, Prius+.
Although hybrid’s have only really been widely adopted and accepted in recent years, Toyota has been working on them for quite some time, since 1969 in fact – yet it took them until 1997 before releasing the first production hybrid to the mass market. The technology is therefore very well tried and tested and to this point Toyota have sold over 5 million hybrid vehicles worldwide.
Toyota believes those who have never tried hybrid before are in for a pleasant surprise, experiencing the quiet, smooth and refined performance that’s characteristic of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive. There are also the green credentials, such as excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions that make the majority of the hybrid range road tax-exempt. Low CO2 means low benefit-in-kind tax rates for company car drivers, too.
As full hybrids, these vehicles can be driven for certain distances on their electric power alone, which means near-silent running and zero tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption. That’s a major benefit in slow moving urban traffic, where pollution concerns are highest and, typically, fuel can be wasted. Switchable drive modes further enable simple, automatic adjustment of the cars’ performance to favour responsiveness or economy, according to driver preference.
As well as low carbon emissions, Toyota’s hybrids produce almost no NOx and particulate matter – pollutants that have a damaging effect on air quality. The drive system incorporates an automatic stop-start function, and regenerative energy is created by both braking and deceleration, feeding otherwise lost energy back as electricity to store in the hybrid battery.
In spite of being technically advanced, Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive has proved robust and reliable. That quality is backed up by a warranty that goes beyond Toyota’s established five years/100,000 miles new car cover to provide eight years peace-of-mind protection for the hybrid battery.