Defra orders 400 UK-built Toyota Auris Hybrids

Defra, the government department responsible for the environment, food and rural affairs, is replacing a significant proportion of its diesel company car fleet with British-built Toyota Auris hybrid electric models. The changeover, expected to cover more than 400 vehicles, is already under way and will continue throughout 2018 in a rolling replacement process. The cars will be used by four Defra organisations: Environment Agency, Marine Management Organisation, Rural Payments Agency and Animal and Plant Health Agency.

Hybrids give Toyota a sales boost

The increasing popularity of Toyota’s petrol-electric hybrid vehicles helped propel the manufacturer to a 5.5 per cent increase in new vehicle sales in 2017 – in a UK market that declined overall by 5.6 per cent

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