SMMT’s Industry Forum lowers emissions with UK-built fleet

09 May 2011 #SMMT News

Industry Forum has announced that after five years, it is replacing its fleet of Toyota Avensis saloons with Auris Hybrid vehicles, to improve fuel economy and deliver better environmental performance across its business fleet.

The new Auris, which is manufactured by Toyota at its Burnaston plant in Derby, has an average fuel consumption of 70.6mpg and emits 89g/km CO2, a significant improvement on the outgoing older vehicles.

Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive and Michael Baunton, Chairman of the SMMT Industry Forum visited the Toyota plant to receive the vehicles. “We are dedicated to improving the efficiency and environmental impact of the UK motor industry,” said Baunton. “With our staff now driving the impressive UK-built Toyota Auris Hybrid vehicles, we can demonstrate the significant improvements that are possible in both areas.”

The Auris Hybrid is Toyota’s first European-built hybrid car and forms part of its strategy to make hybrid available throughout its vehicle range. Toyota will launch two new full hybrids in 2012; the Yaris Hybrid and seven seat Prius+.

Industry Forum is a subsidiary company of the SMMT and delivers practical training to automotive companies across the UK, helping them to reduce waste, improve profitability and lower costs throughout the supply chain. To find out more about Industry Forum’s business improvement services, click here.

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