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Slimming World cuts the carbs with Lexus hybrids

The weight loss organisation has signed a deal that will see 76 cars acquired for its managers during the next three years, building on its move to establish the nation’s first all-hybrid fleet more than a decade ago.

The vehicle choices include the new NX 300h – with the firm saying that the cost profile of the new compact SUV, brought it firmly within its fleet vehicle specifications, offering better value than non-premium rivals – together with the CT 200h hatchback and IS 300h sports saloon.

Caryl Richards, Slimming World managing director, said: ‘Slimming World has always been a forward-thinking organisation and we’re extremely proud of the fact that we were the first company in the UK to have an all-hybrid fleet, so when we looked at updating our company cars it was important that we were able to maintain this.

‘The majority of the fleet will be used by our district and field managers, who support our 4,000 consultants and 12,000 Slimming World groups across the UK and Ireland. They cover around 30,000 business miles a year. Most of these managers are women and they are mainly visiting Slimming World groups in the evening, so it’s vitally important to us that they have a safe and reliable choice of car. Our new partnership with Lexus will enable us to provide them with this as well as supporting our commitment to being environmentally responsible. And just as importantly to their drivers, they look great too.’

Richard Balshaw, Lexus director, added: ‘We’re delighted that Slimming World values the premium quality, performance, environmental efficiency and business cost benefits that Lexus hybrids provide. Its commitment to hybrid and to Lexus is another example of the growing movement among British businesses to embrace hybrid as the common sense choice for their vehicle fleets.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.