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Toyota Auris Hybrid ticks all the boxes for Pets at Home

The business is expanding its network of Groom Room salons inside the Pets at Home stores, with 89 salons currently there are plans to open a further 30 in the coming year.

The hybrid Toyotas will be driven by regional district managers, covering around 30,000 miles a year. Most of this will be town and city driving, which was one of the key reasons for choosing a hybrid model.

Auris’s hybrid system uses a 1.8-litre petrol engine and a high-output electric motor. The powertrain is engineered so that the petrol engine is used as little as possible in city driving, the electric motor enabling zero-emissions driving in slow-moving traffic. A stop-start function also ensures no energy is wasted when the vehicle comes to a halt. Thanks to clever packaging of the hybrid battery, the Auris Hybrid has as much space in the boot as its petrol and diesel sister models; a key factor in Pets at Home’s decision.

Simon McKee, Pets at Home fleet manager, said: ‘We chose Auris Hybrid because it’s efficient, environmentally friendly and large enough to fit the various dog grooming equipment in without being imposingly big if the driver isn’t used to larger vehicles.’

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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.