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Toyota Auris Hybrid to power E.ON events team

The company’s field engineers already use Hilux pick-ups and now 12 Auris Hybrid models have been handed over at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire, where the car is produced.

Marco Mazzafiore, system support manager at E.ON said: ‘We’re committed to helping our own customers reduce their energy use, saving them money on their bills and lowering carbon emissions, and we’re keen to do the same within our field sales fleet.

‘We want to understand the benefits to our people and the environment of the Auris Hybrid compared to the rest of our fleet, and we’ll monitor this through telematics which we’re also trialling.’

The Auris Hybrid offers emissions from 87g/km and excellent fuel economy, given fleets significant savings in tax and fuel costs. Toyota’s technology also allows the car to be driven for short distances on its electric power alone, cutting tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption to zero.

Neil Broad, general manager Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services, said: ‘E.ON’s decision demonstrates how customers are no longer considering hybrid to be a niche or specialist choice, but view it as a mainstream option.

‘Toyota continues to lead the market in bringing the benefits of hybrid technology to the marketplace and we will extend this advantage in the summer when Auris Touring Sports is launched. It will be a unique fleet proposition, a compact, full hybrid estate car with no compromise on performance or luggage space and with class leading combined CO2 emissions from 85g/km.’

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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.