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Toyota awards 2021: praise for our cars and people

A stellar year for Toyota in 2020 resulted in our brand collecting more than 30 awards, with key models such as the all-new Yaris and GR Yaris, the Toyota Corolla and the Proace City being honoured by both critics and motorists alike. With a raft of new models joining the range over the coming 12 months,…



A stellar year for Toyota in 2020 resulted in our brand collecting more than 30 awards, with key models such as the all-new Yaris and GR Yaris, the Toyota Corolla and the Proace City being honoured by both critics and motorists alike. With a raft of new models joining the range over the coming 12 months, it’s likely that Toyota will continue to win awards during 2021.

As our cars, services and people are recognised for their achievements in the automotive industry and beyond, this article will be updated throughout the next 12 months to reflect the growing number of honours bestowed upon us during the calendar year.

Toyota “Rising Stars” Named in Autocar’s Great British Women in the Car Industry 2021

Dora Boganyi, Louise McLoughlin and Charlotte Twigg of Toyota (GB) and Kirsten Gooderham from Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) have been named as Rising Stars in Autocar’s Great British Women in the Car Industry for 2021.

The awards, presented in association with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, recognise the most accomplished and talented women working in Britain’s motor industry.

Candidates were selected from many different areas of the car industry, with Boganyi and Twigg featuring in the mobility and digital solutions category and McLoughlin and Gooderham in marketing and manufacturing respectively.

Rachel Shepherd, Toyota General Manager, HR and Facilities, said: “It is hugely encouraging to achieve recognition for such different areas of our business.  We hope that these achievements will further inspire women within our business and drive greater representation of women within our industry more widely.”

Chair of the judging panel and Managing Director of Autocar and Haymarket Automotive, Rachael Prasher, said: “We were delighted with the number of entries we received this year, a clear indicator that Autocar‘s Great Women initiative is both well received within the industry and having a positive impact. The judging was one of the trickiest I’ve been involved in, with a remarkable talent pool of Rising Stars that bodes well for the future of the automotive industry.”

Toyota named the most reliable brand at the Auto Trader New Car Awards 2021

Satisfied owners have voted Toyota the most reliable car brand in the Auto Trader New Car Awards.

The result is based on the real-world experiences of UK motorists, with more than 148,000 people submitting their opinions on a wide range of ownership categories.

Rory Reid, Auto Trader’s YouTube Director, said: “Whether it’s a mighty Land Cruiser blasting through the desert, or a nippy Corolla tackling the rush hour traffic, Toyota has long had a reputation for superb reliability, and our survey proves it’s much deserved. We were inundated with owners praising their Toyotas not just for their durability, but for their brilliant combination of practicality and fun driving performance.”

Consumers rated their cars across 16 different criteria, from reliability and performance to appearance and running costs. They were also asked about their overall satisfaction with their vehicle and how likely they would be to recommend it to others. The awards were announced this week in an on-line event.

The quality, reliability and durability built into every Toyota vehicle were key to securing the award and are also the foundation for the launch this week of the ground-breaking new Toyota Relax warranty programme. This provides owners with complete peace of mind protection for their vehicle for up to 10 years.

A first for the UK motor industry and unmatched in its scope by any other manufacturer’s warranty programme, it gives 12 months/10,000 miles’ cover each time a vehicle is serviced at an official Toyota centre.  Any Toyota up to 10 years old or with up to 100,000 miles on the clock is eligible. The warranty is automatically applied and there is no extra cost to the customer.

Akio Toyoda wins 2021 World Car Person of the Year

Akio Toyoda, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is the 2021 World Car Person of the Year, an honour bestowed by the World Car Awards jury.

The World Car Awards announced: “Akio Toyoda is the charismatic President and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, where he has spent years successfully remaking his company. In 2020, under his leadership, Toyota remained profitable, despite Covid-19, thus protecting jobs worldwide. He has maintained Toyota’s steady pace of development for the Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric (CASE) era and has initiated the construction of the Woven City, an exciting, real-life prototype city of the future. All while actively participating in motorsports himself, as a driver.”

Responding to the World Car Awards, President Toyoda said: “On behalf of all 360,000 Toyota Team members around the world, thank you for this tremendous honour. If you don’t mind, however, I would like to change this award from car ‘person’ of the year to car ‘people’ of the year, because it’s the collective effort of all our global employees, retailers and suppliers that have truly made Toyota what it is today. And I for one could not be a luckier or more grateful CEO.”

Thanking and recognising the contributions of the entire automotive industry, he continued: “At Toyota we are very fortunate that we were able to protect the employment of our team members during Covid and continue our work to meet the future challenge of our industry. As a company we are committed to creating new ways to support the well-being of our planet and people everywhere.

“This has been a difficult period in the history of the world. But it has also reminded us that people are what matters most. And if we at Toyota can contribute some measure of happiness to their lives, it will be my never-ending goal to do just that.”

Van Fleet World picks Hilux as its Pick-Up of the Year

The recently revised and more powerful Toyota Hilux has loaded its first trophy, taking the title of Pick-Up of the Year in the Van Fleet World Awards.  Announced today, the honour acknowledges Hilux’s latest design changes and the availability of a more powerful engine option.

In addition to Hilux’s title, the Toyota Proace City also featured in the awards with a “highly commended” rating in the Compact High Cube category.

Hilux embodies the quality, durability and reliability of the Toyota brand. The latest model, introduced at the end of 2020, has a striking new frontal design and more powerful 2.8-litre engine – available as an option for the Invincible grade model and fitted as standard to the Invincible X.  These changes, together with new equipment features, added comfort and improvements in performance both on and off-road, strengthen the world-famous pick-up’s appeal, particularly to the growing numbers of customers who need a vehicle that meets both business and leisure needs.

John Kendall, Van Fleet World Editor, said: “Hilux is one of the few names that would be recognised just about anywhere in the world. The Toyota pick-up has just about become a byword for dependability. It largely shunned the fashionable end of the pickup market, where wheels rarely get dirty, until late 2020 when Toyota gave it a 201hp engine option and a refresh.  Hilux still has a strong following among working users, providing single, extended (extra) and double cab options to suit their varying needs.”

Referring to Proace City, Kendall added: “The Toyota Proace City marks Toyota’s return to the European compact high cube van sector, offering buyers a range of driver assistance systems. The addition of an electric model is bound to sustain interest in a van that has already proved a hit with fleet buyers.”

GR Yaris is the UK Car of the Year

In perhaps its most remarkable award-winning achievement yet, the Toyota GR Yaris has been named the 2021 UK Car of the Year (UK-COTY).

The result reveals the level of love for a car that sits well outside the mainstream: an out-and-out performance hatchback designed and engineered with a focus on the pure joy of driving.

Announcing the result, UK-COTY Director John Challen said: “The GR Yaris exudes the same sort of emotions found in the original breed of hot hatches, with a modern-day twist thanks to advances in automotive technology. The most fun I’ve had behind the wheel of a car for many, many years.”

GR Yaris qualified for consideration having won the UK-COTY Best Performance title.

All-new Yaris is declared the 2021 European Car of the Year

On 1 March 2021, the Yaris hatchback scooped one of the biggest annual awards when it was declared the 2021 European Car of the Year. So significant was this victory that we dedicated a standalone article to it, which you can read by clicking here.

Double honours for Toyota in the UK Car of the Year Awards

The all-new Yaris and its performance-focused sibling GR Yaris won double honours in the 2021 UK Car of the Year Awards (UK COTY), with the fourth-generation Yaris taking the title of Best Supermini, while the GR Yaris has collecting the Best Performance trophy.

The annual UK COTY awards are judged by a group of top motoring journalists from across the country. In choosing the Toyota models as winners, they were lavish in their praise, describing the new Yaris as “an excellent evolution” and “well-styled, reliable and ideal for an urban environment.”

Agustín Martín, Toyota (GB) President and Managing Director, said: “These awards are warmly received. They demonstrate how Toyota is bringing exciting design and performance to its new models – and not just our special sports cars such as GR Yaris – while at the same time greatly increasing the efficiency and capabilities of our electrified powertrains. This is how we are able to offer cars that are genuinely rewarding to own and drive across the full performance spectrum, from everyday motoring to the challenges of the racetrack and rally stage.”

Toyota customer satisfaction rewarded with Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award

The immense satisfaction of its new car owners has earned Toyota a Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award. A wealth of positive reviews has been gathered by the independent reviews supplier since Toyota launched its partnership with Feefo in August 2020.

Feefo invites owners to rate their new car in areas such as features and specification, build quality, value for money and fuel economy. It also seeks feedback on the service the brand delivers, including all online and retailer touchpoints alongside the overall buying experience.

Toyota achieved consistently high scores, despite the restrictions on business imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Its average rating was 4.8 out of 5 stars for both categories and the Toyota GT86 excelled as the Toyota model receiving the highest proportion of five-star reviews. Feefo identified 4,067 positive reviews for Toyota with more than 290 referencing customer service.

“Toyota is part of a unique group of automotive companies leading the way in terms of innovation within the automotive industry,” said Steph Heasman, Director of Customer Success at Feefo. “This award recognises the ability of brands like Toyota to adapt to the changing habits of their customers and put their customers truly at the heart of all they do.”

Corolla wins Best Lower Medium Car in the Company Car Today CCT100 Awards

The British-built Toyota Corolla has earned further honours, being named Best Lower Medium Car in the Company Car Today CCT100 Awards, announced today.

The fuel-efficient self-charging hybrid model is increasing in popularity with business customers in the UK, having achieved an almost 30 per cent increase in fleet/business sales in 2020, despite the impact of the Covid19 pandemic. Paul Barker, Company Car Today Editor said: “The Corolla exhibits all that is good about the latest generation of Toyota models, combining efficiency with good looks and excellent levels of safety kit to make a compelling company car package.

“Toyota’s industry-leading hybrid powertrains have always made financial sense thanks to their low emissions, but the Corolla, as well as siblings such as the new Yaris and C-HR, are examples of a design that adds emotional appeal.”

MPG wins for both Yaris and RAV4 in What Car? awards

The new Toyota Yaris has emphatically proved its real-world efficiency, claiming the What Car? True MPG Award with the best figures ever recorded in the magazine’s rigorous fuel-economy test.

It’s another independent validation of the leap in performance delivered by the fourth generation of Toyota’s self-charging hybrid electric system that powers the all-new hatchback, launched in 2020. The technology significantly increases the time and distance the car can be driven in pure electric EV mode, with zero emissions and zero fuel consumption.

Commenting on Yaris Hybrid’s performance, What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford said: “Our True MPG test proves that the new Yaris Hybrid has a remarkable ability to sip fuel gently. In town, it achieved 80mpg – almost double the economy of conventionally powered small hatchbacks. And overall it’s the most efficient car we’ve ever tested, managing 59.3mpg.”

Proving that a car doesn’t have to be small to maximise the potential of Toyota’s hybrid tech, the RAV4 Hybrid was singled out in the awards for giving the best True MPG around town. In fact, the family-sized SUV used even less fuel than Yaris on urban routes in the What Car? trial.

“The RAV4 debunks the myth that large SUVs are gas guzzlers, because when we put it throughout our True MPG test, its urban fuel economy was 10mpg higher than the next best car (91.9mpg compared to Yaris in second place),” said Huntingford.

GR Yaris wins What Car? ‘Hot Hatch of the Year’ to complete clean-sweep

The Toyota GR Yaris has been crowned Hot Hatch of the Year in the What Car? Awards, completing an impressive clean-sweep of honours. It has now won every major UK motoring media award for which it has been eligible since its launch just nine weeks ago.

Announcing the award, What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford said: “The GR Yaris is a truly special machine that feels tailor-made for tackling a British B-road. With its small proportions, clever four-wheel-drive system and firecracker of an engine, its performance is incredibly accessible. Yet it’s also fast enough to frighten thoroughbred sports cars. For pure driving thrills, hot hatches don’t get any better.”

GR Yaris wins public vote for Car of the Year at 2021 carwow awards

The new Toyota GR Yaris has won the hearts of the UK’s car fans who have voted in their thousands to make it Car of the Year in 2021 carwow Awards, after first claiming the Hot Hatch of the Year title in the awards. The GR Yaris was included in a shortlist of three models for online public voting for ‘Car of the Year’ which saw it win by a huge margin – around 5,000 votes clear of its closest rival.

Announcing the results last night, carwow’s car reviews expert Mat Watson said: “The Toyota GR Yaris is an absolute gem. Its fizzy 1.6-litre engine pumps out a whopping 261hp and its four-wheel-drive system gives it the traction of a rally car. It looks great too, and no other car has put a bigger grin on my face all year.”

The immediate impact the GR Yaris has made was also recognised in a special “thank you” award from carwow to Toyota President Akio Toyoda for committing to make the car and bring it to market. Watson commented: “This award is to personally thank the boss of Toyota for making us happy, for giving us the glorious GR Yaris. Akio Toyoda personally pushed through this project to make a gem of a rally-bred homologation special that appeals to every car fan.”

carwow also honoured its more conventional sibling, giving the Best Small Hybrid Car award to the new, fourth-generation Yaris. Mat Watson declared: “The new Toyota Yaris has everything you want from a small car. It looks good, is easy to drive and it comes with loads of standard kit. And because it’s a hybrid it does more than 60mpg. You can’t argue with that.”

Land Cruiser retains Sustainability Award for second year in 4×4 Magazine awards

The Toyota Land Cruiser has maintained its status as the most “sustainable” SUV on the market, taking the honour for a second year in succession in 4×4 Magazine’s 4×4 of the Year Awards.

Once again, the key quality is Land Cruiser’s legendary reliability as a vehicle that owners can trust to put in year after year of faithful service.

Alan Kidd, 4×4 Magazine Editor, said: ““We’re well aware that a traditional off-roader is a controversial choice for our Sustainability Award. But to us, it’s very simple. The Land Cruiser may not be electric, but to us, it has something even stronger in its favour. Unlike even the best battery-powered vehicles, it’s designed to last forever.

“Buy one of these and keep it maintained, and if you so wish you have a car for life. That’s not good news for carmakers, perhaps, but it’s excellent for the planet. It’s to Toyota’s credit that after two decades of leading the way on hybrid propulsion, it’s still also building trucks like the Land Cruiser for people whose idea of green motoring is to own a 4×4 whose lifespan will be measured not in years but in decades.”

Two class wins for Proace and Proace City in Company Car & Van Awards

The Toyota Proace City and Proace vans kick-off 2021 with two class wins in the Company Car & Van Awards, the Proace City winning Small Van of the Year and the Proace winning Medium Van of the Year.

Andrew Walker, Company Car & Van Editor and Publisher, said: “The Proace City may cost a little more… but for that extra money, you get a lot more. It comes better specced, with standard twin sliding side doors and offers a longer five-year/100,000-mile warranty. Proven reliability and an excellent dealer network add to its appeal.”

Outlining Proace’s winning qualities he again highlighted the high equipment specification and the lengthy warranty, together with “a cleverly designed cabin, the latest tech and a raft of safety features.”


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2023 Toyota Corolla reviews: the first media drives

The finishing touches are currently being applied to the 2023 Toyota Corolla, which among many other changes will debut the fifth-generation of our world-leading, full hybrid petrol-electric powertrain. Members of the national motoring press were recently invited to test pre-production prototypes in both Hatchback and Touring Sports guise, including back-to-back comparisons with current 1.8-litre models.…




The finishing touches are currently being applied to the 2023 Toyota Corolla, which among many other changes will debut the fifth-generation of our world-leading, full hybrid petrol-electric powertrain. Members of the national motoring press were recently invited to test pre-production prototypes in both Hatchback and Touring Sports guise, including back-to-back comparisons with current 1.8-litre models. What did they think of this thoroughly refreshed model? What were their 2023 Toyota Corolla reviews?

Below is a selection of excerpts from their online reviews, which include a numerical rating where applicable. To read the full reports, simply click on the emboldened links.

2023 Toyota Corolla reviews:

“The latest refinement benefits… particularly the 1.8 Hybrid. For 2023, it’s getting a 24bhp boost to 138bhp, for a 0-62mph sprint of 9.2sec. The point of the exercise is not so much to make the entry-level Corolla a fast car, but more to improve drivability.

“Toyota has also recalibrated the drive modes. [In Eco mode] the updated car… makes better use of the increased potency of the electric motor and waits for longer before it has the engine working. That makes the car feel more relaxed without noticeably compromising performance. At anything less than full throttle, the gearbox will build in some shift points and avoid holding maximum revs wherever possible. It helps that the 1.8 engine is a refined one, so when it pipes up, it’s not grating. Economy remains impressive: at the end of our test route, the car was indicating 57.7mpg.

This is a successful update of an already well-rounded family car

“Just as valuable in daily usage… are the improvements to the brakes. The pedal is now more progressive and allows clean limo-drive stops. The new car also uses the radar for the adaptive cruise control to judge how much regenerative braking it should apply when you lift off the throttle.”

“Exterior changes include a new mesh pattern for the front grille, fresh alloy wheel designs, and on some trim grades, new bi-LED headlights. [Inside] there are embossed patterns aimed at giving trim pieces and upholstery a ‘three-dimensional depth’, a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster (on mid-range trim and upwards) and a 10.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

“The biggest changes of all concern the powertrain. The updated Corolla’s redesigned lithium-ion battery pack is smaller yet more powerful, and the same goes for the motor unit. The 1.8-litre car… has a total system power of 138bhp, an increase of 14%. This is immediately obvious the first time you apply a generous amount of throttle. This isn’t only down to the power increase – Toyota’s hybrid and CVT tweaks have worked wonders. Toyota’s intention is for the response of the set-up to be more closely aligned with throttle inputs.

The Corolla does a remarkable job of replicating an EV-like driving experience

“At cruising speeds, the engine revs sit around 500rpm lower than before, making the Corolla more relaxing over longer distances. At lower speeds, the Corolla does a remarkable job of replicating an EV-like driving experience… making stop/start traffic a far more relaxing experience. It remains an efficient set-up – we achieved around 57mpg despite driving in an often less than sympathetic way to test the recalibrated powertrain.”

2023 Toyota Corolla reviews:

“This revised Corolla features the fifth-generation version of Toyota’s hybrid system, bringing a big boost in performance to the 1.8-litre model in particular, as well claiming improved refinement and response. The safety and infotainment tech gets an upgrade, too. Fundamentally, this remains a sharp-looking, comfort-orientated family car, with… a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain line-up that… shouldn’t be sniffed at as a stop-gap to going full EV.

“The lithium-ion battery pack has a 14% greater output, a 14% (18kg) lower weight and is more compact. The control electronics are more efficient and quieter. And the electric motors are more powerful. Put this together with a substantial amount of recalibration and the additional torque-fill now available from the gutsier e-motors… [and] the new 1.8-litre Corolla is more of a surprising transition than the overall increase might lead you to suspect.

Over a mixed driving route… the car was reporting it had been in EV mode 72% of the time. Toyota’s hybrid tech has really come of age

“The updated car is immediately more brisk. A lot of work has gone into remapping the accelerator response so it better matches driver intentions, dialling back the revs the CVT requires for a given amount of progress. It is also quieter at speed.

“The car can [also] use the adaptive cruise control gear to automatically vary the amount of deceleration you get when you lift off the throttle. This… simply means it maintains a safe distance from the car in front without you having to intervene with the friction brakes, even when slowing almost to a stop. This is so unexpectedly polished that it turns [the Corolla] into a one-pedal driving experience much of the time – something that’s usually the reserve of pure EVs.”

“Updates to the Toyota Corolla’s hybrid system mean that the latest version of the entry-level 1.8-litre engine has 138bhp at its disposal. [That’s] more than enough performance for everyday driving and getting up to motorway speeds without needing to mash the accelerator into the carpet.

“Fancy a bit of pampering? Well, forget the spa and buy yourself a Corolla instead because… it’s one of the most comfortable cars in the family car class. It has softer suspension than [some other rivals], which means it smooths off the rough edges of road ridges better and fidgets less on patchy sections of motorway.

The Toyota Corolla is a brilliant family car. It’s comfortable, well made, well equipped and remarkably frugal in real-world driving

“When you’re driving normally, you’ll find that the Corolla is a fine handling car. The steering is precise and its weight builds in a progressive manner, starting light for city driving and ending up with a heft that’s reassuring. There’s even a reasonable amount of feedback streaming to your fingertips [and] a decent feeling of composure at faster speeds.”

Learn more: 2023 Toyota Corolla revealed


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Toyota Motor Corporation works to develop and manufacture innovative, safe and high-quality products and services that create happiness by providing mobility for all. We believe that true achievement comes from supporting our customers, partners, employees, and the communities in which we operate. Since our founding over 80 years ago in 1937, we have applied our…




Toyota Motor Corporation works to develop and manufacture innovative, safe and high-quality products and services that create happiness by providing mobility for all. We believe that true achievement comes from supporting our customers, partners, employees, and the communities in which we operate. Since our founding over 80 years ago in 1937, we have applied our Guiding Principles in pursuit of a safer, greener and more inclusive society. Today, as we transform into a mobility company developing connected, automated, shared and electrified technologies, we also remain true to our Guiding Principles and many of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to help realize an ever-better world, where everyone is free to move.

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What insurance groups does the Aygo X sit in?

Since its launch in 2005, the Toyota Aygo has been widely regarded as our most accessible car. Affordable to buy and frugal to run, it meets the demands of urban and suburban life with a fun, youthful character. These qualities remain core strengths of the new Aygo X, enhanced further with crossover styling that stands…




Since its launch in 2005, the Toyota Aygo has been widely regarded as our most accessible car. Affordable to buy and frugal to run, it meets the demands of urban and suburban life with a fun, youthful character. These qualities remain core strengths of the new Aygo X, enhanced further with crossover styling that stands out within the segment. But have such changes affected the model’s affordability in other areas, such as the cost of Aygo X insurance?

Aygo X insurance: What can Toyota offer me?

Toyota Insurance Services has launched a competitive fixed price insurance product for the Aygo X. It arrives at a time when cost of living expenses are rising and there is a growing demand for stability in the price of essential outgoings.

Affordable, fully comprehensive Aygo X insurance from Toyota Insurance Services is fixed for the first year. Providing customers continue to meet the eligibility criteria, the premium is then capped at a maximum of £30 per month or £360 per year for the second and third year of cover. From year four onwards, qualifying customers can continue to be covered by a capped premium, though that cap will increase by up to one percent of the retail price index measured from 2022.

This product has a specific set of eligibility criteria, plus terms and conditions that customers will need to meet in order to qualify for this product. Click here to explore this offer more closely.

Aygo X insurance: official group ratings

Depending on grade and transmission choice, the new Toyota Aygo X has been given an insurance group rating of five, six or seven out of 50. The specific insurance group for each model is itemised below.

Aygo X Pure  Manual 
Aygo X Pure  Automatic 
Aygo X Edge  Manual 
Aygo X Edge  Automatic 
Aygo X Exclusive  Manual 
Aygo X Exclusive  Automatic 
Aygo X Limited Edition  Manual 
Aygo X Limited Edition  Automatic 

How do car insurance groups work?

Insurance group ratings were first introduced in the 1970s to help consumers get a basic understanding of the relative cost of an insurance premium for any specific vehicle. These numbers are applied based on repair or replacement costs, the level of passive and active safety equipment, as well as the statistical likelihood of each vehicle being involved in an accident based on its power and performance. Essentially, the higher the number, the more expensive that vehicle is to insure.

Today, the number rating for insurance groups extends from a minimum of one to a maximum of 50. These insurance groups are decided by the Group Rating panel, which is an adjudicating body administered by Thatcham Research. Its members include the likes of the Association of British Insurers and Lloyds Market Association.

What else can affect your insurance premium?

Insurance providers take a wide range of additional factors into account when calculating the cost of your premium. They will ask multiple questions about you, your driving history, occupation, where you live and how you plan to use your car. This information will help them calculate your individual risk and therefore provide a figure for your insurance premium.

Learn more: Aygo X media reviews


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