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Toyota Prius racks up awards

The Toyota Prius has been named the Best Fam­ily Car in the UK Car of the Year Awards 2017 – proof, its man­u­fac­tur­ers say, that the suc­cess­ful hy­brid has evolved into a car that ranks as Bri­tain's best all-rounder: smart, prac­ti­cal, spa­cious, re­li­able and gen­uinely fun to drive.

The in­de­pen­dent award judges, num­ber­ing some of Bri­tain’s most ex­pe­ri­enced and be­stre­spected mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ists, had wide-rang­ing praise for the multi-award-win­ning fourth­gen­er­a­tion Prius, which was launched last year. Toyota are pleased with their suc­cess in trans­form­ing Prius’s dy­namic per­for­mance and its driver ap­peal.

John Challen, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the UK Car of the Year Awards, de­clared: “The Prius story con­tin­ues – The shift from ‘hy­brid’ car to main­stream is com­plete.”

Toyota and Hilux make his­tory in 2016

Toyota’s “tougherer” new Hilux has made his­tory by achiev­ing sales lead­er­ship in South Africa for the 44th time in the past 47 years, notch­ing up a 2016 re­tail to­tal of 35 428 – 3 000 units ahead of its near­est com­peti­tor.

By record­ing 3 074 sales for the month of De­cem­ber, the iconic Hilux com­fort­ably edged out its clos­est ri­val by 409 units.

Toyota was also the only man­u­fac­turer to scoop an ad­di­tional five seg­ment bests for the month: C-seg­ment – Corolla (614 units); Com­pact MPV – Avanza (271 units); SUV - For­tuner (958 units); Peo­ple Car­rier – Quan­tum (916 units); Spe­cial­ist Off-Roader – Land Cruiser 79 pickup (185 units). Other no­table sales per­for­mances were recorded by: Etios – 597 units; RAV4 – 377 units; Prado – 99 units; Land Cruiser 200 – 80 units.

And in the quest for over­all sales lead­er­ship, Toyota (as­sisted by the Lexus and Hino brands) was once again the top choice for South African mo­torists, shift­ing a chart-top­ping 117 071 ve­hi­cles in 2016, which equates to a mar­ket share of 21.4 per cent.

Toyota South Africa Mo­tors (TSAM) also scooped the Sun­day Times Top Brand award as the best re­garded car brand in the Con­sumer cat­e­gory in 2016. It is the sec­ond time that TSAM has won an award in this cat­e­gory. Com­piled by Stephen Pen­ney

@pen­neyspix sport@gro­cotts.co.za

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