Toyota Connect/Lexus Life - - CONTENTS - Mzo Wit­booi Editor

Mzo Wit­booi shares his out­look

I don’t know about you, but for me, mid-year is a cause for pause. I tend to take a minute to stop what I’m do­ing and marvel at how time’s flown past, re­flect on how far I’ve come in achiev­ing what I’ve set out to do in the year – and worry about what’s left to do. June and July are also months which re­mind me that, as a hu­man be­ing liv­ing on planet earth, I’m part of a much larger pic­ture. In SA, June is Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Month. We also com­mem­o­rate World En­vi­ron­ment Day and World Oceans Day – oc­ca­sions re­in­forc­ing the fact that we all have our roles to play in car­ing for the earth, some more so than oth­ers. As one of the largest global motor ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers in the world, Toy­ota and Lexus are acutely aware that we’re com­pelled to tread as lightly on the earth as pos­si­ble. That’s why we’ve set our­selves en­vi­ron­men­tal goals which we’re work­ing tire­lessly to achieve by 2020. That’s also why this is­sue of Toy­ota Con­nect and Life by Lexus is our green is­sue, cel­e­brat­ing all things eco, en­vi­ron­men­tal and sus­tain­able. Join us as we ex­plore off-grid liv­ing, fol­low the life-cy­cle of fu­tur­is­tic con­cept cars as they go into com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion and em­brace fash­ion that’s as cut­ting-edge as it’s kind to the com­mu­ni­ties in which it’s made. Toy­ota and Lexus have long been at the fore­front of in­no­va­tion, es­pe­cially when that means do­ing as lit­tle harm to the earth as pos­si­ble in the de­sign, the man­u­fac­ture and, ul­ti­mately, the driv­ing of Toy­ota and Lexus cars in the fu­ture. We’ve spent decades de­vel­op­ing fuel cell tech­nol­ogy to ad­dress en­ergy con­cerns, which can be seen in two world firsts: the fuel cell bus, which is go­ing into pro­duc­tion, and the Hy­brid FFV (p17). We’re also ex­cited to in­tro­duce you to the new Toy­ota Rush, with some pet-friendly ad­ven­tures (p24) and in­vite you to get grubby in the Hilux Dakar Spe­cial Edi­tion (p30). And for those of you crav­ing a life less loud, we en­cour­age you to ditch the dig­i­tal de­vices and head out to some of the re­motest places on earth for some wellde­served down­time. We’d love to hear how you and your fam­ily have em­braced ecofriendly liv­ing and travel, and how you’re do­ing your bit to care for your en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity. Let us know all about it and share some pho­tos with us via email on: con­[email protected]­ota.co.za En­joy the read!

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