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Sustainable fl eets

that meet the bottom line

Ewan Shepherd, general manager at Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services, takes a look at the future of fl eet in the public sector. T

he pressure is really on the public sector. With budget scrutiny more stringent,

spending choices are becoming increasingly diffi cult. But whilst budgets have to be balanced, there are other important issues that need to be considered. One of the most signifi cant is sustainability, which to many could mean an increase in costs. So where do the compromises lie for fl eet operations?

The fact is that there don’t need to be any. On the fl eet side you can take a sensible stance on the environment and balance the budget by making smart decisions.

At Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services we have been working hard to make it easier for our public sector customers to make this balance, which is why we have grown sales in this sector by over 50% in the last year. Our philosophy focuses on the right car, at the right place, at the right time – and in an era when protecting the environment is becoming ever more important, our low emission vehicles are also the right choice – and the smart choice.

With eight different models below 100g of

CO2 km our low emission technology has proved to be the way forward for cost effective, sustainable fl eets.

We have become the industry leader by pioneering cleaner sustainable motoring for more than a decade. Our petrol hybrid technology has led the way in low emission

Brilliant for business

The Broads Authority, a member of the National Park family, has been using Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services for a number of years. They use us because our cars really are brilliant for business.

Rob Holman, director of resources at the Broads Authority, commented: “The Authority is striving to reduce its CO2 emissions at every opportunity. Toyota and Lexus vehicles help us to do that – and save money.”

vehicles which, unlike all diesel models, produce zero particulates and virtually zero NOx as well as low CO2, thus reducing the impact on local air quality.

As well as sustainability, our vehicles deliver affordability and reliability. Petrol hybrid means fuel effi ciency and as our hybrids do not have a starter motor, alternator,

drive belts, service costs are minimised.


parts also make them more reliable and lower

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emissions mean lower tax for the driver and operator.

Hybrid really is a winner in business and the facts speak for themselves. Our hybrid sales have increased by over 37% this year and our iconic hybrid Prius was the world’s bestselling car during Q1 2012. This is not surprising when drivers see they will only pay around £70 a month in ‘benefi t in kind’ tax when compared to an equivalent Passat Blue motion, where they would pay around £125 in tax a month. This will save the driver over £2,000 in tax alone over three years.

Our petrol hybrid technology delivers low emissions, higher effi ciency, and quiet and dynamic performance, all without the compromises you have to make with other eco technology. What’s more, you don’t have to compromise on vehicle type as we have a range of nine fully-equipped hybrid models: the Yaris hybrid city car; British-built C segment Auris hybrid; D segment Prius; ultra clean and effi cient Prius Plug In; seven-seat Prius Plus MPV; premium compact Lexus CT 200h; Lexus GS 450h executive sports saloon; RX 450h SUV; and luxury LS 600h.

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Our Hybrids are the future and can offer the public sector a fl exible modern option for a truly green and effi cient fl eet.

Ewan Shepherd

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