Low emissions, whole life costs and driving quality clinch major contract hire deal
National Grid, one of the world’s largest energy companies, has chosen the Toyota Yaris as the
preferred car for its UK trainee engineers, taking delivery of 100 vehicles.
The Yaris are all five-door models in TR trim with 1.4 D-4D diesel power, and were handed over
to the National Grid drivers in two special presentations at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in
Derbyshire on 5 and 12 September. They will be used by the engineers in the course of their
training, both at National Grid’s Midlands base and on site visits nationwide.
The handover process, in which the new drivers are given a full introduction to their vehicles was
supported by personnel from Listers Toyota Boston and forms part of Toyota’s service to its
business customers. The cars were all provided through Listers Toyota.
Quality and running costs were key factors in Toyota’s success in National Grid’s vehicle
selection process, as David Morse, the company’s Fleet Operations Manager, explained: “The
Toyota Yaris was chosen following a competitive tender process, based in whole life cost
“The car has low CO2 emissions, excellent drive qualities and specifications, and it meets the
needs and requirements of our trainee engineers.”
The Yaris 1.4 D-4D has an official emissions figure of 104g/km and combined cycle fuel
consumption of 72.4mpg. At the same time its 89bhp and 205Nm of torque make it a comfortable
performer at motorway speeds. The TR specification includes the Toyota Touch touchscreen
control for audio control, with Bluetooth and a rear-view camera. Other features include Aux-in
and USB connection points, air conditioning, 15-inch alloy wheels, seven airbags and
comprehensive active safety systems including ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and
Vehicle Stability Control with traction control.
Ewan Shepherd, General Manager Toyota Fleet Services, said: “National Grid has made a
significant and carefully considered commitment to Toyota and we are pleased to have met their
requirements. We are confident Yaris will live up to the company’s high expectations in terms of
quality, durability and excellent business cost profile and will serve their trainee engineers well
as comfortable, well-equipped, stylish and reliable transport.”
The Yaris, which are joining National Grid’s UK fleet of more than 2,800 vehicles, have been
funded by Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, with the contract hire managed by Inchcape Fleet