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Toyota Rav4 is best mid-size SUV and best plug-in hybrid car

Toyota & Lexus Fleet general manager Stuart Ferma (bearded, centre) with members of his award-winning team

The latest generation Toyota Rav4 has set a new standard in the mid-size SUV segment, since it launched in 2019. It offers an unrivalled balance of running costs, practicality and efficiency, enabling it to pick up two trophies at the 2021 Fleet News Awards.

Based on an all-new platform, the Rav4 features the latest hybrid powertrain technology from Toyota. It utilises a 2.5-litre petrol engine, which can be paired with a hybrid or plug-in hybrid system. Both deliver strong performance along with CO2 emissions from just 22g/km.

Fleet News: How does the Rav4 fit in with Toyota’s powertrain strategy?

Stuart Ferma, general manager, fleet, Toyota & Lexus GB: The plug-in element has always been a key part of our strategy. Prius Plug-in Hybrid launched in 2012, so we’ve had these vehicles way before anyone else. There’s always been a focus on how we take the self-charging element to the next point and, at the moment, we are in a really good position, because what we’ve got is self-charging hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure EV, with the new BZ4X, specifically within the D-SUV sector. We’ve got the full complement of vehicles within our powertrain strategy, which is absolutely brilliant for us. So, it fits with that strategy of having the right vehicle at the right time for us.

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