National Grid 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 September 5 and 12.
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.
David Morse, fleet operations manager at National Grid, said: “The Toyota Yaris was chosen following a competitive tender process, based in whole life cost calculations.
“The car has low CO2 emissions, excellent drive qualities and specifications, and it meets the needs and requirements of our trainee engineers.”
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 Solutions.