Toyota is hoping to expand its fleet sales in the public sector by supplying regional Police forces with Corolla patrol cars.
The brand has built a Corolla Touring Sports Police demonstrator which begins a series of month-long demonstration loans from next week.
Manufactured at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire, the car has been fitted out to police requirements, finished in a generic chequered police livery and equipped with roof light bar.
Stuart Ferma, general manager of Toyota and Lexus Fleet, said: “The loan programme, supported by a our public sector fleet specialists, will demonstrate the performance and practicality benefits of the Corolla hybrid, and how it can help police forces reduce their fleet emissions with tried-and-tested technology. As a hybrid, it also provides more flexible performance compared to an all-electric vehicle and doesn’t require recharging facilities.”
The Corolla demonstrator is fitted with Toyota’s 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain that delivers strong performance thanks to a 184PS output, but still provides low CO2 emissions of 120g/km and fuel consumption above 50mpg.
In practical terms, the Corolla Touring Sports has a flexible load space that can accommodate plenty of necessary kit. With all seats in place, it has a 598-litre capacity.
Toyota has a record in supplying vehicles to the emergency services, including previous Yaris, Corolla, Avensis and RAV4 models.
The latest RAV4 Hybrid was recently signed up as a new rapid response vehicle for the Welsh ambulance service and Land Cruiser models have been in action with the police and Highways Agency.
The all-terrain Hilux has long proved its worth for teams that need to reach remote locations, including HM Coastguard and mountain rescue teams. There are also 11 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell cars being used across London by the Metropolitan Police.