After a successful 2019 during which key new models such as the Corolla, GR Supra and C-HR were honoured by car buyers and motoring critics alike, 2020 is shaping up to be equally as fruitful. The decade might only be a few weeks old, but already our model range has caught the eye and had praise bestowed upon it.
We’ve collated the awards won so far below, but this article will be refreshed throughout the year as our cars collect new awards and our people are recognised for their achievements in the automotive industry and beyond.
Fleet News Awards
Toyota has been honoured as the Fleet News Green Fleet Manufacturer of the Year, the first vehicle manufacturer to achieve this award three years in succession.
The judges commented: “Toyota’s holistic approach to the environment sets it apart from other manufacturers. Yes, it’s committed to hybrid, electric and hydrogen technology, but it is Toyota’s other activities, including zero landfill, utilisation of renewable energy, fleet localisation plan and pledge to recycle waste water at its production plants that make it a truly green company, not simply a manufacturer of green cars.”
Its success – in fact the fourth award in five years – was announced at a prize ceremony in London this week, along with a Best Mid-size SUV award for the all-hybrid RAV4.
The judges remarked: “The new hybrid-only Toyota RAV4 impressed with its balance of running costs, practicality and efficiency. Compared to its predecessor, it has greater driver appeal thanks to improved comfort and refinement levels, plus the new hybrid powertrain is more responsive, making the car better to drive.
Stuart Ferma, General Manager Toyota and Lexus Fleet, said: “We’re proud to once again be recognised by Fleet News for our green leadership in our fleet business. We remain committed to giving our customers products and services that reflect today’s important environmental issues, and which also deliver the quality and reliability they require.”
What Car? Car of the Year Awards
The Toyota Corolla took the title of Best Hybrid Car in the 2020 What Car? Awards, leading a haul of three honours for the brand.
Steve Huntingford, What Car? Editor, said: “The Toyota Corolla comfortably beats the fuel economy of pure petrol-powered rivals and betters a fair few diesels in its 1.8-litre form that we recommend. Better still, it manages this while delivering more performance than most people will need. Plus, in stop-start traffic, near-silence descends when you use electric power alone.”
Announced at a ceremony in London in mid-January, the awards also saw the Toyota Yaris Hybrid taking the title for Best Hybrid Car for less than £20,000 and the Toyota Aygo being named the Best Value Car (priced between £10,000 to £12,000).
Company Car Today
The Toyota C-HR opened its 2020 honours account with the Best Crossover title in the Company Car Today 100 (CCT100) listing. The C-HR achieved its winning status thanks to its combination of tax-friendly low emissions from its self-charging hybrid powertrains, low day-to-day running costs, good looks and lasting value.
Paul Barker, Company Car Today Editor, said: “Toyota’s C-HR deploys hybrid technology to deliver low running costs and excellent emissions figures, which combine with good residual values to tick the boxes that make for an excellent company car. It also enjoys cutting edge design and has recently been revised to make it an even better proposition, and well worthy of the CCT100 Best Crossover title.”
When it comes to ‘sustainable’ vehicles, the familiar points of reference are qualities such as fuel economy, low emissions and recyclability. But there’s another aspect to the issue that has helped earn Toyota’s mighty Land Cruiser the Sustainability Award in 4×4 Magazine’s 4×4 of the Year Awards.
Where the judges were concerned, Land Cruiser has no equal when it comes putting in year after year of reliable service, delivering the kind of longevity that other models cannot match. And that’s the key to making it a winner as a ‘sustainable’ vehicle.
4×4 Magazine Editor Alan Kidd explained: “Not everyone will be able to understand why the Land Cruiser has won our Sustainability Award, but it’s very simple. You can buy one and, if you so choose, never need to return to the car market for the rest of your life.”
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid also triumphed in 4×4 Magazine’s 4×4 of the Year Awards, named Best Medium SUV.
Car of the Year
The Corolla is among the finalists for the prestigious Car of the Year 2020 award, one of only seven cars to make the shortlist after a first vote of the 60 jurors. The organisation comprises judges from several European automotive publications: Auto, Autocar, Autopista, Autovisie, L’Automobile Magazine, Stern and Vibilagare.