Toyota Hybrid Town: John and Margaret’s story [Video]

What is like to own a Toyota Hybrid? We think that it’s pretty great, but you needn’t take our word for it, because hybrid owners in Hampshire have done it for us. We’ve been speaking to owners in the Southern English county, as according to data supplied by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), more Toyota Hybrids were sold per capita in the county in the first quarter of 2014 than anywhere else in the UK. In total, 1,180 found homes there.

John and Margaret Spirit are retirees from Waterlooville, and drive a Tyrol Silver Toyota Auris Hybrid Icon. The stresses of driving a manual car had taken their toll on Margaret and she had given up driving…until she discovered the soothing, easy-to-drive Toyota Auris Hybrid.

John says: “The hybrid drivetrain is so smooth; there’s no gear changes, no jerks – it drives itself – all you have to do is make sure that you’re going in the right direction!”

He jokes: “It’s so quiet that you don’t even know you’re moving half of the time – I’ve tried to get out of the car twice at 30mph!”

As well as talking to John and Margaret, we’ve also spoken to mountaineer Nuno Madeira – who also drives an Auris Hybrid – and Sarah Watson, who drives a Yaris Hybrid. In recognition of the ever-increasing popularity of hybrids in the UK, we’ve imagined what a town where the roads are inhabited only by Toyota Hybrids would be like, which you can watch here.

See also: 

Welcome to Toyota Hybrid Town
Toyota Hybrid Town: Sarah’s story
Toyota Hybrid Town: Nuno’s story

Where next?

If you would like to test drive a Toyota Hybrid, leave a comment below stating your model of interest and we’ll be in touch shortly. Further information about our range of hybrid cars is available on the designated section of the Toyota UK website.

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