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First pictures: New Toyota Aygo-X, plan for big businesses to set out eco goals, EV fleet advisory firm launched

First pictures: New Toyota Aygo-X

Toyota has revealed its new “compact urban crossover”, with the Aygo-X arriving in the UK next year.

The model, which sits below the Yaris and replaces the Aygo city car, is 50mm higher and 235mm longer than its predecessor, while luggage space is increased by 60 litres to 231 litres. The seats are also up by 55mm to give a crossover feeling of a higher driving position, and there is the option of an Aygo-X with a retractable canvas roof.

Power comes from a 71hp 1.0-litre engine, giving predicted efficiency figures of 109g/km for the manual and 110g/km for the auto, and a respective 60 and 58mpg, subject to homologation.

“The A-segment is very important to us,” said Toyota Motor Europe vice president, product and marketing Andrea Carlucci. “Not only has it brought many new customers to Toyota. It also fulfils our mission to provide everyone with the right mobility solution.”

Big businesses required to set out their low-carbon plans

Big businesses and financial institutions with shares listed on the London Stock Exchange are to be required to set out their plans to hit climate change targets, although the commitments are only designed increase transparency and accountability, and firm net-zero obligations will not be mandatory under the new Treasury plans.

By 2023, the detailed plans will need to be made public, and conform to standards set by an expert panel of industry leaders, academics, regulators and civil servants so set out a gold standard and ensure there is enough substance to the goals, which must include targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and steps businesses will take to achieve them.

EV strategy advisory firm launched

A new company designed to help businesses move to a “climate-conscious vehicle fleet model” has launched.

Carvoy said it will work closely with businesses to help them transition to an EV fleet at the time that best suits their operation, taking into account transport needs, average mileage, geography and type and number of vehicles required.

Set up by entrepreneurs Joseph Sullivan, Colin Murdoch and Dave Timmis, the company is also able to offer an electric vehicle infrastructure service, including environmental impact analysis and tailored finance packages through its partners.

“It is clear to see that EVs are the future, and we have to embrace them to slow climate change, so we set up Carvoy to be the carbon champion extension to businesses,” said Sullivan. “Working with leading vehicle manufacturers and finance partners we want to bring electric vehicle solutions in-house to any business and help company directors make the net zero fleet transition regardless of company size.”

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