Round-Up: Toyota recall, Viva, Adam axed, Avon Tyres launches new van tyre

Toyota to recall 55,000 cars


Toyota is recalling 55,000 Prius, Prius+ and Auris Hybrid models in the UK after the firm discovered a fault with the fail-safe mode.

Vehicles affected were built between October 2008 and November 2014.

A Toyota spokesman told Company Car Today: “The involved vehicles were designed to enter a failsafe driving mode in response to certain hybrid system faults. Toyota has found that in rare situations, the vehicle may not enter a failsafe driving mode as intended. If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall. Power steering, braking and auxiliary systems such as turn signals would remain operational. Toyota dealers will update the software for all involved vehicles at no charge and the recall will be conducted in accordance with DVSA guidelines.”

Vauxhall Viva and Adam axed

Vauxhall Viva

Vauxhall has announced it is axing its Adam and Viva city cars at the end of 2019.

The firm – owned by PSA – said it is phasing out the models so it can focus on higher volume segments, while the brand also said culling the models would reduce its overall fleet’s CO2 emissions.

To further reduce its fleet emissions, Vauxhall added it will launch an electric version of all of its models by 2024, starting with the Corsa and the successor to the Vivaro van next year.

Avon Tyres launches new van tyre

Avon AV12

Avon Tyres has launched a new van tyre.

Called the AV12, the firm claims the new tyre offers a 10% improvement in rolling resistance compared with the outgoing model, the AV11.

It claimed that the lower rolling resistance of the new tyre should lower overall fuel consumption as r. fuel consumption is partly determined by the rolling resistance level of tyres.

In addition, Avon claimed the wet braking performance of the tyre has been improved by 5% compared with the old model.