Award-winning Corolla

Bondholder Toyota Manufacturing UK's new Corolla has been named Affordable Hybrid of the Year at the 2019 Auto Express Awards.

Built at the Burnaston, Derbyshire plant and launched in February 2019, the all-new Corolla, which comes in hatchback and Touring Sports versions, is the first in Europe to be marketed with a choice of two different full hybrid powertrains.

The Auto Express award took into account all aspects of the vehicle, including the quality of the driving experience, responsiveness, ride and handling, the practicality of the design and packaging for day-to-day use, all-round ownership costs and how the car delivers on the manufacturer’s goals.

Andrew Cullis, Toyota GB’s communications and product director, said: “This award reflects our success in pioneering self-charging hybrid technology and bringing it to the heart of the mainstream market, with more experience and a wider choice of models than any other manufacturer.

“We have broken new ground with Corolla, giving customers a choice of two hybrid powertrains with different power outputs and different driving character, but with fundamentally the same fuel efficiency and low emissions, plus our hallmark Toyota quality, durability and reliability.

“It’s a genuinely affordable model that we’re proud to build here in Britain.”