Toyota Canada hosted its 2019 Fleet Vehicle Showcase on April 24th at RattleSnake Point Golf Club. The event brought over 70 fleet professionals together to learn more about Toyota’s and Lexus’s fleet program and to experience their 2019 vehicle line up.

Guests were treated to breakfast and were welcomed by Dave Nichols, National Manager Dealer Standards and Sales Operations, Toyota Canada. The morning session kickstarted with a presentation by Romaric Lartilleux, Team Lead, Public Relations for Toyota Canada who introduced the Toyota vehicle offerings. Afterwards, Matt Killackey, Area Sales Manager Lexus presented the Lexus lineup that were on hand for guests to experience later in the day.

The afternoon included a ride and drive where attendees could put the new vehicles capabilities into action. The 2019 RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid, Camry and Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Tundra, Tacoma, Lexus UX, Lexus RX, Toyota Mirai and Prius were just some of the many vehicles available for guests to test drive.

The 2019 Lexus UX 200 offers a 168 horsepower four-cylinder engine and front wheel drive, with top class standard equipment for a MSRP of $37,000. The 2019 Lexus UX 250h adds all-wheel drive technology plus the efficiency of a 175 horsepower self-charging hybrid electric system. Compared to the UX 200, the models delivers additional all-weather driving confidence plus more power and fuel efficiency. The hybrid model is offered at an MSRP of $39,700.

New for 2019, the RX 450h Premium edition includes many popular comfort, convenience and luxury features, plus the advanced performance of the self-charging Lexus Hybrid Drive. As well, Lexus in Canada has reduced the starting MSRP on all existing RX models – dropping the MSRP of every 2019 RX 350 by $1,400 and the MSRP on every 2019 RX 450h by $1,600.

Every 2019 RX also delivers the thrill of commanding performance, with a choice of two powertrains. The RX 350 features a 295 HP 3.5L V6, coupled to an 8-speed automatic with sequential shift mode and lock-up torque converter. Meantime, the RX 450h is built around a self-charging Lexus Hybrid Drive. This system uses an Atkinson cycle 3.5L V6 and high torque electric motor to deliver 308 net horsepower through a continuously variable transmission.

New Toyota RAV4 powertrains increase performance while reducing fuel consumption. Second-generation Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0) comes standard, and Entune multimedia is more comprehensive and versatile than ever. For more on RAV4 visit https://www.fleetbusiness.com/first-drives/first-drives-2018/2019-toyota-rav4-sure-to-please-raving-fans.

The Camry Hybrid models feature Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive. The Camry Hybrid system features a 2.5L four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT), high-torque electric motor, high-capacity storage battery and sophisticated power management system. This system generates 208 net horsepower and exceptional fuel efficiency at 4.9 L / 100 KM city/highway combined.

Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Toyota Mirai was also showcased at the event. Besides being a zero emission vehicle, the Mirai has a 3-5 minute refuelling time and a 500km range. It is also cold weather reliable, an important factor for Canadians. Dave Nichols shared with guests that the 2019 Mirai will be available only to fleet customers; "To prove the reliability, durability and no-compromise experience of the fuel cell electric vehicle Mirai, we will only be selling these to high volume, high use fleet operators like couriers, taxis and corporate fleet clients initially. Fleet clients will be our partners in proving new technologies like fuel cell electric vehicles are right for Canadian drivers.”

Lunch was served after the drive event where attendees could network with their peers and talk to Toyota’s fleet team. 

“Toyota was pleased to host our fleet clients for the 2019 Fleet ride and drive event. Fleet is becoming more important to our success and that’s why we brought an unprecedented 26 Toyota and Lexus vehicles to the event, focusing on the electrified powertrains with 11 hybrid, plug-in and hydrogen vehicles offered in the ride and drive. In the past, fleet sales were a volume contributor to achieving sales success of course, but moving forward the role of fleet will become more strategic and contribute to overall awareness and acceptance of new technology." said Dave Nichols. 

The Toyota and Lexus Fleet Team were on hand for guests during the day.

Over 70 fleet professionals attended the day’s event.

Emkay’s Andrew Ogilvie and Greg Grant pose with the 2019 Toyota Mirai.

Debbie McLucas, TD Bank and Rebecca Moorey Loblaws take the RAV4 for a spin.

Element’s Joe Tavares and Aaron Forer.

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