Tuesday 6 December 2016

Let's go - new car sharing system from Toyota unveiled

Published 15/06/2016 | 02:30

Dublin footballer Jonny Cooper at the YUKO Toyota Car Club launch.
Dublin footballer Jonny Cooper at the YUKO Toyota Car Club launch.

Toyota here has just rolled out a new car-sharing plan.

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It is called the YUKO Toyota Car Club.

It is intended that YUKO will provides people living in the city and, of course, those who don’t own cars, with ‘top-of-the-range’ hybrid vehicles.

That means you can get around when you want to but don’t have to commit to buying or running a car.

By the way YUKO means ‘Let’s Go’ in Japanese. Ireland is the first country in which the programme has been rolled out by the car maker. It will start in Dublin, with 15 vehicles across three city-centre areas, though they intend to expand that to embrace a ‘city-wide footprint’.

The models being used for the moment are the Yaris, Auris and Prius, pictured here with Jonny Cooper, the Dublin footballer.

The C-HR and Prius plug-in hybrid will come on stream later in the year.

At the launch, Transport Minister Shane Ross said: “Low emissions, urban congestion and mobility are high on our agenda and we believe that the car sharing model is a credible solution to improving these important problems.”

He said the YUKO Car Club was an “excellent addition to the transport options in Dublin City”.

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