WORLD GREEN CAR ANNOUNCED: The Toyota Mirai has been crowned World Green Car for 2016. Image: Quickpic
New York, NY International Auto Show - Toyota is no stranger to producing green cars. And they are also not unfamiliar with having these cars winning awards. The Mirai is no different, as it has been awarded the title of World Green Car for 2016.
The World Car Awards, now in its 12th running, had seen numerous Toyotas walking away with titles over the years. These include the multiple winner Toyota Prius, and nominations for the Toyota 86, IQ, and Toyota Harrier Hybrid.
400km on a single tank
For a vehicle to be considered for nomination it has to comply with a number of regulations. These are that a vehicle has to be all-new or substantially revised, and it must be in production and sold in at least one major market in the period of January 1, 2015 and ending May 31, 2016.
A jury of 73 automotive journalists from 23 countries (including two from South Africa) decide the winner. Points were awarded based on tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and the advancement of the power plant.
The Toyota Mirai utilises an internal combustion engine, but the unit emits water vapour into the air; no CO2. The Mirai is powered by hydrogen, refuels in five minutes, and has a range of 400km on a single tank.
The Toyota Mirai beat two other vehicles – including the Prius – to claim this title.