AUGUST 28, 2017
Al-Futtaim Motors, leader in sustainable mobility and exclusive distributor of Toyota, Lexus, Hino and Toyota Material Handling in the UAE, and dnata, part of the Emirates Group and the world’s largest air services providers, have reiterated a commitment to a more sustainable future by introducing a fleet of hybrid vehicles.
The new hybrid fleet includes Lexus RX 450h, Toyota Prius, the new Hino 300 Series hybrid truck as well as electric towing trucks from Toyota Material Handling, all designed to meet the demanding requirements of dnata while maintaining a low ecological footprint.
“dnata has been in the UAE practically as long as Al-Futtaim Motors, and both companies share an innate desire to contribute more to the society by providing services that will help build a greener future for upcoming generations,” said Bertrand Thiebaut, Senior Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Motors.
“For more than seven years, Lexus has paved the path for hybrid transport in the UAE, and we now offer the largest choice of luxury hybrid vehicles to consumers and businesses. This collaboration is testament to our growing portfolio of strategic tie-ups across the UAE, as we continue to supply the best green products from across our brands to suit a wide range of needs. We look forward to seeing our hybrid vehicles deliver dnata’s green transport targets.”
Gary Chapman, President Emirates §Group Services & dnata, said: “We have been committed to environmental awareness for quite some time, having been involved in many conservation projects at home and abroad. In our search for the best vehicles to cater to the services of the world’s busiest airport, Al-Futtaim Motors proved that they are able to meet our requirements on several fronts, all while we work tirelessly to significantly decrease our emissions through greener transport solutions across the business.”
The Toyota Prius was the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle (petrol-electric) when initially launched in 1997, and has since sold over 3.7 million cars around the globe. The new 2017 Prius employs a petrol engine and an electric motor, and can be powered by the engine, the electric motor or a combination of both, automatically choosing the most efficient mode for the best mileage and lowest emissions. The Prius also features enhanced safety in a more compact package that is lighter in weight with world class aerodynamic, delivering an enhanced fuel efficiency of 26.1 Km/L.
The 2017 RX450 hybrid offers an advanced redesigned hybrid powertrain, sophisticated safety technologies including the new Lexus Safety System+, driver aids, new convenience and technology features that make it the best Lexus sport-utility vehicle ever offered to date. It comes equipped with a 3.5-liter, V-6 petrol engine and revised hybrid powertrain components producing 308 horsepower. The all-new RX 450h is considered the best-selling model in the brand’s 26-year history with global sales of more than 2.1 million units.
The Hino 300 Series Hybrid light-duty truck features the world’s first hybrid diesel engine designed to deliver cleaner, more efficient transport solutions. Like the conventional petrol-engine Hino light-duty trucks, the hybrid variant is totally customizable and can be used with mounted chiller body, freezer body or dry cargo box, making it the ideal environmentally friendly transport solution for cold chain and cold storage services.