Camry-exclusive Dubai Taxi Corporation Electric Hybrid fleet to grow by 145% by end of 2017

Camry Electric Hybrid market share across all Dubai taxi companies to grow by 44% by end of the year

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: In line with its commitment to play an active role in supporting the UAE Vision 2021’s environmental targets, Al-Futtaim Motors, leader in sustainable mobility since 2008 and exclusive distributor of Toyota in the UAE, handed over the first batch of a new fleet of 554 Toyota Camry Electric Hybrid to the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), part of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), translating into a growth of 145% in the DTC’s Electric Hybrid Camry fleet.

The new electric hybrid fleet of Toyota Camry was handed over to DTC at a special ceremony at the Al-Futtaim Motors Toyota headquarters in Dubai Festival City, and was attended by Mohammed Obaid AL Mulla, Board Member of the Board of Directors in RTA, Dr. Eng. Yousuf Al Ali, CEO of DTC, Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Motors and in addition to a senior delegation from both companies.

With the introduction of the new Toyota Camry Electric Hybrid vehicles into the DTC fleet, and a few more deals expected to be completed with other taxi operators, it is estimated to see close to 44% increase in Camry Electric Hybrid fleets across taxi companies in the UAE, compared to the current in-service vehicles.

Commenting on the partnership between Al-Futtaim Motors and the Dubai Taxi Corporation, Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Toyota at Al-Futtaim Motors, said: “Our relationship with the Dubai Taxi Corporation goes from strength to strength, supporting them with 100% of their electric hybrid demand and more than 85% of their petrol-engine fleet. With the addition of these 554 new Camry Electric Hybrid vehicles, promising over 33% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, DTC can accelerate their efforts in supporting the vision of a greener future as directed by the UAE Vision 2021.”

Dr. Yousef Al Ali, CEO of Dubai Taxi, said: “As we aim to provide more eco-conscious travel solutions that will support the UAE government’s green initiatives, our goal is to continue enhancing our service offerings to customers. The addition of this new Camry Electric Hybrid fleet will meet both of these strategic targets, as we continue to strengthen our partnership with Al-Futtaim Motors, one that has stood the test of time for two decades. This new fleet will play a vital role in supporting DTC’s vision of converting 50% of the Dubai Taxi fleet to hybrid by 2021.”

As part of the agreement, Al-Futtaim Motors will provide DTC with technical and aftersales support, in addition to providing training to DTC’s drivers, as well as the technical and support staff, in addition to providing all necessary manuals and spare parts.

About Al-Futtaim Motors – Toyota

Toyota, a Japanese automotive manufacturer founded in 1937, is the world's market leader in sales of hybrid electric vehicles.

Al-Futtaim Motors, leader in sustainable mobility since 2008, has been operating the Toyota franchise in the United Arab Emirates for over 6 decades. In addition to the large line-up of vehicles ranging from SUV, compact, sedan, coupe, MPV and LCV options, Al-Futtaim Motors introduced Camry electric hybrid in 2008 to taxi operator fleets, in an effort to actively contribute to a lower carbon footprint in the UAE.

In 2016, Prius, the world’s most popular hybrid electric car for over 20 years was launched in the country, in order to actively support UAE Vision 2021’s environmental targets.

2017 saw the introduction of the zero-emission hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell Electric Toyota Mirai, in a pilot aiming at studying the possibilities of establishing a hydrogen-based, carbon-free society. As part of the program the Mirai is being showcased to a number of key government stakeholders and is taking part in a number of events to give the public an understanding of what the future of zero-emissions motoring could look like.

While the Yaris Hatchback monopolises the compact range, the Sedan series offers a wide choice of vehicles such as Yaris Sedan, Corolla, Camry, Avalon and Aurion. The SUV range comprises the legendary Land Cruiser, Land Cruiser Prado, FJ Cruiser, Fortuner and RAV4. As for the MPV line-up, it features Innova, Previa and the 7-seat Avanza.  The LCV range covers the Land Cruiser Pick-up, Hilux, Hiace and Coaster. Dedicated to the purists’ sports car is the front engine rear wheel drive Toyota 86. .;  Social Media Handles: ToyotaUAE

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Suzan Kazzi | Head of Communications – Al-Futtaim Motors | +9715 6 686 1887 |

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