Manama: Toyota Mirai was declared the 2016 World Green Car at the New York International Car Show.
The Mirai was chosen from an initial entry list of eight new vehicles from all over the world.
Tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption and use of a major advanced power plant technology, aimed specifically at increasing the vehicle’s environmental responsibility, were all taken into consideration for the award.
“Just as Prius changed the world nearly 20 years ago, the hydrogen-powered Mirai is ready to make history,” said group vice-president and general manager Bill Fay.
“With a range of more than 500km per tank, a refuelling time of less than five minutes and emissions that consist only of water vapour, Mirai is leading the world forward towards a more sustainable future.”
Middle East and North Africa Representative Office chief representative Takayuki Yoshitsugu said, “As recognised pioneers in hybrid technology, we are truly honoured to have received this award. With the Mirai, Toyota is taking the opportunity to really make a difference for future generations through the adoption of hydrogen fuel-cell technology to reduce harm to the environment.
“We appreciate the support of our customers who have endorsed the Mirai and Toyota’s future direction in terms of environmentally-friendly vehicles including our approach with the latest Prius model.”