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Published Date: 03/10/2014

From the start of this month, the new 64 registration number plates were officially released by the DVLA.

That’s good news for drivers all round, as any potential buyers looking to keep up to date with the latest trends and who are in the market for a new model will be able to purchase one right now.

As well as meaning that you can show off your brand-new motor in public, the new plates have a range of benefits, including boosting the resale value of your car if you plan to sell it on after a short period of time.

In addition to that, recent market research from MoneySupermarket.com has shown that buying a new car can actually save buyers a lot more money in the long run.

Lower insurance prices and running costs on new models means that drivers could save up to 25 per cent more money compared to if they opt for a used model instead.

Of course, new plates mean nothing if they aren’t attached to a new car. Luckily, buyers can rest easy knowing that Toyota currently has one of the freshest ranges in the industry, with a long history of cutting-edge models.

As a result, here’s our pick of some of the best new Toyota models to pair with the new plates:

New Yaris

Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris is one of the most enduring of Toyota’s models ever produced, almost single-handedly helping to reshape the supermini market in the late 1990s.

Toyota’s latest version continues the Yaris’ reputation with a distinctive and chic new front-end that’s inspired by the smaller Aygo model, and also features a range of new technical kit to match.

New equipment includes LED daytime running lights, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and Toyota’s Touch 2 multimedia infotainment system.

Slightly larger on the inside than its predecessor, the new Yaris boasts a roomy interior with enough space to seat even the tallest of adults. Boot space is also commendable, with 286 litres as standard, which can expand to as much as 768 with the rear seats folded flat.

As well as that, the Yaris is also now offered with a super-frugal 75g/km hybrid engine that will deliver an average combined fuel economy of 86.5mpg.

Conventional power options include a 1.3-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engine. The petrol unit emits 99g/km of CO2, meaning that it’s road-tax free.

The diesel engine is the pick of the bunch, offering slightly more poke, getting the Yaris from 0-60mph in 10.8 seconds and also boasts running costs close to those of the hybrid.

The new Yaris is available to buy now, priced from £9,995 for the entry-level Active trim.
Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

The third-generation Toyota Prius is one of the most frugal and cleanest choices of family car in the current market.

This is thanks of course to the petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, a piece of technology which the Prius helped pioneer for mass-produced cars. The powertrain consists of a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine, combined with electric motors.

What’s key though is that the Prius offers similar levels of practicality and comfort to other non-hybrid family hatchbacks.

The standard five-seater Prius hatchback returns an impressive official fuel economy of up to 72.4mpg. It also records CO2 emissions between just 89g/km and 92g/km, depending on choice of trim level.

With emissions this low, the Prius range manages to qualify for free Vehicle Excise Duty.

There are other distinct variants of the Prius offered by Toyota. This includes the Prius+, which is a seven-seater version of the family car. It records a combined fuel economy of 68.9mpg and emits just 96g/km.

For even greater efficiency and lower running costs, there’s also the Prius Plug-In hybrid. This model has more powerful batteries then a standard Prius and delivers a longer electric-only travel range of 12.5 miles.

Also, while the standard Prius recharges the motor with the engine, the Prius Plug-In can also be recharged by plugging it into the mains with an appropriate socket.

The combined fuel economy for the Prius Plug-In is recorded at an incredible 134.5mpg, while CO2 emissions are at just 49g/km.
Toyota GT 86

Toyota GT86

If driving fun is your main priority when getting a new car with the latest numberplate, then the GT86 is certainly worth noting.

Delivering a thrilling driving experience at a very reasonable price is the main concern of the GT86.

This sleek, low-slung two-door coupe utilises a rear-wheel-drive powertrain, featuring a 197bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine. The agility and braking performance of this car is breathtaking. An enthusiastic approach is rewarded very handsomely when behind the wheel of this Toyota sports car.

With a combined fuel economy of 36.2mpg and a CO2 output of just 181g/km, the running costs of the GT86 should not prove eye-watering either. Very few cars on the market can come even close to offering this much fun combined with this much value-for-money.

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