UK Ministers Dump Jags and Rovers for Priuses

Eight ministers in the Labour government have so far taken delivery of the five-door Toyota Prius.

Published: 31-May-2005

It is the vehicle of choice for Hollywood A-listers such as Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz ­ and now cabinet ministers are being issued with the hi-tech, environmentally friendly car that can cut pollution and beat the congestion charge.

Ministerial Rovers and Jaguars are being replaced with the Toyota Prius, a "hybrid" car runs on both a petrol and an electric engine ­ the two working in tandem.

At lower speeds, the Prius automatically switches engines to run purely on electricity, thus red- ucing carbon dioxide emissions and saving money on fuel.

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