Surrey Hills Enterprises and Inchcape UK’s Lexus Guildford are delighted to announce the renewal of their partnership which aims to build a thriving rural business community and strengthen sustainability within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The corporate partnership, which was first launched in 2019, was renewed this month in a positive move that sees the luxury car retailer continue to grow its relationship with Community Interest Company, Surrey Hills Enterprises.
With support from Lexus Guildford, Surrey Hills Enterprises works with local businesses to promote, protect and enhance the Surrey Hills, whilst also awarding the ‘Trade Mark Surrey Hills’, a mark of local provenance and quality granted to those businesses that actively work to support the local environment.
The joining forces of the two organisations reflects their key shared values: a sustainable future for the Surrey Hills and inspiring others to enjoy the outdoors and explore more widely.
Speaking on the partnership, Wendy Preston, General Manager of Lexus Guildford, said:
“I am delighted that Lexus Guildford is continuing the partnership with Surrey Hills Enterprises and reinforces our joint commitment to sustainability. As one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, Lexus takes our responsibility to help protect the environment very seriously. We are creating vehicles which have as little impact as possible on the natural world around us. It is important to us to find cleaner, sustainable ways of making vehicles and disposing of them when they reach the end of their useful life.”
In order to address global environmental issues such as climate change, water shortages, resource depletion and loss of biodiversity, Lexus is promoting measures based on six challenges, aiming to reduce the negative environmental impacts of manufacturing and driving vehicles as close to zero as possible, making net positive impacts on society.
The all-new Lexus NX450h+ Plug-In Vehicle (pictured) is available as Self-Charging and Plug-In Hybrid powertrains which have been developed using Lexus’ extensive knowledge of pioneering electrification experience. The halo plug – in model in the new NX range features a four-cylinder 2.5-litre hybrid engine and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It has an EV driving range of in excess of 40miles enabling all-electric driving at speeds up to 83 mph. The NX 450h+ benefits from low BIK taxation while offering the reassurance of self-charging hybrid power when the battery is depleted.
Lexus has received the What Car? Reliability Award for a third year in succession, acknowledging its continued success in the magazine’s annual Reliability Survey, along with the NX450h+ vehicle being voted the What Car? 2022 best plug-in vehicle of the year.
Visiting Wendy Preston at the company’s Guildford showroom at Slyfield Green alongside Wendy Varcoe MBE, Executive Director of Surrey Hills Enterprises, Simon Whalley, Chairman of Surrey Hills Enterprises, said:
“We are delighted to have the chance to continue our partnership with the Lexus Guildford team. The partnership is hugely important to Surrey Hills Enterprises in the work that we do to support rural businesses and local communities within the Surrey Hills. To partner with a business that shares our sustainability values is key and we are thrilled that Lexus Guildford are such trailblazers in this respect. A huge thank you to Wendy Preston and her team at Lexus Guildford for their continued support.”