Press fleet test cars are often seriously kitted out with optional extra but a red nose was a first for motoring editor Andy Russell.
Test cars from the manufacturers’ press fleets often to come with several tasty optional extras… to show them off and create a good impression.
But I was amazed to find a big Comic Relief red nose on the front of a Lexus NX 300h in our car park. I actually walked past it because I did not think it would be a test car. It wasn’t until I the indicators flashed when I press the remote control that I believed it.
Toyota, of which Lexus is a part, is obviously having a bit of fun with motoring journalists by putting red noses on all its press fleet cars to mark it being an official partner of this year’s Comic Relief Red Nose Day on Friday, March 13 and trying to raise £1m.
With a stern warning not to remove the nose from the test car, there was a new one still in the packet on the front seat for me to buy for a minimum £5 donation and satisfy my ‘want it now’ urge… I did willingly.
Toyota’s UK businesses are committed to bringing in as much money as possible to support the work of Comic Relief through events and activities across the country that capture Red Nose Day’s spirit of fun and fund-raising.
The official 2015 stand-out scarlet schnozzles are available exclusively from Toyota’s UK dealerships, or can be ordered with a couple of clicks online at Toyota’s official UK eBay store – stores.ebay.co.uk/ToyotaOfficialStore
The price is just £5 per nose with every penny of that goes to straight Comic Relief’s grants programme.
And don’t forget, these noses aren’t just for Toyotas, they will look just as great on any make or model you choose.