Toyota’s 4x4s Can Take You Anywhere

With Toyota’s 4x4s, you don’t have to choose between being comfortable on the road and capable off of it. You actually can enjoy both from the same vehicle. Toyota’s 4×4 lineup includes the Tundra and Tacoma pickups and 4Runner and Land Cruiser SUVs.

When buyers choose the right optional equipment, each of these vehicles can become the ideal vehicle for a daily commute and deliver the performance drivers want on their off-road weekend adventures.

For the perfect off-road pickup choose the 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. This model is ready to tackle the toughest terrain. Choose between a Double Cab or CrewMax model. For improved overall versatility add the option spray-in bed liner and cargo bed LED lights in the Tundra Bed Package.

For drivers who still want a pickup, but not something as big as the Tundra, the Tacoma is a great fit. In the 2016 Tacoma TRD Off Road model, buyers will get a completely redesigned truck with aggressive styling. To handle the tough terrain, the Off Road model comes with a terrain-select mode, CRAWL control, and even a GoPro camera holder.

With the 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, buyers will get a family-friendly off-road machine. The 4.0-liter V6 will deliver plenty of power and the part-time four-wheel drive gives drivers traction when they need it most.

The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser combines luxury amenities with tough capabilities. It offers seating for up to seven along with a host of luxury amenities and excellent built-in off-road features.

Toyota and Clemson University Team Up on Toyota uBox Concept

For the past few years, Clemson University’s graduate automotive engineering students have been teaming up with mainstream auto manufacturers to design futuristic concept cars in an ongoing project referred to by the university as the Deep Orange series. The most recent brand to partner with graduates at Clemson U happens to be Toyota, and together Toyota designers and Clemson University students put together the Toyota uBox concept.

According to the eighteen students who worked with Toyota on the uBox, the vehicle was designed with the needs and wants of young, urban millenials in mind. The ideal driver of the uBox, according to Toyota, would be “a young entrepreneur who wants a vehicle that can provide utility and recreation on the weekend but that can also offer office space or other career-centric or lifestyle uses during the week.”

While the uBox’s exterior is distinctly like something out of a sci-fi film, a following of enthusiasts sprung up following the concept’s unveiling due to its incredible versatile interior; because the whole of the cabin is decorated using 3D-printed elements, it’s totally customizable, and the low floor and removable seats provide tons of space in a market where large, spacious vehicles like SUVs and crossover thrive. Online auto communities were abuzz with fans of the uBox who brainstormed to come up with imaginative ways of customizing the concept.

The Deep Orange team revealed the Toyota uBox concept at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress and Exposition in Detroit on April 12th. It’s so awesome to see automotive brands working to help educate the engineers of the future.

Former Scion FR-S Continues As The Toyota 86

So, Toyota has released their plans to retire Scion. For serious fans, it may seem like nothing can offer consolation.

In times like these, when the whole world seems topsy turvy, it’s important to remember that the Scion spirit will live on in a number of different models. Toyota has plans to rebadge the FR-S coupe, iA sedan and iM hatchback Scion models as Toyota models.

The former Scion FR-S model will now be sold in the United States as it has been all around the rest of the world, as the Toyota 86. While no longer a Scion per se, the 2017 Toyota 86 will still bear those lovely features that made the rear-wheel drive sports car so popular in the first place. It will still have the boxer engine, and all of the advantages that come along with it. It will still have be stylish as ever and fun as all get-out to tune.

Almost as if a consolation to fans, the 2017 Toyota 86 will also show some exciting improvements. Toyota tells us that the former Scion 86 will feature a “larger center intake,” “re-configured LED front headlamps and turn signals,” and “revised shock tuning and a spring rate change.” Toyota plans to pull the curtain back on the 2017 Toyota 86 at the New York International Auto Show.

Toyota Satellite Research Vehicle Based on Mirai Revealed in Detroit

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Toyota recently announced at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that they were using a satellite research vehicle based on the Mirai fuel cell car in order to investigate the uses of implementing satellite technology across production vehicles. This new research could give Toyota vehicles the ability to communicate with one another via satellite, and the brand is meeting with various upcoming companies around the world that could assist them in the pursuit of this feature.

The Mirai-based car in Detroit, for example, utilizes flat antennae technology from emerging company Kymeta. These “flat antennae” are different from traditional satellite tech such as the recognizable “dish,” instead using liquid crystal and software that actively detects and tracks satellite signals. Potential uses for satellite technology in vehicles includes distributing vehicle data, providing stable connections to emergency contacts, and allowing vehicles to communicate with one another.

The Mirai-based satellite research vehicle is only the first prototype of an ongoing relationship between Toyota and Kymeta. Prior to the partnership, Kymeta has already managed to get 8,000 miles of road testing with satellite-equipped vehicles, and Toyota has invested $5 million in the emerging brand to encourage further technology research and development.

Toyota Earns the Most Top Safety Pick+ Awards

Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests cars and rates them on their performance. The best-performing vehicles earn what it calls the Top Safety Pick+ award. This year, Toyota earned the most Top Safety Pick+ awards, nine in total.

“At Toyota, we continue to focus on the safety and peace of mind of our customers,” said Dino Triantafyllos, Toyota’s North American Chief Quality Officer, in a statement. “We are proud that IIHS has recognized our commitment to helping protect drivers and passengers.”

The awards for Toyota include Top Safety Pick+ ratings for the Toyota Prius v, Toyota Camry, Toyota Avalon, Toyota RAV4, Lexus CT 200h, Lexus ES, Lexus RC, Lexus NX, and Scion iA.

In order for a vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick+ recognition, it has to achieve the top “good” rating in all crash tests and offer an available front crash prevention system rated at “advanced” or “superior” with automatic braking capabilities. It is worth noting that the Scion iA was the only low-priced car available with a standard pre-collision system.

If safety is a top priority for your next vehicle, come see what these award-winning Toyota vehicles have to offer you today at Glen Toyota.

Toyota Veterans Association Supports Returning Soldiers

Will James, president of Toyota’s Georgetown, Ky. plant said recently, “It takes a strong, happy, healthy team to build great cars, but more importantly, we’re a community here. And that means providing for our team members beyond a paycheck.”

Mr. James is partly referring to the fact that 10% of the employees at his plant have served in the military or they are active currently in the reserves, including Sgt. Tony Hendrichs.

Hendrichs had just been hired at the Georgetown plant when he was called to serve in Operation Desert Storm in late 1990. Hendrichs, a husband and father, was immensely relieved to find that he continued to receive paychecks and benefits while he was serving his country overseas. Many of co-workers went above and beyond to send him care packages and support letters.

These days, Hendrichs still works at the Toyota Georgetown Plant and chairs the Toyota Veterans Association, an organization designed to offer “support to soldiers returning to civilian life and supporting military families during deployment.”

Toyota’s Back to the Future Video Celebrates the Mirai FCV

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Toyota’s Back to the Future Video brought with it some cool vehicles like the Fuel Celled Mirai.

‘Back to the Future Day’ has come and gone, but Toyota’s appropriately-themed ad continues to make the rounds. October 21, 2015, was the day that Marty McFly and Dr Emmett “Doc” Brown chose to time-travel to in the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II. Almost thirty years after the movie was released, the future looks a bit… different than Back to the Future predicted.

There might not be any flying cars, but there is the futuristic Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV), which became available for sale in California on October 21st. Coincidence? We think not.

Toyota teamed up with the Back to the Future franchise to create promotional material leading up to the big day. Toyota’s ‘Back to the Future’ video is a play on the original movie, and showcases the Mirai FCV. Check it out here.

“While there are a lot of  brands and activations that are celebrating the Back to the Future milestone, Toyota  stands apart for their nod to the future and the past with the auto technology depicted in the movies,” said Bob Gale, Back to the Future co-creator and producer in a statement.  “When Toyota approached us about helping tell a bigger story about the future and innovation with the Mirai, we loved the direction – and who can resist Marty’s retro Toyota truck?”

Learn more about Toyota’s futuristic lineup at Glen Toyota!

Sirius XM and Toyota Partnership Expands to Offer Customers More

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Sirius XM and Toyota have partnered to give an awesome driving experience with more options than before.

Today, we want our cars to keep us connected and entertained. Technology that keeps the world around us available at our fingertips is not only what car shoppers want, but what we expect. Features like Bluetooth, touchscreens, Wi-Fi hotspots, satellite radio, and navigation are becoming a standard, and automakers are stepping up their game to make sure their cars are delivering the technology we demand.

The Sirius XM and Toyota partnership is nothing new – in fact, shoppers will find that Toyota cars already come equipped with Sirius XM radio. Toyota’s recent announcement confirms that it will expand upon its partnership with SiriusXM Connected Vehicle Services to offer its customers a wide range of advanced technologies, including remote door unlock, remote start, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, turn-by-turn navigation, and automatic crash notification.

“At Toyota, we are always working to give our customers the best driving experience possible, and this new agreement with SiriusXM assures we can do just that with the best connected vehicle services across a broader range of Toyota-brand vehicles than ever before for many years to come,” said Sandy Lobenstein, Toyota VP of Connected Vehicle Technology and Planning in a statement. “Our customers expect a world-class offering of connected services. And as those services in safety, security and remote convenience continue to evolve, we will work with SiriusXM to offer a superior driving experience to our customers.”

Stop by Glen Toyota today to learn more and check out our lineup of vehicles featuring Sirius XM technology!

Toyota Proves Lemonade Can Power the Mirai in “Fueled by Everything” Campaign

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Even lemonade can fuel the new fuel-cell powered Toyota Mirai as proven in the “Fueled by Everything” Campaign.

In its third installment of its “Fueled by Everything” campaign, Toyota and comedian Nikki Glaser take a humorous look at how a lemonade stand could help propel the automaker’s fuel cell vehicle. The video, called “Fuelled by Lemonade,” shows us how discarded lemonade from a kids’ lemonade stand can power an FCV.

The ad begins by pointing out how tough the lemonade stand industry is – no one is buying, after all. So what is one to do with so much wasted lemonade? Power cars, of course!

The campaign, aimed to educate the masses about hydrogen fuel, points out that Toyota’s research and development labs are hard at work turning all kinds of wasted energy sources, like sunlight, wind, and, yes, even lemonade, into hydrogen.

The video goes on to prove that there are a number of energy sources that can be stored as hydrogen, which can then, in turn, power FCV vehicles, homes, and businesses.

The children, genius as they are, now hike their lemonade prices up, because now it can be used to fuel a vehicle.

Check the video out here, and stay tuned as the Toyota Mirai FCV launches this October in select California dealerships. Here at Glen Toyota, we are excited at the endless possibilities hydrogen fuel cell vehicles represent!

Toyota’s Sponsorship of the 2020 Olympics Brings Eight New Cars

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8 brand new models will arise from Toyota’s Sponsorship of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Just a few months ago, Toyota announced its long-term sponsorship deal with the International Olympic Committee, making the automaker a major focal point of the upcoming 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, along with two Winter Games and the Summer Games again in 2024.

As a part of Toyota’s sponsorship of the 2020 Olympics, Toyota will invest $2 billion, and launch no fewer than eight new vehicles, all of which will be designed to demonstrate its transportation-related expertise. With the addition of two existing models, the fleet of ten vehicles will be front-and-center at the upcoming games, highlighting Toyota’s vision of future mobility.

According to motoring.com.au, we know that the Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle will be among the lineup, along with a vehicle based on the Japan Taxi Concept. The other eight vehicles will be announced in the coming years.

While only time will tell what those other models will be, many reports predict that the next generation Prius (to be revealed at the 2015 Tokyo show in October) will likely fill one of the eight spots.

Here at Glen Toyota, we look forward to learning more about the vehicles to be featured at the upcoming 2020 Summer Games!