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.”

Don’t Be A Victim: Fun Wintertime Activities

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This girl is partaking in some fun wintertime activities. Like hitting her brother with snowballs.

Don’t be bored this winter! In fact, you are more at risk for depression in the winter due to light deprivation and other factors. Throw caution to the wind—that bone-chilling, artic wind—and do fun stuff. Here are some fun wintertime activities…

 

# 1 – Go winter camping! This may sound crazy but given you’ve got the right gear, it can be fun in that “I’m overcoming a great challenge” sort of way. At the very least, make sure that your sleeping bag is rated for below freezing temperatures.

 

# 2 – Catch up on all the Oscar prospects. There is no better excuse to stay inside than watching an incomprehensible art-house film.

 

# 3 – You know all of those books you’ve been meaning to read? Wintertime is a great time to do it. Consider joining a book club.

 

# 4 – Cook more. Not only will help you save some cash, you can experiment with different dishes.

 

# 5 – Go to MeetUp.com and look for activities that interest you! Ever been interested in underwater basket weaving? You might find a group that does it!

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!

Rental Car Tips and Tricks for Saving Money

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Rental Car Tips can help you have a lot of money when traveling.

Renting a car can be costly – in fact, depending on the size of the car you need and length of time, your rental could end up costing quite a bit more than your plane tickets. Get the most out of your vacation dollars with these rental car tips.

Look past brand names. National chains pay big bucks on advertising and prime airport locations, making the cost of the rental higher for you. Instead, consider renting from lesser-known companies, like Payless and Fox Rent a Car. You can find other companies based on location at CarRentals.com and similar sites. Expect to pay prices as much as 15 to 30% below those of the national chains.

Look for online discounts. Check coupon sites like CouponWinner.com for coupons for rental cars. If you’re part of a frequent flier program, or belong to AAA or other partnered organizations (like Costco), ask for discounted rates.

Stay away from the airport. If you can help it, don’t pick up your rental car at the airport, which can tack on fees that amount to 30% or more of the total rental price. If you can find public transportation or a shuttle to a location in town, you’ll stand to save some big bucks.

Over-estimate. It’s better to book an extra day or two in advance, then add time on at the last minute. If you’re travel plans are flexible, it’s worth booking the car for the longest amount of time you’ll need it, which could actually reduce your daily rate.

Looking for something more… permanent? Stop by Glen Toyota today and check out our lineup of reliable and stylish vehicles!

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!

Car Seat Safety Myths that Won’t Quit

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Check out some of the most common Car Seat Safety Myths

In belated honor of Child Passenger Safety Week (which was September 13-19th), Toyota and Cincinnati Children’s national education program, called Buckle Up for Life, has taken on some of the top car seat safety myths in this news release. When it comes to the wellbeing of our children, it’s worth taking the time to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to keep them safe in the car.

Here’s a rundown of the top three car seat safety myths.

  1. Used car seats are as good as new car seats. Care-givers need to do their research here. Car seats not only have an expiration date, but they are useless if they’ve ever been involved in any kind of accident. Unless you know a car seat’s full history and expiration date, skip the hand-me down and splurge on a new seat.
  2. Older kids can sit in the front seat. All children under the age of thirteen are required to sit in the backseat, regardless of if they have grown out of their booster seat. Refer to your state’s laws before allowing a child to sit in the front seat. Better to be safe than sorry.
  3. Children don’t need booster seats. Children under a height of 4’9” should always sit in booster seats. Because seatbelts won’t correctly secure the child, the seatbelt could do more harm than good in an accident.

Proper restraints and seats are just the beginning of the safety equation. Stop by Glen Toyota today to see our lineup of car that feature today’s most advanced safety 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!