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 v Honda

When America was in need of fuel-efficient cars, both Toyota and Honda saw their opportunity and they took it. Although there wasn’t much love for foreign makes, both Japanese automakers found their place in the American market. It’s taken the American brands nearly 30 years to catch up to the Asian automakers and for good reason.

Both brands employ the Kaizen system where employees and managers work together to increase efficiency in the workplace. Although Americans taught the Japanese the Kaizen system during the reconstruction following World War II, the system isn’t used in the United States.

Today, the two brands are constantly going tire-to-tire to wins the hearts of American drivers. Both automakers have studios and manufacturing plants based in America to appeal specifically to American drivers.

Toyota and Honda have solidified their place in the automotive market, staking their claim in the top five bestsellers. The Toyota Camry has maintained its position as the bestselling car in America for the past 14 years. In January 2016, the Camry sold 26,848 units. The Honda Civic came in second with 26,741 units sold. Rounding out the top three, the Toyota Corolla moved 22,362 units.

With the Honda Accord sitting at number five with 20,765 units, it isn’t about to challenge the Camry without a significant increase in sales. The Nissan Altima took the number four spot with 22,156 units sold. Another Japanese brand, Nissan also makes use of the Kaizen system.

Why Buy a Toyota

With so many automakers in the market, it can be hard to choose the right car for you. Friends and family likely have their own suggestions while reviewers and top magazines have different picks. Here at Glen Toyota, we can answer the most important question of all: why buy a Toyota?

  1. Resale Value – In addition to offering affordable new models, Toyotas tend to have higher resale values as well. The brand typically dominates Kelley Blue Book resale values. In fact, both Toyota and Lexus won the “Best Resale Value Award” at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
  2. Lifespan – As long as you keep up with regular maintenance, there’s no reason your Toyota won’t be on the road for many years to come. Known for quality and reliability, a whopping 80% of vehicles sold 20 years ago are still on the road today. There isn’t any other automaker who can say that.
  3. Safety – Toyota models generally earn top safety scores from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). As a matter of fact, the 2016 Toyota Camry earned five stars overall from the NHTSA and the IIHS named the Camry a “Top Safety Pick+.”

Why Take Road Trips in a Toyota

There are plenty of vehicles to take road trips in and while many choose the average sedan or crossover, that can get expensive. If you plan on heading across the country, a more fuel efficient car will save you a good amount of money. That’s where Toyota comes in. Here’s why you should take road trips in a Toyota:

  • Money – Fun fact: you can travel the entire United States in a Toyota Prius for about $500. That’s cheap for any vacation, let alone traveling the entirety of the United States of America.
  • Space – Believe it or not, the Toyota Prius features an absolutely incredible amount of space. With enough room to fit a small mattress with the rear seats down, there are few vehicles that can compete in sheer amount of space.
  • Comfort – With the sheer amount the Prius has to offer, avoiding hotels is easy. You won’t be too hot or cold either. Thanks to the hybrid system, climate control can run all night without using much gas at all. Climate control will run off the battery and the engine will turn on in order to charge ever so often. Even better, the engine is so quiet that you won’t even notice it’s on.

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 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.”

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’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!