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Early Indications of a Sweeping Land Cruiser Update Starting to Surface

It would appear that the 2017 model year Toyota Land Cruiser is going to be getting a facelift. The rugged and reliable Land Cruiser will have some considerable changes based on a brochure circulated by Toyota with an image making its way around the Internet. The front end will receive all-new styling to include horizontal chrome accents, updated HID headlights with LED running lights, and smaller wide-set fog lights. The Land Cruiser update will encompass new unique alloy-wheels, different paint choices, shiny door handles, and new LED taillights.

The new updated interior is expected to anchor around an all-new touchscreen display infotainment center surrounded by a more sophisticated instrument cluster and a configurable TFT screen. Select markets should see a 2.8-liter diesel variant available, although details about that drivetrain coming to the US market have not come to light.

Although this update is still in the planning-phases, the current Land Cruiser and other dominant Toyota models are ready and waiting for you at Bill Walsh Toyota.

2016 Toyota Prius Engine Garners 40% Thermal Efficiency

Could the Prius be any more efficient? Well, according to Toyota, it can!

Recently announced at the Annual Spring Congress for Japan’s Society of Automotive Engineers, the 2016 Toyota Prius engine will boast 40% thermal efficiency, an increase of 1.5% over its previous model, making it the most efficient Prius to date. Early estimates speculate that the new Prius will be able to offer 60 mpg.

“The efficiency will be realized by improving the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) limit from 21 percent (current model) to 28 percent,” reports Nikkei Technology Online. “The thermal efficiency of 40 percent would be the world’s highest for a mass-produced gasoline engine.”

So just how was Toyota able to improve its thermal efficiency? According to the Japanese automaker, the increased thermal efficiency came from adjusting the intake port, recirculating more exhaust gases, and remodeling the shape of the piston.

The 2016 Toyota Prius is expected to be unveiled to the public this fall and will hit showrooms early next year. Until then, be sure to come visit our lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles at Bill Walsh Toyota today!

2016 Scion FR-S Improved All-Around

The new 2016 Scion FR-S maintains its spunky, sporty characteristics and also features quite a few improvements for the new model year! In addition to exterior and interior tweaks, the FR-S also sports a new starting price.

The interior of the FR-S will come with a backup camera and a new audio system that features a 7-inch touch screen display. It will also sport bright silver accents throughout the new steering wheel and center console. The new FR-S will also feature voice recognition technology.

New pricing for the FR-S is as follows: the six speed manual FR-S will start at $23,305 and the automatic transmission which is equipped with paddle shifters starts at $26,405.

Last, the 2016 FR-S will be available in two new exterior colors as well. You’ll have the choice between a dazzling red named Ablaze and an electric blue named Oceanic.

If you want more information about the upcoming 2016 Scion FR-S, come visit us at Bill Walsh Toyota.

Toyota Mirai NASCAR Debut

Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has gotten a lot of hype this year. Now it has lived up to, and blown away, all expectations. The Mirai got its NASCAR debut at the Sprint Cup April 25th. As the pace car, the Mirai led the pack up to the start of the race, water dripping all the way.

The Toyota Mirai is one of the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to officially hit roadways. The 2016 vehicle proved it had what it takes under the hood to lead 43 race cars onto the track after going through a performance test. The Mirai NASCAR debut is a first for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

“Having a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle pace the Toyota Owners 400 is a historic moment for both Toyota and NASCAR, and we’re proud it’s the Toyota Mirai,” said Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing, performance and guest experience, Toyota Motor Sales.

The Toyota Mirai will be available in California mid-2015 and slowly spread across the country as hydrogen refueling infrastructure spreads. The car refuels in about five minutes and can get up to 300 miles a tank. This isn’t the first time Toyota’s brought alternative fuel to NASCAR. In 2009 the Camry Hybrid led the Coca Cola 600.

With Toyota taking more steps in innovation, Bill Walsh Toyota is ready to offer the best of the best to you.

Toyota Turns Focus on Safety during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. For Toyota, that means it’s time to double down, not just on awareness, but on action as well. For the fourth straight year, Toyota and Discovery Education have partnered on the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, which tasks teenage filmmakers to make short films that inspire safe driving practices. The videos are made by teenagers and aimed at a teenage audience as well.

The challenge received over 1,000 entries this year, but Toyota and Discovery Education recently narrowed the field down to ten finalists. After April 30, the winners of the First Place, Second Place, and Third Place awards will be named. First place comes with a $15,000 cash prize, with lesser cash prizes for the rest.

However, you, the loyal customers, have a chance to participate in the voting as well. From now until April 30, you can go online, watch all the finalists, and vote for your favorite. The video with the most votes will win the People’s Choice Award, which comes with a $5,000 cash prize and a visit to a Velocity network show.

“At Toyota we believe that when good ideas are shared great things can happen. We applaud the teens who entered the challenge to share their vision to improve safe driving among their peers,” said Michael Rouse, President of the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation.

To learn more about a brand that cares this much about teenage drivers and safety overall, come see us here at Bill Walsh Toyota. We’ll even tell you about the upcoming Toyota Safety Sense package, which will be used on small U.S. vehicles by 2017.

Technology Takes Center Stage During 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Debut


Toyota has always been a leader in the hybrid segment. Now, the Japanese carmaker has become a leader in the safety category, as well. During the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid debut, Toyota not only introduced the first hybrid in the crossover segment—it also introduced a new, affordable suite of safety technologies that is sure to make a big impact on the industry.

The RAV4 Hybrid showed off its innovative powertrain, which combined a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two motors, while also showcasing Toyota’s brand-new Toyota Safety Sense program. This new program is a suite of safety features that will keep both you and your passengers safe. It includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic Hi-Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control all for the extraordinarily low price of just $500.

Along with its innovative powertrain and safety system, the RAV4 Hybrid also offers an All-Wheel-Drive system for those who plan on going off road while being eco-friendly. If you are interested in learning more about the innovative Toyota Safety Sense program or the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid crossover, contact Bill Walsh Toyota today.

April Is Distracted Driver Awareness Month

We’ve all seen it—someone sitting in their car and doing some serious multi-tasking: driving, texting, eating, and who knows what else. While being this productive can be good in other parts of your life; behind the wheel, it is extremely dangerous.

April is national Distracted Driver Awareness month and we’re going to share some valuable tips that we hope will help make you a more conscious driver.

One of the primary culprits in distracted driving is, of course, your phone. It can be hard to ignore that little jingle from your phone, but making safety a priority will keep you and those around you safer. Did you know that at any moment in the United States, there are 660,000 drivers using a phone behind the wheel? These drivers are at least three times more likely to get into an accident than those who aren’t distracted.

In addition to phone use, distracted driving includes eating behind the wheel, adjusting your radio, grooming, and even talking to passengers. While some of these activities are nearly unavoidable (you probably have to talk to your kids in the backseat from time to time), you should make every effort to stay focused on the road.

One simple way to do this is to put your phone away and only use it while you’re parked. You can also commit to not doing other things, like eating, while you’re driving. With a few simple changes, you can keep yourself and drivers around you a little bit safer.

Battery Maintenance Tips to Start Car Care Month Out Right

Follow these battery maintenance tips!
Cleaning its tray goes a long way in keeping the battery secure.

April is Car Care Month, a time of the year to really pay attention to your car’s needs and make sure everything is running smoothly and effectively. One of the most important parts in any vehicle is that of the engine that keeps it running.

To guide you this month, we’ve put together a short list of battery maintenance tips:

  • Remember that overcharging, and undercharging can contribute to the battery’s decay over time. Try to avoid these behaviors as much as possible.
  • Park in a garage over the winter instead of outside, which will keep the engine from getting too cold.
  • Keep the engine clean by removing the clamps and wiping away grease, dirt and oxidation.
  • Make sure your battery is secure in its spot by keeping the battery tray clean and occasionally checking up on its position.
  • And of course – have a professional check out your entire car routinely to spot anything you may have missed.

Do you have any other great car engine maintenance tips? Let us know what you think in the comments.

TEDsters Have Fun on the Toyota i-Road

Toyota recently stormed a TED conference to see what the people prone to think about such things might think about the Toyota i-Road. The response was favorable, to say the least.

The i-Road is a personal mobility vehicle—a vehicle that seeks to a part of the transportation solution rather than being part of the transportation problem. That problem includes issues like emission pollution, hyper-congestion, overcrowding, noise pollution, among many others.

How does the i-Road solve these things? First of all, it does so by being small. You could describe it as Phys.org did, as “a cross between a zippy scooter and an eco-friendly electric car.” It’s all-electric, rides on three wheels (two up front, one in the rear). A three-hour charge will get you 30 miles of range.

The most brilliant aspect of the i-Road is just how fun it is to drive. That’s important with green vehicles because it makes them that much more appealing. Jason Schulz of Toyota Motor Sales USA, who was on-hand for the tests at TED, said, “It is just a total blast to drive. We have seen so many ‘Tedsters’ come out of the car smiling and happy.”

Toyota “50 for 50” Supports Students at Alabama HBCUs

Fifty years ago this month, the historic freedom march from Selma to Montgomery took place in order to take a stand for the civil rights of African Americans. In honor of that event, Toyota introduced “50 for 50,” donating $50,000 to four historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Alabama.

Each of the colleges—Alabama State University, Alabama A&M University, Selma University, and Tuskegee University—played an important role in fighting for civil rights. It was students from these schools who participated in the 54-mile march.

A check donation ceremony was held during a luncheon on Alabama State University’s campus where representatives from each college attended.

“Toyota has a long-standing commitment to the pursuit of education and partnering with historically black colleges and universities,” said Adrienne Trimble, Toyota North America’s general manager of Diversity & Inclusion. “On this historic occasion, we wanted to recognize the four Alabama schools that played an integral part in the march five decades ago. Through this donation, we strive to support each school’s commitment to developing the next generation of leaders and working to make the world a better place.”

We at Bill Walsh Toyota are excited to see the results of Toyota’s support of these universities as the students continue to make a difference in today’s world as did the students who came before them 50 years ago.