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Toyota Envisions a World of Driverless Vehicles and Services

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Industry trends show that dramatic changes in driving are just around the corner, as major corporations prepare to have autonomous cars deliver everything from pizza to packages. Toyota is preparing for this coming driverless car era by developing autonomous technology of its own — and also by planning its own mobility services.

Currently, Japan’s largest automaker is teaming up with companies like Amazon, Uber, and even Pizza Hut to develop self-driving technology and services. Toyota’s autonomous vehicle concept, developed in partnership with these companies, was unveiled in January.

Rather than just building vehicles for other companies to use, Toyota is also looking for ways to apply its tried-and-true “kaizen” philosophy to the new world of ride sharing, self-driving deliveries, and other services.

“(Toyota sees) a synergy between autonomous driving and mobility as a service,” financial analyst Christopher Richter told the Financial Times.

The automaker is confident that its approach to manufacturing — which prioritizes strict attention to efficiency, development, and improvement at every step of the way — will translate into success at providing services to consumers as well. It’s also an approach that could help Toyota and its partners maintain and improve the effectiveness and safety of autonomous driving technology and services as they become more widespread.

What’s New for the 2019 Toyota Avalon? A Lot!

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Like the all-new Camry, the Toyota Avalon has undergone a dramatic redesign for 2019. Boasting a stunningly futuristic design, brand-new powertrain options, and a wide array of the latest safety and connectivity technologies, the all-new 2019 Toyota Avalon offers plenty to get excited about.

Beautiful design

One glance is all it will take to see that the 2019 Avalon is drastically different than its predecessors. Featuring a lower, wider stance, a longer hood, shorter rear, and a boldly chiseled body, this sedan offers a huge helping of modern style everywhere you look. Additional details include available chrome-bordered gray grille and silver headlight bezels, quad exhaust tips, and stunning sequential turn signals.

New powertrain options

The 2019 features a new 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with an upgraded eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine is capable of a potent 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft. The 2019 Avalon will also offer a hybrid system for added efficiency.

State-of-the-art interior

The 2019 Avalon’s interior has been upgraded dramatically compared to previous years. The sophisticated cabin is replete with real wood and aluminum details, genuine cowhide upholstery, and a smartly designed center console. The 2019 Avalon will also boast standard Apple CarPlay™ on all trim levels as well as the available Entune 3.0 infotainment system with a 9-inch touchscreen and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

A Redesigned Classic: 2019 Corolla Hatchback Gets New Look, Fresh Features

First displayed at the 2018 New York Auto Show, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is set to return with a bold new design and some intelligent upgrades. This five-door design has a European-inspired look and sloping contours, and it’s also compact enough to make city driving a breeze.

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback will come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in place of last year’s 1.8-liter engine. The latest engine will have more horsepower and torque than the previous model year, according to Motor Trend, though the brand hasn’t released official specs yet. Most excitingly, this new power plant beats out most competitors, like the 2019 Lexus UX. The new Corolla Hatchback will also offer new transmission options, including a Dynamic-Shift continuously variable system.

Motor Trend’s Collin Woodard writes, “The 2019 Corolla Hatchback is built using the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that underpins its European counterpart. Toyota promises that when paired with a sport-tuned suspension, the lighter, stiffer TNGA platform makes the Corolla Hatchback more fun to drive. It’s also lower, wider, and longer than the Corolla iM it replaces.”

Some of the 2019 Corolla Hatchback’s most notable changes will be design-related. The exterior will have a thinner grille, a longer hood, and fog lighting.

At Bill Walsh Toyota, we’re looking forward to getting an up-close look at the 2019 Corolla Hatchback — and we’re excited to introduce it to our customers, too.

New 2019 Toyota RAV4 Debuts at New York Auto Show

The Toyota RAV4 has been due for a makeover. It last got a next-gen upgrade in 2013, and since then, the compact crossover segment has only gotten more popular and competitive. Its top rival, the Honda CR-V, got a remake in 2017. That means the timing was just right for the all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4’s debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show.

The 2019 RAV4 sports a chiseled, athletic new look atop a platform that increases rigidity by 57 percent and provides even more room inside. The RAV4’s new powertrain options include a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic or a second-generation hybrid system with a continuously variable transmission. Higher trims will include Toyota-first Dynamic Torque All-Wheel Drive systems. The 2019 RAV4 will also come with a new Entune 3.0 multimedia system with Verizon Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa, and Apple CarPlay™ integration.

The RAV4 had its best-ever sales year in 2017, with 400,000 units sold in the U.S. alone, and the 2019 model’s makeover should make this vehicle even more popular. Here at Bill Walsh Toyota, we’re excited to welcome the 2019 RAV4. Gas models will arrive at dealerships by late 2018, and hybrids will follow in early 2019.

Toyota Partners with Road 2 Recovery to Raise Money

Road 2 Recovery - Toyota Tacoma - Bill Walsh ToyotaToyota recently partnered with Road 2 Recovery (R2R) in Southern California during a Supercross event to help raise money for the foundation. Road 2 Recovery is designed to help licensed AMA professionals participating in motocross or supercross with financial assistance in the event of career-ending injuries. R2R also provides emotional and spiritual support to individuals and their families who deal with major injuries, something we at Bill Walsh Toyota admire.

According to RacerX, R2R and a number of Toyota dealerships are working to offer a 2018 Toyota Tacoma Truck as part of a sweepstakes. The winner will be announced on May 5, during the final round of the Monster Energy Supercross in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Monster Energy Supercross is a massive event that showcases some of the best racing around.

“Since the inception of the foundation and with your support, R2R has donated over $6 million to help over 70 athletes, their families, and fund special projects that meet R2R’s mission. Each entry to win will make sure that R2R can continue to support these athletes and its mission,” reports RacerX.

The R2R Foundation is a nonprofit organization, yet some of the funds raised will be used to help defer operational costs, taxes, web page hosting, marketing, and more.

We at Bill Walsh Toyota are proud to represent a brand dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives.

Amazon Alexa to Appear in Select Toyota Cars in 2018

Technology has come a long way in recent years. Many homes are now equipped with artificial intelligence tools, especially after this past Holiday season when technology like Amazon Alexa was a popular gift to give and receive.

What keeps the automotive market on top of the advancing world of technology is the ability to incorporate smart tools into vehicle cabins. Such a feat was made possible with, for example, the debut of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ which made it possible for equipped vehicles to sync with smartphone apps.

Now, Toyota is taking its next big strides in technology development by making Amazon Alexa available in select Toyota cars this year. The voice assistant will be included in any vehicle with the Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite, and in any Lexus equipped with the Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0.

With Amazon Alexa in the car, drivers will be able to do things like turn on music and make calls, but will also have the option to use other Alexa skills like opening and closing the garage door, turning on lights in their home, or getting directions.

Toyota plans to add Amazon Alexa to additional models in 2019. To find out more, or to learn which Toyota vehicles will have Amazon Alexa this year, stop by Bill Walsh Toyota.

Toyota Introducing 5th-Generation Avalon Sedan at Detroit Auto Show

Those who like to keep an eye out for all things new and exciting in the automotive world are no doubt looking forward to the upcoming North American International Auto Show. This annual event takes place on Jan. 13-28, in Detroit. Lots of interesting debuts are sure to grab attention from auto fans worldwide, but the crew at Bill Walsh Toyota is excited about one thing in particular: the introduction of the 5th-generation Avalon sedan.

Toyota will debut the new generation of its full-size sedan on Jan. 15. So far, the company hasn’t released much in the way of information — just a small teaser photo that shows the new Avalon’s headlight. The photo suggests that the new generation will make this staple sedan a little sportier. If previous generations are any indication, the new 5th-generation Avalon should have top-notch efficiency and at least one available peppy V6 engine.

If you’re dying to know about the next generation of the Toyota Avalon but can’t make it to Detroit this January, fear not. Toyota plans to live stream the big reveal on its website. All you need to do is visit the Toyota website on Jan. 15 and you’ll be among the first to witness the new 2019 Toyota Avalon sedan.

Fun Holiday Activities near Ottawa, Illinois

The holiday season is in full swing and there is no shortage of fun in the Chicago area. Here are just a few holiday activities near Ottawa to consider.

  • holiday activities near OttawaUgly Christmas Sweater Beer Tasting. Everyone’s favorite type of party is an ugly Christmas sweater party. Pair that with some delicious beer and you have the perfect combination. Mariano’s in Lombard will host this fun-filled evening on December 14 starting at 5 p.m.
  • Fiat Paint on Pine. Create your own rustic Christmas decorations at this painting party. It will be held at St. Mary Immaculate Parish in Plainfield on December 15. Sign up today to reserve your spot.
  • Lunch with the Grinch. We have all had breakfast with Santa, so why not lunch with the Grinch? Tickets include a pizza lunch, a dance party, jumpy castle, and a visit and photo with the Grinch. This will take place December 16 at the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association in New Lenox.
  • Bowling with Santa. The Bowlero in Naperville is hosting this unique holiday event. Stop by with your family on December 23 to visit with St. Nicholas and enjoy a free game of bowling.

Which of these holiday events would you like to attend this year? Everyone here at Bill Walsh Toyota hopes you and your family enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season.

History of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite holidays to celebrate. But do you really know the history of the first Thanksgiving?

Many people know that the first Thanksgiving involved Pilgrims and Native Americans. As it turns out, there is an elaborate story that involves the unity of the two groups.

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In September 1620, the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, and landed in Massachusetts, where the Pilgrims onboard established a village that they called Plymouth.

Unfortunately, the New England winter was rough on the Pilgrims, especially for those who stayed on the ship. Only about half of the Pilgrims survived through March, by which time the survivors had moved ashore.

During the month of March, an Abenaki Indian paid the settlers a visit, greeting them in English. He returned just a few days later with Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had escaped slavery and found his way back to his tribe.

Despite Squanto’s horrible experience with Englishmen, he helped the Pilgrims by teaching them how to cultivate corn, extract sap, and catch fish. Not only did Squanto teach them how to sustain life in their new land, he also helped them make an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe.

By the time November of 1621 came, the Pilgrims had their first corn harvest (thanks to Squanto). The Pilgrims celebrated the harvest alongside their Native American allies. This is what is known as the “First Thanksgiving.”

We at Bill Walsh Toyota wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Bill Walsh Toyota – Blog – 2019 Toyota Supra Turbo

The Toyota Supra has always been around, but it’s about to gain even more popularity. This car, which has gone through major and minor innovations over the years, is becoming the all-new Toyota Supra Turbo.

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U.S. News & World Report Writer Brian McHugh breaks down the ins and outs of the new Supra, which was first announced in 2016, a recreation of the true Japanese sports car. The Supra comes from the Toyota Celica, the original Toyota sports car from 1970.

Toyota and BMW have been working together on the Supra Turbo for a while, so you know it’ll thrill you when you see it. It will boast innovative and sleek styling with sharp body lines and an aggressive grille that will make it stand out on the road.

The Toyota Supra Turbo will have a sleek interior that screams “sports car.” Carbon-fiber materials with black leather and red accents will make you feel like a true race car driver behind the wheel.

Something else that makes the future Supra Turbo a true racecar is its power. Toyota has been hinting that Supra owners will have the choice between a four-cylinder and twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that is set to deliver 400 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque.

The Toyota Supra Turbo hasn’t hit the pavement yet, but when it does, be ready for a major thrill. We at Bill Walsh Toyota can’t wait to witness this sports car in action.