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Toyota Ad Brings the World Together at 2016 Rio Olympics

During the 2016 Rio Olympics you may have noticed a commercial from Toyota that showed a medal ceremony and everyone joining hands. While you might think, “This looks like the Olympics,” only official Olympic sponsors can use the Olympic insignia and name. Toyota will get this honor next year, so in the meantime, we get a glimpse into Toyota’s “friendship tournament.”

This ad, called “Stand Together” not only celebrates the Olympic spirit, but is also a way to raise money for those in need. Toyota is encouraging people to share their own videos of people holding hands with the hashtag #LetsJoinHands. For every video, Toyota will then donate $20 to United Way, up to $250,000. The user-generated content may also be mixed together to create a new videos.

Jack Hollis, group VP-marketing for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., said, “We believe, as our founder did, in the ‘power of togetherness’ and athletics is an amazing example of the power of teamwork. While we do not compete at the highest levels of sport on the playing field, we celebrate the spirit of collaboration every day, whether it is within the walls of Toyota, or in our interaction with our guests.”

Toyota’s official Olympic sponsorship will begin in January and will run through the end of 2024. This will include the 2018 Winter Oympics in Pyeonchange, South Korea; the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo; the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing; and the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Jay Leno Test Drives the Toyota i-Road EV

Everybody knows Jay Leno as the former host of The Tonight Show. However, fewer people know that Leno is also a huge automotive enthusiast. He takes any chance he can get to drive a new vehicle. One of the latest models he test drove was a unique experience even for him. Jay Leno had the chance to test drive the Toyota i-Road EV.

The Toyota i-Road EV is unlike any other vehicle currently in the industry. With space for one driver, you won’t find a lot of room for cargo. However, its small size and unique 3-wheel configuration allows it to maneuver through the tightest of obstacles.

Additionally, since it is an EV vehicle, the i-Road EV can travel about 31 miles on a single charge, allowing you to take the small vehicle to relatively distant destinations.

When Leno got behind the wheel of the Toyota i-Road EV, he had some articulate descriptions of the vehicle. “Well it’s a very odd sensation,” he said. “It feels like I’m driving a car, but it’s almost like I’m on skis.”

Combining his automotive experience with the i-Road capabilities, Leno was able to easily conquer an obstacle course set up for him.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the best vehicles that the automotive world has to offer. Be like Leno and test drive a Toyota today!

Toyota C-HR Cabin Designed to be as Luxurious as Possible

Toyota consistently creates some of the best-looking vehicles in the automotive world. However, what really sets the brand of vehicles apart is that they look just as beautiful on the inside! The engineers and designers at Toyota are continually finding ways to make the cabin of their vehicles more comfortable and luxurious, and they might have just created their best work yet.

According to a report from Wards Auto, Toyota has designed the Toyota C-HR cabin to be as luxurious as possible.

In order to create a comforting, yet luxurious interior for the vehicle, Toyota’s designers equipped the roomy cabin with a plethora of different features.

For example, the Toyota C-HR has an 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system that is angled toward the driver, allowing for more ease of access.

Perhaps the most luxurious feature of all is the 2-tier front seats, which provide maximum comfort for the top half and maximum support for the bottom half.

“The C-HR gives Toyota a powerful new presence in the growing C-crossover segment,” Kazuhiko Isawa, chief designer for the-C-HR, said in a statement. “It is intended to spearhead a new movement within its segment; to create a new frontier. That’s why we decided it had to be unique, with its own personality, full of originality.”

When it comes to the highly anticipated Toyota C-HR, true beauty really does lie within!

Toyota Earns Keystone Leadership in Environment Award

Ever since Toyota took strides in environmentally-friendly innovation by revealing the Prius to the world and popularizing the hybrid class, the brand has been making efforts to be more eco-conscious in every way, from employing “greener” production processes to making their vehicles more efficient. The company’s efforts have been officially recognized by Keystone Policy Center, who recently handed Toyota the Leadership in Environment Award.

Toyota Motor North America and General Motors both recently partnered with the Wildlife Habitat Council in order to expand habitats for North American wildlife, improve biodiversity near manufacturing locations, and support the health of bees and other important pollinators. The 23rd annual Keystone Policy Center awards dinner recognized their efforts with the title, though Toyota’s collaboration with GM and the Wildlife Habitat Council is only the latest in a long line of eco-friendly advances from the company.

Today, the WHC has recognized 1,000 acres of land across nine Toyota manufacturing sites as certified “Wildlife at Work” locations. The first was Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Kentucky in 2008 when the partnership first began, but soon, many other Toyota plants across the nation followed. The Wildlife at Work locations, as well as the Keystone Leadership in Environment Award, attest to Toyota’s tradition of caring for the world around us.

Check Out the Toyota Entune System

With the new Toyota Entune system, drivers and passengers are free to experience a range of advanced technology features meant to enhance the experience of riding in a Toyota vehicle. The standard Entune system gives passengers access to features like voice recognition capabilities, a 6.1- to 7-inch touchscreen, and on some models, Siri Eyes Free. You can also upgrade for even more features and goodies.

 

If you just can’t get enough of music, the Entune Audio Plus system includes SiriusXM access as well as the chance to listen to hundreds of HD Radio stations and channels. HD Radio also offers Traffic and Weather updates in realtime, as well as the Scout GPS Link. However, if you want the full package with Toyota’ comprehensive Entune App Suite, Entune Premium Audio Systems is the one for you. You’ll have access to all of the above, an available premium speaker system, and even Integrated Navigation.

 

The App Suite offers convenience such as access to Internet streaming radios like Pandora or iHeartRadio, while apps like DestinationSearch and Yelp can help you choose what you’d like to do for the evening. OpenTable, Movie Tickets, and gas price apps are available to you at the tap of the touchscreen or through voice command alone. The Toyota Entune system puts the world at your fingertips.

Toyota Siennas Join the One Lap of America Race

When one thinks of the One Lap of America race, it’s likely that sports cars, sedans, and the occasional truck comes to mind. The last thing many people would expect is a minivan. The Toyota Sienna is out to break that vision by taking on the ultimate road trip to prove, once and for all, that it’s the ultimate trip-ready vehicle.

The race lasts a total of eight days and two Toyota Sienna concepts will make the run, keeping pace with the rest of the pack. With the perfect amount of comfort, utility, and versatility, there’s little doubt the Siennas will cross the finish in good time.

“What could be a better test of our amazing Sienna minivan than putting it through the rigors of one of the ultimate endurance races,” said Andrew Lund, the Sienna’s chief engineer.  “It’s really the best of both worlds to drive on public roads and then compete on so many unique courses.”

Top Gear host Rutledge Wood and Grand-Am Rolex GT Champion Craig Stanton will be the primary drivers behind the wheel of the Siennas. The Siennas won’t be the only badged Toyotas.

The Toyota Engineering Motorsports team modified a TRD FR-S (soon to be the Toyota 86) and Avalon. Six engineers will hit the road in the cars to further the “One Toyota” motto.

The One Lap of America race covers a dozen states, 3,000 miles, and includes a ton of fun!

We here at Bill Walsh Toyota are proud to see the Sienna proving that it truly is the road-trip-ready vehicle!

Toyota Announces Winners of TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

Toyota sets out to challenge teenagers’ creativity and video-making skills every year with the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge. Closing out its fifth year, the challenge encourages teens to take a closer look at safe driving by putting together their very own public service announcements. This year, more submissions came in than ever before and the winner was everything but your average car safety commercial.

Matthew Post and John Caporaletti, students at Sherwood High School in Olney, Maryland, created the winning video. Titled “For the Whales,” the video compares driving a vehicle to driving a beluga whale. The humorous video makes quite a few good points and, at just a minute long, is definitely worth the watch.

For their video, the dynamic duo took home $15,000. In addition to that prize, a Discovery film crew will reshoot the ad and make it into a public service announcement that will run on Discovery networks.

Judges that represent Toyota and Discovery Education, a provider of digital content and development for students through high school, selected the winning video. In all, this year’s contest brought in more than 1,500 entries.

We here at Bill Walsh Toyota would like to congratulation Post and Caporaletti on a job well done!

Preparing Your Car for Spring

With the winter season gone and with it the harsh weather, it’s time to prepare your car for the warm months ahead. Spring is finally here and getting your car ready can be done in a single afternoon. Here are a few things you need to do when preparing your car for spring from us here at Bill Walsh Toyota.

  • Wipers – Ice can do a number on your wiper blades, which is why you should replace them at least once a year. Spring is a great time to do so as you have a full three seasons before winter strikes again. In addition to that, pristine wiper blades will ensure you can drive in heavy spring rains without sacrificing visibility.
  • Tires – Keeping your tires inflated at the manufacturer-suggested pressure isn’t tough to do. The cold winter weather likely reduced your tire pressure and if you added air to compensate, you need to make sure your tires aren’t over-inflated. Warmer weather will cause tire pressure to increase.
  • Suspension – Have a mechanic take a look at your suspension and alignment. Winter is hard on roads, often resulting in potholes and rocks that can do a number on your car. Make sure all of your components are up to par to ensure your safety during the warmer months. The last thing you want to do is wait on your car while it’s in for repairs on a nice spring day!

Toyota’s Plug-In Hybrid Cars to Hit China

China has a simply incredible amount of pollution and Toyota’s looking to help curb that problem. The Japanese automaker announced plans to introduce more plug-in hybrid cars to China’s market at the Beijing auto show. Some of the brand’s most popular cars will be going green(er) and Toyota will introduce them to the market in 2018.

The ever-popular Toyota Corolla will see a hybrid model added to its line for the Chinese market. Another model unfamiliar to the United States, the Levin, will make its way into the green line as well. Toyota’s plug-in hybrid cars have an extended range compared to standard hybrids, which don’t have a rechargeable battery.

“Our decision to launch plug-in hybrid versions of the Corolla and the Levin reflects the depth of our resolve and commitment to the Chinese market,” said Hiroji Onishi, head of Toyota’s China operations.

The plug-in hybrids designed for China would run for 30 miles on electricity alone when fully charged. China’s government is looking to help fuel sales of green cars as well.

Chinese buyers are able to take advantage of purchase incentives by buying fuel efficient hybrids and all-electric cars. To qualify for those generous incentives, the cars must meet certain conditions involving fuel economy and emissions standards.

We here at Bill Walsh Toyota are happy to see more eco-friendly cars hitting markets around the globe!

Toyota Implements New Strategy for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

Toyota has made a name for itself among green car enthusiasts and environmentalists thanks to the brand’s pioneering efforts with the introduction of the Prius hybrid. Nowadays, hybrids as well as electric vehicles are becoming more commonplace, and it seems like almost every major auto manufacturer has a green car or two in its lineup. However, Toyota has chosen to look to the further again — this time, in the realm of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. However, early efforts to incorporate hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative source of fuel passed under the radar, so Toyota has gone back to the drawing board, choosing to introduce hydrogen fuel in different areas in order to slowly build demand.

 

The problem with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles parallels the initial problem with electric vehicles. Electric charging ports were rare because EVs themselves were rare, but nobody wanted to buy EVs because of their short range and shortage of charging ports. Hydrogen fueling stations are similarly scarce due to the lack of demand for vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel.

 

Consequently, Toyota is turning its attention (temporarily) away from the automobile market and targeting a more industrial demographic. The next vehicle from the company to be powered by hydrogen fuel cells will be none other than a forklift. These forklifts will be engineered to harness wind power to generate hydrogen to power them through small tasks like shuttling vegetables, beer, and other lightweight goods in the Tokyo Bay marketplace.

 

As demand for the hydrogen-powered forklifts grows, Toyota will slowly release more mainstream hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, with the plan being to eventually launch more passenger vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai. Additionally, Toyota is the world’s largest producer on forklifts, which means these forklifts may catch on sooner than one might think.