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Toyota Funds Technical Programs Across the Country

Toyota knows the value of having well-trained associates, especially in the manufacturing industry. That is why the Toyota USA Foundation is working to support technical programs across the country for both high school students and adults.

In total, Toyota will provide $5.8 million in grants to help create and expand these programs.

“The Toyota USA Foundation is committed to supporting the American manufacturing sector to strengthen our economy,” said Michael Rouse, Toyota USA Foundation President, in a statement. “By helping students discover their interests in manufacturing careers now, we can cultivate their talents and passions to bolster this critical field for the future.”

Grant recipients include Project Lead the Way in Indianapolis, Indiana, which will introduce a hands-on Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) program in 40 different high schools. They will receive $1 million over two years.

Here at Bill Walsh Toyota, we are proud to be a part of a company that is working hard to help create valuable learning opportunities for students all across the country.

2016 Toyota Tacoma Highlights—Adventure and Protection

The next-generation Toyota Tacoma is almost here. Ever since redesigned mid-size pickup debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, the automaker has been revealing snippets of information about it. Now, we have some of the best 2016 Toyota Tacoma highlights—ones that’ll hopefully get you as pumped as we are for the truck’s impending release!

GoPro Camera Mount

The 2016 Tacoma is designed to appeal to your sense of adventure. While you can buy a GoPro camera mount separately, Toyota is making it as easy as can be by making it a standard feature on the Tacoma. The truck is perfect for off-road adventures, so why not film your escapades so you can relive them later and show your friends how awesome your new truck is? Rumor has it you’ll even be able to buy the matching camera alongside your Tacoma from the dealership.

Locking Tailgates

For the first time ever, the Toyota Tacoma will feature standard locking tailgates. In past generations, Tacoma owners have sometimes taken to rigging their own locking mechanisms for their tailgates to avoid theft. But now, those tailgates will be safe as can be, so you won’t have to worry about anyone vandalizing your ride.

Updated Technology

The 2016 Tacoma will be the most tech-savvy variant yet. Qi wireless charging will allow you to keep your phone juiced up without worrying about remembering your charger. The cabin will be quieter than ever, with a multi-layer acoustic windshield, floor silencer pads, a sound-absorbing headliner, and enhanced seals. Toyota’s latest Entune infotainment system will also be available to help keep you entertained on the road.

Look for the Tacoma to appear later this year at Bill Walsh Toyota!

Coming Soon: Camry and Corolla Special Editions

Think you know the Toyota Camry and Corolla? Think again. The automaker will be releasing its Camry and Corolla Special Editions in mid-August, and it’s safe to say that both models will change your view of the two popular sedans in a major way.

Both special edition models made their rounds of the auto shows earlier this year, impressing us and making us excited for their release.

Now that the time is almost upon us, we’re learning the main details about these vehicles. The Camry Special Edition will be priced starting at $25,715 MSRP, and will feature a power tilt/slide moonroof, smoked taillamp treatment, Blue Stream Metallic and Blizzard Pearl exterior colors, Dark Blue interior trim, standard Qi-compatible wireless charging, and a whole host of sporty and unique features that’ll make you stand out on the road.

The Corolla Special Edition comes with an MSRP of $20,635. For that price, you’ll get a choice between three exterior colors: Absolutely Red (exclusive to this model), Black Sand Pearl, and Super White. Other features include a red-accented dash panel and door trim, black mixed-media seats with red contrast stitching, and a Smart Key System with push-button start.

Toyota will make a total of 12,000 Camry Special Edition units, and 8,000 Corolla Special Edition units between August 2015 and January 2016. Both models will be available soon at Bill Walsh Toyota, so hurry down and take one out for a spin before they sell out!

Toyota Helps Open Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center

Spinal cord injuries can be some of the most life-changing injuries—causing many people to become paralyzed. Unfortunately, this happens all too frequently to some of our military veterans while fighting overseas. One veteran, Romy Camargo was paralyzed after a sniper’s bullet hit him in the neck.

After his injuries, he and his wife, Gaby, decided to help make the lives of other paraplegics and quadriplegics better by opening a spinal cord injury recovery center called Stay In Step.

Toyota donated $300,000 to help open the doors of the center in Tampa, Florida, that will be available to both veterans and civilians. In addition to the funds, Toyota donated a wheelchair-accessible 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan at the grand opening on June 20th.

“Supporting Stay In Step is aligned with Toyota’s corporate vision to lead the way to the future of mobility and enrich lives around the world with the safest and most responsible ways of moving people,” said Chief Administrative Officer Simon Nagata, in a statement. “Toyota is proud to support Stay In Step and the tremendous work of Romy and Gaby.”

Stay In Step will use intense strength and conditioning exercises to help patients on the road to recovery and will focus on a “never quit” mentality for its patients and families.

Wow! What amazing dedication from the Camargo family and Toyota to help people get back on their feet. You find more information online and make sure to visit us at Bill Walsh Toyota for all your Toyota needs.

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!

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.

First Toyota Female Executive Marks a Shift Towards Diversity

Toyota recently shifted gears as a company in an effort to restructure and vary its leadership positions. The management team will become more diversified this year with the promotion of Julie Hamp to be the first Toyota female executive, Christopher Reynolds as the first African-American exec, and European Didier Leroy to the be the first foreigner to serve as EVP. Toyota as a company seeks to gain strength from the internal moves.

Toyota states, “by appointing talented people from affiliates outside Japan to executive positions, Toyota aims to foster innovation by enabling people from many different backgrounds to contribute and provide input.”

Toyota has crossed the Rubicon and is no longer just a Japanese carmaker, but a global car manufacturer with far-ranging leadership needs and requirements. Steering away from all-Japanese male decision-makers towards a more diversified leadership cadre will allow Toyota to find that “next-gear” and race into the future with refreshed vigor.

We at Bill Walsh Toyota are proud to be a part of such a great organization, and look forward to an even brighter future.