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!