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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.

Toyota Renews Partnership with Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

For the second year in a row, Toyota has decided to renew its partnership with Competitor Group, Inc. The organization is in charge of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, a marathon event that spans 30 different locations and 600,000 runners across the U.S. and combines the experience of running a marathon with headliner performances at finish line rock festivals. These festivals would not be possible without the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series.

 

In addition to providing the entertainment at the end of the marathon race, participating in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series gives Toyota a chance to engage with communities and customers in a more direct and interactive way. The brand has permission to host Toyota Ride and Drive events at select pre-race Health and Fitness Expos organized in advance of the marathon, at which runners are given the opportunity to experience Toyota vehicles for free. Plus, onsite activations and digital media engagement with the runners involved in the event add an extra level of interaction.

 

“Toyota has been a phenomenal partner to work with this past year, celebrating and inspiring a passion for the active lifestyle,” John Smith of Competitor Group, Inc. said regarding the partnership. “Both of our brands are committed to energizing communities around shared passions of music and fitness, providing customers with a memorable experience, whether it’s live entertainment on the course or the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series at the finish line.”

 

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is the largest sports platform in the United States, with a projected 600,000 runners expected to participate in the 2016 series. Toyota’s involvement with the event allows the brand to connect with marathon runners through a combination of fitness and musical entertainment.

Fully Restored 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Showroom Centerpiece

Of all the great vehicles in our showroom, one vehicle stands out in particular for its extraordinary craftsmanship and beautiful yet rugged design. This is the 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser belonging to our owner Bill Walsh.

 

This Land Cruiser has been fully restored. Its color design, Freeborn Red for the body and Cygnus White for the hardtop, is all original. Under the hood, there’s a powertrain outputting 135 horsepower, controlled by a 4-speed manual transmission.

 

The Willys M38 Jeep proved a very important vehicle to the war effort during World War II. Its tough and attractively austere design inspired Toyota to design and engineer the Land Cruiser, which emerged in the early 1950s.

 

Though the Land Rover was the established rival of the Toyota Land Cruiser, the latter outdid the former time and time again. The Land Cruiser featured a shorter wheelbase, making it more stable than its rival, and also required less maintenance.

 

A more family-friendly Land Cruiser SUV eventually replaced the Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser in the United States in the early 1980s as Toyota stopped importing the original version.

 

The prestige of the original Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser has only grown and grown since that time. Stop in at Bill Walsh Toyota to see this historic model firsthand. Up close, there is no mystery as to why it has gained the reputation it has. This is a beautiful and dignified automobile.