Apr 182017
 
2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

 

The New York International Auto Show sees two Toyota debuts in April. Toyota is holding the new 2018 Sienna and Yaris Hatchback debuts at the show, two opposite-sized hatchbacks that have their great looks, practicality, and smart features in common.

The 2018 Yaris Hatch brings a sportier style for the model year, with a new front fascia and grille with chrome accents, a piano black mesh grille for the SE trim, and a restyled rear-end to complement the front-end updates. The Yaris also gets plenty of updates to its interior, with new audio features, an ECO driving indicator, and a standard Entune Multimedia bundle.

The 2018 Sienna improves even further on the much-improved 2017 Sienna with styling updates and technology additions. Toyota Safety Sense P will be standard on the new Sienna and will include a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and more. The Sienna will also come standard with an enhanced Entune 3.0 multimedia system with App Suite Connect and available 4G LTE.

For more information on the upcoming Toyota model year or to test drive the 2017 Yaris Hatchback or Sienna, give us a call at Hurlbert Toyota!

Mar 292017
 
Toyota Sports Car Lineup - © M 93 / Wikimedia Commons

Toyota GT86 – © M 93 / Wikimedia Commons

Some folks might say that three’s a crowd. But those people clearly weren’t referring to the resurgence of the Toyota sports car lineup. The automaker, content with its accomplishment in the family-friendly segment, has turned its attention and talent to designing and engineering a triumvirate of sports cars, what Toyota engineer Tetsuya Tada calls “the three brothers.”

Toyota Supra

In a collaboration that easily justifies an immature fit of ecstatic squealing and hand-waving, Toyota engineers have been fraternizing with BMW engineers to produce a common platform that will underpin the all-new Toyota Supra (as well as the upcoming BMW Z5). The Supra will be “lighter than its rivals,” according to Tada. He also alluded to taking inspiration from the Porsche Cayman.

Toyota GT86

Of course, the GT86 has already been on the road for years. It’s still got those low-profile, athletic good looks. The GT86 also features a 2.0-liter flat-four engine, with horizontally-opposed pistons, that sits low—all for enhanced driving dynamics. The GT86 stays as-is for now, and why not?

Toyota MR-2 Replacement

Toyota is working on a replacement for the MR-2, meaning a compact sportster in line to compete with the likes of the Miata MX-5. Perhaps the most exciting news about the MR-2 replacement is that engineers are “working very hard” to make a hybrid sports car.

There’s nobody more excited than those of us here at Hurlbert Toyota about the “three brothers” of Toyota’s sports car department!

Jul 082016
 

Every year, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America team up to host the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. And this year, Toyota is the host of this wheelchair multi-sport event.

In their 36th year, these annual games take place to give veterans a chance to get out and get active! More than 600 participants took place in this year’s games, which occurred in Salt Lake City in late June. Another fun fact – these games are the world’s largest annual wheelchair multi-sport event!

Toyota Wheelchair multi-sport event - basketball

This isn’t Toyota’s first year sponsoring these games. It’s actually their 17th year participating. They get to cheer on veterans as they compete in 19 different events. These include sports like handcycling, quad rugby, swimming, basketball, and archery.

A word from our VP

“We are honored to sponsor the 36th National Veterans Wheelchair Games and celebrate the brave men and women who have served their country in the name of freedom,” said Simon Nagata, executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

Toyota will host the table tennis and track events. They will also provide a complimentary fleet of vehicles for the staff of the games. A wheelchair-accessible Toyota Sienna was also donated to the Paralyzed Veterans of America headquarters.

You can find out more about the games here.

Oct 232015
 

Toyota

After the sedan’s debut in 1955, the Toyota Crown has been a forerunner of many cars in Toyota’s lineup and is a much more seasoned veteran than most vehicles on the market. This year marks the sedan’s 60th anniversary of production, and in its honor, the company has given the Toyota Crown updates for the 2016 model year.

With the updates, Toyota wanted to focus on making the Crown more lively, fun, and stylish. Structurally, the company has engineered the new Crown to have better steering and handling, and the sedan comes with a new turbocharged engine for improved performance. The Crown’s color palette has grown as well, with a host of new color options for consumers to choose from.

The facelift also includes several technology updates with a suite of electronic safety features. Some of these features include adaptive cruise control mediated by radar, collision warnings and driver alerts, and a blindspot monitor.

The Toyota Crown updates were made not only in honor of the sedan’s 60th anniversary, but to continue providing Toyota’s consumer base with the highest quality cars possible, while minimizing potential accidents and improving the overall driving experience. Visit Hurlbert Toyota for more!

Oct 142015
 

Toyota Mirai FCV Concept

When Toyota began making plans for the release of the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel cell car, the company predicted it would only need to allocate 1,000 units for the US market. Instead, the US Toyota Mirai demand is far higher than anticipated, causing some customers to have to sign up for a wait list.

In total, Toyota has received over 1,900 orders for the 2016 Mirai from the US market. However, due to the limited amount of models set aside for the US market, not everyone will be receiving their Mirai on time. The website that had been used to place orders only two months ago is now presenting potential buyers with the opportunity to sign up for a wait list. These wait list consumers will be notified when production is available.

Toyota already announced this past January that the company would need to increase production of the 2016 Mirai in an attempt to scramble to keep up with overwhelming global demand for the fuel cell hybrid. One thing is for sure, global Toyota Mirai demand spells success for the hybrid and for the company as a whole. Learn more about the ground-breaking car at Hurlbert Toyota!

Sep 162015
 

Toyota Land Cruiser Interior

The Toyota Land Cruiser gets a major refresh for the 2016 model year, seeing improvements in technology and power. The automaker’s premier luxury SUV has long been the benchmark for the segment and these changes will certainly only enhance the Land Cruiser’s status as such.

As Toyota shared in a press release, the refreshed 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is “the first in the model’s history equipped with technology designed to help prevent or mitigate collisions.” These exciting new technologies include Frontal Collision Avoidance and Frontal Collision Mitigation, both of which only kick in at speeds less than 24 mph. There’s also Lane Departure Alert, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Auto High Beams.

Historically, the Land Cruiser has always featured a strong and healthy drivetrain. The 2016 model features a new engine, a 5.7-liter DOHC V8 powerhouse producing 401 lb-ft of torque. Ninety percent of peak torque arrives at 2,200 rpm, meaning you don’t have to stress the powertrain to get the get-up-and-go you need when towing.

According to Toyota, “Land Cruiser customers are among the most loyal in the auto industry.” These awesome changes should only increase that loyalty. Visit Hurlbert Toyota for more information!

Jul 202015
 

Toyota Mirai FCV Concept

With the innovative, potentially game-changing Toyota Mirai coming out later this year, you can bet hydrogen-powered cars are going to be all the rage. Just like when EVs became popular, the question “How do hydrogen cars work?” is sure to be a popular one soon, so here’s a basic rundown.

Hydrogen cars run on hydrogen gas, which is stored in pressure tanks in the vehicle and then passed through a fuel cell stack, where the hydrogen reacts with oxygen to generate electricity. From here, the electricity powers the motor.

Hydrogen cars have an electric battery used to help the car accelerate, but it’s much smaller than the battery in EVs and doesn’t need to be recharged, as regenerative braking and excess electricity from the hydrogen recharge it while driving.

This reaction inside the fuel cell stack releases nothing more than water vapor, so hydrogen cars have zero tailpipe emissions, and the Toyota Mirai has a better mileage range than any zero-emission car on the market at 312 miles. Hydrogen cars are one of our most efficient options, and they’re definitely going to stick around!

Jul 132015
 

As the official partner to the Special Olympics World Games, Toyota has dedicated three murals to the Special Olympics which portray Special Olympics athletes and related historic events. The murals were dedicated last Tuesday, July 7, and were part of Toyota’s Share the Journey Campaign.

Each mural was painted by a different artist: one by David Flores, which can be seen at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; one by Cryptik located on South Figueroa Street; and one Kent Twitchell found on South Hope Street. These gorgeous murals are now part of the LA landscape and will showcase the journeys of Special Olympics athletes for years to come.

These murals are a throwback to the original Los Angeles murals painted for the 1984 Olympic Games. This year’s Special Olympics World Games will be held from July 25 through August 2. Toyota says that the murals are both a dedication to the Special Olympics athletes and a tribute to LA’s storied history of outdoor art.

Jun 222015
 

Environmental Milestone

Everyone, including Toyota, knows the importance of protecting the environment. This is why Toyota is proud to be named one of the world’s greenest companies. Newsweek recently included Toyota in its list of the greenest Global 500 companies.

Toyota comes in at #35, a jump of 57 spots over last year’s results. Toyota is also #2 among car manufacturers. To measure environmental performance, Newsweek used eight metrics, including energy, water, and waste levels.

“We are proud to be recognized as one of the world’s greenest companies,” said Jim Lentz, Toyota Motor North America chief executive officer, in a statement. “Through continuous improvement, our global teams have made great strides in reducing our environmental impact. From hybrids to fuel cells, Toyota is at the forefront of developing energy efficient technologies. We are deeply committed to contributing to the environment, our communities, and to leading the future of sustainable mobility.”

In addition to producing fuel-efficient, green vehicles, Toyota has been working on reducing its carbon footprint in other areas, too. In North America, Toyota has saved more than 93 million gallons of water and reduced energy by 22% at its manufacturing facilities.

If you’re interested in making your life a little greener, come check out Toyota’s fuel-efficient, green lineup at Hurlbert Toyota.

May 182015
 

Scion FR-S

All this week, Toyota engineers have been putting their racing skills to the test driving in the One Lap of America endurance race. Early tomorrow morning, the racers will have driven 3,456 miles over the course of seven days.

The race started May 2nd in South Bend, Indiana, and made stops in Omaha, Nebraska; Denver, Colorado; Pueblo, Colorado; Fort Worth, Texas; Plano, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Bowling Green, Kentucky. Then, on Saturday, May 9th, the race finished off where it started back in South Bend.

Two Toyota engineers, Anthony Magagnoli and Stephen Byington, drove a specially built TRD Scion FR-S in the race. They, along with 10 other production engineers, all worked together to prepare the car for the race.

“A race like the One Lap, is a true test of man and machine, said lead driver and Toyota Instrumentation Engineer Anthony Magagnoli, in a statement. “Not only is the vehicle pushed to its limits covering nearly 4,000 miles in seven days with race events at 10 racetracks along the way, but the driver and co-driver are pushed to the max as well having to endure long hours in transit between events with no support crew to help with repairs or maintenance along the way.”

To catch up on all the race action, check out updates, pictures, and videos on the Toyota Production Engineering Motorsports Facebook page.