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!

May 042015
 

Toyota Mirai FCV Concept

According to a recent announcement, the brand new 2016 Toyota Mirai model – a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle that emits only water out of its tailpipe – set the pace for the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on April 25th.

This makes the innovative 2016 Mirai the first ever hydrogen-powered pace car at a NASCAR race. The Toyota Mirai pace car set the standard for the racers, but it is also setting a standard for green driving.

The Mirai led the Sprint Cup Series field all the way to the green flag at the Richmond International Raceway. The decision to include the Mirai represents an enormous shift in technology: the first utilization of a hydrogen-powered vehicle in NASCAR.

However – it’s worth nothing that this sort of game-changing moment isn’t new for Toyota, who also brought the first ever hybrid car to pace a NASCAR race in 2009, for the Coca Cola 600. What could be next?

Apr 202015
 

2015 Toyota RAV4

Not only was the Toyota RAV4 we all know and love refreshed for the 2016 model year, the automaker added the RAV4 Hybrid to its lineup of efficient and eco-friendly vehicles. The RAV4 Hybrid is Toyota’s eighth hybrid vehicle and it made its grand debut at the New York International Auto Show earlier this month.

Anyone looking for less time spent filling up the tank and more power cased within a sporty compact package will recognize the RAV4 Hybrid as a great option. In particular, Toyota views the model as ideal for “young adventure-seeking couples looking for a vehicle that provides utility, versatility, capability and excellent fuel efficiency.”

In addition to its gas-electric powertrain, the 2016 model will offer amenities such as revised design for interior storage compartments, more premium materials, an added USB port in the front and a 12V power outlet in the rear, a 7-inch touch-sensitive display audio touch screen, and the new Bird’s Eye View Monitor to name a few.

Stay tuned for more information on Toyota’s 2016 RAV4 Hybrid. We at Hurlbert Toyota expect the model to arrive this fall.

Apr 132015
 

Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Motor Corp is reportedly looking to expand its manufacturing productions by constructing two new automotive plants in Mexico and China. For the past several years, the car company has focused on developing manufacturing equipment and technological engineering to improve efficiency of existing plants.

However, the demand for production in the U.S. is starting to increase, thus ending a three-year freeze due to economic decline, therefore the company will allegedly invest a total of $1.3 billion after receiving the go-ahead from Toyota President Akio Toyoda. “We are gradually starting to witness the next stage for new plants,” Mr. Toyoda told investors last month. He said the company had to make a “sweeping change” to “make our plants competitive, instead of merely pursuing volume.”

With just over 10 million Toyota units sold in 2014, it is projected that the two new plants will increase Toyota’s production capacity by nearly 300,000 cars. The Mexican plant, most likely to be located in Guanajuato, is projected to produce 200,000 units of the next-generation Corolla, scheduled to arrive in the North American market in 2019. The China plant, to be located in Guangzhou, is estimated to produce 100,000 Yaris subcompacts starting in 2018.

It’s an exciting time with the Toyota plant expansion, so be sure to stay tuned to Hurlbert Toyota for the latest news.

Mar 232015
 

Toyota Mirai

Toyota has big plans for the Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle, and they just might be on to the next big thing in alternative fuel. As the Mirai takes off in Japan, here in the U.S. we are preparing for the FCV’s debut in just a few short months. Here is what you need to know about the Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle before it becomes available right here in the U.S.

  1. It requires no gasoline. FCVs run off of electricity generated by the chemical reaction between hydrogen (held in a pair of high-pressure hydrogen fuel tanks) and oxygen pulled in from outside. That electricity is then sent to the electric motor. The emission is H2O, nothing more than water vapors are released through the tailpipe.
  2. Refueling is fast. Unlike electric cars, which can take hours to charge, hydrogen refueling stations don’t take more than three to five minutes. Another bonus? The car comes with three free years of fuel and maintenance!
  3. It takes no special skills or knowledge to drive. The Mirai is just like gasoline-powered cars in many ways. The first time you sit inside the cockpit, you’ll feel right at ease.
  4. The hydrogen refueling network is expanding. Currently, California offers a fairly extensive network of refueling stations, which is where the Mirai will first be available for sale. That network will undoubtedly expand nationwide thanks to a number of automakers and companies committing to investing in FCV technology.
  5. It offers an extended driving range. The Mirai is expected to earn 60 mpg-equivalent. That means that early adopters in California won’t have to worry about regular commutes – fill ups would be required less-often than in a gasoline car.

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Still have questions? We invite you to visit us here at Hurlbert Toyota, where we will help you to decide if a future fuel cell vehicle might be right for you.

Mar 092015
 

 

Toyota FCV Concept

The Toyota FCV Concept that led to the Mirai.

The future is looking a whole lot brighter with Toyota’s ‘bright green’ new technology. We are of course talking about hydrogen fuel which is stored in cells and used in the new hydrogen powered Toyota Mirai, which is slated for production starting this year. This move marks “a turning point in automotive history,” according to Toyota.

The fuel cell that Toyota is bringing to market will not only drive farther than most battery cars, but fill-up (with hydrogen) in mere minutes instead of charging batteries which can take hours. The Mirai will use compressed hydrogen to propel the car around 300 miles at which time it can be refilled in approximately five minutes. One of the more appealing aspects to this Toyota is that it will be burning hydrogen, along with a catalyst, then emitting pure water.

Toyota will build 700 of the Mirai this year and will be available for a staring price of $60,000 starting in Japan and soon making its way to the States. Stay tuned for more exciting Toyota breakthroughs at Hurlbert Toyota, where your future and ours move forward together.

Mar 022015
 

Toyota Camry Pace Car

Toyota and Amy Purdy continued their fruitful and inspiring partnership recently at the Daytona 500, where Purdy, the Paralympic bronze medalist in Para-Snowboard, drove the Toyota Camry Pace Car. Purdy lost her legs to meningitis at age 19, but she’s built an incredible life and legacy for herself since then. She recently appeared in a Toyota Super Bowl commercial narrated by Muhammad Ali reading his incredible “How Great I Am” speech.

Purdy is a thrill-seeker, as made obvious by her Paralympic participation and her competition on “Dancing with the Stars.” However, she had never quite done anything like this. However, Purdy was undaunted by the challenge. “It compares a little bit to what I do,” Purdy said. “I have raced in snowboarding and I race boarder-cross, and we have banked, slalom turns, so I understand line choice.”

In fact, Purdy was a bit disappointed with the restrictions placed upon her as a pace car driver. “I won’t be able to go as fast as I would like to go,” she said. The Camry she drove was a refreshed 2015 model, and it’s the second time the Camry has been the pace car at “The Great American Race.” The Camry has been involved in the race, too, though; Camry drivers have won it five times. Come see us at Hurlbert Toyota to learn more about this race-winning sedan today.