Sep 162016

FR-S becomes the Toyota 86

In 2003, Toyota introduced the world to a new brand of car—Scion. The Scion brand was built on simplicity mixed with fun. Models were usually sold in a single trim level, but could be easily customized with aftermarket parts. However, after 13 years, Toyota decided to absorb Scion back into the Toyota brand.

Now, one of the most popular Scion models is making the transition to Toyota. The Scion FR-S will become the Toyota 86 for the 2017 model year. But, it gets more than just a name change. The 86 will have new looks and better performance, but will keep the handling and affordability that has made it a hit with enthusiasts over the years.

Changes for the model

In the form of the Toyota 86, we will see more aggressive styling with a large center intake. The front end also comes with standard LED headlights, daytime running lights, and turn signals. Inside, buyers will find new seating material, a revised steering wheel, and a new “Granlux” material on the instrument panel.

Better performance for the 86 comes through revised shock tuning and a spring rate change. The manual version also has adjusted gear ratios and engine tuning to increase the torque to 156 lb-ft and horsepower to 205.

Here at Hurlbert Toyota, we are excited to welcome the 2017 Toyota 86 to our family.

Apr 062015

Believe it or not, Toyota recently developed a miniature robotic astronaut to gather data on the International Space Station (ISS). Kirobo, a robot designed to perfect human speech, was used to explore human/robot interaction in space. This new invention revolutionizes speech recognition software in all industries.

According to Toyota, the Kirobo robot was actually developed about two years ago when it was launched into space. Returning on March 12, the Toyota robot astronaut held the world’s first conversation experiment in outer space between a robot and human. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) teamed with Toyota to help make the experiment possible.

“Kirobo came safely back to Earth aboard SpaceX’s CRS-5 Dragon cargo supply spacecraft, and then arrived back in Japan on March 12,” said Toyota’s robotics team. “His first words after returning home were: ‘From up above, the Earth glowed like a blue LED.’”

The extraordinary little robot earned its spot in the history books, especially after receiving recognition from Guinness World Records. It broke two records: first, it was the first companion robot in space, and secondly, it had the highest altitude conversation for a robot. Although Toyota hasn’t said if it will use this unique technology in any of its cars, we’ve got our fingers crossed.

Jan 142014
Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept Car

This Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle concept car from Toyota will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.

Toyota put its hydrogen-powered electric car the FCV on full display at the recent Consumer Electronics Show. The company is also gearing up for a production version as it promises to have a fuel-cell car on the road in 2015. And, Toyota expects to sell more of these cars in the U.S. than it initially planned.

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Nov 122013
2014 Toyota RAV4 - Technology Upgrades

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 and 2014 Camry received upgraded technology for the new model year.

Picture yourself in a brand new Toyota.  Aside from seeing the open road before you and the feel of the gear shift in your hand, what is one element that new-car fantasies just can’t be without? The music. Every time we whisk ourselves away to envision the perfect joy ride, our favorite cruising music is turned up full-blast as we cruise the streets of Epping. Continue reading »