Oct 072016
 

2016 Toyota Mirai - human waste into fuel - hydrogen powered

When it comes to fuel-efficient technology, it is clear that there’s no path Toyota won’t take. In fact, their new, hydrogen-fuel-powered Toyota Mirai vehicles can even be powered by – believe it or not – human waste.

The automaker is utilizing a wastewater processing plant in Fukuoka Japan to turn what was originally human waste into pure hydrogen, which is one of the cleanest ways to fuel cars. Hydrogen-powered cars do not even produce greenhouse gases.

In the United States today, there are about 30 different hydrogen-fueling stations available across the country, most of which are concentrated in New York and Los Angeles. But if there is one thing that all Americans truly have in common, it’s their ability to produce waste.

Sadly, it doesn’t look like there are currently any plans to turn human waste into fuel for Toyota Mirai cars in the United States, but that could change. What other resource is so plentiful? It just makes logical sense to turn waste into energy whenever possible.

Want to learn more about what technology Toyota is working on? Contact us or just visit us anytime at Hulbert Toyota, where we can show you all the newest Toyota tech, and maybe even take you out on a test drive!

Jun 032016
 

There’s no denying that the minivan is the ultimate family hauler, but if you’re looking for the best minivan for your family, take a good look at the Toyota Sienna. Edmunds.com and Parents Magazine recently named the Toyota Sienna as one of the 10 best family cars of the year. The Sienna was also named 2016 Best Minivan.

2016 Toyota Sienna - 2016 best minivan

2016 Toyota Sienna Overview

“The endlessly roomy Sienna stands above its competitors for two reasons: It’s the only one with available all-wheel drive, and the especially user-friendly controls help you stay focused on the road,” Parents Magazine writes.

 

In addition to its class-exclusive available all-wheel drive, the Sienna will impress you with its available Driver Easy Speak. This reduces the need for drivers to shout all the way to the backseat. There is a microphone located near the driver that conveys the driver’s voice through the speakers in the back.

Another great family friendly feature is the Dual-View Entertainment Center. The 16.4-inch widescreen display can simultaneously display two videos. It is compatible with Blu-Ray and comes with an HDMI input and an SD card reader. The screen can be operated from any seat in the Sienna by using the remote control. It also comes with a pair of wireless headphones.

Test drive the 2016 Toyota Sienna today at Hurlbert Toyota to see if it is the perfect fit for your family.

Mar 042016
 

2017 Highlander design

The new 2017 Highlander design is bound to impress virtually any driver, with a new Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission, a 3.5-liter V6 engine, Stop and Start technology, standard Toyota Safety Sense, and a refreshed exterior.

According to Toyota, the Highlander has three-row seating to provide plenty of seating and tons of comfort. You can fit up to eight passengers with this new design, and there will be up to six trim levels to choose from. Owners can also opt for available all-wheel drive to increase performance and capabilities.

“Toyota will be debuting the significantly enhanced 2017 model year Highlander mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the upcoming New York International Auto Show,” said Toyota in a press release. “The popular Highlander will receive an array of new and updated equipment and technology, inside and out, including a new Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission.”

The 2017 Highlander design also comes with a tasteful and luxurious exterior, including exclusive colors like Celestial Silver Metallic, Walnut Pearl, and Salsa Red Pearl. Inside, the design comes with available brown leather and chrome trim as well. Nothing says comfort more than the new Highlander.

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!

Jan 122015
 

 

Toyota

Though it might be hard to believe at first, Toyota recently made over 5,600 fuel-cell patents open to the public, royalty-free. So why would Toyota make all of its research open? Apparently, this move is designed to encourage other automakers to follow suit and make the auto industry more eco-friendly overall.

The jaw-dropping announcement came during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) after Toyota showed off some of its new technology. According to Digital Trends, this gives manufacturers free use of Toyota fuel-cell technology for fuel cell system software, fuel cell stacks, high-pressure tanks, and hydrogen supply and production systems. Basically, it’s everything you need to build your own Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV).

“At Toyota, we believe that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen,” said Bob Carter, Senior VP of Automotive Operations at Toyota Motor Sales. “The first generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, launched between 2015 and 2020, will be critical, requiring a concerted effort and unconventional collaboration between automakers, government regulators, academia, and energy providers.”

Although manufacturers are encouraged to go crazy, Toyota does have some stipulations. The information cannot be used for anything other than FCVs and the offer expires in 2020. By then, Toyota hopes the industry will have come far enough that fuel cell technology dominates. At Hurlbert Toyota, we’re excited to see what other automakers will do with this new information.