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!

Dec 232016
 

New Year's resolutions for your car 2017

The New Year is right around the corner, which means it’s time to decide what your resolutions will be. However, if you’re tired of making the same plans every year and failing every time, we have a few resolutions for your car that we think you’ll be able to keep.

  • Put away the distractions. Decide that 2017 will be the year when you kick your in-car phone habit. Put your phone away and stay focused on your driving. In addition, don’t eat, put on makeup, or try to retrieve dropped items while driving.
  • Think safety first. If you plan to buy a new car in 2017, make safety a top priority. Look at ratings from the IIHS and NHTSA. In addition, Toyota is continually expanding its Safety Sense features into much of the Toyota lineup.
  • Seatbelts for everyone. Make seatbelts mandatory for every passenger in your car, even other adults. And, don’t forget about the family dog, either. Purchase a dog-friendly restraint so they can be safe in the car, too.
  • Learn basic maintenance. Use 2017 to learn how to do basic maintenance, such as changing a tire or changing your oil. You could save yourself a lot of time, frustration, and money once you know how to do it yourself.

What are your resolutions for 2017?

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.

May 202016
 
Toyota GT86 - Scion FR-S

The Toyota GT86 goes by many names, and this is Scion’s version – the FR-S.

The Toyota GT86 goes by many names including Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ, and Scion FR-S. With Scion officially leaving the market and taking on new Toyota badging, the Toyota GT86 is officially back in the United States. That’s not the end of it. Toyota recently revealed a GT86 Shooting Brake Concept that’s sure to blow enthusiasts away.

Toyota’s global chief engineer Tetsuya Tada is the mastermind behind the Toyota 86 so when the automaker’s Australian design team presented a model of the concept, he was all over it. Upon his return to Japan, he handpicked craftsman to bring the hatchback to life.

The end result is a GT86 hatchback that maintains the sporty coupe styling the 86 is known for. The Shooting Brake Concept isn’t just for show either. The vehicle has made a few laps on Toyota’s test tracks.

There’s no specific powertrain details just yet. The Toyota 86 shares the Subaru BRZ’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of producing 197 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque when mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota hasn’t confirmed a production model but they haven’t denied it either, leaving the Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake Concept’s future a mystery.

Here at Hurlbert Toyota, we can’t wait to see if the Shooting Brake Concept becomes a production model!

Nov 062015
 

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show held each year in Las Vegas is one of the hottest auto shows of the year. However, you won’t be seeing any standard off-the-line models. Everything here is custom.

This year, Toyota’s SEMA display will feature 14 custom vehicles, all within the theme of “Let’s Go Places.”

One of the highlights will be the Ultimate Utility Vehicle, which was unveiled earlier this summer as part of Toyota’s Ever-Better Expedition. Despite its hardcore appearance, this is actually the body of a Sienna minivan attached to a Tacoma pickup chassis and then fitted with a TRD supercharger, 22×12-inch Monster Energy off-road wheels, upgraded Heim steering, and a wicked black paint job.

Toyota's SEMA display - Toyota Sienna

This Toyota Sienna body on a Tacoma chassis – as hardcore as they come.

Also on display will be Toyota’s rich motorsports heritage with the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota Camry, which has achieved two Sprint Cup wins so far this year.

This year, Toyota is also giving a nod to its avid fan base and will display five owner-modified Toyota vehicles, including a 1970 Toyota Crown that won Best of Show at Toyotafest, a 1985 Corolla GT-S Hachiroku, and more.

Have you ever been to the SEMA Show?

Mar 302015
 

Olympic Stadium

The Toyota Motor Corporation has announced it is now part of the The Olympic Partner program, which is corporate-speak for saying the automaker is now an official sponsor of the Olympic Games.

Toyota’s sponsorship will be in the mobility category, which is described as covering “vehicles, mobility services and mobile solutions” in the company’s press release. Big surprise, right?

The automaker will remain an Olympic Partner until 2024, throughout which we’ll be treated to three summer and two winter Olympics. The sponsorship takes effect immediately in Japan and globally in 2017.

That means Toyota’s presence at next year’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro should still be somewhat subdued. However, we can probably expect a full campaign promoting fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) at the 2018 winter processions in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Hopefully, we can get FCVs to arrive at Hurlbert Toyota at around the same time. They’re basically the next big thing in zero-emissions automotive technology!

Dec 222014
 

One of our most popular models at Hurlbert Toyota is the Toyota Tacoma, and with good reason. The 2015 Tacoma is a mid-size truck built to take on full-size jobs, available with a number of options and accessories, and offered at an affordable price.

Since it’s so popular, we keep hearing the question: when is the new Tacoma coming to Hurlbert? While we can’t say with certainty when you can drive it in 2015, we can tell you exactly when you can see it: January 12th, when it’s scheduled to debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

Toyota has released two teaser images to satiate us while we wait to get a good look at the 2016 Tacoma. Based on what’s there to see, we think that the new Tacoma is going to make quite a few folks happy in the very near future, whether for work or for pleasure.

Toyota has also released a super brief teaser video, which you can drink in below:

It’s fixing to be a hot time in the Motor City in January. Watch this space for the latest on the 2016 Tacoma!

Dec 082014
 

Toyota Mirai

If you’re looking for a new eco-friendly car, it’s likely that you’ve considered the all-new Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle. This was definitely the case for Marianne and David Ellis, the two lucky individuals who recently won a brand-new Mirai, making them the first ones to get behind the wheel of the brand-new vehicle.

 

These two Toyota Mirai winners have been supporters of going green for years and were recently looking for a new eco-friendly car. While at the annual Environmental Media Awards earlier this year, Marianne Ellis bought the winning ticket as a potential 30th wedding anniversary gift—and it looks like it was a great choice!

 

“For us, it’s about being at the cutting edge of change,” said Marianne Ellis. “It’s a chance to support environmental causes and clean energy, while showing it’s possible to make a car like this part of your lifestyle.”

 

The Mirai combines hydrogen gas from tanks with oxygen to produce electricity to power the vehicle. With a range of 300 miles, the fuel cell vehicle only emits water vapor as exhaust, keeping the environment safe.

 

If you’re interested in going green like Marianne and David Ellis, come to Hurlbert Toyota. While we don’t have a Mirai to offer, we still have plenty of fuel-efficient models for you!

Nov 172014
 

Toyota TRD Pro Series Tundra

“Driving off-road is part of living the outdoors life.” This is according to a recent article in Gear Junkie. And according to the same article, if you are going to go off-road, best to do it with a TRD Pro package version of the Tundra, Tacoma or 4Runner.

 

How does the TRD Pro package actually enhance these trucks? Being that they are designed to go off-road “right off the lot,” much of these enhancements have to do with the TRD Pro’s exceptional ability to sustain itself over rough terrain.

 

There are “Bilstein remote-reservoir shocks at the heart of a professionally-tuned TRD suspension.” The wheels and tires are super high-quality and are an essential component to the superior suspension.

 

The TRD Pro package also gives these three trucks a unique look, setting them apart from their main-street counterparts. This includes a unique black grille, black aluminum wheels and a black bumper.

 

We here at Hurlbert Toyota agree that these TRD Pro models are the best vehicles to release the inner off-road guy in all of us!

Oct 202014
 

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept Car

We’re entering a new era in automotive history, and Toyota is leading the way. The automaker recently announced that they will become the first company to give away a hydrogen vehicle, dubbed the Toyota Fuel-Cell Vehicle (FCV). We’re excited at Hulbert Toyota for the new possibilities that come with fuel-cell technology.

At the Environmental Media Association (EMA) Award ceremonies at Warner Bros. Studio in California, Toyota will announce the lucky individual who gets to drive home in the FCV. Unfortunately, the hydrogen-powered car is only being offered in California because it’s the only state with a hydrogen-fuel infrastructure.

“Hydrogen fuel-cell technology is the next big leap in automotive history, and through this extraordinary drawing, we’re seeking bold drivers ready to embrace that future,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of Automotive Operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

So what does this mean for you? In the immediate future, not much. However, this is just a preview of what’s to come: the quick accelerating Toyota FCV has a range of 300 miles, a quiet ride, and produces nothing but pure water from the tailpipe.

Toyota has been researching this technology for over 20 years, and many features that have come out of this process are featured on other cars. To see how this technology has been integrated into the 2015 model year, stop by Hulbert Toyota and check out our lineup.