December 10, 2015 - Toyota Awarded With IIHS Top Safety Pick+
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced its initial list of 2016 Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick award winners. In order to qualify for these awards vehicles must meet the strictest IIHS standards to date.
For the 2016 model year, qualifying for these awards was made more difficult. Vehicles must now score a "Good" rating in the small overlap front test and still score "Good" in the moderate overlap front crash, side crash, roof strength, and head restraint tests.
The increased requirements to qualify for these awards reflect an effort to influence all auto manufactures to improve their vehicle crash-worthiness and to promote the availability of front crash protection systems that can mitigate injuries. The IIHS, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Consumer Reports agree that forward collision systems with both a warning and auto braking should be standard on all cars in the near future.
In order to meet these requirements for the more stringent Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must meet the above standards and also have as standard or optional equipment, a frontal collision auto braking system that scores as Advanced or Superior.
Toyota (including Lexus and Scion brands) reeled in nine Top Safety Pick+ awards, including the Avalon, which has optional auto-braking.
The Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius V, Toyota Avalon & the Toyota RAV4 took home awards under the Top Safety Pick+.
Avalon MSRP starting from $38,990*
Prius V MSRP starting from $28,415*
RAV4 MSRP starting from $24,990*
**Information used from online article: Naranjo, M. (2015, December 10). IIHS Names Latest Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Vehicles.
November 17, 2015 - Start your Toyota 800 meters away!
Newly developed START+. a Long Range Remote Engine! On the coldest or hottest days, enjoy the luxury of having your Toyota ready and waiting with a comfortable vehicle interior temperature, no matter what the weather is like outside.
What makes Toyota START+ different?
On the coldest or hottest days, Toyota START+ enables you to start your vehicle from 800 meters/2,600 feet away (unobstructed), and activates a pre-set heating and ventilation system.
Toyota START+ is easy to operate, you just need to press two buttons in sequence to start or stop the engine.
Toyota START+ provides audio and visual confirmation for engine start and stop.
Full Integration with Vehicle
Toyota START+ doesn't interfere with other vehicle electronics, and is the only remote engine starter that fully integrates with the Toyota Engine Control Unit and Immobilizer.
Front/Rear Defogger Control
Toyota START+ helps clear condensation or thick frost, by activating your vehicle's front and rear defoggers.
Weather and Shock Resistant
The rubber membrane inside the fob makes it weather and shock resistant.
Toyota START+ features:
- 2-Way Light and Sound Feedback
- Ventilation and Air Conditioning Control
- Auto Heating
- Front and Rear Defogger Control
- Perfect Synchronization with Toyota Immobilizer System
- Low Battery Indicator
On top of all that, the Toyota START+ is warranted for the balance of the new vehicle limited warranty when bought and installed at the dealership.
It is available now for Toyota: 4Runner, Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4 and Sienna and will extend to other models in the future.
November 12, 2015 - How to winterize your vehicle!
7 steps to prepare for the upcoming winter season.
A quick winterization of your vehicle can save you time, money and most importantly you.
1. Check your tires
Although you cannot control the weather or the road conditions you do have some control over how your vehicle responds to icy and wet roads. If your tires are worn it is a good idea to replace them, consider snow tires, which are made for snow and ice conditions. Don't forget to also check your tire pressure as air contracts in cold weather and it is important to make sure your tires are properly inflated.
Make sure to check all your fluid levels, especially your oil. You can find a list of manufacturer's oil recommendations for different climates in your owner's manual. When the temperatures drop the oil in your vehicle will thicken which can lead to difficulties with oil lubricating the engine. As winter oil tends to be thinner it is a good idea to switch to prevent lack of lubrication to your engine.
It is also important to keep your gas tank as full as possible during the winter to prevent moisture from freezing in your gas lines. At the very least don't let your gas tank drop below the half full mark.
3. Winter gear
Check your car's heater, block heater and defroster to make sure they are in good working order.
4. Check the battery
The battery is actually the most important item on the checklist and is very often overlooked. As cold weather weakens the battery it can leave you and you vehicle potentially vulnerable. Make sure to check that your posts and connections are corrosion free and having your battery checked by your mechanic if its 3 years or older is a good idea.
The cold winter season is not the time to miss or delay regular maintenance and service.
Consider having your brakes checked if it has been more than six months.
7. Check your windshield wipers
It is vital to make sure that your wiper blades are in good working order. You don't want to be caught in a snowstorm only to discover that you should have replaced your wipers. Also you make sure to keep your wiper fluid levels up and switch to the winter solution to provide you with the best visual conditions. With normal wear and salt buildup, it is not unusual to go through a pair of wiper blades every year.
If your windshield has any cracks or chips in it you should give serious thought to replacing it. Extreme differences in indoor and outdoor temperatures, called thermal shock can turn a minor crack into a major visibility hazard. A minor chip can very often be filled inexpensively saving you money in the long run.
October 26, 2015 - Advanced Technologies In The All-New Prius
- 40 percent thermal efficiency with a 1.8-litre VVT-i engine
- Improved fuel efficiency
- Full hybrid system components now made smaller and lighter.
(Incl. electronic motor, trans-axle, power control unit and hybrid
- Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) chassis delivers
impressive driving dynamics.
- One new safety enhancements amount many is the new Toyota
Safety Sense system.
Set to take on new markets with ground-breaking environmental performance, the fourth generation Toyota Prius has a bold new design and a fun-to-drive fervor. Proud to uncover the technological advances that enable its hybrid to break the mold while still remaining true to form.
More than nine million gasoline-electric hybrid cars are in service. Toyota vehicles amount to eight million of them with the Prius making up half of Toyota's total, which only 18 years ago set out to be a forerunner in a new era of automatic environmental consciousness.
The Prius sparked a revolution. In '97 ('00 in Canada), it was the world's first mass-produced full-hybrid vehicle. In '03, 2nd generation model revolutionized the eco-car market again with a focus on improved fuel efficiency and distinctive triangular silhouette. The Prius made significant progress in fuel efficiency in its 3rd generation & the 4th generation builds on the environmentally-friendly credentials of its predecessors.
Environmental performance alone is no longer enough to truly make a car stand out. Which is why Toyota rebuilt the Prius from the ground up, broadening its appeal by overhauling its design, improving performance, and adding personal touches both inside and out under the concept of "a beautiful car for a beautiful Earth."
In other words, the all-new Prius has everything it needs to remain a leader and pioneer, offering improved environmental performance in a more compelling, comfortable, responsive and engaging package than ever.
October 22, 2015 - The All-New 2016 Yaris Sedan (Details)
2016 Yaris Sedan: A Small Car with Injection of Style and Great Value for Young Buyers' Big Lives
Redesigned and re-engineered with driving fun, efficiency and premium features in mind.
The Toyota Yaris Sedan is not like anything you've ever associated a subcompact car with. Aggressively styled and equipped with premium features. Tuned for dynamic handling and big driving fun, all for surprisingly less than you'd expect.
The all-new Yaris Sedan gives drivers even more of what they love. Whether it is running errands downtown or taking a day-trip on the open road.
Two Models - Great Prices
Toyota offers the 2016 Yaris in two well-equipped and well-priced models:
Yaris Sedan - Manual (Starting MSRP: $16,995)
Featuring a short-stroke six-speed manual transmission for quick shifting and a fuel efficiency rating of 6.7L / 100km (city/highway combined).
Yaris Sedan - Automatic (Starting MSRP: $18,200)
Featuring a six-speed automatic transmission with lock-up torque converter, direct-shift feel, plus Sport Mode that boosts torque. Model boasts an impressive fuel efficiency rating of 6.4L / 100km (city/highway combined).
This model may also be ordered with an available Premium Package (MSRP: $20,200), adding several enhancements to audio, comfort, convenience and style. Which include a 7" touch screen Display Audio system, six speakers, two USB ports, heated front seats, aluminum alloy wheels, fog lamps, and a back-up camera.
The exterior styling of the Yaris Sedan is impressive with its striking profile which stands out from the crowd. Around front the bold new face features sharp-eye headlights and hexagon lower grille, with a spacious trunk giving the rear a distinctive look. Not to mention the standard features of a chrome grille and tailpipe, power-adjustable heated exterior mirrors, and keyless entry.
Get behind the sporty steering wheel and then admire the Yaris Sedan's surprisingly roomy cabin, filled with premium amenities, such as the steering wheel mounted controls that put audio and Bluetooth within easy reach. The trunk is spacious and even more versatile thanks to a standard 60/40 split folding rear seat.
The standard features included in the 2016 Yaris Sedan includes: cruise control, power windows and power door locks, all with chrome accents and soft-touch trim.
All this is topped with a push button start that activates a 1.5L four cylinder engine with 106 horsepower. Enhanced with front and rear suspensions to strike a balance between sporty handling and ride comfort. As always Toyota is big on safety so the Yaris Sedan features an active and passive system that work together to keep the drive and occupants safe.
- Automatic versions of the Corolla CE may be enhanced with an available Air Conditioning package.
- The Upgrade Package adds: 17" aluminum alloy wheels with locks; rear disc brakes, automatic air conditioning; and a power tilting/sliding moon roof.
- The Technology Package - available for models equipped with the CVTi-S transmission - builds on the Upgrade Package, adding: integrated XM Satellite Radio; AVN Premium Navigation; an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat; seats clad in Softex Leather; the Smart Key System with Push Button Start; and an electro-chromatic rear view mirror with integrated digital compass.
- The Corolla LE ECO feature a special 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine with VALVEMATIC technology, matched to the efficient and advanced CVTi-S. Low resistance tires and other features boost efficiency, giving this Corolla a remarkable fuel efficiency of 6.8L per 100 kilometers (city/highway combined). An extensive list of standard features includes 6.1" Display Audio system, automatic air conditioning, ECO driving indicator, a rear lip spoiler, backup camera, heated front seats, a fold-down rear-seat armrest, and more.
- 10 Models
- Ungraded towing packages
- Choice of engines, drive trains, cab sizes and bed lengths
- Standard manual headlamp leveling system for 2016
- New grille for SR5 and 1974 Edition models
- Bold new exterior colour choices
The Toyota Tundra is the only full-sized pick-up truck designed and built in North America. Drawing on Toyota's decades of experience building trucks that conquer the most challenging weather and terrain on the planet.
The Tundra also offers impressive towing capabilities plus a choice of engine sizes, drivetrains, cab sizes and bed lengths, generously equipped for performance, comfort and safety. So basically the Toyota Tundra offers Canadians tremendous choice, which is what everyone likes to have.
- 4x2 drivetrain - for more fuel efficiency and the best towing capacity possible
- 4x4 drivetrain - for superior traction and performance under all weather and terrain conditions
ENGINE SIZE AND TRANSMISSION
- The 5.7L i-FORCE V8 cranks out 381 HP and up to 401 lb-ft of torque
- The 4.6L i-FORCE V8 delivers improved fuel efficiency while still producing up to 310 HP and 327 lb-ft of torque.
All models feature a six-speed Super ECT transmission with Sequential Shift Mode for smooth shifts and maximum efficiency
- Regular Cab - 3 people
- Double Cab - up to 6 people
- CrewMax - 5 people
- 5.5-foot bed
- 5.6 foot bed
- 8.1 foot bed
UPGRADED TOW PACKAGE
All Tundra models with the 5.7L i-FORCE V8 engine are standard equipped with a Tow Package, which in 2016 includes an added trailer brake controller, 144L fuel tank, a heavy duty tow hitch receiver, 4+7 pin connectors, supplemental transmission cooler and a transmission fluid temp gauge.
A 100 km-h, a vehicle travels more than 27.75 meters a second, which is why visibility items like wipers and lights should be a key concern for every driver.
Wiper blades should be inspected every six months for signs of wear and replaced accordingly. Geographical area and climate both affect wiper blade performance. Other things that can contribute to wear include: extremes in temperature (hot and cold), environmental factors like road debris and ozone exposure.
Headlight bulbs start to wear out over time. Their light output will gradually get dimmer over time, losing up to 40 percent of their brightness in just two years. This is due to several factors including age, usage, and the effects of humidity, electrical resistance, and filament fatigue.
When replacing your bulbs make sure to do it in pairs, otherwise there will be an uneven field of vision which can be a distraction for both you and other drivers on the road. Head lamps also need periodic aiming due to vibrations and shocks and don't forget your lenses; they should be inspected to ensure they're clean and free of scratches.
Information obtained from Cars Magazine.