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Updates & Info on a Few 2018 Toyota Models

The Toyota lineup for 2018 features tons of refreshes, new tech, and even new trim levels for drivers who love adventure. Here are just a couple 2018 Toyota models with exciting updates you’ll love.

2018 Toyota RAV4

The new RAV4 is a carryover from the 2016 model, which saw a substantial refresh and still looks as modern and stylish as any brand-new 2018 release. However, there are definitely reasons to check out the latest version.

The most exciting thing about the 2018 RAV4 is the addition of the Adventure trim, which offers dynamic torque control with AWD, a standard tow prep package with upgraded engine oil and transmission fluid coolers, special undercarriage guards, and much more. This makes the RAV4 Adventure the perfect SUV for family trips!

2018 Toyota Camry

The refreshed 2018 Camry features not just a great new look, but exciting technology that will eventually spread across the whole Toyota lineup. With a lower wheelbase and better aerodynamics, plus a wider stance and lower hood and roofline, the Camry offers not just better efficiency and visibility, but more sporty, exciting looks than ever.

Then there’s the tech. Dynamic Force is a new piece of tech that reduces engine emissions and improves efficiency by revising the intake system and other aspects of the engine. The new Camry is also the first to feature the next-gen Entune™ 3.0 infotainment system, so if you’re looking for a car with state-of-the-art features, this is the one for you.

There are plenty more exciting things coming out of Toyota for the 2018 model year, so for more information, or to test drive one of these great new cars, give us a call at Krause Toyota today.

Safe Adventures in Your 2017 Toyota RAV4

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 features standard Toyota Safety SenseP, a suite of active safety technologies designed to make the road a safer place. That means heading out on an adventure is now safer than ever before! Here are some fun family adventures to take in the safe 2017 Toyota RAV4, recommended by us here at Krause Toyota.

Camping

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 offers a spacious interior that’s perfect for packing away camping equipment. Heading out to your local campsite is a breeze at any time of the day thanks to the Automatic High beams. The active safety feature detects oncoming vehicles up to 2,000 feet away and switches the high beams on and off automatically.

Now you don’t have to worry about running into other drivers on backroads as you head to or from the campsite.

Road Trip

Long road trips can be a drag and cause fatigue. The RAV4’s Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist aids drivers in fighting fatigue by warning them when the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane. If the driver doesn’t respond, then the system corrects the vehicle’s course. Take the family on a road trip somewhere scenic, like the Appalachian Trail, this summer.

Kayaking

Trying something new is what summer is all about, and kayaking tends to land high on the list. It may be a long drive, but the RAV4’s Dynamic Radar Cruise Control maintains a set speed and safe distance between vehicles. That means there’s plenty of time for some road trip games as you head over to the river.

2018 Toyota Camry Upgrades

The Toyota Camry has long stood as the industry’s best-selling mid-size sedan. With more than a decade at the top spot under its belt, the popular model is due for a redesign, and that’s exactly what it’s getting. The 2017 model looked good, but the 2018 Toyota Camry exceeds expectations. Now entering the 8th generation, the successful model receives a variety of updates.

The 2018 Camry rolls out on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform and the result is glorious. The new model brings an adventurous style with an eye-catching design that’s sure to inspire drivers of all ages.

As far as measurements, the 2018 Toyota Camry is less than an inch wider and longer than the outgoing model. While crossovers are selling like hotcakes due to a higher ride height, the new Camry heads in the other direction, as the hood drops by more than one and a half inches, although a redesigned interior offers a more open cabin with a sporty feel.

The new Camry features three powertrain options: a 3.5-liter V6, a 2.5-liter four cylinder, and a hybrid version of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder. As for technology, drivers can expect a new and improved infotainment system which offers a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with connectivity for up to five devices.

We here at Krause Toyota can’t wait for the arrival of the 2018 Toyota Camry!

Performance-Focused Yaris GRMN Set to Debut in Geneva

If you’re not obsessed with Toyota, the name “Gazoo Racing Masters of Nurburgring,” shortened to GRMN, might sound unfamiliar to you. This performance division of Toyota has been restricted solely to Japan for years, never quite making its way into other markets. That time seems to be coming to an end with the upcoming debut of the performance-focused Yaris GRMN. Toyota is bringing this amped-up variant of the popular Toyota Yaris to the Geneva Motor Show for a worldwide introduction.

Performance-Focused Yaris GRMN
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 The lightweight, subcompact hot hatch will be powered by a supercharged 1.8-liter inline-four-cylinder engine that cranks out 205 horsepower, which is more than enough for the little Yaris. The Yaris GRMN will also feature other upgrades such as track-ready brakes, a tuned suspension, and cool wheels. Competitors at the Geneva show include the Ford Fiesta ST and VW Polo STI – however, the Yaris beats them when it comes to engine power, so it’s already set to take the world by storm.

 Krause Toyota doesn’t have any word on performance specs yet, but we look forward to the information being revealed at the upcoming auto show, when we’ll get a glimpse of the new performance-focused Yaris GRMN with its slick style and sharp graphics. Stay tuned for more info on different models and features for the production version.

2018 NASCAR Camry Make Debut in Detroit

At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) held last month in Detroit, Toyota showed off both the production version of the all-new 2018 Camry and the 2018 NASCAR Camry.

2018 NASCAR Camry

2018 NASCAR Camry

The race car version of the Camry bears a lot of resemblance to its showroom counterpart. It also comes with a striking, sharp new design. The car will begin racing this year as Toyota defends its NASCAR Premier Series manufacturer’s championship. Its racing debut will be on February 18th in The Clash at Daytona. Then, it will defend its Daytona 500 title on Sunday, February 26th.

Ed Laukes, Vice President of Integrated Marketing Operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., said, “Reimagining both the Camry race car and its production counterpart has been a tremendous undertaking and our goal has been to maintain parallel design characteristics so our fans can enjoy driving a Camry that closely resembles the one their favorite NASCAR driver races each weekend.”

Toyota and NASCAR

Toyota first entered the NASCAR ranks in 2000 as part of the Goody’s Dash Series. Since then, it has seen a lot of success; Camry drivers have won 95 NASCAR Premier Series races over the past 10 seasons. Toyota won its first driver’s championship in 2015 and its first manufacturer’s championship in 2016.

If you’re anxious to drive something similar to what you see on the track, the production version of the 2018 Toyota Camry will be coming to Krause Toyota later this year.

The Standard Safety in the 2017 Toyota Highlander Gets High Rating

2017 Toyota Highlander

Toyota is a popular automobile manufacturer for a reason. Toyotas are comfortable, reliable, and safe. Really safe. For some time, Toyota has offered one of the safest overall lineups, earning more Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick + awards than any other manufacturer. The 2017 Toyota Highlander is one of many Toyotas on the list.

 The Top Safety Pick + award is the highest one given by the IIHS. To qualify, an automobile must pass five different crash tests with good ratings. These tests examine a vehicle’s front end, its sides, its roof strength, and its head restraints. A vehicle must also have acceptable or good headlight ratings. If a vehicle can pass all of these standards, then the IIHS rating will indicate that it is one of the safest options in its vehicle class.

 With so many advanced safety features and technologies, there are many automobiles who receive these awards from the IIHS. However, Toyota’s mid-size SUV is an exceptional example. Where most other vehicles only meet these safety ratings with the addition of optional features, the 2017 Highlander is safe and secure from the get-go, no matter which trim you choose. It’s the standard safety in the 2017 Toyota Highlander that makes it a Top Safety Pick plus. The Highlander is one of many Top Safety Pick Toyota vehicles, and one of many ways in which Toyota continues to put the customer’s best interest first.

Toyota CEO to Run Electric Car Division

Electric Car DivisionToyota has been largely opposed to battery-powered electric cars, instead focusing on developing hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, like the Mirai. Now the Japanese automaker is shifting its gaze to mass-market electric cars and their pick to head up the segment is evidence enough to how serious the company is. Akio Toyoda, Toyota CEO, will take the helm of the brand’s electric car division.

The brand’s CEO taking the helm is no laughing matter, especially not for competing automakers. Given Toyota’s track record for developing popular, fuel-efficient cars like the Prius, an electric car could be a game changer.

Toyoda’s involvement should speed up the research and development of the brand’s first electric car. He isn’t new to the world of electric cars, either.

The Toyota CEO helped create a deal with Tesla back in 2010. The brand also invested in Tesla. Tesla, in return, developed an electric powertrain for the RAV4 EV, a model largely developed to meet California’s emissions mandate.

Reports indicate Toyota aims to debut its first mass-market electric car in 2020 in conjunction with the Tokyo Olympics.

We here at Krause Toyota can’t wait to see what comes out of the new electric car division, headed up by none other than Akio Toyoda himself!

Toyota Leads Automotive Innovation

One of Toyota’s main goals is to engineer and create new ideas for the vehicles of tomorrow. In fact, Toyota is a recognized leader in automotive innovation and has been issued more patents than any other automaker for the second year in a row.

Toyota Lead Automotive Innovation - Toyota Mirai
Toyota Lead Automotive Innovation – Toyota Mirai

In 2015, the United State Patent and Trademark Office issued 1,636 patents to Toyota. In addition, over the past eight years, Toyota has been awarded more patents than any other vehicle producer.

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) tracks patents each year and for 2015, Toyota was the only automaker included in the IPO’s top 20 list. This puts Toyota together with companies like Microsoft, Apple, IBM, and Google.

“As companies in the automotive industry transform themselves into broader mobility providers, no auto company better demonstrates innovation and technology for the future than Toyota,” said Jeff Makarewicz, senior vice president, Toyota Technical Center (TTC), Toyota’s North American research & development headquarters, in a statement.

Some of Toyota’s most recent patents include technology that helps autonomous vehicles detect and safely react to emergency vehicles, creating artificial skin for use on mannequins during pedestrian safety tests, and creating fabrics that actually clean themselves.

Here at Krause Toyota, we are proud to be part of such an innovative company and can’t wait to see what Toyota has in store for the future.

Toyota Earns Spot on List of World’s 50 Smartest Companies

There is no shortage of brains at Toyota and this is evident by its placement on the MIT Technology Review’s list of the World’s 50 Smartest Companies.

“We’re very grateful to be recognized by MIT…” said Jim Lentz, chief executive officer of Toyota Motor North America, in a statement. “Toyota’s scientists are committed to innovation and leading the way to a future of mobility that is cleaner, safer, and provides freedom of mobility for all.  In the spirit of kaizen, Toyota is committed to improving every day in the service of our customers and society.”

Toyota was ranked 17th on the list and was one of only two automakers to earn a spot. It even ranked higher than global tech giants like Intel, Microsoft, and IBM. To earn a place on the list, editors look at companies that “best combine innovative technology with an effective business model.”

2016 Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Mirai
Toyota earned high marks from MIT Technology Review for the release of the hydrogen-powered Mirai

Editors praised Toyota for its new Toyota Research Institute, which will focus on robotics, artificial intelligence, and the future of mobility. Toyota also earned high marks for the release of the hydrogen-powered Mirai along with Toyota’s dedication to building a strong network of hydrogen refueling stations.

Come visit us today at Krause Toyota to see the intelligent Toyota lineup that includes the Prius family, powerful Tundra, and stunning Avalon. Who knows, you might just feel smarter once you start driving one.

Toyota Hosts 2017 Prius Prime Reveal at New York Auto Show, Gets Record Fuel Economy

At the New York International Auto Show, Toyota wasn’t content to just release a few updated models and ideas. Additionally, the automaker hosted the reveal of the all-new 2017 Prius Prime, previewing an upcoming hybrid vehicle said to get up to 120 mpg.

Compared to the previous Prius model, these fuel economy stats represent an improvement of 26%. And in fact, according to the EPA, the average Prius model already gets about 54 combined mpg, making the Prius Prime that much more astounding.

Additionally, the Prius Prime will be able to drive about 22 miles on a charge alone before it needs to switch to gasoline. Plus, the electricity can be re-charged as quickly as in 5.5 hours with a 120-v outlet.

A Toyota executive said at the reveal that the 22-mile range is enough for about 50% of Americans to get from work to home, without needing to waste even the tiniest bit of gasoline.

To learn more or to check out the current Toyota models, visit us anytime at Krause Toyota.