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.
We at Krause Toyota know how great Allentown, Pennsylvania is. It is filled with many fun things to do for the whole family! Not sure where to start? Here are three very different ideas for possible things to do in Allentown:
Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom – This is a premier amusement park in the Lehigh Valley, with both the traditional amusement rides and a water park. There are many exciting roller coasters, thrill rides, and of course water rides.
America on Wheels Museum – This is a great museum with both permanent and touring exhibits. There are many subjects on display, such as different types of wheels, pedal cars, fire engines, and more. There is also a 1950s themed café and gift shop.
Allentown Art Museum – A smaller museum, but home to an amazing collection of fine Renaissance and European art. There are many other interesting art exhibits, including a rotating temporary exhibition.
Of course, there are many other favorites such as baseball games at Coca-Cola Park or the PPL Center where different events occur on a regular basis. We at Krause Toyota encourage you to get out and explore all that Allentown has to offer!
Toyota’s next crossover was set to debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, but images were leaked online prior to the official premier. The pictures show the production version of the Toyota C-HR Concept. This vehicle was first shown at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. We at Krause Toyota are excited by the potential production of this thrilling crossover.
The vehicle exterior has bold lines across the body and is built on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA). This is the same architecture which the new Prius built upon. The crossover also appears to have angular headlamps with a sleek grille, which is similar to the RAV4. The impression is of a futuristic crossover, with a sloping coupe-like roofline, boomerang-shaped LED taillights, and a raised stance.
There will be a gasoline-hybrid powertrain coupled with a Continuously Variable Transmission, although there may be other engine options available at a later date.
Europeans will have first dibs on the new Toyota CH-R. Once on the market, this crossover will be placed below the RAV4 in the Toyota lineup. More details will emerge as time goes on, and hopefully we will see the new CH-R in the states.
Toyota is known for its innovative technologies and eco-friendly designs, including hybrid and alternative-fuel systems. In fact, the Toyota Prius was the first commercially-available hybrid on the market. Nonetheless, hybrid models still might puzzle some drivers.
According to fueleconomy.gov, hybrids combine a gasoline engine with an electric motor system in order to optimize fuel economy and lower emissions. This can also increase performance, and the technology is now used for a range of applications, from power tools to commercial transport.
Most hybrids come with a small gas engine and an electric motor. The motor can be charged by an outlet (plug-in hybrid) or through the gas engine and a generator. The electricity is mostly used to supplement the power of the engine, using it for passing, accelerating, or at low speeds. Energy is stored in a battery system, and can also be generated by Regenerative Braking Technology, a system that uses the friction of the brakes to create energy.
Another cool system is Automatic Start/Shutoff, a system that automatically shuts off the engine when you come to a full stop, and that restarts when the accelerator is pressed. This limits the amount of time you spend idling, essentially getting 0 mpg.
Toyota hybrid models include the Prius, Camry Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid, Avalon Hybrid, Prius c, and Prius v models. For more info, stop by Krause Toyota.
In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is continuing its support of several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the US. By providing up to $60,000 in support this year, Toyota was able to fund several scholarships that promote diversity in education.
The schools Toyota is donating to include Bennett College of North Carolina, Tuskegee University in Alabama, South Carolina State University, Wiley College in Texas and North Carolina Central. According to Toyota, the brand has also set aside funds for the Tom Joyner Foundation.
“We’re really excited to work with our new partner Toyota Financial Services,” said Thomas Joyner, Jr., President and CEO of the Foundation. “The support of these scholarships is a really important step in helping these students complete their college education and, in the long run, help sustain these HBCUs.”
In the US, the college graduation rate for black students is only 42%, as opposed to 62% for white students, and lack of financial support is cited as one of the major factors in this disparity. The Toyota Historically Black Colleges and Universities donations are designed to combat this, illustrating one of the many ways the brand gives back to its communities.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, or IIHS, spends year after year testing a variety of different vehicles from many different manufacturers and determining their level of safety. Many cars are granted the prestige of the Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ title. This year, the IIHS has given Toyota and the company’s sub-brands Scion and Lexus a total of nine Top Safety Pick+ awards, more than any other company in the auto business.
The IIHS made the criteria for 2016’s Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ categories more difficult to meet, but after Toyota added a pre-collision system to both the Avalon and the RAV4, both vehicles reached the Institute’s standards for a superior rating for front crash prevention. The Scion iA, which also comes standard with a pre-collision system, received an advanced rating. Other vehicles that took home the title include the Toyota Prius v, Toyota Camry, Lexus CT 200h, Lexus ES, Lexus RC, and Lexus NS.
All vehicles from Toyota that earned the Top Safety Pick+ award achieved at least a rating of good in all five crashworthiness tests, in addition to coming equipped with available front collision prevention systems. Toyota’s continued dedication and commitment to safety and quality shines through the acceptance of these awards.
Toyota began implementing a ten-year plan to reduce environmental impact as far back as 2010, and as 2015 draws to a close, the company is sitting at a halfway point with five years’ worth of goals left to accomplish. Toyota environmental plans ultimately aim to use more renewable energy and hydrogen-based production methods in a continuous progression towards reducing CO2 emissions.
Toyota has already checked a number of goals off of its self-proclaimed “environmental to-do list.” Some of these include launching a zero emissions vehicle with a range of over 300 miles – accomplished by the Toyota Mirai – as well as other tasks like using landfill gas as an energy source, saving over 54 gallons of water, reusing hybrid batteries, and certifying over 1,000 acres of land to the Wildlife Habitat Council. Future goals include annual global sales for fuel cell vehicles of over 30,000 units, as well as investigating and implementing other forms of renewable energy, such as wind power.
Toyota environmental plans are just a small slice of the company’s true goal – to complete eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from the auto industry as a whole by 2050. It’s a lofty goal, but as Toyota continues to check task after ambitious task off of its to-do list, that dream comes closer and closer to becoming a reality.
Already dreading the impending snowfall this year, and the inevitable snow shoveling that will follow? Whether you’re a staunch believe in “shovel in stages” or “shovel it all at once,” here are some snow shoveling tips to help you out:
You wouldn’t believe what goes into the design of a vehicle, especially a vehicle as unique as the Toyota Prius. The story of its latest incarnation saw an initial design that was scrapped and then later, designers reaching for a surprising source of inspiration—Lady Gaga.
Toyota had found that although the Prius was evolving immensely, technologically speaking, people were finding the design less and less “new and sophisticated.” An earlier design by Shunsaku Kodama, the chief designer of the next-generation Toyota Prius, was rejected by his bosses for being “too soft and organic.”
From there, Kodama decided to make the design a bit more “techy,” adding sharp lines. He also wanted some element of “extreme” in his design. More specifically, as he told Automotive News, “As a concept, we were thinking Lady Gaga. We wanted to be more extreme in our design.”
Lady Gaga manages to be both edgy and stylish while delivering solid and quality songwriting. The fifth-generation Toyota Prius looks to do the same thing, although exchanging the songwriting for an efficient and rewarding driving experience. Stop into Krause Toyota Scion to learn more!
Routine maintenance is the key to keeping your car running efficiently for as long as possible. Forgetting to change the oil once or twice won’t drastically affect your car’s lifespan, but never changing your oil will cost you in the end. Oil plays a vital role within the engine and here at Krause Toyota, we’re sure to change our oil as often as needed.
The most important role oil plays within the engine is lubrication. It lubricates the many moving parts to keep them from damaging one another. Second, it prevents carbon and varnishes from building up. Lastly, it carries away some of the heat generated by the constant explosions within the cylinders.
Knowing when to change your oil is a simple matter of opening your owner’s manual. Quick change oil outlets are sticking with the 3,000 mile rule, but most modern vehicles require an oil change every 7,500 miles, making the 3,000 mile rule outdated.
If you don’t change your oil, carbon and varnishes could build up on the camshafts and valves. That can cause sludge to form and the only way to remove it is with an expensive engine cleaning. Even worse, your camshafts could be damaged or the pistons could seize altogether.