2015 Toyota Sienna Leaves Competitors in its Dust

2015 Toyota Sienna

Back in July, we gave you an overview of the 2015 Toyota Sienna, remarking on just how unique the van is in its segment. The minivan easily outperforms other vans and even includes cool little features like Driver Easy Speak, which allows you to chastise your kids (or annoy your kids) right through the car’s audio system. However, we now would like to highlight two very specific features that boost the Sienna past its competitors.

First, there’s the interior. Not that it’s just big, although, with a maximum of 142 cubic feet of cargo room, it certainly is that. It’s also that the car can fit up to eight passengers, and fit them quite comfortably, we might add. Even if you’ve got a big family to haul around with you, the Sienna has what it takes and then some.

That leads us to our second point: the Sienna is also the only minivan to come with an available all-wheel-drive feature, making it a capable and (dare we say it?) powerful offering in what’s usually considered a “frumpy” segment. Come see us at Krause Toyota Scion today to find out what else is surprising about the new Sienna!

Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 Launches—1,500 Examples Only

Scion FR-S Release Series

What are you doing, reading this? Hurry! Head over to Krause Toyota now to get one of the first and few Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0!

No… you’re still here? Alrighty then. Well in case you didn’t know, the Release Series 1.0 is a new limited edition FR-S that Scion is launching as a modern homage to the sports coupe’s racing roots. It was revealed earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show and has now launched at dealerships nationwide, but only 1,500 examples were made.

It comes with a lovely coat of Yuzu exterior paint color and fancy features from Toyota Racing Development (TRD), including a Quad Tip Exhaust System, lowering springs, and a custom aero kit with a rear spoiler and side fender garnish. And, of course, each individual model has a sequential release series badge inlayed on its brushed aluminum shifter surround plate to indicate its exclusivity. Which, we’ll remind you, is quite high, so act fast if you want one!

Toyota Looking Toward a Safer Future for Drivers

Safer future for drivers

Although technology making vehicles that don’t require drivers is on the rise, Toyota is more focused on making a safer future for drivers. Rather than trying to deliver a driverless vehicle, Toyota is using automated technology to make vehicles safer.

Research into automated technology has yielded sensors, radars and cameras that all detect the surroundings of a vehicle. So, Toyota has chosen to use all of that new technology to help drivers drive safer, rather than eliminating them altogether.

Toyota has announced that they hope to put a range of crash-prevention technology in every one of its vehicles by 2017, and they will begin next year with some Lexus models.

The first iterations of preventive safety comes from remote sensing technology, which measures distance with a laser and uses the reflection to provide a view around all sides of the car. Not only with this show proximity, but it will also help improve mapping and GPS.

General Manager of Toyota’s Intelligent Vehicle Division Ken Koibuchi called it “a backseat driver without the nagging.” Make sure you come check out this new technology as soon as it’s available at Krause Toyota Scion.

The Scion FR-S Sports Coupe a “Joy to Drive”

2014 Scion FR-S Sports Coupe

A new Boston.com review is praising the 2014 FR-S Sports Coupe as a “wonderfully stylish, great-handling, and performance-oriented offering” from Scion.

The article relates how the Scion brand began in 2002 as a way to appeal to younger consumers with “its combination of affordability, customization possibilities, and reputation for reliability.” Now, the FR-S is adding “a healthy dollop of performance” to that formula.

The reviewer writes that the newest edition of the FR-S “remains a joy to drive,” thanks to a boxer four-cyliner engine that produces 200 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque.

The FR-S is also praised for its “strong array of safety features,” tech features that include “a new-for-2014 built-in navigation system-satellite radio,” and gorgeous, attention-grabbing design. Interior-wise, the “surprisingly comfortable seats and driving position” and “intuitive controls” contribute to a fantastic driving experience.

The article concludes that a car this entertaining should have been badged “as the FUN instead of the FR-S.” To experience true FUN in all caps, stop by Krause Toyota Scion to test drive the FR-S Sports Coupe today.

Toyota’s FT-1 Car Concept Turns Heads

FT-1 Car Concept

Car designers draw inspiration from all walks of life, sometimes from nature, other times from architecture. For Toyota’s FT-1 car concept, the inspiration came from an entirely unexpected place—modern day superheroes. With its graphite exterior paint and supple, saddle-colored leather, the FT-1 is ready to help fight evil with the simple rev of an engine.

 

After its debut in January at the North American International Auto Show, the FT-1 concept underwent multiple changes, the most notable being the change from black leather to a saddle-color that enhances the all-natural grain. Based on the high-tech performance materials used for today’s superhero costumes, the leather interior has painted brown edges that enhance the luxurious experience.

 

This stunning new concept car, which was developed by Calty Design Research in Newport each, first went on display at the Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival gala. While it’s likely it won’t reach production, the FT-1 will be available to download on Gran Turismo 6 for PlayStation3. If you are looking for a Toyota worthy of your own superhero, stop in to Krause Toyota Scion today!

Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Makes Debut in San Francisco

Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle

The Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle, at least in San Francisco, is “coming soon” no longer. At the annual American Chemical Society meeting, Toyota rolled out the FCV, showing off their revolutionary new car before its official dealership debut next year. Hopefully, by then, the vehicle will sport a better, more memorable name as well, a name that better captures the radical and ground-breaking nature of the vehicle.

The FCV “runs on hydrogen and produces no exhaust other than water vapor,” giving it an advantage over other forms of electric vehicles “because they can refuel in as little as three minutes – provided the driver has access to a hydrogen fueling station – and can drive hundreds of miles on a tank.”

While the FCV will first hit Japan, then move to dealerships in the Golden State, here at Krause Toyota Scion we’re expecting the FCV to be a huge hit—and we’d guesss it will move across the United States very quickly over the next couple. Make sure to check back with us on the blog early and often for more fuel cell vehicle news.

Toyota Pledges $1 Million to Support the City of Detroit and the DIA

City of Detroit

When Toyota learned the Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA) was raising $100 million to help restore the City of Detroit, support retirees, and maintain the museum’s ability to provide its cultural collections to the public, Toyota knew it wanted to be a part of the “grand bargain.” The automaker responded with a pledge of $1 million. We at Krause Toyota Scion are not surprised.

“Detroit and the surrounding areas are vitally important to the automotive community. They deserve our support,” said Simon Nagata, president of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, Inc.

“Together we can find solutions to help Detroit become the healthy and vibrant community that reflects the spirit of its people. This commitment is a way to demonstrate our gratitude to the people who have built this industry and support us every day.”

The “grand bargain” will allow the DIA, the State of Michigan, and various other organizations to disperse pension funds to over $800 to retirees in 20 years

“Toyota has demonstrated its commitment to Detroit and Michigan by doing its part to secure the DIA’s future while helping Detroit’s retirees,” said Eugene A. Gargaro Jr., chairman of the board for the DIA. “We are extremely grateful for Toyota’s generous support and know that it will motivate other donors and help pave the way for a bright future, both for the City of Detroit and the DIA.”

Toyota’s TRD Pro Series Brings Showroom Style and Off-Road Fun Together

Toyota’s TRD Pro Series

Right now, Toyota might not be the first name to pop into your heard when you think of off-roading, but the dependable and valuable brand is currently looking to change that. Come see us at Krause Toyota Scion to check out Toyota’s TRD Pro Series, vehicles with enough style to light up any showroom and enough grit and tough-as-nails design to conquer any terrestrial challenge. TRD stands for Toyota Racing Division, and these cars are guaranteed to get your heart, as well as your Toyota vehicle’s engine, racing with excitement.

Three Toyotas—the Tundra, 4Runner, and Tacoma—received the TRD treatment for this year, and Digital Trendsdescribes them as “having been turned up to eleven.” It’s no exaggeration, either; whether you’re looking for a capable off-road truck or SUV, these Toyota vehicles have all the design and determination to take you anywhere you want—especially if the path is unpaved.

All three TRD series Toyotas come in a beautiful, bright orange exterior palette, making them hard to miss even when covered with mud. Make sure to keep an eye out for that special orange paint here at Krause, because the TRD series will have a limited production run this year, somewhere around 3600 vehicles total. So far, our favorite is the 4Runner, but feel free to stop by and try to change our minds!

2015 Toyota Sienna: Not Your Average Minivan

2014 Toyota Sienna

The internet has become more important than ever before when it comes to marketing—especially if you’re the 2015 Toyota Sienna. For the first time, Toyota has revealed the newest Sienna entirely online, introducing the minivan through the eyes of three creative, social media-savvy parents, showcasing the everyday and not-so everyday adventures the Sienna can take your family on.

 

“Today’s parents are embracing their life stage and those relatable family moments that make us laugh and feel connected,” said Jack Hollis, vice president of Toyota Division marketing at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A, Inc. “The 2015 Toyota Sienna seizes that same spirit of fun, everyday experiences with family and fits into the modern family dynamic. That is why Toyota chose to introduce the newest ‘Swagger Wagon’ to the world through a creative lens.”

 

With a more upscale interior, better handling, and more family-focused, innovative technology than ever the Sienna provides anyone looking for a minivan the perfect balance of practicality and style. The Driver Easy Speak features allows the driver’s voice to be amplified through the minivan’s rear speakers, meaning that Mom doesn’t have to raise her voice if the kids are being too rowdy. There is also a Dual-View Blue Ray rear seat entertainment system.

The Sienna’s release date has yet to be released, but you can see the video advertising series for yourself, click here.

Important Historical Documents preserved by Toyota donation

Important Historical Documents

Toyota has taken a step towards preserving our country’s history with a recent $100,000 gift to the Foundation for the National Archives. With this gift, the Foundation has been able to preserve many important historical documents, including the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944, also known as the GI Bill, President Nixon’s letter of resignation from 1973, and the Congressional passage of the Bill of Rights in 1789.

 

“It’s an honor to have Toyota preserve this special part of America’s rich history because of its impact on so many veterans, who sacrificed so much to keep our country safe and free,” said Don Esmond, Toyota Senior Adviser and a decorated Marine. “It’s important that they are given help restarting their civilian life.”

 

Toyota’s exhibition support has also enabled visitors to view and learn about differently documents, specifically the GI Bill, online, even when it’s not on display at the National Archives Museum. To see the GI Bill, visit the Foundation’s website here.

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