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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!

Fourth Generation Prius Debuts in Las Vegas

As of September 8th, Toyota will be revealing the new fourth generation Prius, the hybrid’s first redesign in seven years. The iconic and well-known car – whose name has now been in the mainstream market for over fifteen years – is rumored to be receiving a sharp makeover, a fastback body, and LED headlights.

The new Prius will also be getting all-wheel drive and an estimated 148 HP, in addition to Toyota’s New Global Architecture, which provides the car with enough battery upgrades to raise the Prius’s all electric range from 11 miles to 35. While Toyota has announced that a plug-in hybrid variant will be making an appearance next year, Las Vegas will be meeting the hybrid-only version. The interior has also been completely redesigned, with an infotainment touchscreen, three-spoke steering wheel, and a display screen that allows the driver to track the car’s performance in real time.

Toyota seems optimistic that the car’s new, more aesthetically exciting look could lure in new buyers, while the eco-friendly improvements to the fourth generation Prius will keep the environmentally-conscious fans it already has. We at Krause Toyota are excited for it!

Reused Toyota Batteries To Help Bison In Yellowstone

Turns out, driving a green vehicle can benefit the environment in surprising ways. You should know that the next time you take your Toyota hybrid or electric vehicle for a spin, you could one day help the most iconic of America’s wildlife, the American bison.

Green Car Reports explains that battery packs for electric vehicles can still have “usable capacity for other applications” even after they’re unfit for use in vehicles. Applications like storing solar energy, for instance.

Batteries previously used in the Toyota Camry hybrid, 208 in all, were recently repurposed to do just that. They were revamped, “disassembled and tested,” and then rewired to work in parallel and receive the energy that will be collected by solar panels. These batteries will help provide the energy for the buildings that comprise the Lamar Buffalo Ranch at Yellowstone National Park.

The power array of which these repurposed Toyota batteries are a part produce about the same amount of energy needed to power six US households annually.

The New Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Carries on Toyota’s Tradition

Toyota RAV4 hybrid

Toyota is introducing a new hybrid entry into their lineup. This shouldn’t come as a surprise anymore, really.  Toyota has made a name for themselves amongst major automakers for being on the leading-edge of alternative propulsion.

It started with the Toyota Prius, an undeniable trailblazer that single-handedly carved a niche for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Now it looks as if Toyota is poised to do the same thing for fuel-cell vehicles, with the Toyota Mirai.

As for this new entry, the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is being unveiled this week at the New York Auto Show. As USA Today notes, the RAV4 should have a bit more room for battery storage, being an SUV, so it’s reasonable to expect a generous range.

The new hybrid compact SUV complements the larger Toyota Highlander, a full-size SUV that Toyota recently started producing as a hybrid. These two SUVs going green fulfill “Toyota’s pledge to extend hybrid technology across its line.”