Toyota Cars Will Soon Talk to One Another

October 1, 2015 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

Toyota plans to be the very first auto manufacturer that creates talking vehicles on a massive scale. They plan on selling cars that speak to one another over a set frequency. This communication is key to getting vehicles driving themselves, because sensors alone aren’t going to offer enough information to keep vehicles from smacking into one another all the time. By being the first company to offer this technology to consumers Toyota is taking the lead in the self-driving market.

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The Intelligent Transportation System

Before year’s end Toyota is going to start sticking the systems into their vehicles and calling them Intelligent Transportation Systems. There isn’t any information about whether they are going to be offered in the United States, or how much the technology will cost consumers, but it’s a good place to start.


Toyota is setting up its vehicles to talk to one another over a 760 megahertz frequency while driving down the road. The automaker will make use of signals similar to WiFi and radio waves to send lightning quick messages between nearby vehicles.

The Benefits

We already know that the technology is an important precursor to self-driving vehicles, but what do current drivers get out of it? Toyota states that it will help make radar cruise more efficient so that several vehicles on the highway could all synchronize speed changes and create a smoother traffic flow that’s more enjoyable for everyone.

Making Driving Safer for Everyone

Toyota is fighting to get what it calls a “smart infrastructure” in place around countries. This includes a series of cameras and sensors and communication systems in all the vehicles driving around. A combination of all these features could reduce accidents significantly together and make driving into the safe activity that it should be. The inter-car communication system is just the first step to this overall goal, and it’s a good way to get the American public, and other sections of the world, to see the benefits of cars that can talk to one another and their surroundings.


The Rennsport Reunion is Truly an Event to Remember

September 30, 2015 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , ,

Most Porsche fans would agree that it’s a real pleasure to take a look at a quality Porsche racecar that once tore up the tracks and pushed the limits of racing technology. But it’s so much more exhilarating to dust off that old car, tune it up and take it out to a real racetrack for a special event like the Rennsport Reunion at the Laguna Seca Raceway in California.

Porsche race cars were designed to be pushed to the limits. To be forced down the track and taken to new levels of performance than any car before them. They were meant to be on the track, and that’s where they spring to life and really shine as the vehicles they are. Many racecar owners agree that there’s no better way to remember one of the finely crafted Porsche racecars than pushing their limits once again and putting them up against other top-notch cars. Plus it makes for an immensely entertaining spectacle for everyone in attendance.

Preparing for the Rennsport Reunion

There’s an immense amount of preparation that goes into the big day at the Rennsport Reunion. Not only do each of the race cars have to be tuned up and prepared to run at top performance throughout the day, the modern-day race car drivers have to adapt to the older technology and really get the feel for the car they’ll be operating, because it’s not like the experiences they are used to.

That’s why most drivers test drive the vehicles before the race, and get in some practice runs to really get a feel for the car and the driving dynamics that it offers. That’s a vital step for top-level performance, and it’s something that all of the drivers have to go through to be serious contenders. Many of the leading professional drivers from the car’s era also make a trip out to the big event and push the vehicle’s they’re very familiar with to the tests once again. This creates an interesting dynamic of old seasoned drivers using vehicles they know well, and young skilled drivers learning some new handling dynamics and putting their training to the test against them.

Whether you’re a fan of old Porsche cars, old Porsche drivers, modern day racing or you just like watching cars go fast around the track, there’s something special about watching a collection of top race cars from different eras come together and compete against one another. Of course some cars have the advantage over others, but that’s not really what it’s all about. It’s an exciting spectacle like nothing you’ll see elsewhere, and it’s a real treat to keep an eye out for every couple years out at the Laguna Seca raceway.

A New Walking Path Coming to Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Park

September 25, 2015 lacarguy Green Charity Tags: , , , , ,

The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a fun city park for families and friends to get together and enjoy the great outdoors together. It’s home to a total of 58 recreational acres for biking, walking and different types of physical activity. Unfortunately it’s become an unsafe environment lately because visitors continually turn to the steep entry road that’s used heavily for entering and exiting by vehicles. All the people using the road are at risk, and drivers are having trouble getting in and out effectively.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

The Solution

To solve this problem funding from the CBS EcoMedia Wellness Ad program and LAcarGUY a new paved walking path is being added to the park beside Heltzer road. This offers the same recreational space that the entry road is currently providing, and it’s a much safer environment for everyone.

When to Look for the Path

The new walking path should be released this fall, so look out for the new construction starting soon. It should offer the needed space that visitors are longing for to walk, jog and enjoy activities that a paved surface work so well for.

Cleaning up the Area

To further improve the environment, LAcarGUY volunteers worked closely with CBS EcoMedia and LA Radio volunteers to carry out a habitat restoration project. During the project the group removed a range of invasive species to help preserve the natural habitats and ecosystem for all the other plants and animals in the space.

Thank You for Participating in Coastal Cleanup Day!

September 25, 2015 lacarguy Green Team, Heal The Bay Tags: , , ,

LAcarGUY would like to thank everyone who made it out to the beach cleanup event on September 19th, it was truly an effective event. A total of 10,000 volunteers cam together from all around the Southern California area, and worked to help to clean up creeks, parks, rivers and local beaches.

Removed Massive Amounts of Trash

All the participants that worked with Heal the Bay during Coastal Cleanup Day managed to collect over 21,000 pounds of trash. That’s a massive step in the right direction and one way that the beaches, rivers and costs all over Southern California and the rest of the country are staying clean like they should be.

The In&Out Winners

Subaru Pacific managed to win the In&Out truck by having a total of 59 volunteers at the event all on their own. That’s a massive victory for the dealership and it goes to show what dedication can accomplish.

An Impressive Turnout around the Country

Last year, Coastal Cleanup Day had more than 600,000 participants and each one of you who made it to the event can say that you participated in what went on that day. It’s thought than an even larger number of volunteers joined in with this year’s event to make a stronger impact. It’s good to be part of such a positive movement, and to make a solid impact on cutting down pollution levels and beautifying the bodies of water all around the world.

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The Immensely Spacious 2016 Lexus ES 350

September 24, 2015 lacarguy Lexus Tags: , , ,

Slipping inside the 2016 Lexus ES 350 is like sliding into a football stadium filled with rich plush leather seating and enough technology to make even NASA proud. Well no, it’s not quite that exciting, but it’s about as close as you’ll ever get to that scenario in real life. Both front seats are covered in supple leather that’s heated and ventilated for just the right level of year-round comfort. Throughout the surpassingly large cabin are leather and wood accents that all scream luxury, class and style. One thing that I couldn’t get over is just how roomy the interior of the ES is. It looks spacious from the outside, but it’s so much larger within. Even tall drivers likely won’t need the seat all the way back, and rear passengers can sit comfortably even with those front seats back entirely.

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It’s Tech Savvy That’s for Sure!

Whether you want the latest media system bells and whistles, or you just want one of the safest vehicles you can get, you’ll get it with the 2016 ES 350. It comes with lane assist to keep you in between the lanes even if you drift off to LaLa land while cruising down the highway at 65. The vehicle also automatically brakes when faced with oncoming obstacles that you aren’t reacting to appropriately.

The media system comes with all the music and app support that you could want, but one very cool feature is the remote control through the mobile phone app. It gives you the ability to lock and unlock the car, check the fuel level and even search up the location of your vehicle in the parking lot.

Heck, you can even monitor how far and how fast other drivers travel around in your vehicle. That’s the ultimate level of remote control that any owner could probably get used to real quick.

Precision Performance

As expected the Lexus handles with precision. The steering is exact and highly predictable. The acceleration and deceleration are smooth, and all the while you’ll marvel at how quiet the interior is. You can enjoy nice quiet music comfortably and you won’t be struggling with outside wind noise to hear it either.

Just Enough Power

Let’s face it. Lexus vehicles aren’t known for being powerhouses. You won’t get Porsche or Ferrari level performance out of the Lexus ES 350, but instead you get something more refined. The vehicle comes equipped with a 3.5 liter V6 and it’s packed with 268 HP. That’s not overkill in a vehicle of this size, but it’s not underpowered either. The car speeds up with just enough snap to be enjoyable and fun to drive, and it feels like it’s got more than enough juice no matter how you feel like driving.

The 2016 Lexus ES 350 is a real treat to drive. Sure it’s not the cheapest offering form Lexus, but it feels like one of the best to date. It’s a good blend of comfort features, technology and refined performance that all come together and create the experience that Lexus has set out to achieve from the very beginning. Nothing is more Lexus than the 2016 ES 350, and that should prove very good for the company’s sales figures.

Don’t Miss the Women Game Changers Event in Santa Monica Tonight

September 24, 2015 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , , , , ,

Everyone’s invited to come and participate with the Women Game Changers event for Inspirational Women Business Leaders later today in Santa Monica. The event is mixture between a celebration and a high-level networking event that’s designed to bring leading women together in the industry. It’s set to take place between 6:30 and 9:00 PM tonight and it’s sure to be a night filled with good food, drinks and quality keynote speakers and events.

Where’s it at?

The event’s planned to take place on the third level of the Santa Monica Place Mall at 395 Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica CA. It costs just $30 to get into the event and promises to be a night to remember.

The Planned Events

The 2 ½ hour special event will feature the Game Changer’s Strategies for Success Talks that cover topics like breaking the $1 Million Dollar Annual Revenue Barrier, Enhancing Branding efforts and Community Engagement. It’s designed for business men and women looking to get ahead, and to celebrate female success in the business world.

The Speakers

The event promises to host some of the leading speakers in the industry. Annalisa Roger from the DolGreen Community, Kabira Stokes from Isidore Electronics Recycling, Brianna Brown from the New Hollywood, Zhena Muzyka from podcast Change Maker and publisher at Enliven Books, Nicole Hansen of Green Galaxy Enterprises, Becki Ueno from Sustainable Law Group, Dr. Nadereh Afsharmanesh from Earth Friendly Products and Tiffany Paife the Periscope Host also known from Green with Tiffany will all be guest speakers at the event.

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The 2016 Prius May Have All-Wheel Drive

September 22, 2015 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

Toyota wasn’t saying much about the 2016 Prius during either of the two public releases that the automaker made, but a few more details came out about the vehicle thanks to a leaked staff manual. As long as the manual’s correct it looks like the Prius could receive all-wheel drive on some models, it also looks like it will have a highly efficient combustion engine, which isn’t surprising, and Toyota has already stated that a new eco-Prius will be available for even higher levels of efficiency.

2016 toyota prius

All-Wheel Drive

According to the staff manual some of the higher level Toyota Prius models will come with an all-wheel drive option. The all-wheel drive is believed to be achieved through the addition of an electric motor on the non-powered axle of the vehicle. This additional motor will likely reduce efficiency slightly, but the added control offered by the all-wheel drive should be more than worth the efficiency loss to the right people.

The Engine

The next Prius is expected to run on a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine based on the Atkinson’s cycle. The engine is thought to be able to achieve up to 40 percent thermal efficiency in some applications and is likely instrumental in some of the efficiency improvements to the latest Prius.

The Eco Prius

By now most people believe that the 2016 Toyota Prius is going to get about 55 MPG, which is a nice 5 MPG improvement over the 2015 model, but there could be an even more efficient model that gets around 60 MPG. According to Automotive News Toyota is going to release an eco grade of the 2016 Prius that gets around 60 MPG thanks to an improved battery. The standard battery used in the Prius is a pack made from nickel-metal hydride, but the Eco version is rumored to use a Li-ion pack instead. The pack will be lighter and more effective than the standard option and that’s where the efficiency improvement comes from, along with a range of other optimizations to the vehicle.

There’s no guarantee that two different battery packs are going to be used in the two different Prius types, but if they are the Li-ion pack could also be used to boost the EV-mode driving range of the vehicle to something a bit more competitive with other models. At the moment the EV range isn’t extended enough to do much more than drive to the corner store, but that could change in the future with vehicle improvements.

The 2016 Toyota Prius looks to be an improved version of the vehicle that so many American’s have grown used to. It’s still the best-selling hybrid on the market and that’s largely because Toyota manages to stay out ahead in terms of fuel-efficiency.

It’s All About the Tech in the 2016 Audi A6

September 20, 2015 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , ,

While many of the major characteristics surrounding the 2016 Audi A6 were left the same, just enough technical changes were made to make a very real difference. The vehicle is markedly more modern and enjoyable to make use of, and it’s available without a major price hike as well.

2016 audi a6

The Navigation System

The latest A6 comes with a 4G data connection and it makes very good use of that to offer seamless navigation while travelling down the road. It integrates with Google Maps to show off a detailed map of your surroundings wherever you happen to be along the trip.

Local Points of Interest

Another cool feature of the vehicle is the points of interest setup. You can search for local businesses and the vehicle will use your location to suggest businesses nearby that you can visit. This makes the car superb for travelling and really makes getting to know a new location into a painless experience.

Snappier Performance

With a more powerful built-in Nvidia chip in the 2016 A6 things just load up faster and are more seamless to use through the media system. That means you’ll enjoy browsing through the media, navigation and other features of the system just a bit more.

Built in USB Ports

While it shouldn’t be a big deal that the 2016 Audi A6 comes with integrated USB ports that tie mobile devices to the media system it is. While many other car manufacturers have been offering USB connections for quite awhile, that isn’t the case for Audi. They’re just moving to the technology and it makes connecting different phones and tablets to the vehicle much easier and more user-friendly than ever before.

Heads Up Display

The crystal-clear 8-inch display pops right up out of the dash when you need it for navigation purposes and other reasons. It’s simple to use, dynamic and it offers an excellent viewing experience.

Superb Handling

Audi didn’t go overboard changing up the handling dynamics of the latest A6 but it handles superbly, as is to be expected of an Audi vehicle. It’s equipped with the very capable Quattro all-wheel drive. The car’s a blend of comfort and handling dynamics that let you travel roads capably, without being uncomfortable in the process. A very effective suspension system handles most bumps and bruises easily.

The car also comes equipped with such nice features as a backup camera and a blind spot monitor, though you’ll have to spend a bit extra if you want adaptive cruise control for the vehicle.

All-in-all the latest Audi A6 is stylish, it’s capable and it’s even more modern than the last model.

Taking a Look at the Latest Passat

September 19, 2015 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat was recently unveiled and it’s certainly a looker. The new vehicle is improved in a number of ways and overall is a pretty desirable package. Whether it’s worth upgrading from your old model is up to you, but it’s worth a glance at least.

2016 volkswagen passat


On the outside of the 2016 Volkswagen Passat you have a number of different modifications that really make it stand out. The car has a new front and rear bumper as well as a modified grille and an altered set of front fenders. The hood has been altered as well for a more modern and sportier look without going too far. You won’t mistake this for a sports car, but drivers might feel a bit more lively while travelling around in the 2016 Passat.

The Power Plant

There are three different engine options to choose from. Buyers can pick from a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a 2.0 liter TDI diesel and a 3.6L VR6 engine depending on what they are looking for. Each engine has something special to offer, but having all the options available will make it easier for customers to get the exact look they’re going for.

All New Media Setup

Inside the 2016 Volkswagen Passat is a more capable media system than ever before. It’s called the MIB II and it’s designed to accept the modern car software systems like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The system is simple to navigate, it comes with most features that you’d expect from a modern media setup and it’s a major improvement for Volkswagen. Another very real improvement with the media system is a move from resistive to capacitive touchscreen. It makes the screen much more responsive and easy to handle overall, and means that you’ll be able to navigate more quickly.

Post Collision Braking

While criminals in a high speed chase might not appreciate it, Volkswagen added a post-collision braking system to the vehicle that will stop the car after a collision occurs. This is in case you become unconscious or are too stunned to apply the brakes after hitting something. The car will immediately slow itself down and help keep you from coming to further harm from the event.

Whether you’re looking for a new family cruiser or you simply want a car that’s more feature rich and tech savvy, the VW Passat has a lot to offer to interested customers. It’s listed in the low 20’s and should be a good value at that price point.

Audi Finally Unveils Its EV Crossover Concept that Will Be Taking on Tesla

September 18, 2015 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , , ,

Audi made their intentions very clear last week at the Frankfurt auto show when they showed off their EV crossover concept vehicle. The automaker explained what the vehicle could do, and then went on to say that they plan on releasing a full electric crossover by 2018. It’s clear that the automaker is planning on going head to head with Tesla, the automaker who pretty much has the long-range EV market cornered at the moment.

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The Crossover Specs

According to Audi the crossover can travel a total of 310 miles on a charge and it has a 90 kWh battery pack overall. Charging up that massive pack to full capacity takes about 50 minutes in all, which isn’t too bad at all for such a lengthy range.

Impressive Handling

The e-Tron Quattro is designed to have impressive handling. It’s built with three separate electric motors, one up front and two in the back, to deliver that all-wheel drive performance that most people expect from Audi. The crossover travels from 0 to 62.1 MPH in just 4.6 seconds, which is pretty quick for a crossover vehicle.

Wireless Charging and Solar Support

The concept car from Audi can be charged back up wirelessly, meaning that charging in parking spots or in the garage will be nearly effortless for drivers operating the vehicle, but wireless charging will take quite a bit longer than a direct line. The vehicle is also equipped with a fully solar roof to help recharge it as you drive down the road as long as it’s sunny out. The panels could help boost the range a bit in the right conditions, and could serve as an emergency way to trickle charge the vehicle back up for short-range driving in the right conditions.

Coming Out to Take on the Tesla Model X

With Tesla planning on unveiling their Model X crossover later on this month, it’s pretty clear that Audi is looking to take on the automaker with its own offering. While it’s highly unlikely that Audi will have a product out anywhere near as soon as Tesla, the automaker will likely improve upon its offering to compete with later iterations of the Tesla vehicle and it’s likely to be one of the only automakers producing such long-range electric vehicles, even if it doesn’t come out for a few years from now.