The 2017 Toyota Prius is Named the World Green Car

April 13, 2017 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

Most vehicles out on the road today aren’t considered environmentally friendly, but that’s all about to change with some help from Toyota. The automaker is hard at work developing vehicles that use less fuel and drive around while producing fewer pollutants, which is exactly why the automaker received the World Green Car title for the second year in a row. It’s a pretty major achievement, and something to be proud of.

The 2017 Toyota Prius

Choosing the Prius Prime

It wasn’t simple deciding on the Prius Prime, there were several quality options to consider when making the decision. A total of 12 different vehicles from around the world were considered. When making a decision, things like fuel consumption, tailpipe emissions and the level of technology in the engine were all considered. These considerations helped the reviewers decide which vehicle was most worth rewarding and it was a model from Toyota yet again.

During the review process, a set of 75 automotive journalists from 23 different countries were asked to come together and judge the different vehicles being considered. It was only after through research and deliberation that the Prius {rime was determined to be the most environmentally friendly production vehicle sold in 2017. It’s an exciting victory and something that Toyota is undoubtedly excited about. This is what Jack Hollis, group vice president of the Toyota division had to say about the award.

“It is a great honor to see the Prius Prime named the World Green Car,” “For global automakers like Toyota, this award is a testament to our focus on developing products that both stir the emotions and meet the mobility needs of our customers in all corners of the world. “

Two Years in a Row

In 2016 Toyota received the very same award for its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. That just goes to show that the automaker is interested in awards and achievements and in alternative energy vehicles. The cars are both well-known for being positive changes for the environment, and that could be exactly why they both qualified for the award.

Audi Releases Special Sports Models

April 12, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , , , ,

Audi has long been known as a cutting-edge auto maker with top-end vehicles that go fast and perform well. That’s why it should come as no surprise to anyone that the auto maker is going to release a series of vehicles designed for use on a real track. These will be known as Audi Sport models, and a series of these vehicles will be released in the next two years.

Audi R8

Audi Sport Models

Audi has achieved much of its innovation through serious racing. It’s that racing heritage that has led the way to major enhancements over time. It’s those same innovations that will make picking up an Audi Sport model so exciting./ That’s because these models are going to be based on all that track time, and should perform really well compared to other sports vehicles on the market today.

Eight Models Released

According to Audi, there are going to be a total of eight different models put out over the next 24 months. That means that over the next two years Audi fans will witness a series of race-inspired vehicles released for public use. These cars will be designed for use on tracks, and will work well for corporate racing and other activities outside of professional races.

Audi has a history of dominating in long-distance races and other serious events, and now the automaker will capitalize on those capabilities by using them to sell more cars to the public. These ones are powerful enough to win casual races, and they should be a blast to drive around compared to other vehicles not designed for the track.

The Sport Models

There are quite a few different vehicle types that will all be made with special sport models. The 2017 R8 Spyder, the RS 5 Coupe, the 2018 TT RS and the RS3 from both 2017 and 2018 will come with a Sport model option, giving you plenty to choose from with additional options coming in the future as well.

If you’re looking for the best level of vehicle performance, these Audi Sport models are worth a serious look.

New Audi R8 V10 Plus to Have Laser Headlights

April 10, 2017 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , ,

Audi vehicles are well-known for having cool headlights that not only look nice but are highly functional as well. That’s because Audi vehicles were one of the first to receive modern LED lights and they continue on that tradition by offering LED lights in most of their lineup. Now that LED lights are old technology and most automakers have caught up to this trend as well, Audi is going a step further and offering laser lights to the select few. This tech offers even better visibility and it looks cooler while doing it. There’s a lot to like about laser lights, but you’ll have to pick up the right vehicle in order to get your hands on it just yet.

Audi R8 Laser Lights

The Audi R8 V10 Plus

If you are willing to spend $194,400 you can buy the Audi R8 V10 Plus supercar and get your hands on thee top-end laser lights without having to buy them as an addon. Sure they are going to be expensive, but there are enough benefits to the lights for them to be worth the investment for some people. If you would rather opt for the more affordable base Audi R8 V10, you can still add the laser lights on the vehicle as a special option.

Blacked out SuperCar

If you’re truly after a mean looking ride, you can enhance it further with the Black Optic Package. This is a premium addon that gives you a set of special Anthracite 20-inch wheels, side blades, exhaust tips and exterior trim that’s all in a deep black for a high quality look. It’s just the option for car enthusiasts looking for a more aggressive look overall.

Laser lights are just starting to catch on in America, but they’re a popular technology that can make a whole world of difference while driving around, not to mention that they look really cool as well.

Toyota Relies on AI To Find New Battery Technology

April 7, 2017 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

Toyota is on a quest to come up with the most effective materials for storing energy. It needs these materials for its electric vehicles, otherwise it could take decades to come up with new products for its batteries. Unlike many companies that go through massive rounds of trials and tests to come up with new materials relying heavily on scientists, Toyota is making use of artificial intelligence and computer simulations to speed up the process. Toyota isn’t going to do all that on its own though, it will involve several universities as well as British materials company llika to come up with the necessary resources to find new materials effectively.

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Making a Major Investment

Toyota believes strongly that new materials can unlock a lot of paths that the automaker wants to go down. That’s exactly why the company is investing $35 million into the team and the research that it’se conducting All that hard work could pay off nicely over time and give Toyota the technology that it needs to produce something particularly exciting.

The Next Step

In order to maximize the material options available as soon as possible, the team working with Toyota (made up of Toyota Research Institute, MIT, the University of Michigan, Stanford University as well as llika) will put together its data sources and collaborate in efforts of machine learning, artificial intelligence and computer modeling to come up with answers. Not only is the team looking for new materials to use for more effective energy storage for batteries, but it’s also looking for a new catalyst other than platinum for the Toyota hydrogen vehicles. This would make vehicles like the Mirai notably more affordable overall, and it will solve the issue of a platinum shortage that will be difficult to overcome when trying to mass-produce the Mirai.

While these efforts are still in their early stages, Toyota is hoping to use this partnership to forge new technologies over time, but it’s not expected to be a magic bullet that is going to solve all the automaker’s problems either. Computer simulation can’t solve every issue, but it can help bring together existing technologies in new ways to make exciting enhancements that the average person would have overlooked.

The Volkswagen Golf is Known as Best Small Car in 2017

April 6, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , , ,

The Volkswagen Golf is well-known as a leading compact car on the market today. It’s a capable vehicle that comes in many different shapes and types. The car’s quick too, with plenty of interior amenities that you would have to pay extra for with many other compact cars. It’s because of all those perks and more that the Volkswagen Golf was voted as the Best Small Car in 2017 according to New York Daily News Autos. It’s a great honor to earn such an award and it’s not easy to obtain either. There was plenty of stiff competition the Golf had to come up against.

2017 Volkswagen Golf

How the Cars Were Ranked

The ranking process for all the 2017 vehicles was a stringent one that called on a full panel of 8 different journalists to look over a wide selection of 2017 car models. The vehicles came from a selection of 16 different categories, and the reviewers were asked to look the options over in the order they would recommend them out to friends, family or co-workers.

Why the Top Spot?

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf managed to take the top sport for Best Small Car in 2017 because it’s fun to drive in all its formats, it’s fitted with the latest tech, it comes in a wide variety of shapes and types, and it just has more to offer than most other small vehicles on the market.

Christian Wardlaw, the Editor of the ?New York Daily News Autos said that “No other small car touches the depth and breadth of purpose found within the Golf family” and “That it is fun to drive even in its most basic format and supplies all kinds of utility simply serves to cement the Golf’s superiority.”

Whether you want a pretty basic compact sedan, a hatchback with more storage space, or a performance car, you can find each of those things in the Golf family.

About the Golf

The Volkswagen Golf comes with a 1.8 liter four-cylinder gas engine that’s turbocharged with direct-injection technology and puts out a total of 170 HP. That’s a lot of power for a compact vehicle like the Golf, and that’s just at the base level. The car comes with either manual or automatic transmission, comes in a variety of form factors, gets pretty decent fuel efficiency with 25 MPG city and 36 MPG highway and just has a lot to offer to drivers looking for a small vehicle overall.

Tricks and Tips for the Lexus Nav System

April 4, 2017 lacarguy Lexus Tags: , , ,

One of the most important tools in a modern-day vehicle is its navigation system. After all, without a good setup you could become lost very easily when driving around in unfamiliar territory. That’s why most people today make sure they get a car or truck with a nav system so that it can be relied on each time that you take the vehicle out. Nearly every Lexus vehicle sold today comes with navigation, so it’s pretty important for Lexus owners to know how to make the most of these systems. Here are a couple of helpful tips to help you make more of your navigation system when out and about.

RX Lexus Nav System

Turn up the Volume

One of the biggest issues that drivers experience with the navigation system is directions that are too quiet. If you can’t hear the directions while driving, you’re going to miss important turns and end up driving inefficiently. Fortunately, there is a way that you can turn up the volume so that those directions are a bit easier for you to hear all along. To change the volume levels you’ll have to dig through a few menus, but the process isn’t too difficult, we promise.

Select “Menu” then choose the “Setup” option.

From there you need to choose “Voice.” And “Voice Settings”.

Once in this menu you can easily turn the volume up or down between 1 and 7. It often defaults on 2, so you can crank the volume up significantly.

Finding Your Way Home

There is a special feature known as Route Trace that makes it easy to figure out how to make it back to your starting location. Whether you are exploring a new area, or you simply need to remember how to trace your steps, this system is the way to do it. When it’s enabled the car will leave a series of dots on your navigation map that you can follow back in the opposite direction. This makes it easy to drive in unfamiliar surroundings, or to drop off a person and find your way home after.

To turn on this feature you’ll have to go through one of two different step sets. New vehicles make it easy, you just select “Options” and “Navigation Options”. Now choose “Map information” and select “Route Trace” to enable the option.

If you’re driving an older model you’ll have to choose “Show on Map” at the bottom of navigation, and choose “Route Trace”.

No matter how you turn Route Trace on, it should help you avoid getting lost while driving around and leave you with more positive stories to tell about driving. No matter what you want to use your vehicle for, hopefully these two navigation tips will help you make the most of it and stay out of trouble more consistently.

There will be No Audi Drift Mode

March 31, 2017 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , , ,

Drifting is becoming more and more popular with high-powered sports car owners. There’s something particularly enjoyable about slamming on the gas and skidding around a corner or pulling a donut while burning up the rear tires of the vehicle. This isn’t a fondness that Audi Sport Development chief Stephan Reil shares with those fans. Drift modes have been popping up on sport cars and supercars for years now, but Reil doesn’t see the point, and believes that the systems aren’t good for the vehicles.

Audi R8
2017 Audi R8

Reil insists that drift modes are a waste of tires and time, and he says that they aren’t necessary either. It’s possible to drive the Audi R8, the RS3 and the RS6 without a button designed to let you do it, you just need to have the skills and the courage.

Drift it Yourself

To drift an Audi car you simply hold down the skid-control button for 3 seconds and all the safety nets will shut off. This makes it easy to drift to your heart’s content. The car is much more dangerous to drive around like this and it stops being good in track environments, but shutting off the safety nets is simple enough to do that most drift enthusiasts aren’t likely to complain.

Is Drift Mode Irresponsible or Not?

There are critics of the drift mode buttons in vehicles like the BMW M, the Ferrari F430, the Mclaren 720S and so many others, saying that the mode is irresponsible and encourages poor behavior and driving mechanics. They also state that it encourages excess driving without certain safety nets on the vehicle. Others say that drift mode is good because it keeps some of the safety nets intact. Without a drift mode you would have to shut off every safety net in order to drift. There is support in both directions, but if you don’t want to drift the old-fashioned way, it doesn’t make sense to pick up an Audi supercar anytime soon. They don’t come with drifting features, so you’ll have to make the magic happen all on your own.

The 2017 Prius Receives Canada’s Green Car of the Year Award

March 30, 2017 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

It’s no secret to anyone that the Toyota Prius is one of the most capable hybrid vehicles on the road today. It’s affordable, it’s stylish, it offers enough power and industry-leading fuel economy. That’s why it shouldn’t come completely as a surprise that the 2017 Prius managed to receive Canada’s Green Car of the Year award. It’s a prestigious title that’s worth celebrating, and it’s not something that’s given out to many vehicles. The title is just another reason why it makes sense to own a Prius.

2017 toyota prius

What Toyota had to Say

This is what Toyota had to say about receiving the award, and it was clearly an honor for the company.

“Toyota is committed to maintaining its leadership position in designing, engineering and building environmentally-advanced vehicles that meet the many demands of today’s drivers – which is why the 2017 Prius sets new standards for efficiency and emissions even as it provides owners with more style and driving fun,” said Cyril Dimitris , Vice-President, Toyota Canada Inc. “We’re delighted that members of AJAC agree, and thank them for this important award.”

Exceptional Efficiency Fueled by Technology

The 2017 Toyota Prius is one of the most efficient hybrid vehicles to date, thanks in large part to it’s highly technical powertrain setup. It’s fitted with an efficient 1.8L four-cylinder engine on the Atkinson Cycle. The car’s equipped with a high-power electric motor, new and improved batteries and an advanced powertrain management computer that effectively doles out the power and mixes electric and gas power to make the hybrid magic happen. When everything comes together properly, the car can achieve a combined MPG rating of just over 52 MPG, an exceptional figure that’s unrivaled by other hybrids today.

Comfort and Safety

It’s the exceptional fuel efficiency of the modern-day Prius that won it the Green Award, but that’s not all that the car has to offer either. It provides enough power to avoid feeling sluggish in all driving conditions. The car comes equipped with the advanced Toyota Safety Sense P system of avoidance safety features as standard. It has a set of driving modes to give you more control over how it handles, and comes with a slew of infotainment and tech features like nav, keyless entry, push button start, full color gauges and much more.

It’s hard not to love the 2017 Prius, and it’s even improved dramatically in the looks department since the older models. It looks sportier, sleeker and more stylish than ever before.

LAcarGUY Supports Organization Of Women Leaders Breakfast In Santa Monica

March 29, 2017 lacarguy Community Involvement, LAcarGUY News & Events Tags: , ,

LAcarGUY Organization of Women Leaders breakfast

LAcarGUY was proud to support and represent at the recent Organization of Women Leaders breakfast in Santa Monica. The International Women’s Day breakfast gathered professionals from throughout the community to network and celebrate women leaders in Santa Monica. This year “OWLIE” honorees were Elaine Polachek, Assistant City Manager of the City of Santa Monica and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Amy Ziering.

“The Chamber holds this event annually with a dual focus: to highlight outstanding women leaders in the city and surrounding county, and to unite women in business in all levels of the community,” states Laurel Rosen, President and CEO of the Santa Monica Chamber. “The Organization of Women Leaders (OWL) feels this breakfast now more than ever highlights the importance of female entrepreneurs and business champions! Everyone enjoyed the networking and a delicious breakfast while listening to the inspiring speakers.

The 2018 Audi Q5 is the Most Efficient in Segment

March 29, 2017 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , , ,

Audi is known for making top-notch vehicles, but not necessarily for creating products that are fuel efficient. That’s why it’s impressive that the 2018 Q5 has received the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy rating within the competitive segment. It’s one of the most fuel-efficient mid-sized crossovers that you can get today, making it a highly desirable vehicle for buyers that are interested in saving money on gas and reducing their environmental impact while driving around in luxury.

2018 audi q5

It’s all in the Wheels      

The 2018 Q5 comes with a special all-wheel drive setup known as Quattro with Ultra technology. The system offers completely adjustable torque at each of the four wheels, giving the right amount of power to each wheel depending on the situation. The crossover is able to do this thanks to a decoupling rear axle differential, as well as a multi-plate clutch system. Not only is the system highly variable, but it makes use of an electro-mechanical system and can engage in just 250 milliseconds, up to eight times faster than a standard all-wheel drive system.

To top it all off, the system makes use of a rear dog leg crutch to cut power to the rear differential and prop shaft on and off throughout driving to improve fuel economy. When you add in all the computers and sensors around the vehicle attached to a powerful computer that’s checking for loss of traction repeatedly, you get a very smooth driving vehicle that can take on most driving conditions without flinching.

Efficient and Powerful

The 2018 Audi Q5 is taking top spots for mid-sized crossovers thanks to its 25 MPG combined highway and city rating. It manages these figures while still having plenty of power to drive confidently. The crossover comes with a 2.0 liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that puts out 252 HP and 274 lb.-ft. of torque. It doesn’t feel sluggish in the slightest, and is a lot of fun to drive for this reason.

Luxurious with Leading Tech and Entertainment

The 2018 Q5 will be outfitted with top-end seats and upholstery throughout, it’s going to come with a modern infotainment system with app connectivity, and will likely look more modern than Audi vehicles today, creating a very enjoyable in-vehicle ride experience. Even without the industry-leading fuel economy of the 2018 Q5, it would be hard to look in another direction instead. It just has too much to offer to ignore, which is why it’s going to be a very popular vehicle when it’s finally released to the public.