Category: Toyota of Hollywood

Introducing The All New 2018 Toyota Camry

June 23, 2017 lacarguy Green Auto Technology, High MPG Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica, Uncategorized Tags: , , , ,
The very first Toyota Camry to roll off the Georgetown, KY line and the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry
The very first Toyota Camry to roll off the Georgetown, KY line and the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry

Over the last 20 years, the Camry has been the franchise leader for Toyota.  When you sell 400,000 units of something year after year after year, you have to be doing something right.  However the Camry in its current guise has been around for quite a while, and it has been a decade since it was all new front to back.  In that decade America, and the world have moved from four door family sedans to crossovers as their vehicles of choice.  For 2017 the RAV4 will outsell the Camry, and by a fair number of units at that.

The family four-door sedan might not be the bread and butter for Toyota anymore, but the segment and the Camry specifically are still vital to the company.  That is why Toyota has launched the all new 2018 Camry, and the first full vehicle to be built on the company’s new TNGA platform.  The current Prius and C-HR share parts of the platform but the Camry is the first to employ it completely.  The new platform (all new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, all new chassis) allow for more interior room, a quieter more comfortable ride and significant weight savings.

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

Exterior Styling:

The new Toyota Camry makes a much bolder more cohesive statement than the outgoing model.  That said Toyota knows that some customers would rather blend in, while others like to make a statement.  With the new Camry, both are an option depending on which trim level of Camry you select.

The L, LE and XLE models styling is sporty without being a boy racer.  The nose has an aggressive look, and from the side profile as well as the rear three-quarters view, it is muscular and handsome.  Choosing the SE or XSE there are more sporty styling cues to make the Camry really stand out. They include a different front end styling, large side intake vents, small rear spoiler, plus and option of two-tone paint that adds a black metallic color to the roof along with matching paint on the rear spoiler and the rear view mirrors.  SE and XSE come with 18” alloy wheels with 19” alloy wheels as an option.

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE Dash

Camry Interior:

The all-new Camry is built around the cockpit theme.  Instruments, dials, knobs, and switchgear are all angled at the driver to make it as easy as possible to see, touch and feel exactly what you are looking for.

Materials have received a nice upgrade from the previous generation, and are now very competitive with the best in the segment.  L and LE trims have nice cloth seating, SE trim gets SofTex seating material, while XLE, XSE get leather seating with XLE receiving a quilting pattern to give it a more high-end appearance.

Toyota has also upgraded the trim materials as well with different wood or metal materials depending on trim level and packages.  SE gets embossed mesh interior trim while XSE gets textured metal materials.  L and LE have a layered wood trim, XLE receives “Tiger Eye” trim based off the Tiger Eye gemstone.  XLE and XSE interiors are very nice, and while they might not be at Lexus levels they aren’t far off and come at a much-reduced price compared to Lexus.

Standard on L, LE and SE Camry’s is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment screen in the center stack and a 4.2-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster.  XLE, XSE and V6 models receive an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the center stack and a 7-in multi-information display in the instrument cluster.

A new and exciting option on the new Camry is a 10-inch Heads Up Display.  The HUD can project audio, speed, driver assistance and navigation onto the windshield.

Powertrains:

The 2018 Toyota Camry offers you the choice of three powertrains.  Over 80% of Camry buyers are likely to choose an all new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.  While the displacement and number of cylinders may be the same as the outgoing Camry, this is all new engine.  The long stroke high compression engine with both direct and port fuel injection delivers 203 horsepower (a 25 horsepower jump over the old model) at 6,600 rpm and 184 lb/ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Next up is a 3.5-liter V6 engine.  This engine is a carryover with some technology upgrades.  New variable valve timing enables greater fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance.  The V6 is rated at 301 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 267 lb/ft of torque at 4,700 rpm.  Both the four-cylinder and the V6 use a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The final powertrain is the Hybrid system.  Total power between the engine and hybrid power is rated at 208 horsepower.  The big news with the hybrid is the fuel economy numbers.  in LE trim (lighter vehicle weight and more efficient battery pack) the Camry Hybrid is EPA rated at 51 city/53 highway/52 combined.  In SE and XLE it returns 44 city/47 highway/46 combined.  If you were looking at the Prius for fuel economy but were not taken with the new styling direction then the 2018 Camry Hybrid LE will return very similar fuel economy numbers in a more “standard” looking car for around the same money.

Fuel economy for the four-cylinder Camry is EPA rated at 28 city/39 highway/32 combined, while the V6 is rated at 22 city/32 highway/26 combined.

Safety:

The 2018 Camry comes with a standard suite of safety systems starting with Toyota’s Star Safety System which includes, Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), 4-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA)andSmartStop Technology®(SST) and 10 airbags.  Also available is Safety Connect® — includes Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Roadside Assistance and Automatic Collision Notification. Available by subscription. Complimentary one-year trial subscription. (XSE and XLE V6 models only) Toyota Safety SenseTM P (TSS-P) – Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross Traffic Braking (XSE and XLE grades only)

2018 Toyota Camry XLE HybridInfotainment

Technology:

Toyota will offer their latest Entune 3.0 system.  Entune offers Scout GPS Link through an app on your phone for navigation and comes with a free three-year trial, Entune App Suite, Siri Eyes Free, Google Voice Control along with voice recognition and Bluetooth audio.

 Other trim levels and options packages offer XM Radio, HD Radio, Gracenote album cover art, Safety Connect, Service Connect, Remote Connect and a built-in WiFi hotspot.  Available with the upgraded JBL Audio system is a feature called Clari-Fi.  Clari-Fi takes streaming audio from apps like Spotify, Pandora, Google Music and Apple Music and upconverts it to higher quality audio.

2018 Toyota Camry

2018 Camry Wrapup:

The 2018 Toyota Camry is really three different cars depending on trim and powertrain chosen.  The four-cylinder Camry feels light, composed and sporty.  While you would not call it a sports sedan it can certainly handle back roads without effort.  The ride is very composed and interior noise levels are very pleasant.  The V6 Camry drives and rides like a very substantial car.  The ride is still very composed yet it feels far more luxurious.  The car feels more planted to the road and solid overall.  That is not to say the four-cylinder is lacking in driving refinement, it’s that the V6 takes it to a higher level, near Lexus quality ride control.  Finally, the Hybrid Camry combines the best of both the V6 and the four-cylinder.  The overall feel of the car along with the ride quality is right in line with the V6, yet the steering is light as in the four-cylinder.  Where the V6 gets up to speed very quickly, far quicker than you’d expect, the hybrid is not far behind and is almost silent in doing so.

Pricing for the 2018 Toyota Camry is as follows:
Camry L            $23,495

Camry LE       $24,000

Camry SE       $25,200

Camry XLE       $28,450

Camry XSE       $29,000

Camry XLE V6   $34,400

Camry XSE V6   $34,950

Hybrid LE          $27,800

Hybrid SE           $29,500

Hybrid XLE        $32,250

 

Introducing the More Capable 2017 Yaris iA

May 16, 2017 lacarguy Toyota of Hollywood Tags: , , ,

There are plenty of fans out there for the compact Yaris by Toyota, but for every person that likes the small footprint of the vehicle, or the rock-bottom price tag, there are nay-sayers that don’t like something about it. Maybe it has too few features, it could be too small, or it just isn’t sporty enough. For all those people the 2017 Toyota Yaris iA could be just the solution to that problem. It’s a more capable Yaris, that’s slightly bigger, equipped with more features and it still offers excellent efficiency levels all for a reasonable price that most buyers will be pleased with. There’s a lot to like about the Yaris iA, and we’re going to delve into some of those things right now.

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An Automatic is Now Available

If you’re one of those drivers that simply doesn’t want to deal with a manual, or you want to take advantage of the superior fuel efficiency levels that an automatic transmission can offer, the 2017 iA comes with a capable automatic transmission as an option that you can add on if you like. This is different from the “only manual” approach that Toyota had towards the Yaris iA originally and we’re all for additional options so the addition is a good thing in our book.

Top Safety Features

Since the latest Yaris comes with Toyota’s full safety suite, you can enjoy things like adaptive cruise, lane monitoring, active brake assist and other advanced features on this affordable vehicle. That makes it even more desirable and something that many buyers will be considering when looking for a budget car that comes with modern safety features.

Excellent Fuel Efficiency

The Toyota Yaris has always been known for its fuel efficiency, especially in recent years. It’s a good little car that offers efficiency levels as high as 32 city and 40 highway if you opt for the six speed automatic transmission. If you have your heart set on the manual version of the vehicle you’ll have to settle for 30 city and 39 highway, and the four-speed transmission options come with lower efficiency levels still, falling at around 30 city and 37 highway, but each of those numbers is still pretty decent.

The 2017 Yaris iA is an affordable and capable vehicle that’s longer, more comfortable and outfitted with more features than the standard Yaris. It’s also the same vehicle as the Scion iA for any enthusiasts of the discontinued brand. It’s not a sports car, but it’s still quite a bit of fun to drive around while being practical at less than $16,000 minus the delivery fee.

LAcarGUY Exclusive First Drive: 2018 Toyota C-HR

March 8, 2017 lacarguy New Cars, Toyota, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: ,

2018 Toyota C-HR-6

We were very happy to hear that with the sunset of the Scion brand, Toyota was still committed to bringing the C-HR to our showrooms.  We had the opportunity for a ride and drive last week in Austin, Texas of the new C-HR, and we think you are going to LOVE this new small crossover.

The C-HR (Coupé-High Riding) slots in just below the RAV4 in overall size and pricing, however, it is very roomy on the inside.  The C-HR will be a front-drive only crossover, no all-wheel drive is available, it is offered with a 2.0-liter four cylinder producing 144 horsepower and 139 lb/ft of torque, and this is backed by a CVT transmission with seven simulated gears.

2018 Toyota C-HR-20

Perhaps in the past, you have experienced a CVT transmission where you put your foot down and the engine seems to rev to a point and never go beyond?  With the CVT in the C-HR, that is mostly eliminated by the seven simulated gears.  You get all the fuel efficiency of a CVT, yet it feels like a standard automatic transmission, it’s the best of both worlds.

In stop and go driving, and merging onto the highway, the C-HR has plenty of power so that you don’t have to worry about merging with oncoming traffic, nor getting away from stoplights.

On the road is where the C-HR really shines.  Built off the same platform as the new Prius, it has a double wishbone rear suspension and SACHS dampers at all four corners.  What this means to you is a very connected feeling to the road that is firm and well controlled while maintaining a pleasant ride quality.

2018 Toyota C-HR-15

On the inside, the quality of materials is much better that you would expect for the price point.  There are plenty of soft-touch materials around, a rear vision camera integrated into the rearview mirror, a seven-inch touch screen display with Bluetooth and USB integration, dual zone climate controls on the XLE Premium trim, and a driver’s cockpit layout that will remind you of the Lexus IS!

Toyota is putting a premium on safety with the C-HR.  Included as standard on all cars is:

  • Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) – Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Electric Parking Brake (EPB)
  • Star Safety SystemTM – includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology® (SST)
  • 10 airbags — includes driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger and rear seat-mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, front passenger seat cushion airbag, and front and rear side curtain airbags
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) includes lower anchors and tether anchors on
  • outboard second-row seats
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) – XLE Premium only
  • Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS). When the tire pressure drops to a critically low level, a light on the instrument panel alerts the driver.
  • Child-protector rear door locks

The styling for the C-HR is a standout!  It combines beautiful curves with diamond shaped angles.  The more you walk around the car, the more interesting shapes you find, and they all flow together in a fun and sporty package.

In keeping with the Scion heritage, the C-HR does not have any options other than paint color.  There will be two trim levels, XLE and XLE premium.  Pricing for C-HR XLE will be $22,500 and for the XLE Premium $24,350, with $960 for destination and delivery on top.

Fuel economy for the C-HR is also very good for the crossover market, it is EPA-rated at 27 MPG City, 31 MPG Highway and 29 MPG Combined.

The C-HR will arrive in our showrooms in April, and we can’t wait for you to come in and take one for a drive.

Toyota Awards Japanese Prime Owners with Electric Incentives

February 6, 2017 lacarguy Toyota, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica, Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

The Prius Prime was released to give Toyota drivers the ability to drive without using any gasoline at all. The vehicle has a decent all-electric driving range and can make around-town commuting more affordable for drivers that take the time to charge up the Prius while at home. Unfortunately too many people are driving without charging the vehicle, or at least that’s what Toyota is finding. In order to increase the amount of home charging that’s going on, Toyota is teaming up with local electric companies throughout Japan in order to offer an incentive to Prius Prime owners. This incentive encourages them to drive around on electricity alone, and should improve air quality over time.

2017 prius prime

Electric Points

Toyota teemed up with five different local utility companies in Japan to offer special points to drivers that utilize electric-only power much of the time that they are driving around in the Prius Prime. These drivers will earn special points that they can cash in to help pay their power bill, or to buy special products with. It’s an exciting incentive program for the drivers that qualify for it, and should help give drivers a reason to try and avoid gasoline as much as possible.

Safe Driving Credits

The electric credits is not the only time that Toyota teamed up with outside companies to incentivize certain activities for its owners. The automaker also offered coffee credits for safe drivers a while back. Texting while driving is pretty dangerous, most of us realize that now, but the realization isn’t enough to keep all drivers from doing so anyways. That’s why Toyota teamed up with some companies over in Japan to encourage drivers to stop texting while behind the wheel. The system relies on an app that must be running while traveling down the road. Drivers can track their mileage without texting and will earn credit toward free coffee as they drive. It’s a simple system, but one that ended up helping drivers travel more than 1.6 million miles text-free.

These measures that Toyota is taking are great steps toward safer driving practices. They show that the automaker is responsible and they display a real concern for healthy driving practices.

News and World Reports Names Toyota Prius Best Hybrid Value

February 2, 2017 lacarguy High MPG Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, Toyota, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica, Uncategorized Tags: , , , , ,

When most people think of a hybrid vehicle the first one that comes to mind is the Toyota Prius. That’s because it’s the biggest success story when it comes to hybrids. It was one of the first hybrids released and the first real success story in the segment. While there are plenty of other hybrid options out on the market today, the 2017 Toyota Prius remains the best value for the money when purchasing a hybrid vehicle according to News and World Report’s comparison. That means that if you are looking for a hybrid to lower your environmental impact, to cut your gas costs or just to avoid using as much fuel as you once did, the Toyota Prius is likely one of your very best options.

2017 toyota prius

How Winners are Chosen

News and World Report gives out awards to vehicles in 20 different categories and there is a strict comparison technique that the company relies on to select the winners of the contest. To decide which vehicles are the best value, the company looks at the initial price of the vehicle, as well as the total cost of ownership over a five-year stretch. With these two figures it is a simple matter deciding which vehicle is the best value of the bunch.

Affordable and Efficient

The Toyota Prius is known for its efficiency and there are models that average around 55 MPG in city driving conditions today. That’s an impressive figure, and that’s not all the automobile has going for it. Compared to other hybrids on the market, the Toyota Prius is surprisingly affordable. At between $25,000 and $30,000 the Prius is easy for most people to purchase and something that the average homeowner would have no trouble buying.

Spacious and Well-Appointed

The Prius isn’t known for being a luxury vehicle, but that doesn’t stop it from being well-equipped, spacious and nice-looking within. Inside the vehicle you’ll find all the standard features that you expect from a modern vehicle, plus a bunch of active safety features that will help keep you safe while out on the road. The vehicle also comes with plenty of interior space for five people to sit comfortably. There’s ample trunk space in the back, allowing you to pack clothes for a trip or head to the grocery store and do some shopping.

Decent Handling

Sure, the Prius isn’t a sports car, but that doesn’t matter. The Toyota Prius has over 120 HP thanks to the two electric motors and the small gasoline engine. The two electric motors rev up and get the vehicle off to a smooth start from a standstill quickly and effectively. The vehicle isn’t going to win any races, but it doesn’t feel sluggish and handles pretty nicely.

Overall the Toyota Prius is a solid vehicle with a lot to offer in the value department. If you want an efficient car that isn’t going to use much gasoline, the Toyota Prius is still the king of the hybrids and pretty hard to pass up.

LAcarGUY Exclusive!! 8th Generation Camry To Debut At 2017 Detroit Auto Show

December 1, 2016 lacarguy Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: ,

A few hours ago Toyota Group Vice President Bill Fay announced at an industry lunch that Toyota would debut the all new 8th generation Toyota Camry at the North American International (Detroit) Auto Show on January 9th.

Toyota released this teaser image and we can’t wait to see it in person!  Yes, that’s correct, we will be on the floor of the show in January and will bring exclusive photos to our blog and to our Social Media channels, so make sure you have liked and followed us on Facebook and Twitter!

2018 Toyota Camry

Scion Has a Lot to Be Happy About

October 16, 2015 lacarguy Scion, Scion of Hollywood, Scion Santa Monica, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , ,

Scion’s been out of the media for a while now but thanks to the recent addition of the iM and the iA and some other improvements made by Scion has a lot to be happy about.

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Winning at Safety

Safety sells when it comes to vehicles and Scion has some bragging rights in that respect. The iA received the IIHS Top Safety Pick + rating for doing so well on tests from the International Institute for Highway Safety. That shows that the vehicle is safe to drive around, and that it is built to hold up well in a variety of conditions. One of the things that helped the vehicle land such a high ranking in the IIHS tests was the Low-Speed Pre Collision system that comes standard. The system helps slow down the vehicle when oncoming obstacles are detected to help reduce

Rapidly Expanding

During the month of September, Scion was the fastest improving brand of any auto manufacturer in the United States. The company has a year over year increase of 57 percent, that’s some serious gains, and shows that the brand is moving somewhere. The gains are likely because of the new vehicles that Scion is releasing.

Not only are the gains here, but they are likely to keep coming since Scion will be releasing information about a third car here. They haven’t announced it yet but will come out with more about it at the L.A. Auto Show. It’s a good time to be a Scion fan.

Winning at Drifting

Scion’s also doing pretty well at professional drift racing as well. Their team managed to take a first and second place finish in last week’s competition and Frederic Aasbo won the World and National Formula Drift championships to really seal in that top position for Scion.

With New Leadership Even More is on the Horizon

Scion recently introduced Andre Gilleland as the new Vice President of the company. He’s an experienced professional that offers both skill and enthusiasm to his position at the company and should bring some interesting changes into the mix.

Overall Scion looks to be a company that’s growing and expanding quickly and evolving into something great. It’s too early to tell if the positives will keep on coming, but so far I would expect good things in the future for the company.

 

The 2016 Toyota Prius FAQ: What We Know Right Now

September 11, 2015 lacarguy Green Articles, Green Auto Technology, Hybrid Vehicles, Toyota, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , ,

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The big question: When is it coming out?

No firm date was given, but it looks like early first quarter of 2016

What is going to cost?

Again, no firm numbers were given, but we’d bet that it will be very close in pricing to the current one, even though there is more content and safety items available.

How big is it?

The new Prius is 2.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider and 0.8 inches lower than the model it replaces, providing a planted on-road presence while delivering more occupant and cargo room.

Will it get better fuel economy?

With an expected ten percent improvement in EPA estimated MPG on core models, Prius will offer best-in-class fuel economy among vehicles without a plug.  A soon-to-be unveiled Eco model will achieve an even greater improvement, strengthening Toyota’s leadership in hybrid fuel efficiency.

What is the interior like?

The Prius’ new, premium interior adopts advanced technology complemented by features that are functional, fun and have high visual impact. The wrap-around dash design, form-hugging seats, ease of controls and improved visibility put the driver in complete control.

What has Toyota done to make the Prius safer?

The new global architecture that the 2016 Prius is built on also provides a more rigid structural framework to help enhance occupant protection in the event of a collision. The high strength upper body is designed to distribute frontal collision impact energy. Plus, the Prius will be among the first U.S. models to offer Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), a new multi-feature advanced safety package anchored by automated pre-collision braking.  TSS bundles cutting edge safety technologies including:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Automatic High Beams

What inspired the design?

From the side, it is longer and sleeker with the overall outline evoking an athletic shape.  Inspired by a runner in the starting blocks, the sporty design conveys a feeling of forward motion.

The hood is lower and the distinctive roof peak has been moved forward. Bold character lines run along the side from the front fenders – one just above the sill that sweeps up towards the rear fender, while the upper crease morphs into the rear spoiler, which has been lowered.

The use of new standard LED headlamps minimizes the Prius’ front fascia and, at the same time, provides an arresting lighting display which helps define the vehicle’s character. The unique and striking rear combination lamps express the distinctive lines of the Prius from the rear spoiler to the trailing edges of the sides.

When can I place my order?

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STEM Students Design Hollywood Central Park in a Unique Contest

May 27, 2015 lacarguy Community Involvement, Green Articles, Hollywood Central Park, LAcarGUY News & Events, Toyota of Hollywood Tags: , , , , ,

 

The Friends of Hollywood Central Park partnered with the Stem Academy of Hollywood back in September and gave students a chance to give their input about crucial park design characteristics. Now the students are being given another chance to try out their design skills in a real-world situation in a fun little contest that’s being put together around the Hollywood Central Park.

Hollywood Central Park Rendering

The Contest

In the contest a set of three different student teams are commissioned with coming up with their own designs for the Hollywood Central Park project. Each team is supposed to be acting as a competing engineering firm competing for the project. The students will put together their own designs and present them before a judge to determine the final winner.

The Details

The contest took place at the Stem Academy of Hollywood at 1309 N Wilton Place in Los Angeles. It occurred yesterday between 4 and 5 PM to a crowded room full of interested guests.

During the event snacks and refreshments were provided as each of the teams presented their creation. The guest judges were charged with making a final decision and picking the best team design overall. Each design was highly unique and had something special to offer.

Not only did the whole event give the students an exciting real-life event to design for, but the designs will provide new ideas for the park and some may even be incorporated into the finished project. If you are interested in coming up with your own park concepts there is a Hollywood Central Park application that allows you to design your own version of the new park. You can make use of the designer tool or keep an eye on new developments surrounding the park project by visiting the Hollywood Central Park website here. The tool features a simple drag-and-drop interface that allows you to quickly customize your own creation. After you finish your creation you can easily save it, share it with friends and family or share it with the project itself for consideration. The contest will help the Friends of Hollywood Central Park get some new ideas and so will the unique park creator tool that is being opened up to so many users around the web.

Toyota Recognized For Commitment To Environmental Excellence

April 16, 2015 lacarguy Green Articles, Scion of Hollywood, Scion Santa Monica, Toyota, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica

Toyota EPA Award InfographicHow will you make a positive impact on Earth Day? Turn off the lights in an empty room? Recycle? Save water?

For Toyota, every day is Earth Day and the little things add up, especially when almost 43,000 team members across 14 North America manufacturing plants do them. Such efforts have saved nearly $600 million since benchmarking began in 2002.

They’ve also resulted in Toyota’s 11th consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.

Eleven consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are the most by any automaker.

Examples of achieving energy efficiency at Toyota’s 14 North American manufacturing plants include:

  • Reduced total energy use by 35 percent per vehicle produced or 14 billion kilowatt hours of energy.* That’s enough power to keep the city of Chicago up and running for nearly an entire year.
  • Reduced CO2 emissions by 40 percent per vehicle produced by eliminating the use of electricity and natural gas when avoidable.**Since benchmarking began in 2002 “While there’s always room for improvement, achieving energy efficiency demonstrates that good ideas have helped us become environmentally responsible while making a significant impact to our bottom line,” said Robin Haugen general manager of Toyota’s plant and environmental group. “Through our team members’ efforts and outstanding collaboration, we

have minimized our environmental footprint in communities where we assemble vehicles, engines and parts. We’re so proud to receive our 11th consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA and we’ll strive to do better.”

Recent environmental improvement activities across some of Toyota’s 14 manufacturing plants include:

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama (Huntsville)

  • Saved 300,000 gallons of water a year – enough to fill half of an Olympic-size swimming pool – by reusing compressor condensate water in the cooling tower. The tower accounts for nearly 50 percent of the facility’s water use.
  • Switched to higher-efficiency motors and used compressed air more efficiently.
  • Installed LED lighting, solar lights and daylighting to reduce purchased electricity.
  • All environmental projects – part of a $1 million investment to make the plant more sustainable – result in annual saving of more than 3.3 million kilowatts hours, equal to 125 average U.S. homes and reducing more than 2,000 metric tons of CO2.Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (Princeton)

Reduced the volume of air that has to be conditioned in the paint booths, a process that’s necessary for the paint to adhere to vehicles. The project reduced energy use by 125,000 MMBtus, enough to power 1,450 average U.S. homes for a year and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 8,900 metric tons.

In addition to the energy and greenhouse gas savings, the improved paint process reduced the amount of paint and emissions.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (Georgetown)
The plant has teamed up with Waste Services of the Bluegrass to generate power from local landfill waste that naturally creates methane gas, marking the region’s first business-to-business landfill gas to energy initiative. Toyota estimates the locally generated landfill gas will supply enough power each year for the production of 10,000 vehicles. Once operational later this spring, the system will generate one megawatt of electricity each hour the system is operating, or about what it takes to power nearly 800 average U.S. homes annually.

Plus landfill greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by as much as 90 percent, resulting in better air quality for the local community.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi (Blue Springs)

  • Installed a geothermal heat exchanger that supplies chilled water to a compressed airdryer to eliminate the chiller load in the winter months when the plant’s HVAC systems are not using chilled water. This reduces electricity usage by 1.5 million kilowatt hours per year, equal to 56 average U.S. homes.
  • Installed a single axis solar cell array in spring 2013, with a maximum output of 50 kilowatts. The power generated by the array is redirected back to New Albany Light,

Gas & Water, the local utility company, and ultimately is transferred back onto the grid for public use.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (San Antonio)
The plant uses about 1 million gallons of recycled water per production day, or about 250 million gallons each year. Since its opening in 2007, the plant has used nearly 2 billion gallons of recycled water.  That’s nearly 2 billion gallons that wasn’t drawn from the local Edwards Aquifer.

Toyota’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 20.