Category: Toyota of Hollywood
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.
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 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.
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.
LAcarGUY and Toyota of Hollywood formed a connection with Lori Goldman of Friends of Hollywood Central Park to help aid the effort and bring this beautiful dream to fruition. Lori Goldman was interested in forming a relationship with Toyota of Hollywood because it’s been a mainstay in the local community for more than 50 years. If there’s any business interested in helping the local community one with such a long-standing history is it.
All of the added space provides room for countless playgrounds, baseball fields and even an amphitheater. It gives people an area they can go to connect with nature, and get outdoors a bit more. The local park would encourage active fitness and provide a place to run or walk dogs. It’s a cool project that helps bring nature to those who are in serious need of it. The community in this section of Hollywood currently have the lowest ratio of open space to population of any area in California, and if there’s anyone who could benefit from such a project, it’s them. Overall the project will bring 38 acres of lush green park land to the community.
There are countless benefits that come along with this massive one-mile length of proposed park. It would help provide clean air to the rest of the city while providing more than 40,000 jobs to the local community. The project offers a fun and natural place for more than 80,000 local kids to play. It also helps connect both sides of the community that were normally split in two because of the highway.
As the project develops it’s easy to see how beneficial the new park would be for the community. There are still some problems that need to be overcome before the project can actually begin, but with each passing meeting the project comes a little closer to being reality and that’s an exciting thing for the Hollywood community.
Since 2009 the non-profit organization Friends of Hollywood Central Park have been working tirelessly to see their dream of a large central park in Hollywood come true. With aid from major sponsors such as LAcarGUY and Toyota of Hollywood as well as hundreds of other supporters the park dream is slowly coming true. The proposed park would sit between Hollywood and Santa Monica BLVD on US 101 will take up a total of 44 acres of land, and provide 38 acres of park to local residents. The park would provide a valuable spot for local festivals and hundreds of thousands of locals access to facilities that aren’t currently nearby. Over 180,000 people live within a mile of the park location, including 40,000 children who could all benefit from having a place to play. Partnership
Both Toyota of Hollywood and LAcarGUY are happy to be sponsors of the Hollywood Central Park project. They are providing funding and exposure to help increase awareness and get the project the support it needs. Throughout April Toyota of Hollywood will put on a display in their showroom based around the park project, and will also distribute information about the project through its social media accounts, blogs and the LAcarGUY email database. These efforts should help make citizens aware of the project and increase the support that it has as well.
Creating the Park
In order to bring this new park to life the plan is to cap US 101 between Hollywood and Santa Monica Blvd. Doing this would create a mile long stretch of park accessible to a wide range of local citizens. The project isn’t a simple one, and it’s not something that will be completed in a few weeks or even months, but it’s a worthwhile one. The project is estimated to create around 40,000 jobs directly and indirectly. Between local hire positions, entry level offerings and apprenticeship programs the new park project will offer a lot to the local community.
There currently isn’t a timeline for the park project to be completed, and it’s still in the initial planning phase. A scoping meeting was held in September of 2014 and the committee is continuing to work through issues that were voiced at the meeting by local community members. It’s a work in progress, but the Hollywood Central Park is an important project that will benefit the community overall. For more information about the project visit http://hollywoodcentralpark.org/home for updated news and additioanl coverage about what’s going on.
Each year LAcarGUY teams up with sponsors to help deliver the LAcarGUY Super Shot competition at UCLA games throughout the season. The contest helps get students involved and gives them an opportunity to win exciting prizes. It also provides a good opportunity for the sponsor to get their name out to the community while helping fund the UCLA basketball season. During the December 28th game Toyota of Hollywood is offering an exceptional new car as the grand prize, something that should get UCLA students excited.
The Super Shot Competition
At the beginning of each UCLA game students are encouraged to visit the LAcarGUY booth and put their name into a drawing for the Super Shot Competition. Out of all the submitted names, three are chosen randomly. Those chosen are asked to complete a set of basketball shots of increasing difficulty, and will be provided with prizes of increasing value as they progress.
They have 30 seconds to try and make a lay-up, a free throw, a 3-point shot and a half-court shot. Those who sink all shots will win the grand prize which is a new car from one of the participating LAcarGUY dealerships.
Bring Home a 2015 Toyota Corolla!
Go and watch the December 28th UCLA game for a real chance to win a brand new Toyota Corolla vehicle valued at $16,900. It’s being offered by Toyota of Hollywood, and it’s available as the grand prize for the Super Shot competition. Even if you don’t manage to score the grand prize you’ll have a chance to win a collection of additional prizes all of which are worthwhile.
Benefits to Advertisers
Any advertisers who choose to support UCLA will be given recognition throughout the Super Shot event. The video board will feature a prominent logo of the organization and each of the smaller LED signs will also display the logo. A large logo will be shown on television sets at home, and a live announcement will be made during the competition. Finally the sponsor will be given a web banner on the highly trafficked UCLAbruins.com website that receives over 500,000 impressions throughout the season. Geo targeting can be added to the ad for more effective advertising as well. This represents a great opportunity for a business local to the Los Angeles area to build up a name and gain some recognition.
With Thanksgiving over, the holiday season is officially upon us. In preparation for Christmas, Santa will be stopping by the LAcarGUY stores to spread the joy of the holidays.
Do you have a gift you’d like to ask Santa for? Are you unsure if you’re on the naughty or nice list? Or do you just want to take a picture with the big guy himself?
Child or adult, LAcarGUY encourages you to stop by its stores to meet Santa and enjoy breakfast on us. Full details are below. Be sure to find the store nearest you, or the store with the vehicle you’ll be asking Santa to bring you for Christmas, to see if Santa will be stopping by from 9 a.m. to noon on December 7th or 14th!
Dec 7th from 9am – 12pm:
Audi Pacific: 20460 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503
Pacific Volkswagen: 14900 Hindry Ave Hawthorne, CA 90250
Pacific Subaru: 20550 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503
Dec 14th from 9am – 12pm:
Toyota of Santa Monica: 801 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401
Lexus of Santa Monica: 1501 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90404
Volkswagen of Santa Monica: 2440 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90404
Toyota of Hollywood: 6000 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028
Pacific VW (Pet Day): 14900 Hindry Ave Hawthorne, CA 90250
Come meet SpongeBob Squarepants and see the all-new Highlander Hybrid at the LA Auto Show this weekend
Toyota’s Highlander Hybrid has always been a near-perfect combination of size, luxury, fuel efficiency and power, and for 2014 a dose of style can be added to its long list of positive attributes.
With the recent redesign of the gas-powered Highlander, the Highlander Hybrid benefits from fresh new looks. With an increase in length and width over the outgoing model, the new Highlander Hybrid has road presence like no Highlander before it.
Using the same powertrain as it predecessor, the V6-powered 2014 Highlander Hybrid should manage the same combined EPA fuel economy rating of 28 mpg.
The 2014 Highlander Hybrid will be available in two trims: Limited and Limited Platinum. Starting at $47,300, the Highlander Hybrid Limited comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen display with navigation and Toyota’s Entune system, eight airbags, and a backup camera among other things.
Moving up the Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum adds Safety Connect subscription emergency services, a radar-based cruise control with Toyota’s Pre-Collision safety system to help in avoiding accidents, a lane departure warning system, panoramic moonroof, and heated seats in the second row. The Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum will be priced at $49,790.
Meet SpongeBob Squarepants
If the passengers you’re hauling in your 2014 Toyota Highlander or Highlander Hybrid happen to be children, be sure to stop by the Los Angeles Auto Show this weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) to meet SpongeBob Squarepants and see the SpongeBob Squarepants Toyota Highlander.
Teaming up with Nickelodeon, Toyota will offer a build your own SpongeBob booth, airbrush tattoo artists, and a chance to win a surfboard by Santa Cruz Surfboards from the non-profit environmental group Heal the Bay.
On top of this, Toyota and Nickelodeon will work together to donate $5 to Heal the Bay for each individual who Tweets or Instagrams a picture of the SpongeBob Squarepants Highlander with #SpongeBobHighlander up to $10,000.
To learn more about the 2014 Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, or the SpongeBob Highlander keep following LAcarGUY News.
Toyota will bring six vehicles to the Specialty Equipment Market Association show (SEMA) this week. All six are bespoke vehicles for the show; however, four of these vehicles will be going head-to-head in competition as part of Toyota’s Dream Build Challenge.
Based off of fan votes, one of these vehicles will be crowned victor by none other than Top Gear’s Rutledge Wood.
When marketing a competitive build-off, its best to enlist teams that are no strangers to competition: athletes and their corporate sponsors.
NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman and Kyle Busch Motorsports went the enthusiast route by turning a Toyota Camry SE into a functional rally car. Painted in classic Toyota Racing colors, the CamRally has a stripped away interior, fender flares to cover its wider track, and a big turbo mounted to the V6 engine.
Freestyle skier Simon Dumont and Oakley worked to turn the 2014 4Runner into a skiers dream machine. With an iPad integrated into the dash, rugged roof racks, and knobby tires, Dumont and Oakley’s 4Runner promises to get winter sports fanatics to their mountain of choice in full warmth and comfort.
Channeling both Kligerman’s CamRally and Dumont’s 4Runner, BMX rider Drew Bezanson and Skullcandy turned an everyday Corolla into the Crusher Corolla. With a slick paint job and rally wheels, the Crusher Corolla has the go-anywhere vibe of the CamRally; however, an integrated bike rack, center console mounted iPad, and headrests that mimic Skullcandy’s latest headphones provides the Corolla Crusher with the comfort and technology that the CamRally lacks.
Finally, Supercross riders Justin Brayton and Josh Grant worked with Joe Gibbs Racing to make a Toyota Tundra that caters to the dreams and needs of supercross riders. Unique to their Let’s Go Moto Tundra is this truck’s eight-foot bed and CrewMax cab. That huge bed houses three television screens, a videogame counsel, fridge, and a toolbox, not to mention enough space to transports a motocross bike. The truck was also lifted to ensure that it could make it through rough terrain.
Log onto ToyotaDreamBuild.com to vote for your favorite.
Though not part of the Toyota Dream Build, DC Shoes took on the task of outfitting a Toyota Tacoma to tackle any snowy road or mounted. The truck won its own competition, in which fans voted among a number of designs, with the winning design making it past the drafting table to be turned into a real show car. The truck includes a snowplow, a roof-mounted pop-up tent, and an LED light bar to provide plenty of light when parked in remote locations.
Last, but not least, LifeTime Fitness worked with Toyota to create a RAV4 that’s perfect for any triathlete. With an integrated hot water shower, blender, refrigerator, and custom roof rack, the LifeTime Fitness RAV4 has all the tools any triathlete needs to remain cool and comfortable.
Keep an eye on LA Car Guy to find out which Toyota Dream Build is dubbed champion, and for the latest auto news.
Photo credits: Toyota
With the 2014 Corolla, Toyota brings to market a completely updated version of its bread and butter car. Besides the Camry, the Corolla is the highest selling vehicle in the Toyota lineup with approximately 300,000 units sold per year. Since entering the market in 1968, Toyota has sold 10 million Corolla’s worldwide. Meanwhile, Corolla is responsible for 38% of the company’s overall U.S. sales.
The appeal of the Corolla crosses demographic lines. While its modest price makes it a desirable buy among younger shoppers, the Corolla’s inherent value has made the car a favorite among older buyers, as well as Hispanic and African American buyers, who have made the Corolla the #1 vehicle sold to both communities.
With the 2014 model, Toyota has done a 180 with the Corolla, turning the car into a purchase made out of passion and not just necessity. This starts with an exterior design that is more dramatic than the 2013 model. It certainly makes a statement, as the Corolla will no longer blend in to the background of mall parking lots. Different trim lines are accompanied by different appearance packages. The S model has a unique shape to the grill, grill inserts and fog lamps. The LE Eco model offers a rear spoiler, low rolling resistance tires, and a smoothed out under tray to lessen aerodynamic drag. LED headlights are standard across all models – a first for the compact segment.
The S model, with it’s blacked-out trim and grill, makes for a very striking vehicle, particularly in silver or blue. Other trim lines are more conservative in their style, but still maintain a handsome look.
The wheelbase of the 2014 Corolla has been stretched 3.9 inches, which leads to an additional 5 inches of rear legroom, giving the 2014 Corolla more legroom than some midsize sedans. This added space means two adults will be able to fit very comfortably in the back, with enough headroom for a 6-foot tall person.
The dash area is all-new as well, with a horizontal design and a significant upgrade in materials. While hard plastics are used throughout most of the cabin, each piece has a solid look and feel to it. The steering wheel has a nice thick design that’s very comfortable to grip, meanwhile S models come with a leather-wrapped wheel that gives a more premium feel compared to the standard steering wheel.
Seat materials are also well done. The standard cloth seats offer a nice thickness that leads one to believe the material will stand up to the test of time. Higher-end models use Toyota’s Tex Leather that also has a solid look and feel to it.
Bluetooth is standard on all models, as well as eight airbags, power windows, and the aforementioned first-in-class LED headlights. LE trimmed Corolla’s add Entune audio with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, as well as a backup camera with dynamic glide slope guidance. For 2014 Entune has been upgraded with a simpler user interface, an improved voice recognition system, and additional apps. Unlike in previous years, Entune is now a subscription-free service, allowing all 2014 Corolla owners to enjoy the service.
There are three transmissions available on the 2014 Corolla. Base L model’s come with a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic transmission. LE and LE Eco models come only with a CVT that is available on the sportier S model with integrated paddle shifters. A six-speed manual is standard fare on Corolla S models.
The CVT transmission is a Toyota designed and built unit that is programed to simulate a seven-speed gearbox. Most of the “shifting” is felt only under heavy throttle settings, otherwise the transmission provides the seamless drive and feel associated with CVTs.
From behind the wheel, the Corolla offers a rather firm but very comfortable ride that soaks up bumps and potholes well at normal city speeds. As you approach highway speeds, the suspension transmits more road imperfections into the cabin. It’s not jarring, but it is noticeable.
One item that drivers will immediately take note of is that the Corolla gives you the feeling of going much slower than the speed you are actually traveling at. Going 70 mph, gives you have the perception that you are actually going 50-55 mph. This speaks to the quality of the Corolla’s chassis and sound deadening materials.
This also translates to the feeling of acceleration in the 2014 Corolla. Between the quiet cabin and the dynamics of the CVT, the perception is that the Corolla is accelerating rather slow; however while not quick, Corolla’s available power is more than adequate for all driving situations.
The LE Eco is unique over other Corolla models in that it employs Toyota’s Valvetronic system. While the standard VVT system adjust the opening and closing of the valves for maximum efficiency, Valvetronic goes one step further in adjusting valve lift and allows Toyota to maximize the engine’s efficiency. The net result is a Corolla with 8 extra horsepower and an EPA-rated 42 mpg on the highway.
The 2014 Corolla will come with two additional airbags over the outgoing model, raising the number to eight. Toyota has also increased side impact resistance by incorporating a new support beam for additional safety protection.
Available in four trim levels, the 2014 Corolla L has a base price of $16,800, while the LE stickers at $18,300, the LE Eco at $18,700, and the S at $19,000. Option packages have been simplified into two categories: Plus and Premium. Toyota made the decision to simplify the Corolla’s option packages from customer feedback and observed buying dynamics.
Toyota knows its customers very well, and the latest Corolla will appeal strongly to them. The core essentials that have made the Corolla so popular are still the cornerstones of the 2014 model; however the car’s dramatic new styling and modern interior that challenges that of the Sentra, Civic, and Forte, give the car a newfound glory. The Corolla continues to fall short of being an all-out “driver’s car” but it is a very competent compact car. With the Corolla entering dealership lots, Toyota’s challenge is to see if the 2014 model can increase the car’s customer base, as Toyota wants to increase Corolla sales by 10%.
If you’ve been following our posts about the School Garden Project at Helen Bernstein High School, we are glad to be able show you the wonderful final outcome. Initially, the school was was built on concrete grounds. With the addition of the school garden, it has been transformed into a lush greenspace where students, teachers and parents can learn not only how to grow their own vegetables but also be encouraged to eat healthy.
Watch the following video as members Toyota of Hollywood, LAcarGUY and Environmental Media Associations Young Hollywood celebrated the completion of the school garden project. Celebrities, Lance Bass, Amy Smart, Dawn Olivieri, and Alison Sudol were on hand to celebrate with the students and faculty of Helen Bernstein High School: