With one of the most fuel efficient lineups in the United States currently, Toyota doesn’t have anything to prove to the public about efficiency. That doesn’t stop the company from continuing to improve on what it’s already done, and that is precisely why the 2016 Toyota Camry is expected to receive a four-cylinder turbocharged engine. While most people think of turbo engines as a way to produce more power and go faster, for Toyota, it’s actually a way to continue going the same speed while doing so more efficiently.
Upsizing Fuel Efficiency
The 2015 Camry floats between 25 and 28 MPG combined depending on the engine size and trim level that you get. These models are capable of getting between 31 and 35 MPG in highway driving conditions. While these figures don’t stand up to hybrid tech, and they won’t be trumping some of the new compact diesels out on the market, they are impressive in the mid-sized sedan segment. In-fact, they are some of the best efficiency figures that you can get.
Even with those figures behind the vehicle, Toyota is likely to switch over to four-cylinder engines that rely on a turbo for the added power necessary. This enables the automaker to shrink down the naturally aspirated engine used, and rely on a more efficient version instead. The change will likely improve fuel efficiency figures noticeably and make the Camry an even more desirable option for families looking to shave fuel costs further.
Turbos are Part of Toyota’s Heritage
Toyota seems to be naturally drawn to turbochargers as a company. Many people have already forgotten about the Supra and MR2 projects that Toyota worked on back in the day. They were up against some real automotive giants at the time, and went with turbocharger technology that many people didn’t think made sense at the time. Turbo charging its lineup can only help extend that heritage, while making every Toyota even more competitive and desirable.
Preparing for the Future
Even though Toyota is leading the market for fuel efficiency, later restrictions by the EPA will require automakers to improve the fuel efficiency levels of their entire lineup noticeably. Working to make the improvements now rather than later makes a lot of sense for an auto giant like Toyota, and that could be part of the reason they seem to be tirelessly working toward more efficient vehicles.
The Toyota Camry is about to get even more fuel efficient, and that’s good news for any Toyota fan looking for a reason to upgrade. It’s bound to have a whole slew of improvements, but a turbocharged engine that runs more efficiently would be one of the best reasons to make the upgrade.
Mid-sized trucks and SUVs are both known for being rugged and meant for fun off-roading expeditions. These vehicles are taken on interesting trips out into the great outdoors more often than most others are, and that’s exactly why Toyota decided to make the 2016 Toyota Tacoma the first vehicle in history to come standard with a GoPro camera mount. That means that GoPro owners can easily bring their cameras along for the ride to record all their exciting feats.
Camera Not Included
Unfortunately for Tacoma buyers the actual GoPro camera isn’t included with the purchase of the vehicle. This means that you’ll still have to go out and buy the camera for use in your vehicle if you don’t have one already. For owners of the GoPro already it’s pretty cool to have a quick and easy way to bring it along on trips. For everyone else, now you’ll have an excuse to pick up the GoPro so that you can begin recording your adventures.
Rugged Mounting Solution
The included mount in all the new Tacomas will offer a secure mounting location to allow GoPro cameras to take clear video footage while driving around. It will make taking live-action footage easier than ever before, and will likely help increase the amount of exciting footage that Toyota has to show off the New Tacoma.
The mount comes set up right on windshield of the passenger’s side. You simply slip the camera into place, start it up and you can begin recording new footage of your drive right away. The uses for this technology are numerous, and any time that you can think of a reason to record where you’re going this mount is going to make your life easier.
On top of the efficiency improvements and a more rugged build, Toyota just made it even easier to get reliable footage while driving around behind the wheel of a new truck. This is Toyota’s way of making the Tacoma more enticing to action junkies and it should sway more than a couple people. Even critics of the new addition can’t argue that the tech isn’t going to appeal to plenty of truck drivers.
If you’ve been shopping for camera mounts to go with your next Truck or SUV purchase, or you currently make use of a GoPro camera, it might be time to consider the 2016 Tacoma. It’s already one of the most capable mid-sized trucks on the market, now you can show that off to everyone you know with some live action video.
Forbes recently spoke with Toyota about some of Tesla’s offerings as well as the upcoming launch of the Toyota Mirai. The Mirai is a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle that runs on compress hydrogen as its fuel source. Toyota doesn’t see electric vehicles as being a realistic green source of transportation at the moment, and according to the automaker a time when electric vehicles are a good reliable way to get around over long distances is a long way off in the future.
Electric Cars Have Some Difficult Challenges to Overcome
When it comes to increasing the range of electric vehicles, Scott, a Toyota Executive says that there are some difficult Physics and chemistry problems that have to be solved still. He explains that to increase the range of an electric vehicle you have to add a heavy electric battery. He goes on to say that each additional battery improves the range of the vehicle by a marginal amount and that all the added weight that you add from the battery further decreases the range that you’ll get from that battery.
According to Scott electric vehicles are an ideal solution for short-distance travel because they are highly efficient at what they do. He goes on to state that they aren’t yet suitable for long distance travel and that a new material with a higher energy density has to be developed to change that.
The Charging Dilemma
Another issue that Scott sees with electric vehicles is that they can’t be charged too quickly. Charging an electric vehicle quickly can damage the battery components and it requires a massive amount of power. With an increase in energy capacity it would become more and more difficult to get all the necessary power into the batteries in a timely manner. This isn’t an issue with vehicles like the Mirai or standard gasoline or diesel vehicles, because they rely on a fuel source that can be pumped into the vehicle relatively efficiently. The fuel source has a higher energy density than batteries do, and that makes them into a more effective tool for long-distance travelling.
Hydrogen Vehicles Don’t Face the Same Hurdles
Unlike electric vehicles that are still waiting for key technology enhancements, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles aren’t waiting for those enhancements. According to Toyota the vehicles are already ready for long distance travel, and with a range of over 300 miles on a fill up that takes less than 10 minutes it’s easy to see that they’re on to something. The Mirai only really faces two specific challenges still. The first is lowering the cost of the technology to make cars that are around similar prices to standard new vehicles sold today. Toyota says that goal is a realistic one and that they are already making improvements to lower the cost of the technology further. The second is getting hydrogen refueling stations around the country so that owners can actually enjoy long-distance travel. This issue won’t be that difficult to solve once enough drivers adopt the fuel cell technology. As demand increases for the new fuel source more stations will pop up around the country, and there is already a significant level of support for the stations with infrastructure being improved around the country already.
The hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle isn’t perfect yet, but it’s much closer to being the best suitable option for long-distance travel than the electric vehicle is, and that’s exactly what Toyota had to say about electric vehicles versus the Toyota Mirai.
Car and Driver recently took the time to compare a whole slew of family vehicles to choose the best of the bunch. After a whole lot of testing and some careful deliberation, the company decided on the 2016 Toyota Sienna as the best option for a family vehicle. That’s an impressive feat for the Toyota minivan, but after you look at the benefits of the minivan it would be hard to deny it the top spot.
Making the Decision
Choosing the best family car for 2016 isn’t a simple task for Car and Driver. They don’t just glance at spec sheets, and they don’t rely on short test drives to come to a conclusion. The company relies on lengthy test periods and a range of judges who all rate the vehicles and input their own beliefs. On top of this, the company also takes a look at the input of consumers about what they think about vehicles. After compiling all that information and really narrowing the vehicle options down the Toyota Sienna managed to come out on top for the best family vehicle of 2016. That’s not the best family van, or even the best van in general. It’s the best vehicle for any decent sized family to rely on in any segment available. That’s pretty impressive, and an achievement that Toyota is undoubtedly proud of.
Benefits of the Sienna
The Toyota Sienna is a powerful vehicle with 266 HP available to it. That keeps it from feeling sluggish when traveling down the road. It has a V6 engine and is paired with a six speed automatic that shifts smoothly. The Sienna is known for being comfortable and spacious on the inside. It’s reliable and it comes with most comfort features that you would find on other minivans in the same segment. The one major difference that gives the Sienna a major edge over the other models is that it’s available with all-wheel drive. If you want a vehicle that’s going to do good in snow, slush and any other weather that you have to travel through during the course of the year, the Sienna really is the best option of the bunch. It actually bested a Jeep Grand Cherokee during a snow race, and proved that the Sienna is a highly capable driver when the conditions outside get nasty. Sure you’ll lose a bit of fuel efficiency for the all-wheel drive, but with it you’ll have the stability to handle most nasty weather conditions with ease. That’s something everyone else will have to pick up an SUV to get.
If you’re in the market for a new family vehicle you might want to consider the 2016 Toyota Sienna. Sure it’s pricey when compared to budget vehicles like the Kia Sedona, but it performs better, it’s more reliable, handles the weather better and you’ll get most of that price difference back when it comes time to resell the vehicle later on down the road. When you consider all the pros of owning a Sienna, there’s really no reason not to at least test drive the vehicle. Once you do you’ll be glad that you did.
Automotive News and Transport Evolved recently interviewed LAcarGuy owner Mike Sullivan about the Toyota Mirai and about how his Toyota dealership in Santa Monica California is one of just eight dealerships in the country releasing the product early on.
The Mirai is One Car Sullivan Isn’t Selling
Don’t get me wrong, the Toyota Mirai will be available for order at Toyota of Santa Monica, and it will be available there earlier than most other places in the world. While the car’s going to be in stock, Mike Sullivan explains that getting the cars to customers is more of a matchmaking process than it is a numbers game like most vehicles are. This is because he wants to make sure that each and every one of the early adopters truly loves the car.
If a buyer comes into the dealership and requests the vehicle the dealership will look them over and decide if the car is a good fit for their lifestyle. If it isn’t they will actually turn customers down and redirect them to a more suitable vehicle. This isn’t to be mean, or to be overly exclusive. It’s just to make sure that customers aren’t unhappy with their purchase.
This is what Sullivan had to say about the challenge of selling the Mirai.“With everything else on my lot, I’m selling something. It’s what I do,” “This car is the exact opposite. It’s the reverse of selling. We’re going to turn people down if this isn’t the car for you.”
Challenges with the Mirai
The Toyota Mirai isn’t a bargain car with a starting price of $58,325 and initially it won’t be the easiest to refuel with just a handful of hydrogen refueling stations around California. For these two reasons the vehicle simply isn’t going to be a good fit for everyone. If you don’t live close enough to refueling stations it will be a burden fueling up the car. If you’re looking for a bargain car this one’s likely too expensive.
Choosing the Original Mirai Dealerships
The first eight stores stocked with the Mirai were all chosen for a list of specific reasons. They are all located near planned hydrogen fueling stations. They are all high-volume electric and hybrid selling locations and they have the finances to handle any upgrades necessary to make the sales possible.
Giving Customers an Early Look at the Mirai
Mike Sullivan has been working hard to promote the Mirai and everything the vehicle stands for. He even hopped on the live streaming program Periscope to give dozens of interested people a walk around look at the Mirai in real time.
Introducing the Mirai Champion
Many of the eight Toyota dealerships to start off selling the Mirai before any others in the country plan on assigning a single employee to serve as the Mirai expert. This Mirai Champion will talk with every customer interested in buying the hydrogen fuel-cell car. The hope with assigning a single person to the task is that they become an expert on the matter and provide a more reliable and consistent buying experience for each of the Mirai shoppers. A similar strategy was employed by Nissan when the company began selling the LEAF to customers.
Toyota of Santa Monica Upgrades
To get the Toyota dealership ready to sell the Mirai a number of improvements have to be made to it. The first is an upgrade to the repair center so that repairs and services can be performed on the Mirai after it starts selling to customers. That way customers have a place they can take the vehicle if any work needs to be performed. Sullivan is also planning to add a personal hydrogen refueling station so that dealership customers can refuel their vehicles after making the purchase. This will cost around $150,000 for the dealership to do, but it’s a small price to make the dealership more accessible and it’s a real perk for customers that live in the area.
The Toyota Mirai is arguably an even more revolutionary technology than the Prius was when it was first released all those years ago. If you’re at all curious about the new technology and you want to see the vehicle first hand now’s your opportunity! This SBC Member Mentor session is all about introducing the Toyota Mirai and learning what it can do for the environment. It’s an exciting new piece of technology and could be a major turning point for the automotive industry. Not only is the session good to learn about the new technology, but it will serve as a valuable networking opportunity to get you in touch with other members of the SBC as well.
Get To Know New Professionals
If you’re interested in getting to know other sustainable business owners and associates in your area the presentation is a good opportunity to do some serious networking. The first 15 minutes of the event will be spent networking with the other members attending. This gives you a chance to meet up with new people and ask any questions that you have. Expand your current network and get in touch with other professionals who can help your business grow and develop.
Get an Introduction to the Mirai
A quick 20 minute presentation from Alisha Auringer, the Manager of the Environment at LAcarGUY will help you understand more about the Toyota Mirai and how it works. You’ll get a look at the tech that drives this unique vehicle and soon you’ll have a much better understanding of how a car can drive around with nothing but hydrogen in the tank.
Build Your Understanding
After you learn all the new information abut the Mira you’re likely to have some questions. That’s why there is another 20 minute sessions for questions and comments after the initial presentation. You can ask more about the car, or learn more from the questions that other people ask.
Get Your First Look at the Mirai
If you’ve been waiting to get an up-close look at the new Mirai now’s your chance. The last half hour of the Mentor session will be spent taking a closer look at an actual Mirai and possibly giving out test drives as well. Get a look at the technology that is powering this revolutionary new vehicle and you can start to develop some new ideas around introducing this vehicle to customers.
You can easily RSVP for the event using the link on the banner below. It’s simple to do and will only take a minute to get yourself locked in for the special event.
If you haven’t heard of the Toyota Mirai yet it’s a revolutionary vehicle that uses hydrogen as its fuel and emits only water vapor in the end. The car sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but it will be available to California residents starting on July 20th. That means in less than a week California residents can order their very own Mirai and secure ownership of one of the most technologically advanced vehicles sold today.
About the Car
The Mirai gets a pretty impressive range of over 300 miles on a single fill up. It’s estimated to travel around 312 miles before you have to add more hydrogen. That gives this vehicle a MPG equivalent of 67 MPG, more than what you can expect from most hybrid vehicles today. It drives smoothly and nearly soundlessly because it relies on the same electric motors that modern full-electric vehicles rely on today. It provides smooth acceleration, and the driving mechanics that you’d expect from a modern car. It’s jam-packed with exciting tech features, an excellent media system and finished to nearly luxury vehicle standards.
The Perks of Ownership
Becoming one of the first owners of the Toyota Mirai isn’t just for bragging rights. Every owner gets to enjoy fuel cost savings and will get a fuel card designed to cover up to three years of fuel purchases. The vehicle comes with 24/7 customer service and support and an eight year warranty that covers up to 100,000 miles of driving.
Securing Your Mirai
Get in touch with Toyota Santa Monica to request a Mirai on July 20th, but make sure you act fast because the limited supply of vehicles isn’t likely to last long. Toyota is releasing a small number of models during the first year of production, and the vehicles will likely be a high demand product until production is ramped up.
Toyota vehicles are known to last for hundreds of thousands of miles without issue, but their longevity comes into question just like any other car once they start rusting up. Learn how to keep your Toyota shiny and rust-free for longer, even when you live in a rust-prone environment and get more from your investment.
Treat Your Vehicle with a Rust-Coating
If you know you’re going to be out on salty roads on a regular basis one of your best moves is to use a rust-coating spray to protect your vehicle. It’s layered on the underside of your car before each winter. The coating will help fight off any rust and keep your car looking nice and fresh throughout the year. Make sure that you repeatedly have the coating applied to your vehicle each and every year and you will have a much fresher looking car, truck or SUV many years after using it.
Keep it Clean
You need to be diligent about cleaning your vehicle if you want to keep away rust. That means that once every week or every other week if there isn’t salt on the road you need to get into the car wash and get it all cleaned up. This might seem excessive, but the cleanings will keep salt from building up and will help slow down the growth of rust on your Toyota. Clean the inside of your vehicle as well and try to keep it from being damp for too long if a lot of liquid is spilled on the floors inside or you could be dealing with rust inside too.
Cover it Up
If you’re going to leave your vehicle sitting out in the elements for a week or more make sure that you put a car cover over it. This protects the paint and the other exposed areas of your vehicle so that they last longer. The covers aren’t difficult to apply and they will make a very real difference to a vehicle that’s sitting out over time. They also help you avoid faded paint and other signs of wear that lower vehicle value over time.
Give Distance Behind Other Vehicles
When you follow other cars and trucks make sure that you give them plenty of distance. If you follow too closely you put yourself at risk of stones and other small objects flying and hitting the vehicle and chipping your paint. Chipped paint quickly leads to rust problems that you’ll have to deal with, so be smart and stay back a bit more.
Treat Rust Spots Fast
At the end of each week examine your vehicle thoroughly and look out for any small rust spots. It will come in the form of blistering or bubbling on the paint job and will be an obvious orange underneath. When you see a spot form quickly treat it by grinding it away and then cover the spot using a protective paint or other covering to keep the rust from coming back.
Rust is a car owner’s worst nightmare, but if you are quick to treat it, there’s really nothing to worry about.
For years people interested in getting an American vehicle would pick out a Ford or a Chevy. These models are known for being made in America and even if they aren’t produced in America their profits are going back into the country right? Well now it seems that an even more American choice than a Ford F150 would be a Toyota Camry. Blasphemy! You say. I know, it seems crazy to make such a statement, especially to American car lovers, but I have some legitimate reasons behind what I say and they might even persuade you that the Camry makes a lot of sense.
It’s the Most American According to Cars.com
Cars.com has what’s called the American-Made Index. This simple testing criteria considers where the vehicles are built, where their total sales are and whether the parts are produced domestically or abroad. Surprisingly the Ford F150 doesn’t even make the list at all, and Toyota took the top two spots. The Toyota Camry sits at spot number one and the Sienna at number two. Each of these vehicles are built in America and they rely on more domestic parts than most of the competition.
Offering American Jobs
Not only are the vehicles made in America, but Toyota is providing a great number of American jobs through the vehicle production here as well. These are jobs that could be made available to Japanese or Mexican citizens, but jobs that we have here because of decisions that Toyota made. That’s not something that you can say for many of the other automakers out there today looking to cut costs as much as you can.
While Toyota didn’t start off in American and the main headquarters is still in Japan, it would be hard to argue against the vehicle being a highly American brand. More Camry’s are sold in the United States than any other car out on the road, and as it turns out it’s the most domestic of the bunch. Everyone who thought they were buying a Japanese vehicle for all these years were actually buying American-made, and if you’re interested in supporting the local economy you may want to consider picking up a Camry for your next purchase. At the very least stop calling it un-American.
Ford commented on the results of the test and said that it’s domestic content varies from year to year. The company goes on to say that many of the challenges of the new redesign required it to go out of the country to meet demands, but it plans on relying more heavily on domestic production in the future. We’ll just have to wait and see if Ford lives up to the claim, but for now the Camry is looking pretty good for American buyers.
If you still think that most of the crash testing is done using real crash dummies you are sadly mistaken. Many automotive manufacturers today rely on virtual software to do the majority of their in-house crash testing. The software simulates the vehicle, the testing situation and what would happen to the virtual dummy. While the software doesn’t sound too accurate, it actually provides very realistic results and it’s highly affordable. Toyota recently began making major use of an upgrade to the software that they rely on to make their testing predictions even more accurate overall.
Improving Unrealistic Software
Most crash test software assumes that the driver and the passengers of a vehicle will be limp when they crash. Many times this isn’t the case at all. When the driver realizes that a vehicle is about to crash he will tense his muscles and prepare for impact. This is the same thing that most passengers do as well. While it’s possible some riders will be limp at the time of impact, most of the time the muscles will be taught and result in a whole different set of injuries than limp people would suffer. To improve the software Toyota modified it to make the virtual dummies react by tightening up their muscles just before impact.
The New Software
The original software could only analyze what would happen with a change in posture after an accident. The new software can also change the human’s posture before an accident to evaluate a range of possible crash instances. The software makes it possible to see more potential problems that will occur during an accident and to make vehicles safer as a result. The new technology enables a new muscle model that makes all of this information available and the new testing possible in the first place.
This same software is used by several automakers and parts manufacturers. With the latest upgrade to the tech automobiles should become safer in the future and injuries during accidents should end up being more minor than they currently are. The new changes that will occur from this technology are hard to predict, but you should expect more capable Toyota vehicles in the future that have safety features designed to protect a wide range of passengers.
The software improvements won’t stop any of the physical testing that’s performed on Toyota vehicles. It will simply provide designers and engineers a new perspective on how to make the vehicles safer than they already are. Improving a design that already works very well is difficult, but with improved tools like this testing software it’s quite possible to do.