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2014 Toyota Corolla Nominated for Green Car of the Year Award

October 23, 2013 lacarguy Green Articles, Toyota Tags: , , , 0 Comments

The 2014 Toyota Corolla has been elevated to “green heights.”  The Green Car Journal has named the eleventh-generation sedan a finalist for the 2014 Green Car of the Year award and one of its top 5 Green Cars for 2014. The Corolla also earned the magazine’s ‘Green Car Product of Excellence’ distinction. The other 2014 model finalists include the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Honda Accord, and Mazda3. All five are also honored as Green Car Journal’s “Top 5 Green Cars for 2014″ and earn the magazine’s “Green Car Product of Excellence” honors.

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Finalists are selected for their achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance. Availability to the mass market is a factor to ensure honored models have the potential to make a real difference in environmental impact, and finalists must be available for sale by January 1st of the award year.

”The Corolla has been the world’s most popular name plate with over 40 million sold since 1966.  The Corolla’s environmental sensitivity has evolved with the market.  The new 11th generation of Corolla, and the new LE Eco model in particular, offer increased levels of capability and fuel economy,” said Bob Carter, Senior Vice President, Automotive Operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Green Car of the Year® jurors include auto enthusiast and Tonight Show host Jay Leno, plus leaders of the nation’s major environmental organizations including Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club; and Matt Petersen, board member of Global Green USA. Green Car Journal editors round out the 2014 Green Car of the Year® jury.

The Green Car of the Year will be announced during media days at the L.A. Auto Show, Nov. 20-21, 2013.

LAcarGUY at Manhattan Beach Earth Day Event

May 1, 2013 lacarguy Community Involvement, Green Articles, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

This past weekend, LAcarGUY‘s team were on-hand at the unveiling of the official H2.0 Fountain at Polliwog Park on Earth Day. LAcarGUY is proud to be among a number of community partners who have contributed to support Leadership Manhattan Beach’s initiative to provide seven state-of-the-art water drinking fountains to the community, where three of which include a fountain especially for canine companions.

LAcarGUY‘s Manager of the Environment, Alisha Auringer, and CIO, Tim James, had the opportunity to fill up their water bottles using the bottle-refilling dispensers! LAcarGUY was also presented with a sponsorship plaque from the wonderful team at Leadership Manhattan Beach.

Check out a few pics from the day! If you attended the event, tell us what you think of the new drinking fountains!

LAcarGUY Group of Dealerships 2012 Zero Waste Holiday Party Results

January 28, 2013 lacarguy LAcarGUY News & Events, Lexus Santa Monica Tags: , , 0 Comments

The results are in and they are impressive. With eight parties in total that hosted 700+ employees, the total amount of trash produced at all 2012 LAcarGUY holiday parties was merely 21.5 lbs! 97.7 lbs was recycled and 217.1 lbs was composted. As a result, total landfill diversion was a total of 296.8 lbs which is 93%!

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Results improved from last year with simple changes such as the use of real flatware as well as cloth napkins and tablecloths rather than paper and plastic products. Staff went home with gifts that echoed the theme of zero waste and also reflected the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. The LAcarGUY team believes in the promotion of a healthier lifestyle through being green. Check out the slideshow below for pictures from the Lexus Santa Monica Holiday BBQ.

LAcarGUY Partners with Grades of Green in Trash Free Lunch Challenge

January 15, 2013 lacarguy Community Involvement, Grades of Green, LAcarGUY News & Events, Pacific Audi, Pacific Porsche, Pacific Volkswagen, Subaru Pacific Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

LAcarGUY’s group of South Bay dealerships have partnered with Grades of Green to kick off the 2013 Trash Free Lunch Challenge. Grades of Green is challenging schools to reduced lunchtime waste by encouraging students to pack trash-free lunches and to sort waste into recycle, compost and landfill bins. The 4R System that Grades of Green introduced helped divert over 10,000 bags of trash and saved participating schools thousands of dollars in 2011-2012.


The project teaches students the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (compost)

  • By bringing TRASH FREE each day, the students will make a difference at school by REDUCING lunch time landfill waste. They will know the number of landfill bags produced at lunch before the Challenge and by being TRASH FREE during the Challenge, they will see that number decrease.
  • By bringing REUSABLE lunch boxes, water bottles, sandwich and snack containers each day they will reduce lunch time waste.
  • The school will implement a sorting system during lunch which will include bins for: RECYCLING, ROT (compost), liquids and stacked trays. Educational games will teach students about WHAT items go into each bin and WHY.
  • Each bin in the sorting system will be clearly labeled to support students in the proper sorting process. These signs will educate and reinforce the concepts of REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE and ROT.

The Grades of Green team has been visiting participating schools and holding assemblies to educate students and get them excited about the project. Applications to participate in the project are due March 15th and finalist chosen among those schools with the least amount of trash will be announced March 22nd. Judges will visit the finalists on April 16th and the winning school will be announced on April 22nd at the awards ceremony.

Participating schools include:

  • Vista Mar High School
  • Washington Elementary
  • Riviera Elementary
  • Lunada Bay Elementary

And supporting LAcarGUY dealerships are Pacific VW, Audi Pacific, Subaru Pacific and Pacific Porsche.

RAV4 EV Incentives Reach as High as $17,500

January 3, 2013 lacarguy Green Articles, HybridCars.com, Toyota Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

by Zach McDonald of HybridCars.com

Toyota’s decision to release the RAV4 EV exclusively in California instantly ensured that buyers of the car would receive an additional $2,500 in state incentives on top of the $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit. But thanks to a series of additional perks, the first lithium ion battery-powered crossover utility vehicle available in the United States will now be even more affordable.

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With a substantial (and expensive) Tesla-built 42-kWh battery pack, the RAV4 EV starts at $49,800—in league with many luxury hybrids. In addition to $10,000 in federal and state credits, Toyota will reportedly tacking on $7,500 in incentives—including $5,000 cash back and $2,500 in “loyalty cash” for returning Toyota customers.

In all, some RAV4 EV buyers could pay as little as $32,300 for the vehicle (though availability is limited.) As a final enticement, buyers who act before January 7, 2013 will also be eligible for zero-percent financing.

Toyota is offering a 36-month, $599-per month deal for leasers.

The RAV4 EV first hit California roads on September 24. Toyota plans to limit sales to 2,600 vehicles by 2014, and there has been no announcement as to whether the carmaker plans to continue its arrangement with Tesla to produce more vehicles beyond that point. The crossover is the only fully-electric SUV available in the United States market, carrying a range of 103 miles and equivalent efficiency of 76 electric miles per gallon.

Volkswagen Scores High in Global Sustainability & Named Top Global Green Brand

June 29, 2012 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

Commended for its leadership in innovation, environmental sustainability, and fuel efficient vehicles, Volkswagen has been named one of the world’s Best Global Green Brands for 2012 by leading brand consultant, Interbrand. Volkswagen climbed from sixth to fourth place, making it the most environmentally compatible German automaker as well as Germany’s greenest company.

According to Interbrand, the automotive brands’ investment in developing and marketing fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles is paying off in terms of both performance and perception.

The rankings of the Interbrand consultancy, which also publishes the renowned Best Global Brands Report, have appeared annually since 2011. Interbrand analyses the efforts of leading brands in the fields of environmental protection and sustainability as well as the perception of “green” activities by a total of more than 10,000 consumers in the world’s 10 major industrialized countries. Volkswagen was cited in the report for its sustainable environmental investments and goals, such as incorporating sustainability into its value chain, increasing fuel efficiency for every new vehicle generation by 10 to 15 percent, pushing hybrid and electric vehicles and investing more than $700 million in the expansion of renewable energy plants.

According to Interbrand, in comparison to some of its competitors, Volkswagen also had the edge in reality. The study shows that Volkswagen is already greener than consumers’ perception on the basis of specific brand performance data. Interbrand explains the improved result of Volkswagen by stating that the brand is oriented towards the ambitious group goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable automobile company by 2018. The study states that this goal is ‘constantly substantiated’ and has ‘“measurable proof points.”

“As a company that places sustainability at the core of our brand, our vehicles, and our operations, we are especially proud of Volkswagen’s position on Interbrand’s 2012 green ranking,” said Tim Mahoney, chief product and marketing officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “We are committed to not only reducing our environmental footprint, but also communicating our efforts to consumers in a meaningful, engaging, and innovative way.”

Think Blue®, Volkswagen’s holistic approach to sustainability, has provided an effective platform for taking its environmental strategy global. Recently launched in the U.S., Think Blue unifies all of the company’s environmental efforts and fuel-efficiency technologies under one strategic umbrella.

Volkwagen offers consumers a broad range of fuel efficient vehicles, including the recently introduced Passat TDI® Clean Diesel. The all-new 2013 Jetta Hybrid will be introduced to North America later this year. Be one of the first to know by following us on Twitter and connecting with our Facebook community.