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Toyota Receives the Most IIHS Top Safety Pick Awards in 2014

December 24, 2014 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , , ,

Not only are Toyota vehicles known for being highly reliable, but they are also very safe and recent tests performed by the International Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS) prove it. According to the 2014 study Toyota managed to take 12 Top Safety Picks, 8 of which were Top Safety Pick+ awards. That’s more safety awards than any of the other automakers in the world, and that’s something to be proud of.

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What the Ratings Mean

The IIHS give out two different safety awards, Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick plus. The former is for above average vehicles that meet a long list of safety requirements, and the latter is for exceptional vehicles that meet the same requirements while having additional preventative equipment for even safer driving conditions. There were 71 total awards given out by the institute and Toyota received 12 of them between their standard and luxury brands.

The Top Safety Pick+ Vehicles

Out of all the vehicles that were given a good rating, the most impressive are the ones among the Top Safety Pick+ ranks. The Prius, Prius V, the Lexus RC, the Camry, the Highlander, the Sienna, the Lexus CT and the Lexus NX all received this award. Each of these vehicles comes with an impressive level of safety equipment making them good family cars and cars for young drivers you want to keep safe.

Great Family Vehicle

If you’re looking for a solid family vehicle to ride around in with larger families the Toyota Sienna is an excellent option. Out of all the minivans sold this year the Sienna was the only one to receive the Top Safety Pick+ distinction. That’s huge for van owners and families who want to provide the safest environment for their children.

Overall the number of vehicles that are now getting the safety rewards went up dramatically this year, but that’s in large part because the automakers are getting used to the more stringent testing requirements that were implemented the previous year. In 2013 just 39 winners made the list, but that amount has gone up to 71 vehicles since then. That’s an increase of almost double.

Toyota has established itself as one of the top automakers in the industry as far as safety and reliability is concerned, but they aren’t the only automaker to get a high number of safety awards. Honda managed to get the award for ten of their vehicles, giving them the second highest of any automaker.

If you’re looking for a vehicle that you can trust while driving around, check out any of the Top Safety Pick+ vehicles from Toyota. Each meets a very stringent set of requirements and has been proven to handle crash situations very well.

 

Scion FR-S is Hottest Sport Compact at SEMA

November 7, 2013 lacarguy Concept Vehicles, FR-S, Scion, Scion of Hollywood, Scion Santa Monica, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

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Scion presented four unique custom FR-S models to audience members of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, where the FR-S earned a repeat win as the event’s “Hottest Sport Compact” due to its mass appeal and seemingly limitless customization.

SEMA, CustomScion was able to showcase this wide appeal by showing off FR-S models that ranged from a 750-horsepower drift machine by GReddy Performance, to an FR-S that relayed the dreams of famed DJ Steve Aoki.Supra, SEMA

While GReddy removed the stock 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine of their FR-S to shove a turbocharged 2JZ-GTE six-cylinder engine from the legendary Supra under the hood of their car, Aoki used his taste for music to throw a complete mix table and custom sound system into his FR-S.

SEMAIn between these two extremes were the carbon fiber filled 500-horsepower Bulletproof FR-S Concept One and the Urban GT Sport Coupe; the latter of which features all-new front and rear bodywork that gives the FR-S a decidedly European look.

Scion FR-S, SEMAAnd if things work out, the FR-S’ versatility as a blank canvas for tuners and dreamers will go one step further with the anticipated inclusion of a convertible model.

Scion FR-S, Convertible, TokyoThough the reality of such a model is still up in the air, Toyota is re-introducing its Toyota FT-86 Open concept (i.e. Scion FR-S convertible) to the crowds of the Tokyo Motor Show.

Originally shown at this year’s Geneva Show, the FT-86 Open concept is abandoning its former white paintwork for a fresh coat of red. Toyota’s decision to continue to show and promote the FT-86 Open concept gives us hope that we may one day be able to drive a soft-top FR-S for ourselves.

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Toyota, Lexus and Scion Dominate J.D. Power 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study

February 16, 2012 lacarguy Lexus, Scion, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Eight Lexus, Toyota, and Scion models captured segment awards in the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study, a performance equal to all other vehicle brands combined and more than twice as many as the runner-up nameplate.

The study also found:
  • Lexus is the number one nameplate improving by 23 fewer problems/100;
  • Toyota is the highest ranked non-premium nameplate and tied for third place overall, improving by 18 fewer problems/100; and
  • Scion achieves its highest ever position at fifth place, jumping up 17 positions and improving by 55 fewer problems/100.
“We are extremely pleased that not only did we win awards in eight of the 14 model segments, but that in two segments we finished one-two and made the podium in 12 segments overall”, said Jim Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
2012 Vehicle Dependability Study performers by segment
Segment
Ranking
Model
Problems/100
Sub-Compact Car
1
Toyota Yaris
97
2
Scion xD
113
Compact Car
1
Toyota Prius
80
2
Toyota Corolla
93
Compact Crossover SUV
3
Toyota RAV4
121
Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle
1
Scion xB
100
Compact Sporty Car
1
Scion tC
123
Entry Premium Car
1
Lexus ES350
81
Midsize Car
3
Toyota Camry
105
Midsize Crossover SUV
3
Toyota Highlander
111
Midsize Van
1
Toyota Sienna
123
Midsize Premium Crossover SUV
1
Lexus RX350
85
Large Premium Car*
1
Lexus LS460
72
Large Car
2
Toyota Avalon
100
Large Pick Up
1
Toyota Tundra
108
Lexus Nameplate
1
 
86
Toyota Nameplate
3 (tie)
 
104
Scion
5
 
111
Premium Brands Industry Average
129
Non-Premium Brands Industry Average
144

Additional examples of Toyota’s commitment to the highest standards for quality, safety, reliability and retained value include:

Toyota Confirms Limited Production Of Electric RAV4 And Scion iQ In 2012

January 19, 2012 lacarguy HybridCars.com, Scion, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

by: Zach McDonald Hybridcars.com

Toyota’s chief executive in the United States confirmed last week that electric versions of the Scion iQ and the Toyota RAV4 will enter the production cycle in 2012. The two electric vehicles have been promised for a couple of years, so hitting the delivery dates on time is good news. The bad news is how tentative the production numbers will be.

Toyota Motor Sales president and chief operating officer, Jim Lentz, told reporters at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show that both the electric iQ minicar and the battery-powered RAV4 SUV will be small-scale production vehicles and used to “gauge consumer preferences, usage patterns and daily requirements.” In other words, Toyota will continue to sit on the sidelines and study EVs, while Nissan (and others) aim for the biggest possible volume for its electric vehicles.

Lentz also confirmed that the Toyota RAV4 EV will have a range that exceeds 100 miles. It will become the only all-electric SUV available in the US when it hits dealerships-mainly in California-later this year. The second-generation RAV4 EV is also Toyota’s first fully-electric vehicle sold in the United States since it halted sales of the legendary old-school RAV4 EV in 2003. This time around, Toyota will team up with the startup EV-maker Tesla for design and production of RAV4’s drivetrain. Tesla’s Roadster and forthcoming Model S are both capable of ranges well in excess of the 100-mile barrier other fully-electric consumer vehicles have failed to break.

Lentz said the electrified Scion iQ will have a range of 50 miles or less, and that the minicar will be a fleet-only vehicle. It’s expected that most of the 100 or so Scion iQ EVs will be sold to car-sharing programs in urban areas in the US. According to Lentz, gauging consumer preferences means that Toyota will “test” both electrified vehicles for three years, at which point the automaker will determine whether or not the technology is ready for mass production.

Pricing information for both vehicles is still unknown.

Scion Bringing "Thunderdome" Experience To The North American International Auto Show

January 5, 2012 lacarguy FR-S, Scion Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Utilizing nearly 30 percent more space than last year’s show, Scion is using its additional real estate to erect an expansive product and media theater, dubbed “Thunderdome.” Gone is the Matchbox-style vehicle showcase, which was a mainstay on the major auto show circuit for nearly five years.

Featuring a 15-foot-tall, overhead LED surround structure, the new exhibit encloses its vehicles and guests in a brand-dominated environment. At the center of the exhibit will be the 2013 Scion FR-S compact rear-wheel drive sports car, making its North American auto show debut in Detroit. The FR-S goes on sale this spring and will be the focus of a press conference at NAIAS on Jan. 9.

In all, there will be nine Scion products on display, among them the Scion iQ micro sub-compact, which went on sale in the fourth quarter of 2011. Each product has a zone and a video wall. Every zone is equipped with a digital product information and comparison tool, plus the Scion sX – an award-winning, immersive guest experience that features branded content, user participation, and information sharing.

“Philosophically, we needed a modular canvass to showcase the breadth of our growing product line,” said Steve Hatanaka, Auto Shows and Special Events Manager at Scion. “Scion is true to its roots of authenticity, personalization and youth. We believe this new exhibit is a reflection of those principles and we’re confident that the media and show goers in Detroit will enjoy visiting our display and seeing our cars.”

Toyota, Lexus, and Scion Vehicles Earned Top Safety Pick Awards for 2012

December 16, 2011 lacarguy Lexus, Scion, Toyota Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

Is the safety of a vehicle a major consideration in your next purchase? Then you will be happy to know that fifteen Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick awards. The 15 models chosen between Toyota, Lexus, and Scion, are more than any other automaker!

Commenting on today’s announcement, Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., said, “Safety is a core value that dates back to the foundation of our company. IIHS’ awards further recognize our commitment to helping protect drivers and passengers.

The 2012 model year winners are
For Toyota: Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Prius, Prius v, Sienna, Tundra Crew Cab, Venza, and Yaris
For Lexus: CT 200h and RX
For Scion: tC, xB, and xD

According to the IIHS, Top Safety Pick awards recognize vehicles that do the best job of protecting
people in front, side, rollover, and rear crashes based on ratings in IIHS tests.

The IIHS Top Safety Pick award is the private sector’s counterpart to the government’s own five star rating systems for vehicle safety conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Over recent years it has been difficult for automakers to ace both tests. Today’s announcement shows they are improving safety.

2012 Scion iQ: Small Package, Big Ideas

October 20, 2011 lacarguy Scion, Scion of Hollywood, Scion Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

How much car do you really need? That is what Toyota’s Scion brand is asking with the iQ it’s bringing to the market beginning in December. Available in Japan and Europe for several years now this micro-compact is being targeted at Gen-Y buyers who live in very condensed urban environments.

At just 10 feet long the Scion iQ is the shortest car being sold in North America save the SMART FourTwo, and the less said about the SMART car the better. While in theory the iQ and the FourTwo are priced similarly and are targeting a similar demographic, the Scion iQ is so far and above the SMART as to make the FourTwo look as sophisticated as the Wright Brothers Flyer in the world of the 787 Dreamliner.

Priced at $15,995, which includes destination charges, the iQ is not the cheapest car on the market, but it is very well equipped and very well built. Standard features include vehicle stability control, electric power steering, keyless entry and Bluetooth connectivity. While there are no soft touch surfaces in the iQ, one wouldn’t expect them at this price point either. That said, the quality of the materials along with the fit and finish of the interior are certainly better than in larger and more expensive B and C segment cars we’ve driven in the past year. “It’s a real car,” Scion Vice President Jack Hollis said. “It drives and feels like a Corolla, but it’s in this tiny package.”

The iQ will not have any factory options available, however, like all Scions there were be a plethora of accessories for the iQ available at Dealers to customize and personalize the iQ. There will be one option, which is a lowering kit for the iQ, along with larger 18” wheels which Jack Hollis said looks “amazing on this car”.

In North America where bigger is always better, and in cars and trucks perceived as safer, the iQ comes will 11 airbags, and is expected to achieve an IIHS Top Safety Pick when it’s results are released. There are are the usual airbags for driver and passenger knees, side bolster and side curtains, but two innovative airbags in the iQ are ones in the seat bottom that lift the knees up to prevent the driver from submarining under the steering wheel and a rear curtain airbag that covers the rear glass area to protect rear seat passengers from a rear end crash.

While technically the iQ is a four seat car, it is really a 3+1 as only the smallest of people will be able to sit behind the driver. The rear seat room behind the passenger is acceptable for anyone under six feet tall.

The packaging of the iQ is very clever. The two front seats are offset (the passenger sits farther forward) to create rear seat leg room. The fuel tank is located under the passenger floor, the engine and transmission have been engineered to push the front wheels as far forward as possible to create more cabin space by eliminating wheel well intrusion into the cabin. It allows to iQ to be very short, 10 feet in length, but, the iQ is very wide for such a short car. In fact, the cabin width is as wide, if not wider than a Toyota Corolla! You would think that driver and passenger shoulders would be touching in the iQ but it feels very much like a C segment car from the front seats.

Driving the iQ as we did, mostly in an urban setting, is quite enjoyable. Given how short the wheelbase of the car is, the ride is not overly choppy or harsh. The ride is firm, but acceptably so. The steering in fairly direct, maybe not go kart sharp, but still very good. The only transmission offered in the iQ for North America is the Toyota CVT. We have to say that the CVT in the iQ may be the best we’ve ever driven! It was for the most part a non factor, and that may be the highest praise we can give that style of transmission. When asked about the availability of a manual transmission for the car, Jack Hollis said that while he, and many others at Scion North America would like to see that as an option, the fact that 95% of Gen Y’ers don’t know how to drive a manual, is an issue, plus the fact that the car is targeted at the urban environment, a CVT was a better choice.

What is astonishing about driving the iQ is just how tight the turning radius is. It’s not a joke to say that the iQ can “turn on a dime and give you eight cents change”. The actual turning radius of the car is 12.9 feet!! The iQ can almost turn within it’s own length! Parking the iQ is very easy as well. While you can’t see the nose of the car while seated behind the wheel, the nose of the car isn’t much past your feet being on the peddles. Rear visibility is good as well, and again the rear bumper is four inches past the rear glass, so distance is easy to judge.

The engine powering the iQ is Toyota’s 1.3 liter inline four cylinder, and with the CVT transmission it returns fuel economy in the iQ is 36mpg city, 37 highway and 37 combined. Acceleration feels good in urban environments. While the actual 0-60 numbers are around 10 seconds, the iQ feels much zippier than that. On the freeway the iQ wasn’t buffeted around by large semis. While our highway segment was short with the car, it was enough to get a good take away. We wouldn’t want to take a four hour drive on the highway all the time with the iQ, but if your commute includes highway time, this Scion will do just fine. Wind noise at speed is also very low, in part due the aero sculpting of the the car in the wind tunnel. It’s had to believe, but the iQ had a drag coefficient of just .31!

The Scion iQ will be available in dealers on the West Coast beginning in early December, and roll out across the rest of the country in stages through March. Scion are looking to sell about 2,000 iQ’s per month once the car is released across the country, and they do expect sales to be concentrated in areas like L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York and Chicago, areas where the iQ would fit well into tight urban environments.

Going in we didn’t know what to expect with the iQ, really all we’d ever really seen of it were segments from Fifth Gear and Top Gear. It will make a great commuter car, a great car for college students, or a car for people who live in cities who need cars for things like going to the grocery store, or running a number of errands where a Zip car service or public transportation wouldn’t work out. We have to say walking away from our drive, that the iQ is a very impressive little car.

LAcarGUY Helps Zipcar Program Expand in Hollywood

December 24, 2010 lacarguy Hybrid Vehicles, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Toyota of Hollywood Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Vehicles Can be Rented for Up to Four Days

The Zipcar program uses Toyota Priuses that were purchased from Toyota of Hollywood. (photo by Edwin Folven)

People who don’t have cars in the Hollywood area have a new option for getting around through an expansion of the Zipcar program, which provides vehicles that can be rented by the hour, day or longer.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Council President Eric Garcetti, 13th District, joined representatives of Zipcar on Dec. 16 to announce the expansion of the program, which had previously only been available in Los Angeles at universities such as USC, UCLA and Loyola Marymount. Zipcar uses Toyota Priuses, Mazdas and Scions that will be parked at five locations near Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. People can sign up for the Zipcar program via the Internet, and make arrangements to use the vehicles for up to four days. The start-up cost is $25 for registration, plus a $50 yearly fee. Zipcar completes a driver’s license check, and within three to seven days, issues a card to users. The Zipcars can then be reserved for a particular time and at a particular location. Users in Hollywood must be 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license. The rates are $8 per hour, with a daily rate of $66. Weekends cost a little more, with hourly and daily rates at $9 and $72, respectively. The fee covers gasoline and insurance. Once a reservation is made, the user’s card is activated electronically and they can use it to open the pre-rented vehicle, which has a key inside.

Garcetti said the Zipcar program is another component of the city’s push to get people to use alternative forms of transportation, and added that he hopes the program will expand even further into other parts of the city.

“A little over one year ago, we kicked off the pilot program and brought Zipcars to college campuses. [Hollywood] has become a highly walkable neighborhood, with lots of public transportation opportunities,” Garcetti said. “Now, Hollywood is again at the center of showing people what is possible. Living in Los Angeles without a car, who would have thought?”

While the Zipcar program is useful for residents, it is also viewed as a valuable asset for business travelers or tourists visiting the Hollywood area. Ten of the Zipcars will be located in Hollywood, with two vehicles parked curbside at five separate locations. They include Vine Street between Sunset Boulevard and Selma Avenue, and near the intersections of Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue, Wilcox Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, Highland Avenue and Yucca Street, and Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue. Zipcar worked with Garcetti’s office to determine the best locations for the vehicles where there is heavy foot traffic and nearby links to public transportation. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation is working with Zipcar to ensure the curbside locations are clear and accessible. Users can chose between a hybrid or gasoline-powered vehicle. The Toyota Priuses and Scions used by the program were purchased from Toyota of Hollywood, further boosting the program’s impact on the local economy.

Villaraigosa also hailed the Zipcar program for its benefits to the environment and its potential for reducing traffic congestion. Officials estimate that the Zipcar program can take 15 vehicles off the road each day. With the addition of the new Zipcars in Hollywood and the others located at universities, there are currently 75 of the vehicles located in Los Angeles.

“Imagine if we had thousands of these?” Villaraigosa said. “We could have a major impact on the environment and on our roads. It’s an innovative approach to transportation, one that will clean and green our city.”

Representatives of Zipcar estimate that the vehicles can save people up to $500 per month depending on how often the vehicles are used. The savings result from not having to buy gasoline or insurance. Users are asked to leave at least a quarter-tank of gas in the vehicle for the next user, and there is a Zipcar credit card for gasoline in each vehicle if necessary. Zipcar uses the honor system with the gas card, but safety measures are in place to prevent abuse, according to Coleen McCormick, a spokesperson for the company. The credit card is attached to the car by a pull-cord so it will only reach a pump that is nearby, and the user is required to enter their Zipcar identification number and the mileage of the vehicle at the pump. Zipcar allows the user to purchase gasoline for approximately 180 miles in driving, and the pump will not be activated if the correct information is not used. If someone does not leave a quarter-tank of gas for the next user, they are charged $20. An additional $50 fee is charged if the vehicle is returned late, and Zipcar can charge up to $150 if the vehicle needs extensive cleaning. Zipcar also offers free 24-hour roadside assistance.

“We applaud the City of Los Angeles and its commitment to embracing innovative transportation options,” said Dan Grossman regional vice president for the West Coast for Zipcar. “Zipcar wants to be a star in Hollywood. As we looked to expand our vehicle locations in Los Angeles to meet our growing Zipcar base, Hollywood was the logical location.”

While the Zipcar program is relatively new in Los Angeles, the program is already well established in 28 major cities and states including New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Boston. Representatives of Zipcar said they next hope to expand the program to downtown Los Angeles.

For information, visit www.zipcar.com.

Thanks to Park LaBrea News and Edwin Folven