Tag: Toyota Santa Monica

Santa Is Coming To LAcarGUY And He Want's To Have Breakfast With You!

December 7, 2011 lacarguy LAcarGUY News & Events Tags: , , , , , , , , 5 Comments

You know the holiday season is here when Santa schedules his visits to the LAcarGUY Family of dealerships. Just like last year Santa will be stopping in to many of the LAcarGUY stores and the question as always is, who has more fun getting their pictures will Jolly St. Nick, the kids, or the adults!

Santa will be stopping in from 9AM until noon, and we will have breakfast for everyone too!

Pacific Volkswagen  December 10th
Pacific Audi   December 10th
Volkswagen Santa Monica  December 17th
Lexus Santa Monica  December 17th
Toyota Santa Monica  December 17th
Toyota of Hollywood  December 17th

The Prius V Is Here, See It In Action

November 7, 2011 lacarguy Green Auto Technology, High MPG Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

We’ve talked about it for quite some time, and now it’s finally here, the first new model of the Prius line, it’s the Prius V. V is for Versatility! The Prius V has as much cargo capacity as most CUV’s on the market today, yet returns the superior fuel economy you would expect from a Prius. As you may remember we had a chance to drive a Prius V back in June and wrote about it here on the blog.

Now, the Prius V’s are here, and we have them available at both the Toyota Santa Monica and Toyota Hollywood stores! We showed the Prius V off at the AltCar Expo, and we also shot this test drive video for you, have a look.

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Toyota Shows Off The Ultimate Surf Truck At SEMA

November 2, 2011 lacarguy Toyota, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

The 2011 SEMA Show will be the scene for the debut of the Oakley Surf Tacoma. From the coast of Baja to the cold water of Santa Cruz, Calif., the Oakley Surf Tacoma has the ability to live at the beach and go anywhere in search of mega waves. Australian surfing pro Tom Whitaker talked about the Oakley Surf Tacoma at a press conference in the Toyota exhibit at the SEMA Show.

Built using a rugged Toyota Tacoma 4×4 pickup equipped with a V6 engine and TRD supercharger that generates 304 horsepower, the truck was customized by Smithbuilt to be a Surfing Big Wave Assault Machine. Additional performance modifications include a Flowmaster stainless steel exhaust, an Icon stage 3 lift kit, Billet top A arms, new leaf springs for added height, a new front coilover system, and Walker Evans 17 x 8 bead lock wheels with a flat black finish mounted to BF Goodrich 285/75-17 all-terrain tires.

Inside modifications include Wet Okole Hawaii custom embroidered seat covers, Topstitch interior modifications on the door panels, head liner and carpet kit throughout, a Kicker sound system and an Oakley icon.

This unique Toyota Tacoma is a surfer’s dream as it is equipped with a purpose-built roof racking system for heavy hauling and can be accessed with ease for surf bag stowage and multiple board storage. The truck bed system, which has a lot of storage for wet suits and other equipment, also comes with an ice chest and barbeque grill. Meals and cold drinks can be enjoyed under a shade system that is equipped in the back of the roof rack system. Living comfort is also achieved with and integrated shower system. Illumination is supplemented with Vision X lighting in the bed and front driving lights.

After SEMA, the Oakley Surf Tacoma will follow the waves and appear at all Oakley surf competitions. Surf’s up!


– TRD Supercharged (304 horsepower)
– K&N air filter
– Flowmaster stainless steel exhaust
– Icon stage 3 lift kit
– Billet top A arms
– New leaf springs for added height
– New front coilover system
– Front – Arb Rear – Custom – Mike Smith Fabrication
– Arb deluxe bull bar
– ARB winch kit
– Two – eight-inch Vision X HID’s
– Mike Smith Fabrication rear bumper and tire rack
– Customized to hold 6-8 surf boards
– Custom access doors
– Integrated driving light by Vision X
– Oakley net system for extra storage
– Integrated shower system
– Custom storage system throughout truck bed
– Walker Evans 17 X 8 bead locks/flat black finish
– BF Goodrich 285/75-17 All Terrain Tires
– Wet Okole Hawaii seat covers custom embroidered
– Oakley icon
– Topstitch interior mods to include door panels, head liner and carpet kit throughout
– Kicker Sound System
– Storage cooler
– Storable barbecue grill
– On board air compressor supplied by VIAIR Corporation
– ARB rear canopy

– Walker Evans Wheels
– Vision X lighting
– Smithbuilt

Where The Toyota Camry Is Headed For 2012

October 14, 2011 lacarguy Toyota, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

Ben Cook from LeftLaneNews.com is our guest blogger today, these are his thoughts on the 2012 Toyota Camry.

The Toyota Camry is proof that every so often, nice guys do finish first. An exciting, high-adrenaline machine it is not, but the Camry has managed to be the top selling car in America for 13 of the past 14 years based on a multitude of other, subtler virtues. It has achieved a quiet sort of perfection characterized by comfort, reliability, efficiency and the absence of normal automotive faults like invasive wind noise, awkward suspension movements and undue mechanical faults or failures. For the 2012 model year, Toyota is introducing an all-new Camry that promises to build on all of the traditional Camry virtues; read on for some of the highlights of the new car.

Savings at the Gas Pump

The most significant mechanical changes to the Camry will have a favorable effect on owners’ wallets. The Camry’s four-cylinder engine gains three miles per gallon in both city and highway cycles, climbing to a class-leading 25/35 miles gallon. V-6 Camrys are now capable of hitting the 30 mpg mark on the highway, an impressive feat for a powerful six-cylinder motor, while city mileage is 21 mpg. The efficiency king is the hybrid model, which ekes out 43/39 mpg ratings.
Surprisingly, Toyota managed to decrease the Camry’s fuel consumption without resorting to expensive and complex measures like direct injection and downsized engines. Instead, the company employed simple but effective methods like lower rolling-resistance tires, improved aerodynamics, taller gearing, electric steering and shedding 155 excess pounds.

Looks Better, Feels Better

Outside, the formerly bland Camry now has a more organic shape and more sophisticated surface detailing, features that conspire to give it an understated but handsome look. More substantive changes reside inside, where the rather bulbous dashboard of the outgoing model gives way to a classy design with high-quality, soft touch plastics and elegant stitching. Despite the weight reduction, the Camry’s interior actually grows slightly in head, leg and shoulder room. It is a spacious and comfortable space to spend time.
The Camry’s app-based infotainment system, dubbed “Entune” is the first technology of its kind to hit the mainstream market, allowing drivers to quickly locate almost any conceivable point of interest. OpenTable and movietickets.com provide concierge services at the tap of a button, while Pandora, iheartradio and Siriuis XM crank out the tunes through an impressive optional JBL audio system.

One For the Drivers

Toyota is making a concerted effort to make the 2012 Toyota Camry appeal to those who are looking for a bit of driving pleasure, and the result is the SE model. The SE features stiffer springs and shocks and rigidity-adding steering knuckles, resulting in a crisper sedan with surprisingly precise handling and the most undiluted connection between driver and machine ever seen in a Camry. The SE also includes improved seat bolsters for better support during spirited driving, a cleaner grille and much less chrome than the standard model

Overall, with its increased efficiency, improved looks and newfound focus on driving dynamics, the new Camry is a sure bet to keep satisfying customers and retain its sales title for the foreseeable future.

Toyota Santa Monica Sponsors "The New World F.E.S.T."

October 5, 2011 lacarguy LAcarGUY Sustainability, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

The New World F.E.S.T (Festival of Eco-Friendly Science and Technology), a large-scale, outdoor eco-festival and exposition that will take place October 7 – 9, 2011, just steps from the sand in Santa Monica.

Six-time national US Open sand sculpting champions Archisand will create a majestic sculpture – live – including an eco-mural featuring the first “Sand-Made Prius” courtesy of Toyota Santa Monica. The vehicle chosen is the new, larger Prius v. Sand sculpting has become a popular art form, and Archisand’s amazing work can be viewed at www.socalsandcastles.com. Toyota Santa Monica us the largest hybrid dealer in America and a longtime award-winning proponent and practitioner of sustainable living.

The New World F.E.S.T is a celebration of eco-friendliness and forward-thinking science. Its mission is to present educational content in a desirable (beachfront) setting and entertaining manner, so that important messages about “a smart future” and “the greening of the planet” are best retained. (www.theneworldfest.com) It features 150 exhibitors and 6 performance stages which offer live music, innovative demonstrations, guest speakers, panel discussions, natural cooking workshops, yoga classes, family entertainment, plus an eco-theater screening environmentally-focused films and documentaries, a ‘spiritual oasis’ with health and wellness products/techniques, futuristic technology, and a remarkable Sustainable Art exhibition with 30 artists showcasing their creative use of repurposed and recycled objects, including many live installations.

Join LAcarGUY At The AltCar Expo Friday And Saturday

September 29, 2011 lacarguy Fisker, Fisker Santa Monica, High MPG Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, Lexus, Lexus Santa Monica, Toyota Santa Monica, Volkswagen Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Join LAcarGUY at the 6th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference Friday September 30th and Saturday October 1st from 10am until 5pm at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

This event provides one of the most extensive presentations of Alternative technology vehicles and transportation, infrastructure, renewable energies, energy efficiency and urban planning found worldwide.

There will also be world renowned experts speaking to consumers and professionals about what is possible in todays world and the differences we all can make.

LAcarGUY will be out in force, we will have Volkswagen Santa Monica bringing the Golf TDI, Touareg TDI and the all new 2012 Passat TDI, Lexus Santa Monica will be bringing the Lexus HS 250h and the CT 200h, Toyota Santa Monica is bringing two Prius Hybrid and 5 Prius plug-ins for the ride and drive as well as the 2012 Camry and 2012 Rav 4 and Rav EV on Display. Fisker Santa Monica will have a booth with the Karma on display.

Admission is free, we hope to see you there.

LAcarGUY Sponsors the Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series

July 14, 2011 lacarguy LAcarGUY News & Events, Lexus Santa Monica, Toyota Santa Monica, Volkswagen Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

For the ninth consecutive year, LAcarGUY will be sponsoring the Twilight Dance Series, a production of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, will again present ten free concerts on the deck of the Santa Monica Pier this year, beginning July 7, 2011. The concert will feature high-profile artists from all over the world, every Thursday night from 7 pm to 10 pm, bringing Southern California a treasured weekly live music experience.

Each Thursday night, this highly-attended concert series will showcase a different musical theme: The SaMo Mambo: Salsa, ‘80s Pop, Australia Rocks the Pier!, Reggae/Ska, La Monica Ballroom Then & Now, Making Waves: A Night of Surf Guitar, Tango on the Timbers, Americana, and New Orleans Funk and Blues. The Twilight Dance Series is co-produced by Los Angeles-based Rum & Humble, known for presenting both established and homegrown talent in venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and Greek Theatre.

LAcarGUY is a presenting sponsor so come by to see us on stage and visit our booth in the concert area. Teams from our various dealerships will be present on different days and each will be bringing a special vehicle for you to checkout.

Visit us for your chance to win an iPad.

July 14: Lexus Santa Monica
Come by and checkout one of our Lexus vehicles.

July 28: Volkswagen Santa Monica
Come by and checkout the 2012 Volkswagen Passat.

August 4: Toyota Santa Monica
Come by and checkout one of our hybrid vehicles.

August 11: Lexus of Santa Monica
Come by and checkout one of our Lexus vehicles.

September 1: LAcarGUY team and Volkswagen of Santa Monica
Come by to see us on stage and checkout the 2012 Volkswagen Passat.

Contact us if you have any question and check out the event website for further details. See you then!

A Closer Look: Toyota’s 2012 Prius V

June 29, 2011 lacarguy Green Articles, Hybrid Vehicles, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

As you may know, Toyota is growing its Prius family line of vehicles in hopes that a few variations on our most successful battery-powered recipe will offer buyers solutions that the conventional Prius simply couldn’t match. Have you been considering a Prius but felt that the standard vehicle would not accommodate your growing family? Or do you lead a more active lifestyle and require something that will easily carry all your gear without you having to master the art of packing? Well, do we have the vehicle for you.

When it came to designing the Prius V, Toyota’s designers wanted to make sure that the newcomer would still be instantly recognized as a member of the Prius dynasty. Up front, the vehicle wears both stylized head lamps and a rounded front fascia that’s remarkably similar to the 2011 Prius. It also worth noting that the front fenders and hood are completely new sheetmetal. Also, the headlight housing has been altered to incorporate a new ridge that reduces wind turbulence around the side view mirrors. As a result, the small change has a huge impact on interior noise.

From the side, the wagon-like presence of the Prius V is inescapable with its long roof, similarly lengthy rear doors, and an extended cargo area. The rear offers a fairly sizable hatch that terminates in a unique rear spoiler which serves an aerodynamic purpose. Toyota designers and engineers made an effort to decrease the vehicle’s coefficient of drag as much as possible to increase fuel efficiency. Enhancements include touches like protrusions from the front and rear bumper, specially designed side skirts and extensive underbody cladding that help the Prius V return its .29 coefficient of drag.

Engineers essentially stretched the Prius floorplan to give the Prius V an extra three inches of wheelbase and six inches of overall length. Combined with a taller roof, additional glass and large rear hatch, this newcomer weighs 3,274 lb. Opting to skip throwing extra horsepower to all that weight, engineers simply changed the axle ratio from 3.268:1 to 3.704:1. As a result, the Prius V feels just as adequate on the road as the third-generation Prius. The new gear ratio means that acceleration is perfectly acceptable for matching wits with traffic in town or on the highway with 0-60 mph sprints taking an estimated 10.4 seconds. A total of four drive modes are accessible via buttons mounted on the center console, including EV, Eco, Power, and Normal modes.

Under the hood, the same 2ZR-FXE 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine found in the base Prius supplies power in conjunction with a pair of liquid-cooled motor generators. Engineers designed the transaxle case in the Prius V with integrated water jackets for the first time to keep the motors at a steady temperature, thereby increasing longevity and performance at the same time. Combined output sits at 134 hp at 5,200 rpm and 105 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. The exhaust recirculation system was also redesigned to decrease the drivetrain’s warm-up period, as a result, the Prius V can reach optimum operating temperature up to a minute sooner than vehicles equipped with the old system.

As most other automakers are flocking to lithium-ion batteries, Toyota has decided that there is no need to pursue the added cost of the technology for the Prius V. Instead, the hybrid wagon uses a modified version of the same nickel-metal hydride battery pack found in the third-gen Prius. Total output has been boosted slightly to 650 volts, and the more compact battery configuration keeps from impeding on interior room. Additionally, the battery pack’s cooling duct now draws ambient air from a hidden location under the second-row seats.

If you’re looking toward a small SUV, a crossover, or a wagon, the Prius V has all the functionality of those vehicles with the fuel economy and panache that only the Prius name can offer. With improved functionality, the Prius V can be the vehicle to accommodate a growing family with an active lifestyle. Contact us to book your test drive today and we will notify you as soon as the vehicle hits our showroom. Follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook community to keep up with the latest updates.

Toyota Santa Monica's Certified Pre-Owned Cars And The LAcarGUY Difference

June 2, 2011 lacarguy Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

For some there is still a stigma with buying a pre-owned car. “Why do I want to buy someone else’s problems? They got rid of that car for a REASON!” are the most oft heard reasons for only buying new. And yet the other side of that coin is you often can get much more value for your dollar buy buying a car that is only a couple years old. Couple that with a car that has gone through a 160+ point inspection by a Certified Toyota trained technician, and you have a Toyota Certified Pre-Owned car that looks and feels showroom new!

At Toyota Santa Monica we take the time to put a personal touch on every certified pre-owned Toyota. Not only do we a have dedicated technician go over the car, but our Pre-Owned Manager Michael Edelstein goes over them as well. Every ding, every dent, every scratch has been removed. Every car not only comes with the checklist of 160+ items we’ve inspected for, but it also comes with a Carfax report so you can see the full history of the car as well.

You can view our complete inventory of certified pre-owned cars online or better yet, come in to Toyota Santa Monica and experience the LAcarGUY difference.

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