If cars could play baseball, the Scion FR-S would be the first one picked for the all-star team. Not surprisingly, the sport coupe was drafted to an all-star team of a different kind. Automobile Magazine named the FR-S to its list of 10 All-Star vehicles for the second time in a row.
“For the second year, AUTOMOBILE Magazine editors recognized the all-star power and wide appeal of the Scion FR-S,” said Doug Murtha, Scion’s vice president. “The 2014 FR-S continues to introduce new drivers to how exhilarating and possible a sports car can be for them.”
To create the list, Automobile Magazine editors simply chose the 10 vehicles they liked the best. Of all the models available this year, we at Thousand Oaks Toyota are proud the FR-S made the esteemed list once again.
President and editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine, Jean Jennings, praised, “Is 200 horsepower enough for a sports car? Yes, provided that sports car is light and has a perfectly balanced, rear-wheel-drive chassis. Oh, and don’t forget to include perfectly placed controls.”
“Because of all this, the FR-S is among the few modern cars you can enjoy driving at the limit without losing your license.”
With the severity of the drought California is experiencing this year and the water shortage in over half the country, now is your chance to do something about it. Toyota has partnered with the Wyland Foundation to bring you the annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.
In its third year, the Challenge offers participants the chance to commit to conserve water energy through a series of online pledges and the opportunity to win hundreds of prizes.
Throughout the month of April, cities will compete against one another to see who can boast the most pledges for water conservation.
The cities are divided into population-based categories. Those who submit pledges in the winning city for each category will be eligible to win a variety of eco-friendly prizes including EcoFlow Showerheads, Smart Irrigation Controllers, and gift cards to a home improvement store. The grand prize is a Toyota Prius Plug-In.
Pledge to do your part in conserving water energy today. We at Thousand Oaks Toyota certainly wouldn’t mind winning that Prius Plug-In ourselves.
With April Fools Day tomorrow, who’s up for some sneaky fun? Thousand Oaks Toyota is, and we want to share some of the fun yet tasteful pranks that might be worth the trouble tomorrow. We found a great article on Mashable with quite a few prank gems, but here are our favorites:
- Stuff donuts with mayo – your friends and family will be in for quite the surprise, but you could just suggest it was a bad batch of cream!
- Cover bar soap in clear nail polish – it won’t lather!
- Caramel-covered onions make for great faux-caramelized apples!
- Tape an airhorn to a door handle – when the door is opened fully, HELLO!
Do you have any great pranks to share for tomorrow? Let us know!
Last year, Toyota and BMW announced that they were working together on a project that would ultimately produce a sports car for each brand. Now, we are learning some of the details for these cars.
Toyota’s chairman, Akio Toyoda, confirmed last year that the new Toyota car would be the successor to the Supra and we’ve all wondered if it will be the FT-1 Concept that was on display in Detroit in January.
In the joint sports car project, Toyota’s role has mainly involved developing a new plug-in hybrid system that uses supercapacitors. These will give the cars a performance boost and will have a regenerative energy system. This technology will be based on Toyota’s Le Mans LMP1 sports car program.
The supercapacitors will be smaller and lighter than current lithium-ion batteries and will be able to store and discharge energy faster.
According to a source who spoke with Autocar, “The sports car will be one of a series of future BMW-Toyota projects to use common engineering solutions and shared components…Shared platform structures and contemporary new hybrid drivelines are also planned.”
Here at Thousand Oaks Toyota, we can’t wait to see what Toyota has in store for a future hybrid sports car.
More than two decades ago Takeshi Uchiyamada was put in charge of a groundbreaking project at Toyota called Project G21. The end result of that project was the Toyota Prius.
Uchiyamada, now the Chairman of Toyota, spoke to Automotive News Europe about that experience and his predictions for the future of hybrid cars. He said the G21 team initially planned a car that would get one and half times the fuel efficiency of the average car, but top management didn’t think that was enough and told the team to “double it.”
He said he feels the team achieved their mission with the Prius and the more than 6 million Toyota and Lexus hybrids sold since then. Now, the father of the Prius says, “I foresee hybrid models pretty soon reaching 20 percent of global sales from about 13 to 14 percent now.”
We think with Toyota’s strong global presence, this is an attainable goal. Toyota has already sold over 3 million Prius hybrids worldwide since it was introduced in 1997 and hybrid cars are becoming more and more popular.
Here at Thousand Oaks Toyota, we have a wide selection of Prius models available now. Come visit us today and find the perfect fuel-saving Prius for you.
The Toyota Aygo, redesigned for the next generation and ready to go on sale as a 2014 model, is showing off its new face in Geneva this week. The subcompact car, a staple of Toyota sales all across Europe, takes a spunkier, edgier attitude towards life this time around, with an aggressive and sporty exterior aimed to attract more youthful buyers to the vehicle.
The new Aygo, therefore, looks quite a bit different from previous iterations. Especially noticeable is the new X-shape built into the front grille design, which helps to give it that especially menacing, powerful look—more powerful than any tiny hatchback likely has a right to be.
The Aygo, as always, is a really, really small car, but that size comes with its own set of advantages—especially the 56 mpg rating on the 1.0L, 68 horsepower standard engine. As Car Scoops pointed out, that gives the Aygo the same fuel efficiency as the upscale Audi TT TDI. We might not see the Toyota Aygo roll in here at Thousand Oaks Toyota anytime soon, but it’s good to see Toyota products continue to make such a splash over at the Geneva Motor Show.
For the second year in a row, the Toyota hybrid family came out on top of the Californian automotive market—including the Prius Liftback, Prius v, Prius c, and Prius Plug-in. An incredible 69,728 new drivers hit the road behind the wheel of a Prius in 2013, marking a near 8,000 improvement over the 61,893 that joined the family in 2012.
According to the California Auto Outlook report, this not only makes the lineup more popular than every other hybrid competitor combined—it also makes it the Golden State’s overall best-selling car.
Today, 9.3 percent of vehicles sold in the state run on some form of electricity, a rising figure outmatched only by Toyota’s growing number of competitors. Despite this, the Japanese automaker has managed to keep its leadership intact, with one out of every two hybrids in California—and the United States—carrying its Prius nameplate.
Come be part of the hybrid movement at Thousand Oaks Toyota!
The Toyota 4Runner, the brand’s classic and ubiquitous SUV, is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and Toyota wants you to join in the fun and festivities. To that end, Toyota is offering special anniversary discounts on all 2014 4Runner models for a limited time. Come in to Thousand Oaks Toyota today to find the perfect 4Runner for you and receive your discount.
For the 4Runner SR5 and Trail models—the SR5 4×2, SR5 4×4, and Trail 4×4—you’ll get $500 off with the anniversary discount. You can bump that discount up to $750 for the Premium SR5 and Trail models, and even up to a full $1000 on the Limited models. No matter which model you opt for, though, you’re bound to get an amazing vehicle at a bargain price.
The 4Runner also received a redesign for its 2014 model, adding further distinctions to the 30th anniversary model. For 2014, the 4Runner especially improved on design, both exterior and interior, bringing the iconic SUV squarely into the future while still preserving its classic status.
The U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Car for the Money awards shined a bright spotlight on Toyota’s current lineup. The 2014 models of both the Toyota Camry and Tacoma won as the best car in their respective segments. The vehicles earned honors as the Best Midsize Car for the Money and the Best Compact Truck for the money for this year.
The only way for a vehicle to win one of these awards is to have an off-the-charts combination of quality and value. And, of course, both the 2014 Camry and Tacoma have that combination in spades. The Camry, always one of the most reliable options in the midsize sedan segment, is even more so for 2014. With a 2.5L engine that gets 178 horsepower and up to 35 mpg highway, it’s got a perfect balance of power and efficiency, a balance that led it to take home the U.S. News and World Report’s top honor.
Then there is the Tacoma—an awesome addition to the world’s small truck lineup. It starts at a mere $18,125, gets a solid 25 mpg highway, a 6500 lb maximum towing capacity, and keeps you safe with the Star Safety System, which includes Vehicle Stability Control, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop technology, among many other features and systems.
Obviously, both the 2014 Camry and Tacoma are quality-stuffed vehicles, something that was only validated by the U.S. News and World Report. Come by Thousand Oaks Toyota to check out either—or both—of these great vehicles today!
Toyota Prius v, the big brother of the Prius lineup, charmed the pants off the Automotive Science Group this year, earning three different awards, including the prestigious Best All-Around Performance Award for 2014. The all-around win, of course, precludes the Prius v’s win as a Best-in-Class selection as well. Finally, the Prius v was also tapped as the winner of the Best Environmental Performance Award, validating the Prius v’s tiny environmental footprint.
The 2014 Prius v makes use of Hybrid Synergy Drive to maximize both its power and its efficiency, pushing the car to 44 mpg highway and 40 mpg city while still achieving a maximum of 134 horsepower. Plus, the Prius v is the biggest model of the four in the current Prius family, so you can take the whole family for a comfortable, low-emission ride in this award-winning EV.
The Prius v wasn’t the only Toyota vehicle to wow the ASG voters, though. 5 other Toyota vehicles—the Yaris, Prius c, Prius, Prius Plug-in, and Venza—were named to 2014 Best 5 All-Around Performance lists. These lists honor the best five vehicles in a given segment, evaluating them for cost and value, economical, environmental, and so on.
Come in to Thousand Oaks Toyota today to check out any of these award-winning Toyota vehicles for yourself!