Toyota in West Virginia and New York have used manufacturing processes to help non-profits better serve their communities.
This holiday season, Toyota and food banks worked together to serve even more people in need. Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) shared some valuable best practices from its manufacturing processes to help the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington, West Virginia be more productive.
With this collaboration, the food bank’s backpack program, which provides food to young people, became 600% more efficient. In addition, Toyota was able to help the food bank increase its warehouse storage by two-thirds.
“Better serving the community was the ultimate goal,” says Charles Jarrell, TMMWV training and development specialist. “More than that, it was incredibly rewarding to watch the food bank staff learn, grow and challenge their assumptions about how best to serve the community. This just goes to show the things we do every day at the plant can be applied anywhere and make a dramatic impact.”
This isn’t the first time Toyota has shared its manufacturing knowledge to help non-profit groups. In 2013, after Hurricane Sandy, Toyota helped Food Bank for New York City cut down on wait times for meals and helped a food warehouse pack and distribute meals more efficiently to those affected by the storm.
We at Dick Dyer Toyota are proud to be part of a company that not only provides monetary assistance to charities, but helps give them the tools they need to serve even more people.
Set easy to obtain New Year’s Resolutions for yourself to make your year even better!
January is here, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to make a New Year’s resolution. However, while many Americans do make resolutions, only about 8% actually keep them. If you want to be part of that 8%, here are some tips on making resolutions you can keep.
The first thing to consider is whether your resolution is actually something you can do. For example, resolving to spend more time with family is great, but your life isn’t magically going to have more time in it. Instead, figure out what your true priorities are and delegate lesser responsibilities to others, even if that means hiring someone else to do some yardwork or housecleaning.
If you’ve been yearning for love in your life, avoid resolving to find it. This will only put more pressure on any blossoming relationships and could force feelings that aren’t really there. Instead, try focusing on yourself this year and you might be surprised how your inner confidence and glow attracts the right kind of people into your life.
Another step in actually succeeding with your goals is by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable goals. For example, if you want to save $5,000 this year, set a goal of $100 a week. If you can do that, you will more than reach your goal by the end of the year.
What resolutions are you setting for 2017? Let us at Dick Dyer Toyota know in the comments below!
Since the Scion brand was retired last year, the auto industry has been abuzz with news of the Scion FR-S being rebranded as the Toyota 86.
If you haven’t heard about the new Toyota 86, where have you been? Since the Scion brand was retired last year, the auto industry has been abuzz with news of the Scion FR-S being rebranded as the Toyota 86 beginning in 2017.
A joint creation with Subaru, the 86 sports car brings new verve to the Toyota lineup at a competitive price. The two-door 2017 86 coupe is offered in seven different body colors, including Ablaze, Raven, Oceanic, and Halo.
Under the hood of the 2017 Toyota 86 rests a rough-and-tumble 2.0-liter four-cylinder, horizontally-opposed engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission (or available automatic, if you prefer).
While its 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque may be expected, what is surprising is the 27 mpg combined city/highway fuel economy the 86 gets with automatic transmission. Its 2,774-pound curb weight keeps it light on its toes, able to soar from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds.
The 86 doesn’t come in a million trim levels like other vehicles that expect you to pay more to get what you want. Instead, this Toyota coupe offers all its standard features in the sole “L” trim—from sport bucket seats and backup camera to eight-speaker sound system and keyless entry.
Best of all, the 2017 Toyota 86’s starting cost slides in under $27,000. For more details on the Toyota 86, contact us at Dick Dyer Toyota.
Columbia has its share of activities and attractions taking place this December. Check out some of these Christmas events in Columbia!
A great way to celebrate the time leading up to Christmas is to spend the holiday season attending festive events. Columbia has its share of activities and attractions taking place this December. Here are some of the Christmas events in Columbia that we’re looking forward to most.
Holiday Lights on the River: Attend the area’s largest drive-thru light show at Saluda Shoals Park, where more than a million lights are glowing. Until December 31st, there will be nightly activities, too. There’s a new entrance this year, so get directions at http://www.icrc.net/holiday-lights.
Laser Holidays: For an indoor light display, head to the SC State Museum, where a holiday-themed laser light show is projected in its planetarium. These musically choreographed laser displays are on weekends only. The planetarium is also showing a scientific, immersive experience studying the Bethlehem Star and its possible origin. Buy tickets at http://scmuseum.org/explore/planetarium/.
Main Street ICE: The city’s outdoor skating rink is the “cool” place to be; prices are affordable and the rink is open most evenings. Head to Boyd Plaza to show off your smooth moves—or to test your balance! Information is at http://columbiaparksandrecreationfoundation.org/mainstreetice/.
A Christmas Carol: No Christmas would be complete without a viewing of Dickens’ classic story. See Ebenezer Scrooge learn the error of his ways as the Town Theatre performs a musical version of A Christmas Carol. Tickets available at http://towntheatre.com/a-christmas-carol-the-musical/.
For a full list of the numerous other Christmas events in Columbia this winter, from theater shows to Santa meets, visit https://merrychristmascolumbia.com/category/holiday-events/.
There’s a lot to love about the environment and about Toyota. So it’s a good thing those loves can be combined. Toyota is committed to helping the planet by going green.
It’s no secret that Toyota is already a game-changer when it comes to green cars. The Prius was one of the first and still one of the most popular hybrids on the road. But it’s not just the Prius that makes Toyota green. The Toyota Mirai, sold in California, Japan, and select European countries, is a revolutionary hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. It’s the only electric vehicle on the market that has more than a 300-mile range.
Toyota doesn’t just show its love for the environment in cars. The automaker practices everyday sustainability by recycling, reducing, reusing, or composting over 96% of its waste every year. In fact, 28 of Toyota’s North American facilities are a “Zero Waste Business” according to the U.S Zero Waste Business Council.
Toyota’s commitment to the environment should be an inspiration for all of us. The automaker saved over 54 million gallons of water this past year, and while we can’t save that much in our households alone, any amount can help.
So join Toyota now in going green!
Host a Memorable Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays of the year, as it celebrates a great moment in our country’s history and brings together family from all corners of the globe. If you’re lucky enough to be the one hosting your Thanksgiving dinner, you may feel pressure to put on a nice party. Here’s how to make your Thanksgiving dinner a memorable one.
Let People Help
While you may be tempted to try to tackle all of the tasks yourself, delegation is your best friend. Let other people help you decorate, clean, or make some of the dishes. It will take a lot of stress off your shoulders.
Try to get as much prepared ahead of time as possible. The less that you have to do the day of the party, the less stressful it’s going to be.
Make What’s Familiar
Stick with recipes that you are familiar with so that you don’t find yourself running around at the last minute trying to replace a dish that didn’t turn out as well as planned.
Most importantly, relax and have fun. It may seem stressful at the time, but it’s really just a party with all of your closest friends and family members, so there’s no reason to panic if things don’t go quite as planned. Remembering this will help you host a memorable Thanksgiving dinner everyone will enjoy.
There’s nothing better than being able to combine family, holiday, and travel. With all of the Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities going on, there is nothing but pure joy in the air wherever you go. Here’s how the Toyota Highlander can make your holiday road trip even better.
Impressive Size and Fuel Economy
One of the most important factors for someone deciding what car to take on a road trip is the fuel economy. In this category, the Highlander most certainly does not disappoint. For a vehicle that fits up to eight people, getting 30 mpg or more on the highway is quite impressive.
Features and Cargo
Almost as important, especially for families, are the features and cargo space offered in a vehicle, and the Highlander has plenty of both. There’s extra cargo storage space located throughout the car, and the room behind the third row is among the largest in its class.
As for features, Toyota outfitted the car down to the smallest detail. There is even a feature that amplifies the voices in the front row so that the people in the third row are able to hear.
For this holiday season, the Toyota Highlander provides everything a family is looking for in the perfect car for holiday road trips.
Fun Fall Activities
The temperatures are falling, the leaves are changing colors, and the holiday decorations are starting to make their way out. Here are some fun fall activities in Lexington and Columbia that you don’t want to miss.
Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees Hall of Horrors
As we approach Halloween, more and more haunted houses and trails are starting to open. Don’t miss the Jaycees Hall of Horrors for a bit of Halloween fun.
Skirmishes for Lexington
A little history lesson can go a long way. The Civil War is the most important war fought in this country’s history, and this three-day reenactment includes demonstrations, speakers, and various children’s activities.
Swampfest at the Congaree
There’s fun for the whole family at this two-day-long festival that includes concerts, rides, games, arts and crafts, and various vendors.
South Carolina State Fair
There’s nothing quite like a state fair, so don’t miss out on all the rides, games, livestock exhibitions, food, and live entertainment that the South Carolina State Fair has to offer.
The next couple of months offer some of the best weather and activities that you’ll see throughout the entire year. So get out with your friends and family and experience all that South Carolina has to offer.
South Carolina Halloween Attractions
There is no shortage of Halloween attractions here in South Carolina. From the haunted houses that run year-round in Myrtle Beach to the enormous spectacles that are re-constructed annually this time of year, South Carolina is a haven for Halloween lovers.
Here are just a few of our favorite South Carolina Halloween attractions for you to consider this year.
Ghosts and Legends
Myrtle Beach – The various live action shows put on at Barefoot Landing will teach you all about local legends and real life tales. Check out their website here.
Ford Mill – Every year, the Carowinds amusement park turns into the terrifying SCarowinds for a select number of days. Check out their website here.
Boo at the Zoo
Columbia – Ever been to a spooky safari? Now is your chance at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden’s Boo at the Zoo. Check out their website here.
Dark Knight’s Terror Trail
Elgin – Lastly, this location is incredibly nearby and offers three separate haunts that are sure to scare. Check out their website here.
Wherever you go this year, be sure to stay safe, and have a spooky good time! For more info on local attractions and how to get there, visit us at Dick Dyer Toyota.
Prius Prime Design
The Toyota Prius has been raising the bar for the automotive industry ever since it was first revealed in 1997. Its hybrid design has now become a staple for many automakers. Now, Toyota has done it again with the Toyota Prius Prime.
The new Toyota Prius Prime is the most efficient edition of the Toyota Prius yet! It gets the miles per gallon equivalent of 120 MPGe. In fact, the new Toyota Prius Prime has a range of 600 miles, once fully charged and full of gasoline.
The Prius Prime design is created to get closer to the electric vehicle end of the hybrid spectrum. It focuses more on electric range and less on gasoline-powered miles. Toyota even designed the Prime’s EV-only range based on the average driver’s work commute time.
The price is not announced for the Prius Prime yet. However, I bet it’s safe to assume that – between the money you’ll save on gasoline and the tax credits you’ll receive – the Prius Prime will be an affordable option for most drivers.
For more information on the upcoming Prius Prime or to check out the other models that Toyota currently has to offer, visit us anytime at Dick Dyer Toyota.