Toyota Green Car Sales Exceed 7 Million

Toyota Green Car Sales

If you have been seeing many more hybrids out on the road lately, it wasn’t just your mind playing tricks on you. Toyota has officially announced that, since the Toyota Prius release in Japan 1997, sales for this hybrid model have exceeded 7 million.

What’s more, Toyota green car sales outrank other automakers in the industry. According to Toyota Product Chief Karl Schlicht stated that “Toyota’s hybrid drivetrain technology is far from reaching its peak…Toyota is moving into a new wave of hybrid technology that’s more efficient [than] ever, sportier than ever and more appealing to mainstream buyers.”

This is great to hear that although Toyota will be releasing the first mass-produced hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle soon, their focus remains strong with the Prius and hybrid technology. We are sure that the trend towards this technology will continue to grow and increase Toyota sales.

Are you interested in driving Toyota green car sales just a little bit higher? Stop by Dick Dyer Toyota today and check out our lineup of Toyota Prius vehicles.

Toyota is Set to Roll Out Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle in San Francisco

Breaking News! Toyota has made an announcement that hey are set to roll out their fuel-cell sedan during the annual American Chemical Society gathering in San Francisco.

The fuel-cell vehicle is set to hit the market next year, and will run completely on hydrogen. Although it seems that it can be a little pricier in comparison to traditional gas vehicles, the hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and the cars themselves will solely produce water as exhaust.

When it is released in Japan, the car is expected to cost about $68,500, however, Toyota has not set its price for the United States yet. Along with lack of a price, the car also lacks a name (for now.)

Here at Dick Dyer Toyota, we are excited about where the car industry is going. There are now alternatives to the gas-guzzling giants that once dominated the market. Although there is not much information yet, we look forward to hearing what Toyota plans for their fuel-cell vehicle. Want to know more? Check back at the blog often for updates as they become available.

2015 Toyota Tundra to Enter Baja 1000 This November

Toyota Tundra

Attention race fans! Toyota has just announced that they will enter the new 2015 Toyota Tundra Pro Series in the 47th annual Baja 1000 race. This motorsports event takes place each year in Ensenada, Mexico during November.

If you are reading this asking yourself (or your computer) what Baja 1000 is, then read on! The Baja 1000 is an off-road race that runs along the Baja California peninsula. The race itself varies in length from 600 miles to just under 1000 miles. There are many different divisions and all types of vehicles can enter. The race began in the early 1970s and it has gained popularity since its birth.

For the Toyota Tundra, this race is an important step for research and development. Mike Sweers, the Chief Engineer of Toyota Pickup Trucks talks about the importance of the race for consumers. “With over 1,000 miles of harsh terrain, the Baja 1000 is the ultimate proving grounds for [R&D] that helps [Toyota] continuously improve [its] trucks.” Toyota is hoping that insights from this race will allow the Toyota Tundra to exceed drivers’ expectations in the future.

We are excited to see how the 2015 Toyota Tundra Pro Series displays its strength and durability against the rough Mexican peninsula terrain.

A Camry Sold Every Minute in May: A Testament to the Value of a Camry

2014 Toyota Camry Black

The Always Popular Camry Reigned Supreme in May

The Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in America. It has been for years, decades even, so this statement probably comes as no surprise. But can you conceptualize just how many Camry’s must be sold every year/month/day in order to reach this milestone of best-selling car?

Well, May sales of the Toyota Camry certainly paint a pretty good picture of how the Camry remains the best-selling car. In the month of May, a Toyota Camry was sold every minute. That’s right – every 60 seconds someone drove their very own Camry off the lot in May. At the end of the month, the Camry boasted 49,584 units sold, bringing sales up 26%.

Those figures alone are pretty impressive, but let’s take it a step further. For the Camry’s entire history, monthly sales have reached 50,000 units only four times. Simply put, May was a pretty big month for the tried and true Camry.

But really, we expect nothing less. Few cars even come close to the reliability and safety provided by the Camry. It was given a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA, placed on US News and World Report’s “Best Midsize Car for the Money” list, and appeared on Edmunds’ “Most Popular” list.

2014 Toyota Camry Features and Specs

Speaking to reliability, of all 10.3 million Camrys sold in the last 31 years, over 6.7 million are still being driven today. The Camry not only provides top of the line features, the best in safety, and competitive gas mileage, but it also sets the standard for reliability and longevity.

A Camry is more than a car; it’s a lifestyle choice, a member of the family. As Bob Carter, vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. puts it, “It’s America’s best-selling car, but more important is the one Camry in the customer’s driveway…the one Camry you trust to be reliable and help keep your family safe.” We like to think the people who drive Camrys are the best kind of people. But hey, we are allowed to be a little biased, right?

Visit the Dick Dyer Toyota website to view a full inventory of new Toyota Camrys as well as used Toyota Camrys.

Toyota College Graduate Program

College Graduate holding diploma - Toyota College Graduate Program

The Toyota Graduate Program can help get you into a new Prius c, Corolla, Camry, or RAV4 as you start on your new career.

If you recently graduated from college, congratulations! Now the real fun begins. As you start putting your hard-earned degree to work in your new career, Toyota wants to send you off in style by offering a $750 rebate on the lease or purchase of a new Toyota or Scion with Toyota’s College Graduate Program.

To qualify for this opportunity, you need to have graduated within the last two years and have employment that will begin within 120 days of credit approval from Southeast Toyota Finance.

Many popular Toyota models are eligible for this program including the Toyota Camry, Corolla, Prius c, RAV4, Tacoma, Yaris, and all Scion models. For even more savings, the rebate may be combined with many other available special offers.

If you have any questions on how to take advantage of the Toyota College Graduate Program, visit us today at Dick Dyer Toyota and we’ll help you find the perfect car to get you headed in the right direction.

The All-New and Completely Redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has long been the best-selling car in America. For 12 years to be exact. From its safety to its reliability to its comfort, the Camry is an all around winner. So when Toyota set out to design the all-new 2015 model, they had a lot on their plates. They had to figure out how to make one of the most popular cars in the world even better.

Let’s just say they did just that and then some. Bill Fay, Group Vice President and General Manager at Toyota Motor Sales introduced the 2015 Toyota Camry at the New York Auto Show. He began by explaining that the new Camry is just one part of Toyota’s greater mission to “Make Better Cars.” And not just “better” in the sense that these are cars you should buy. Toyota is striving to make better cars that you want to buy.

The 2015 Toyota Camry is certainly better and almost completely redesigned. In fact, Toyota used about 2,000 new parts in manufacturing the 2015 Camry and the only part that remains unchanged is the roof. Some of the new features include a wireless charging pad for smartphones, tapered LED taillights, blind-spot monitors, and adaptive cruise control.

See the 2015 Toyota Camry in action at the New York Auto Show, from its complete redesign to its top of the line features:

The Car Connections Covers the 2015 Toyota Camry

Toyota’s Reveal of the 2015 Toyota Camry

The 2015 Toyota Camry via Kelley Blue Book

Toyota & The Muppets Are at It Again in New Highlander Commercials

The Muppets 2014 Toyota Highlander

The Fun Isn’t Over for the Muppets and the Toyota Highlander

Although the Super Bowl was two months ago, people are still loving Toyota’s Super Bowl commercial, featuring America’s favorite gang of Muppets, the all-new Toyota Highlander, and Terry Crews from FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Since that original commercial, Toyota has put out several follow-up videos in an effort to satisfy America’s craving for funny and heart-warming moments with the Muppets and their favorite car, the Toyota Highlander.

There are plenty of Muppet videos to choose from, but our all-time favorites have to be the Blooper Reels and a video simply titled “Boop!”  Between the laughter and the fun, it is clear that there is no room for boring in the 2014 Toyota Highlander. Let’s be serious, you can’t have boring when the Muppets are involved!

Here are our favorite new installments of the Muppets and the Toyota Highlander. Check out Toyota’s YouTube page to see all of the latest videos and commercials.

The Muppets Blooper Reel

“Boop!” Starring Animal, Dr. Teeth, and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker Blooper

How to Work Everything in Your New Camry, from the Entune System to HomeLink

2014 Toyota Camry Getting a new car is exciting; there are tons of new features and high-tech options to play with, some of which you may never have seen before. While you may love these new options, it can be difficult to learn how to use all of them and how to get the most out of your new car.

Case in point: the new 2014.5 Toyota Camry. This sedan offers some of the best technology, safety features, and luxury in its segment. While we love all of these perks, there is still a learning curve, especially for those upgrading from a 2001 model for example. I mean, a lot has changed in the auto industry since then.

Looking at the 2014.5 Camry, it is clear that you have more than power windows to look forward to. From the Entune Audio system to the electronic temperature control to the HomeLink Universal Transceiver, it’s no secret that this car can do a lot. But don’t worry. You don’t have to learn the ins and outs of all of these technologies by yourself.

Toyota has put together a series of how-to videos to help you learn everything you need to know about your brand new Camry. In just a few short minutes, you will be an expert on all things high-tech.

How-To: Toyota Entune

How-To: HomeLink

How-To: Climate Control

How Efficient Are Toyota Hybrids? We’re Not Just Talking about the Prius Anymore


2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Find Out How Efficient the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Really Is

We all know that the Toyota Prius reigns supreme as the flagship Hybrid vehicle; you can’t get much better than 51 mpg city. But what about the other hybrid vehicles that Toyota sells? After all, the Prius isn’t the only hybrid in the Toyota lineup.

From the Camry to the Avalon to the Highlander, Toyota offers a nice assortment of hybrid options for varying car buying needs. If the Prius is too small or maybe you want a more luxurious interior, there is certainly another Toyota hybrid out there for you.

So just how efficient are the other Toyota Hybrids? Let’s do some comparisons and see what each hybrid model has to offer:

Hybrid Engine Hybrid MPG Gas MPG
2014 Avalon Hybrid 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 40/39 21/31
2014 Camry Hybrid 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 43/39 25/35
2014 Highlander Hybrid 3.5-liter V6 27/28 19/25

| View Specs for the 2014 Toyota Avalon |

The best part about opting for a Toyota hybrid is that you get all of the features and specs of the cars you love, just with way better gas mileage. We still love our king of hybrids, the Prius, but it’s nice to know there are other options out there for the eco-conscious shopper in all of us.

Dick Dyer Toyota has the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, and Highlander Hybrid in stock. Check out our website for more information or visit our showroom.

The 2015 TRD Pro: Off-Roading at its Finest

The Toyota Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner: three models that are already at the top of their game, delivering the ultimate performance and power. But for those who need some extra brawn and brute, the TRD Pro edition delivers the off-roading capabilities of your dreams.

Taking on the unbeaten path is child’s play for the TRD Pro, thanks to its heavy-duty skid plates, high-performance off-road tires, improved suspension, and top-notch power. Plus, TRD Pro models stand out from the pack with their unique burnt orange exterior and flat black accents.

The 2015 TRD Pro models include the Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner. Here are the off-roading features that can be found on each:

2015 TRD Pro Tundra

  • High-performance TRD Bilstein® shocks with remote reservoirs
  • TRD-tuned front springs
  • Reinforced TRD skid plate
  • TRD dual exhaust

2015 TRD Pro Tacoma

  • 16-inch beadlock-style wheels
  • High-performance tires
  • Bilstein® gas shocks
  • TRD exhaust system

2015 TRD Pro 4Runner

  • Body-on-frame construction
  • Bilstein® remote-reservoir shocks
  •  New skid plate
  • 17-inch black alloy wheels

Visit the Toyota website for more information about the 2015 TRD Pro series and to view availability in the Columbia region, including Irmo, Lexington, Sumter, and Orangeburg. With a TRD Pro, you can truly work hard and play harder.