Toyota’s Commitment to Going Green

Going greenGoing Green

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!

Fun Fall Activities in Lexington and Columbia SC

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.

Have You Heard about the Ferrari-Powered Toyota 86?

Ferrari-Powered Toyota 86

Ferrari-Powered Toyota 86

The Toyota 86 is already a highly regarded sports car around the world, but one driver thinks it could use a bit more power. Meet Ryan Tuerck, a professional drifting driver, and his seemingly crazy plan. Tuerck, unsatisfied with the sports car’s motor, is foregoing formalities and has put a Ferrari engine under the hood.

The Ferrari F136 V8 engine is stock in the Ferrari 458 Speciale and puts out nearly 600 hp. With several best engine awards under its belt, Tuerck clearly isn’t playing around.

The Toyota 86 is also known as the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S depending on what market you’re in. All three models will have the same build, including the engine. A Ferrari-powered Toyota 86 isn’t something that has ever been done before and we here at Dick Dyer Toyota can’t wait to see the end result!

Tuerck seems to be running into a few obstacles along his journey. For starters, the massive V8 engine is both taller and longer than the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. In order to make room for the motor, the team had to cut the car down.

This Ferrari-powered Toyota 86 won’t be used for competitions, which means Tuerck can make any modifications he wants or needs to in order for this monster to run soundly. That’s good news and hopefully we’ll see this wild ride sooner rather than later.

Toyota Buys Daihatsu Compact Car Division

Daihatsu has been a division of Toyota that focused on the compact segment since 1988, when Toyota owned 51 percent of the company and brought it under the brand’s umbrella. Since then, Daihatsu has mostly stayed out of the US, but contributed to the American car market by building some Scion cars, such as the recognizably unique Scion xB. However, Toyota recently purchased the rest of the company in order to focus on Daihatsu compact cars and bring smaller cars to the forefront of its brand.

It is exactly this sort of strategy that has kept the Toyota name as the number one best-selling global brand spot for the past five years. Not content to sit by, enjoy its success, and allow the other competing auto makers to catch up, Toyota took a look at its figures and discovered that minicars are the brand’s weakest lineup in terms of sales. In order to patch up that blight on its sales statistics, Toyota decided to purchase Daihatsu in order to bring the expertise and skills of a company experienced in the production of compact cars into its brand.

The arrangement means we’ll be seeing more Daihatsu compact cars on the market, as well as vehicles that the smaller brand name has made for both its parent company and, perhaps, for Scion’s lineup. Toyota will be bringing more competition to the compact segment following the integration of Daihatsu into the company.

Toyota Teams up with the Cast of Back to the Future

Last month, we finally reached the prophetic date of October 21, 2015 that appears in Back to the Future Part II. While we may not have hoverboards to travel around upon, we do have some advanced technology that would impress the Doc.

According to a Toyota press release, Toyota has teamed up with the cast of Back to the Future.

Both Hollywood superstars that made the film a success, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, appeared in a series of promotional spots for Toyota.

The advertisements focused in on the brand new Toyota Mirai, which represents the future of Toyota with its advanced hydrogen-based fuel system.

“This Back to the Future-inspired milestone has taken 30 years to arrive, and Toyota has been developing hydrogen fuel cell technology almost that long,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager.  “There’s no better way to generate excitement for a turning point in automotive history than with a film that celebrated the possibilities of the future.”

Perhaps they should trade out the DeLorean for a Toyota Mirai! Ready for your own Back to the Future adventure with Toyota? Check out our inventory of cars that are out of this world!

Three Upcoming Films Suitable for the Entire Family

Films Suitable for the Entire Family

A great way to spend time with the family is by heading to the movies. Fortunately, there are plenty of upcoming movies the family will love to watch! Here are three forthcoming films for the entire family.

  1. The Peanuts Movie (November 6th) – Good old Charlie Brown is back in this animated feature. Join the unlucky boy and his loyal dog Snoopy as they work together to try and reinvent Charlie Brown’s image at school to impress the new girl in town.
  2. The Good Dinosaur (November 25th)The Good Dinosaur is Pixar’s second film of the year, but it looks to be just as good as Inside Out. The film revolves around a dinosaur and a wild human. The film takes place in an imaginary world, in which the massive animals never became extinct.
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December 18th)Star Wars is the perfect film for the entire family. Now it is back, and so are all your favorite characters, like R2D2 and Chewbacca, along with some exciting new heroes and villains.

Have you seen any of these since their release date? Let us know in the comments below what you thought!

New Toyota Prius Design Improves On Second Attempt

When you are the best of the best, you want to make sure that the product that you put out lives up to your reputation. This is why Toyota, the global leader of hybrid vehicles, has decided to go back to the drawing board for the new Toyota Prius design.

During a meeting earlier this year to confirm the next-generation Prius’ exterior look, the Japanese carmaker executive’s were less than happy with the state of the Prius’ newest design. Because of this, they asked the engineers to get back to work and make the Prius better than ever—and it looks like they have done just that.

“The design redo was instructed by myself, and the president said the same thing,” said Mitsuhisa Kato, executive vice president for Toyota. “We substantially refined the design, and we have finally reached a level where we can offer it next year.”

After reworking the design, Toyota believes that they have finally found the perfect exterior look that completely shakes off the Prius’ previously boxy styling. While there are no new details on the green car’s styling, the rumor mill believes that it will look relatively similar to Toyota’s C-HR Concept.

Make sure you check back to Dick Dyer Toyota soon for more information about the new Toyota Prius design!

Toyota Aygo Videos Comedians As They Prank Passers-By


The Toyota Aygo (sold overseas) is a fun car. To prove it, Toyota enlisted the help of four singing comedians, placed them in a nearby Aygo and filmed them as they pranked unsuspecting passers-by. The resulting Toyota Aygo video is a laugh riot.

The pranks are truly funny, and most importantly, no one gets hurt. The comedians, safely concealed in the Aygo, spontaneously come up with songs about passers-by, as the passers-by approach a large X painted on the pavement. With these songs, the comedians convince people to do silly things. For instance, they actually manage to get construction workers to share a sausage roll as if they are the canine lovers in Lady and the Tramp.

The prank was part of a wider campaign begun in July that Toyota calls “Go Fun Yourself.” The theme of fun and laughter–and pranks–will color the automaker’s social media content and online presence.

Though you can’t get the Aygo in the US, we here at Dick Dyer Toyota believe you can have fun in any Toyota model!

Toyota Promotes Hydrogen Power with FCV Rally Car

FCV Rally Car

A rally car is usually associated with pure power—unless you’re Toyota. The Japanese carmaker has decided to take the idea of a rally car’s power and make it greener than ever by using a brand-new Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) as its newest entry in the rally segment.

While Toyota’s FCV rally car is not in production just yet, its prototype has been named the “zero car” during the Shinshiro Rally, which is the final race of the Japanese Rally Championship. For those of you unfamiliar with racing, a zero car is the car that sets the race pace and alerts officials to any safety precautions during the race. Even though the FCV is about six months away from production, the fact that its hydrogen-powered prototype is ready to keep up with the traditionally-powered rally cars shows that the model needs the bare minimum of work before it hits the tracks as a competitor.

Japan will be the first to receive the production FCV rally car next April, while the United States and European markets will have to wait until next summer for them to arrive. If you are looking for the perfect fuel-efficient car, though, make sure you stop in to Dick Dyer Toyota today and check out the most fuel-efficient lineup in the industry!

Toyota’s Secret Weapon: The 2015 Toyota Camry

2015 Toyota Camry

While reading reviews on the 2015 Toyota Camry, you might see phrases such as “predictable” and “boring” associated with the model. We know what you’re thinking…”You’re a Toyota dealer, why would you say these things about the 2015 Toyota Camry?” Don’t get us wrong, we love the Toyota Camry. We like to be out in the open about the cars that we sell, and we’re going to give you our honest opinion.

We just recently ran across an article from torquenews.com that relates the 2015 Toyota Camry to vanilla ice cream. It’s an incredible comparison that we would like to pass along to you.

You see, the 2015 Toyota Camry is as good a vanilla ice cream. Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor, and to some people, that equates it to “boring.” The Camry, like vanilla, is comfortable and relaxing. It will do what you expect it to do, just as vanilla tastes as you expect it to taste.

In terms of the Camry’s additions and amenities, the sedan comes with a blind spot monitor system, an integrated backup camper and a pre-collision system that will allow you to drive with comfort and confidence.

In addition, the V6 engine and front wheel drive give the 2015 Toyota Camry predictability, yet reliability.

Still interested in the 2015 Toyota Camry? Stop by Dick Dyer Toyota and take one for a test drive! Feel the comfort and reliability for yourself.