Toyota Connected Will Free You from the ‘Tyranny of Technology’

Toyota Connected

Not only is everyone different with their particular tastes and preferences, but our destinations and plans change all of the time, so there’s no better place that we could stand to have more precise technology than inside our vehicles.

Toyota has teamed up with Microsoft to make car technology more precise for the individual. The project is known as Toyota Connected.

The new CEO of Toyota Connected, Zack Hicks, told USA Today how this collaboration between Toyota and Microsoft is ultimately designed to “help free our customers from the tyranny of technology. It will make lives easier and help us to return to our humanity.”

Hicks statement goes to the heart of one of the problems with the growing ubiquity of technology in our lives. Technology is powerful and highly capable of enhancing our lives, but a lot of times, we are overwhelmed by it. We have to work too hard to ensure it’s giving us exactly what we want, and doing so disengages us from life outside of technology.

Toyota Connected will do a better job of learning a person’s preferences. It will do a better job of being aware of the situation and fine-tuning what is offered. For example, you may tell the service you are hungry. The technology already knows your route and what restaurants you like, saving you a lot of time and allowing you to stay focused on other things.

Tell us what you think of the new Toyota Connected car technology.

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!

Toyota Reveals Pricing for Corolla and Camry Special Editions

After revealing special editions for the Corolla and Camry at the Chicago Auto Show several months ago, Toyota has finally released pricing information for both models—and we’re quite pleased.

The 2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition is based on the Corolla S Plus trim, with numerous upgrades including Smart Key with push-button start, unique floor mats, black upholstery with contrast red stitching, gloss-black 17” alloys, special badging, paddle shifters, disc brakes, and a sport driving mode. Eight thousand models will be built in black, white, or red. It will be priced at $20,635, which is only $3,685 more than the base Corolla L!

The 2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition might be even more of a steal. Based on the Camry SE, it features two-tone 18” alloys, smoked taillamps, a power moonroof, adjustable sports seats with blue trim, an upgraded audio system, a special instrument cluster, Smart Key with push-button start, inductive phone charging, and special badging. Under the hood is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired to a six-speed automatic. Twelve thousand examples will be made in white or blue, with pricing set to $25,715—that’s just $2,745 more than the base Camry!

Expect both the Corolla and Camry Special Editions to become available at Dick Dyer Toyota mid-August, with production carrying through January 2016!

Everything You Need To Know About The 2015 Toyota Prius

2015 Toyota Prius

The legendary Toyota Prius will go down in history as the hybrid vehicle that inspired an entire class of cars: the midsize hybrid EV. Enormously popular since its debut, Toyota has improved upon the Prius with each successive generation.

The latest 2015 Toyota Prius gets 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway, staggering numbers that will not only save you money, but will also lower your carbon footprint – thanks to Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, which combines a gasoline engine and an electric motor.

Of course, the 2015 Prius is also stuffed with the latest tech – such as the Smart Key System, which allows you to start your vehicle with the push of a button from a distance, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which allows your car to slow down automatically if you approach another car to closely while using cruise control.

The Prius is affordable for almost everyone, and it’s got plenty of innovative features to keep you and your family safe. Come visit us at Dick Dyer Toyota to try one out for yourself.

New Toyota TNGA Platform Enhances 2016 Prius

The new Toyota TNGA platform will benefit the 2016 Prius in a big way. The platform, TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture platform), is being completely overhauled and will offer numerous enhancements not only to the upcoming Prius, but other models down the line.

With a lighter, compact, and more efficient blueprint, the TNGA platform will be capable of raising hybrid efficiency by more than 15 percent. If indeed that holds true, the 2016 Prius will be able to return nearly 58 mph combined – 59 mpg city and 55 mpg highway.

In a recent press release, President Akio Toyoda said, “I want 2015 to be a year in which we take steady and bold steps toward sustainable growth. We can do this by launching new models that incorporate TNGA, and making good use of this intentional pause to strengthen our competitiveness.”

We’re excited to see the all-new 2016 Prius and other models that will bear Toyota’s new, more efficient platform! If you want more information on the upcoming Toyota lineup, visit us at Dick Dyer Toyota today!

Toyota iRoad Goes Where No Urban Vehicle Has Gone Before

Toyota iRoad

Ever sit around and wonder what cars will look like in the future? Wonder no further. Meet the Toyota iRoad, the future of commuting. We know that Doc Brown may have said we wouldn’t need roads in the future, but looking at the iRoad, we might still actually need roads…just not very wide ones.

And that’s something about the design of the iRoad that reveals probably the biggest issue facing the future of automobiles. Space. Toyota obviously recognizes the issue and that is why the iRoad is so lean and sleek.

TechCrunch describes the iRoad’s unique design. “Up front, it has two wheels that extrude from the body which move to let the i-Road lean into a turn in the same way that a motorcycle leans with your weight.” The rear only has one wheel that remains straight at higher speeds but turns along with the front wheels at lower speeds. That’s to allow you to get into tight spots, something at which the iRoad is superb.

Sure, the top speed is 37 mph. But anyone who has driven one swears up and down that they are extremely fun to drive, and the iRoad was designed for urban driving only, making 37 mph absolutely perfect. At Dick Dyer Toyota, we’re looking forward to this new urban cruiser!