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.

Long-Term Toyota and Mazda Partnership Starts with Exchange on Engine Technology

Toyota and Mazda will be working together on various projects in the years to come. The two Japanese automakers “have agreed to form a ‘long-term partnership,’” according to Automotive News.

First item on the docket is to decide just what specifically the Toyota and Mazda partnership will entail. Each automaker has its own strengths and the two will evaluate how to get the best from the collaboration.

Until then, Toyota and Mazda have spoken little of specific projects that may occur as a result of the partnership. We at Dick Dyer Toyota do know of at least one fruitful exchange: Toyota has been blazing a trail of innovation in fuel-cell technology and plan to share their research with Mazda. In return, Mazda will share its SkyActiv gasoline and diesel engine technology.

The need for such a corporate research partnership is what Automotive News called “spiraling development costs.” If Toyota and Mazda can work together in certain areas, it could save each millions or billions on research costs. Those kinds of savings will inevitably trickle down to the consumer.

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!

2014 Toyota RAV4 Wows with Entune Audio and Technology Package

2014 Toyota RAV4When the fourth generation Toyota RAV4 debuted last year, there was plenty to be excited about: a roof-hinged liftgate, the spare tire moved to the cargo floor, and a new six-speed transmission. Coming in on its second year as the fourth generation model, the RAV4 brings some new surprises for 2014.

Firstly, the RAV4 receives a new lineup of Entune Audio systems for all trim levels. The LE base trim comes with standard Entune Audio, featuring a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio, a USB port, iPod connectivity, and six speakers.

2014 Toyota RAV4 EntuneMoving up to the XLE trim brings the Entune Audio Plus system, boasting HD Radio, iTunes tagging, and HD Traffic and Weather. Opt for the top of line Limited trim and you can experience Entune Premium. This multimedia package comes with an App Suite which connects with your smartphone to deliver apps like Bing, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, Facebook, and more. In addition, Entune Premium offers real-time traffic information, weather, fuel prices, sports scores, and stock updates. And best of all, it doesn’t require a subscription.

2014 RAV4 Blind Spot MonitorIn addition to the full line of Entune options, drivers can look forward to a new Technology Package, offered on the Limited trim. This package includes Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Alert, and Auto High Beam. The Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert use radar sensors to alert the driver when a car is near, displaying indicators on the exterior side mirrors. Similarly, Lane Departure outputs a beeping noise and flashing light when the car may stray from its lane.

These are just some of the exciting changes you can expect from the 2014 Toyota RAV4. Boasting tons of cargo space, a Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive system, and 8 standard airbags, the 2014 RAV4 remains a top choice in the crossover market.