Archive for December, 2015

Toyota Models Tops IIHS Safety Awards

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Once again Toyota leads the way when it comes to safety. Nine Toyota models received the Institute for Highway Safety’s highest award for 2016, the TOP SAFETY PICK+, the most of any manufacturer, Toyota announced this week.

All award winners were required to achieve good ratings in five crashworthiness tests and have an available front crash prevention system. TOP SAFETY PICK+ award winners must also have a superior- or advanced-rated front crash prevention system with automatic braking capabilities

The list of 2016 Toyota TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners include the 2016 Toyota Prius v, the 2016 Toyota Camry, the 2016Toyota Avalon and the 2016 Toyota RAV4.

If this intrigues you, these models can be found here at Toyota of Muncie, including the 2016 Toyota Camry Four-Door Sedan. The 2016 Toyota Camry Four-Door Sedan comes with several standard safety features, including antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, front knee airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a rearview camera.

Toyota of Muncie 2016 Camry

Like the previous model, the 2016 Toyota Camry is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. With a six-speed automatic transmission, the 2016 Toyota Camry can accelerate from zero to sixty in about 8.3 seconds.

The 2016 Toyota Prius V Five-Door Wagon Three is wider and longer by a good six inches, which provides about 60 percent more cargo space than previous Prius models. The new Prius V Wagon, a five passenger vehicle, has 34 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, but when folded down that space expands dramatically to almost 68 cubic feet, which is about the size of some smaller SUVs.

Come visit Toyota of Muncie to see these very safe vehicles and be secure when you drive.

Toyota Engineer Focuses on Car Seat Safety

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

After any visit to my parents’ vacation, my mother is bound to tell me at least one time before we leave in our car to be extra careful because “there’s precious cargo in there.” Now, my mother isn’t talking about me, nor my wife. She’s referring to our children, both of whom are still in car seats. We were careful in our selection of car seats and we’re very careful about the installation of the car seats. We’re lucky, the seats we have fit neatly into the back of our Toyota Rav4.

2016 Toyota Corolla S

But, while we may be particular about how our car seats are installed, other parents are not, according to o Buckle Up for Life, Toyota’s partnership with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital that helps educate families about child safety seats. According to the organization, only one in four child car seats is properly installed. If you look in the rear seat of your Toyota model, such as the 2016 Toyota Corolla Four-Door Sedan CVT S, found here at Toyota of Muncie, you will notice metal anchors in the crevice between seat cushion and the back cushion. That’s the piece your seat will attach to. Toyota’s Jennifer Pelky, and engineer in the Toyota Technical Center, is responsible for ensuring those anchors meet federal safety requirements – a role she takes very seriously. In addition to ensuring the parts meet requirements, Pelky is also passionate about car seat education, volunteering much of her time to teach proper installation.

“As a parent I value the safety of my children above everything else and I see a lot of parents who don’t know they’re doing it wrong, but they’re making an effort and that is great,” says Pelky. “And I know that when they leave, they’re safer than when they came in. That, to me, is huge.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that in 2012, 1,168 children under 14 died in traffic accidents. Another 169,000 were injured. But those numbers are likely going down. In 2013, total traffic fatalities hit historic lows, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Toyota Touts Environmental Achievements

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

With so many people concerned about their carbon footprint and the state of the environment, it’s natural when it comes to searching for the right automobile, the buyer will be interested in finding the best model that protects the environment. When it comes to environmentally-friendly models, buyers don’t have to look much further than Toyota, a company that has been leading the way with environmentally-friendly vehicles, including the 2016 Toyota Prius V Five-Door Wagon Three, available here at Toyota of Muncie. But, Toyota certainly isn’t done with its environmentally friendly task. The company released an environmental to-do list that’s sure to please most buyers.

2016 Toyota Prius V Wagon Three

The company outlined five priority issues – carbon, water, materials, biodiversity, and outreach in its environmental guide.

Some of the company’s successes include Toyota’s Georgetown assembly plant now generates green power from local landfill gas, enough for the production of 10,000 vehicles per year. Toyota’s North American facilities reduced, reused, recycled or composted over 96 percent of non-regulated waste during calendar year 2014. Toyota’s plant in Alabama is the first in North America to reuse batteries from end-of-life hybrid vehicles as stationary energy storage. Using these batteries gives them a second life and keeps them out of landfills.

Other environmental highlights include more than 130,000 trees were planted at Toyota’s Indiana assembly plant between 2008 and 2014. In 10 years, when these trees reach their peak, they will be capturing and storing 2,170 tons of CO2 from the air annually. Also, Toyota’s assembly plant in Mississippi planted four pollinator gardens last year; all four were certified by Monarch Watch as monarch waystations. Waystations offer habitat for the monarch butterfly, whose numbers have declined 90 percent in the last two decades.

If these environmental milestones sound good to you, come learn more about the environmentally-friendly vehicles here at Toyota of Muncie.