Archive for April, 2016
Toyota continues to demonstrate its commitment to the environment, particularly when it comes to the manufacturing process. Since 2002, Toyota has saved over 16 billion kilowatt hours of electricity. Those efforts have enabled Toyota to earn its twelfth consecutive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Partner of the Year Award. Since 2002 Toyota has realized cost savings of more than $640 million and reduced overall energy consumption by 35 percent.
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.
That dedication to being environmentally conscious doesn’t stop at the manufacturing floor, but goes on into the products the company makes for drivers. 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. 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.
Toyota is driving home the message about safe driving. The automaker has been working with teen filmmakers across the country to develop films about driving safety. The Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge is down to 10 finalists out of 1,500 entrants.
The challenge is one component of Toyota and Discovery Education’s TeenDrive365: In School initiative, a comprehensive program offering a range of tools designed specifically for high school educators and teens. Resources offered include tools to help teens prepare for the responsibility of driving, such as quizzes, parental discussion points, and a financial calculator; classroom resources for educators, including standards-aligned lesson plans for grades 9-12; and Heads UP!, an interactive simulation which allows teens to virtually experience the real dangers of distracted driving, according to a Toyota press release.
The folks at Toyota, as well as our staff here at Toyota of Muncie, are concerned about teen driving safety. We applaud these young filmmakers for using their talent to spread the message of safe driving.
And if it’s safety you’re wanting, so many of the vehicles here on our lot have great safety features, such as the 2016 Toyota Camry Four-Door Sedan, which was rated a Top Safety Pick for 2016 by the IIHS. 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.
The company has also put out the Toyota Safety Sense packages to be included in many new models. The Toyota Safety Sense Package features three proprietary safety technologies and combines a camera and laser beam for enhanced performance and reliability. There are a number of features included in the system, including the pre-collision system. That system uses the camera and laser to detect automobiles in the front of a vehicle. If the system determines a collision is imminent, it will take action by alerting the driver with a sound and visual alarm. If the driver doesn’t respond, the system will begin braking the car. Lane departure alert tells the driver if he is drifting from his lane and will alert him to the situation.
Data management is becoming more and more popular for drivers and car manufacturers alike. This is especially true with the engineers at Toyota who ensure that drivers remain safely connected through their mobile devices, even when driving the car. Drivers looking at new Toyota vehicles will appreciate the company will launch Toyota Connected, Inc., a new division designed to builds on Toyota’s global vision of a future of mobility that is clean, safe and convenient. Toyota Connected will leverage the power of data science through Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology to develop predictive, contextual, and intuitive services that help to humanize the driving experience while pushing the technology into the background, the company announced.
One of the keen developments from the new division that will benefit drivers is the ability to use connected vehicle networks to share road condition and traffic information.
So, if you’re ready for a new connected experience in Indiana as well as the rest of the world, make sure to drive on down to Toyota of Muncie and check out some of the great new models that utilize new technologies to benefit your driving habits. One model on our lot that is packed with technological innovations is the 2016 Toyota Prius V Five-Door Wagon Three. With the Prius, Toyota has thought to add a number of technical amenities, including a smartphone app integration system and Pandora Internet radio. However, to enjoy these tech features, new owners will have to install an app on their telephone and register an account.
Come visit Toyota of Muncie to take a look at the new 2016 Toyota Prius V Five-Door Wagon Three and get ready for additional technological rollouts coming in the near future.