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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Toyota and Net Impact Team Up to Promote Social Equity Through Mobility Solutions

Next Generation Mobility Challenge Inspires University Students to Develop Solutions to Local and Global Mobility Issues 
Today, Net Impact, Toyota and the Toyota Mobility Foundation announced the second year of the Next Generation Mobility Challenge, a competition to inspire millennials to develop solutions to meet critical mobility needs through design thinking. This year’s challenges will focus on tackling issues related to social equity and inclusion.
Net Impact is a global community of students and professionals who aspire to be effective drivers of social and environmental change. Toyota is again executing the challenge through the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), which was established in August 2014 to enable more people to go more places. 
“Mobility is a powerful equalizer. Together with Net Impact and students across the country, we are working to tackle issues of social equity through new mobility solutions. We’re bringing our know-how to campuses across the country and, we always say, when good ideas are shared, great things happen,” said Latondra Newton, Chief Social Innovation Officer, Toyota and Chief Program Officer, Toyota Mobility Foundation. "Year after year, we are amazed by the creativity of millennials. We can’t wait to see what great ideas come out of the second year of the Challenge.”
“Our goal is to inspire young people to frame social issues as opportunities to create shared business and social value. Working with the Toyota Mobility Foundation allows us to bring to life the close link between business innovation and creating social good,” said Liz Maw, CEO of Net Impact. “Today’s young people are passionate about improving their world, and the Challenge is a perfect opportunity for students to build practical design skills while tackling meaningful questions.”
Throughout the Fall of 2016 and Spring of 2017, local Net Impact chapters around the country will host Challenge events at university campuses. During the events, multidisciplinary teams of students will work together to develop solutions through a design thinking process. Transportation, engineering and design experts from Toyota, as well as local relevant experts, will offer feedback and a real-world perspective. 
Solutions will be judged based on the clarity of their goals, project design, feasibility, creativity, and social impact. The top team from each event, as well as three “wild card” teams, will enter the semi-finalist round and submit a pitch digitally to Toyota, TMF, and Net Impact judges. The top three teams will be invited to a “boot camp” to hone their pitch and develop other key business skills. The finalist teams will participate in a virtual pitch-off.
Judges will determine the winners at the end of the 2016-2017 academic school year. The winning team will be offered summer internships through Net Impact and Toyota. Additionally, the winning idea may be considered for funding from the Toyota Mobility Foundation to develop the mobility solution as a foundation project.
During the Challenge’s inaugural year, nearly 670 students from 60 colleges and universities across the country participated in fifteen campus events, pitching 154 ideas. The winning team pitched a concept for an app that would help people who are blind or visually impaired navigate their surroundings with greater confidence. Members of the winning team received internship placements to support Toyota’s Partner Robot team. The interns blogged about their internship experience; read their posts herehere and here. During their internship they supported efforts to advance the freedom of mobility for all as well as to delve into a deeper understanding of the mobility needs of the blind community and develop the design of their concept.
The winning team of last year’s Challenge, along with the two finalist teams, will attend the 2016 Net Impact Conference in Philadelphia, November 3-5, courtesy of Toyota. Toyota is the title sponsor of the Net Impact Conference for the third time.
For the 2016-2017 Challenge, Net Impact will host the Challenge at 15 campuses, including:
  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • New York University, New York, NY
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • Howard University, Washington, DC
  • Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Boston University, Boston, MA

Monday, October 24, 2016

Informed owners = hAPPy customers

Want to get the most out of your Toyota?  It’s all in the app.
Available at, the Toyota Owners App ups the owner experience, offering vast resources to any and everything you could want to know about your vehicle.

  • Need to schedule an appointment?  Check.
  • Running a little short but still need to get an oil change? Save money with special service offers.
  • Want to find out if your vehicle is subject to any open recalls? Just scan the vehicle identification number (VIN) on your smartphone’s camera.
  • Trying to pair your newest smartphone with your vehicle? Access easy-to-use how-to videos and full owner’s manuals to explain every inch of your vehicle.
  • Run out of gas or leave your keys inside the car? No worries, submit a request for roadside assistance (as long as you didn’t lock your smartphone in there too).
The Toyota Owners app is also available through Google Play or iTunes and syncs automatically whether you access it from a smartphone, tablet or desktop.
Now we’re ready…let’s go places.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Toyota One of Best Global Brands According to Interbrand

First Asian company and only automaker to break into top five
 Toyota: most valuable automaker. Top global Asian brand.  
That’s according to Interbrand's recently released 2016 “Best Global Brands” report.  In addition to once again earning the title of most valuable automotive brand in the world,
Toyota also became the first Asian company and only automaker to reach a top-five spot on the list. Interbrand estimates Toyota’s 2016 brand value at $53.58 billion, up 9 percent from 2015.  
"We are thrilled to see that Toyota has broken into the top five best global brands,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president of Toyota Division Marketing at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “This ranking is a testament to our commitment to build ever-better safe, exciting and fun-to-drive vehicles. It also speaks to our focus on imagining better ways to move and developing products that address mobility challenges for everyone.”
In late 2015 and early 2016, the company announced the establishment of two new companies: Toyota Research Institute (TRI) and Toyota Connected Inc (TC).  TRI received $1 billion in investment over five years, with a focus on research and development in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, and materials science. The results of the research will help provide mobility to more people, improve transportation safety, and enhance Toyota’s leadership in autonomous mobility.
Toyota Connected was established to provide data-driven services to support Toyota globally, and provide industry-leading solutions in the fields of data management, data analytics, and service development. The end result aims to offer consumers a more contextual driving experience, where the car and its technology can be used more effectively and efficiently.
“It’s clear the best global brands are not just weathering change, but driving it,” says Jez Frampton, Interbrand’s global chief executive officer. “They understand their Anatomy of Growth is complex, unique and personal; they look inward and outward, expand into new markets, and create better experiences to grow their brands and businesses.” 
Interbrand publishes the ranking of the top 100 brands based on a unique methodology analyzing the many ways a brand touches and benefits an organization, from attracting top talent to delivering on customer expectation. Three key aspects contribute to a brand’s value: 1) the financial performance of the branded products or services; 2) the role of the brand in the purchase decision process; and 3) the strength the brand has to command a premium price, or secure earnings for the company. The 2016 rankings represent Interbrand’s 17th annual ranking of the world’s best brands.
For more information about Interbrand’s Best Global Brands report please visit:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

All-New 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Voted Mid-size Truck of Texas by Texas Auto Writers Association

Adrenaline-Pumping Truck Built for Off-Road Enthusiasts
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro showed off its off-road prowess at the 2016 Texas Auto Writers Association’s (TAWA) Texas Truck Rodeo, winning the Mid-size Pickup Truck of Texas award.

After two days of demanding on and off-road driving at Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas, journalists voted for their favorite pickup trucks, SUVs and CUVs in multiple categories. This year, more than 70 media members attended the event to test drive 82 vehicles from the world’s top truck and SUV manufacturers.

“As America’s best-selling mid-size pickup for ten years running, the recognition as Mid-size Pickup Truck of Texas confirms our vision of producing a truck that can tackle any off-road challenge,” said Mike Sweers, Tacoma chief engineer. “Toyota’s commitment to the new Tacoma TRD Pro was focused on meeting the needs of adventure-seekers where roads fear to tread, and we have proven that today.”

Assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) in San Antonio, the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro impressed TAWA members with its suspension, exhaust enhancements and off-road technology. The Tacoma TRD Pro’s front springs with a 1-inch lift, rear suspension with progressive-rate off-road leaf spring and 16-inch TRD black alloy wheels with Goodyear Wrangler® All-Terrain Kevlar®-reinforced tires helped to navigate the off-road course at the event. With a heritage-inspired TOYOTA grille and TRD Pro badge on its front door with diamond-pattern knurled finish, the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro’s exterior it stands out in the crowd. From behind, the truck features a black TRD Pro, 4x4 rear tailgate badging and taillights with black bezels and TRD cat-black stainless steel exhaust system. The TRD Pro grade’s look is topped off with a TRD Pro badge on the front door with a diamond-pattern knurled finish.

The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro produces 278 horsepower and includes a V6 with a segment-first Atkinson Cycle engine. For those traveling off the beaten path, the Tacoma’s TRD Pro grade offers a Crawl Control system, Multi-Terrain Select, Locking Rear Differential, Hill Start Assist Control and Active Traction Control, which takes over the truck’s acceleration and braking, allowing drivers to focus on navigating over tough terrain. 

TAWA is a Texas-based nonprofit association for automotive journalists promoting professionalism and quality in journalism for more than two decades. The group produces two annual events – Texas Auto Roundup and Texas Truck Rodeo – that allow members to experience vehicles from various manufacturers in one place, at one time. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Toyota Announces Return of Dream Car Art Contest

Youth Invited to Draw “Dream Car” to Win iPad and Possible Trip to Japan
Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announces its 6th year of hosting the worldwide Toyota Dream Car Art Contest in the United States, which is designed to inspire creativity in youth and encourage an interest in the automotive industry. Now thru Tuesday, January 31, 2017, U.S. youth, ages 4-15, can submit hand-drawn artworks featuring unique concepts of their “Dream Car.” Applicants are sorted into three age categories (4-7 years; 8-11 years; 12-15 years). Judging is based on three criteria: execution of concept; uniqueness; and artistry. For official rules and required entry forms,
“When I see a young person’s vision of how technology and the auto industry should shape our world for the better, I’m always inspired by their creativity,” said Mike Groff, President & CEO of Toyota Financial Services. “What they imagine today could become the cars we see tomorrow. The Dream Car Art Contest is about so much more than the terrific paintings and drawings these kids create; it’s about motivating them to become our future engineers, scientists, designers and leaders.”

In the spring of 2017, nine U.S. winners will be selected. Once accepted and awarded, their artwork will be submitted, along with entries from over 80 countries, for consideration in the World Contest. Thirty World Winners plus their parents or guardians receive a trip to Japan to participate in an awards ceremony in August 2017 during which four additional awards are announced per age category: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Best Finalist.
As in years past, Toyota divisions and affiliates are encouraging young people across the country to participate. In addition, exhibitions featuring artwork by past U.S. Dream Car finalists are being displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California (until October 3, 2016) and John Elway's Crown Toyota Scion in Ontario, California.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Prime Mover: Toyota Maxes Out Tech and Style in the World’s Best-Selling Hybrid to Create the 2017 Prius Prime

  • The Ultimate Prius with Toyota’s Most Efficient Hybrid Powertrain
  • Industry Leading EPA-estimated 133 MPGe/ Class Leading EPA-estimated 55 MPG City
  • Class Leading Standard Safety Systems with Toyota Safety Sense P
  • Great Overall Vehicle Value – Class-leading Starting Price
  • Techno-wonder with Available 11.6-inch HD Multimedia Display, Head-up Display and Wireless Phone Charging
Prime mover. Prime cut. Prime minister. Prime attraction. And for Trekkers, there’s the Prime Directive. “Prime” means best or top, and so it was a natural to use it for the most technologically advanced, best-equipped Toyota Prius in the model’s nearly two-decade global history. The 2017 Prius Prime represents the pinnacle of efficiency and technology for the new- generation Prius, with a new dual-motor hybrid powertrain with a remarkable 2017 EPA-estimated 133 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), the highest rating in the industry among all vehicles. 

That also represents a substantial 26-percent enhancement over its predecessor model, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, the result of greater battery capacity and an improved hybrid system. In hybrid mode, the Prius Prime stands out again, exceeding all competitors’ fuel economy ratings with EPA-estimated 55 city/53 highway/54 combined MPG.

The 2017 Prius Prime combines an electrifying design with an even more capable electric powertrain than the previous-generation model. In fact, the Prius Prime will have class-leading total drive range with a EPA-estimated 640 miles! And, Prius Prime will offer a EPA-estimated range of up to 25 miles up to 84 mph in EV mode, with the goal in mind of meeting the daily commuter distance of over half of U.S. drivers. As thrifty with fuel as the Prius Prime may be, in EV mode it drives with unexpected verve and excitement. Exclusive suspension tuning gives the Prime an enhanced planted stance through curves.
All Prius models are built around Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) and feature double-wishbone independent rear suspension. You’ll find that kind of suspension on the best sport sedans, and it can work the same wonders for handling and ride quality in a super-efficient hybrid, too. The trailing-arm design allows increased luggage space, in this case an outstanding EPA-estimated 19.8 cu. ft. with the rear seatbacks in use.

Prime Safety

Prius Prime adds even more premium touches and exclusive tech features compared to the all-new Prius liftback, including its available vertically oriented 11.6-inch HD multimedia screen and an available full color head-up display.

Notably, the Prius Prime comes standard with more active safety features of any hybrid in its class. Among the many safety features is standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P). This multi-feature advanced active safety suite bundles the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic Braking; Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist; Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with full stop technology and Automatic High Beams. The Prius Prime Advanced model also comes with standard Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

All 2017 Prius Prime models come equipped with eight supplemental restraint system airbags, including driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System; driver and front- passenger seat mounted side airbags; front and rear side curtain airbags; a driver knee airbag, and a front passenger seat cushion airbag.

Prime Engineering

TNGA strength greatly contributes to the high level of handling responsiveness, steering feel and ride quality in the Prius Prime. Hot-stamped and high tensile steels, which allow for intricate forms that are both lightweight and strong, are used extensively throughout the body. Aluminum components, including the hood and brake calipers, help keep vehicle weight in check. Innovative fastening methods, including laser screw welding and advanced adhesives, contribute to structural strength.
Additional weight savings come from a Toyota-made lightweight carbon-fiber rear hatch, which also makes opening and closing almost effortless.

Prime Design

If the 2017 Prius Prime looks like the future, it was purely intentional on the designers’ part. The Prius Prime measures 6.5 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider and 0.8 inches lower than the model it replaced. The gasoline engine, electric motor and seating positions were lowered to increase front and rear head room while at the same time achieving a low, aerodynamic stance.

Prius drivers have long cherished the unique design of their vehicles, so Toyota took the concept even further with the Prius Prime. This new hybrid shares the same silhouette as the standard Prius liftback models but gets a unique look with exclusive front and rear fascias, bumpers and lighting systems. Ultra-low profile LED headlights and the large acrylic grille that compliments the presence of the air intakes evoke a more advanced EV image. The design also draws a connection to the revolutionary Toyota Mirai hydrogen vehicle.

The wind-cheating body and its high-strength/low weight structure are critical factors in the Prius Prime’s remarkably low energy consumption. Its 0.25 coefficient of drag is among the lowest for current production sedans. Automatic grille shutters help reduce drag by closing when airflow to the radiator is not needed. Another unique detail, the 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels feature aerodynamic covers painted in a two-tone scheme.

Yet the Prius Prime is no aero jellybean. The chiseled profile and edgy character lines seem to dare the wind to stand in its way.

The energy-conserving quad LED headlights glow like diamonds cutting the night, but they don’t blind oncoming drivers, thanks to its standard Automatic High Beams (AHB). Using an on- board camera, the system is designed to detect approaching vehicles or a vehicle traveling ahead and also measure the surrounding environment’s light (such as street light brightness) and adjust accordingly.

Don’t panic; you are seeing double when you look at the liftback’s glass. Exclusive to the Prius Prime, the “dual wave” rear window catches the eye while letting the wind slip by. Also unique to the Prius Prime, a full-width LED rear combination lamp panel leaves an unforgettable nighttime signature, with a shape that follows the contour of the spoiler and the double-wave window. A full-width aero glass panel below the rear spoiler, plus a standard backup camera, aid rearward visibility.
Accentuating the Prius Prime’s futuristic lines are four standard paint color choices including Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Titanium Glow and Blue Magnetism (available only on Prius Prime), plus two premium colors, Blizzard Pearl and Hypersonic Red.
EV or Hybrid? Both.

The Prius Prime will please anyone who wants to reduce trips to the gas pump, and it makes a great road trip car, too. The Prius Prime is designed to drive in EV mode in more situations, helping to enhance total vehicle driving range.

The Prius Prime also offers other drive modes to give the driver options depending on their needs: EV Auto Mode and Hybrid Mode: EV Auto Mode will automatically rely more on its electric capability, especially in urban and suburban driving during shorter trips. But in situations where it is more efficient to run the gasoline engine, up steep hills for example, the extremely efficient engine will engage. In Hybrid Mode, the Prius Prime runs primarily on the gasoline engine with support of the electric motor. It efficiently combines the engine drive force and the electric power from the hybrid battery.

The Prius Prime can even optimize range by memorizing the driver’s stopping patterns on frequently driven routes and suggesting when to let off the accelerator. Available Predictive Efficient Drive with Predictive Deceleration Support collects daily driving data to predict points of deceleration and stopping. From then on, when the driver goes through a location in the database, the system indicates when to let off the accelerator and can apply assisted deceleration to help boost fuel efficiency.

Mechanical Genius

Both the standard Prius hybrid and the Prius Prime are powered by Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, which seamlessly combines the output of the gasoline engine and electric motor through a planetary-type continuously variable transmission. The biggest difference is that the Prius Prime can be plugged in to recharge its larger 8.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack – more than double that of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid it replaces.
To help make extended EV mode driving range possible using Hybrid Synergy Drive, Toyota modified the system. For the first time in a Toyota hybrid, the system uses a “dual motor drive.” Toyota didn’t add another motor, however. Rather, a new one-way clutch engages both the generator (MG1) and electric drive motor (MG2) for drive force, the first time MG1 has been used for that purpose. Regenerative braking recaptures electrical energy under deceleration and braking and stores it in the battery, which helps to reduce fuel consumption.

There’s no special equipment needed for home charging. Just plug the Prius Prime into a standard household outlet (Toyota recommends using a dedicated GFI 15A outlet) using the supplied cable. Charging using a standard household outlet takes less than five-and-a-half hours, or approximately two hours when using a public charger or other 240V source.

To enhance the ownership experience and allow customers to get the most out of their Prius Prime, Toyota has partnered with ChargePoint, the world’s largest public charging network. ChargePoint provides access to more than 30,000 charging spots, the majority of which are free to users today. Add to that an updated suite of Prius Prime Apps that manage vehicle charging, climate control, location services and other vehicle functions, and owners will experience a new type of connection to their vehicles.

Engine of Change

Not to be overshadowed by all the electrical action, the Prius Prime’s gasoline engine also plays a starring role in that efficiency. The 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle, 4-cylinder engine, used in all 2017 Prius liftback models, expects a groundbreaking 40-percent-plus thermal efficiency. Most modern automobile engines reach about 25-30 percent.

Dig into the specs, and you’ll find a very high compression ratio of 13.0:1, yet like all Prius models, the Prius Prime runs on regular-grade gasoline. Myriad details throughout the hybrid powertrain contribute to its efficiency: an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system with a cooler; a smaller, lighter, quieter hybrid system water pump, and an exhaust heat recirculation system that speeds engine warm-up.
The combined net output for the Prime’s hybrid system is 121 hp. The effect of the electric motor and the planetary-type continuously variable transmission give the Prius Prime a spunky, responsive attitude in urban driving. On the highway, in battery mode, the silence is quite serene, indeed. The Prius Prime remains a quiet cruiser in all drive modes thanks to the sound-insulating laminated windshield and front door glass, comprehensive sound insulation measures and the optimized aero shape that helps keep wind noise where it belongs – outside.

Looks Marvelous, Feels Marvelous

On the inside, the Prius Prime looks and feels far from frugal. Its four-seat cabin layout, with center console in both front and back, feels far more premium. The rear-seat console offers generous storage capacity. Practicality is a Prius Prime strong suit, with standard 60/40 folding rear seatbacks unaffected by the larger battery.

The Prius Prime coddles the driver and passengers with standard heated front seats, an automatic climate control system, and available SofTex® synthetic leather trimmed seats. The climate control system runs very quietly thanks to an electric compressor. Toyota calls the system “smart-flow,” because it focuses airflow only to areas where occupants are seated in order to help maximize fuel economy and comfort.

The Prius Prime goes above and beyond to ensure both a comfortable cabin temperature and optimal EV performance in cold weather. The climate control system can also operate without the engine running, with a heat pump that allows the system to cool or heat the cabin while driving in EV mode.

The heat pump can function without the engine running in weather down to 14 degrees F, where a conventional heat pump system could only function with the temperature above 32 F. So, you can count on getting cabin heat quickly even with a cold powertrain, with comfort augmented by standard heated front seats.

On cold days, a battery warmer activates at the end of a charge to keep the battery temperature above 32 F, ensuring that it can deliver optimal EV performance and range when the vehicle is started. On the top-line Prius Prime Advanced model the driver can activate the remote air conditioning system with a key fob or smartphone app to cool the interior before entering the cabin.
Information At A Glance

The centrally mounted gauge panel, a Prius hallmark since the model’s inception, appears to float above the dashboard. The panel features dual 4.2-inch full-color multi-information displays, and the driver can change their content by using steering wheel controls. Customizable screens include Energy Monitor, Hybrid System and Climate Control Indicator, along with a suite of      “Eco” features: Eco Score, Eco Savings Record, Drive Monitor, and Eco Diary. Other screens provide displays for driver support systems, audio system content, and navigation system content.

Grade Strategy

Toyota’s grade strategy for Prius Prime includes grades, Prime Plus, Prime Premium and Prime Advanced, each with successively more amenities and technology. Prius Prime Plus starts with a long roster of standard features, including fabric-trimmed heated front seats with armrests and seatback pockets; power windows with auto up/down; smart-flow climate control system with pollen filtration; integrated navigation and backup camera; dual sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and heated power outside mirrors.

The standard SofTex-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel integrates controls for audio, climate, the Multi-Information Display and Bluetooth® hands-free phone. Additional user tech includes the Smart Key System (on driver side) with Push Button Start. To power devices, there’s a 12V auxiliary power outlet up front, and another in the rear, plus one front USB power outlet.

Stepping up to the Prius Prime Premium nets more technology, comfort and convenience.

Entune™ technology goes big-screen with the 11.6-inch vertical HD multimedia display. The Smart Key System with Push Button Start is expanded to three doors and includes remote illuminated entry.

Comfort moves up a few notches with SofTex-trimmed heated front seats with armrests and seatback pockets. The driver gets an 8-way power adjustable seat with power lumbar support.

Want to cut the cord, or at least leave it home? The Prius Prime Premium comes with wireless cell phone charging for Qi-compatible devices; just place a compatible phone on the console charging pad.
Prime Advanced

More luxury and tech enters the picture in the Prius Prime Advanced, which adds a heated steering wheel, remote climate control system, rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers and auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink® universal transceiver.

LED fog lights help bolster visibility, while a color head-up display (HUD) helps the driver keep focused on the road by projecting vital information onto the lower portion of the windshield. HUD displays include speedometer, hybrid battery charge Hybrid System Indicator navigation and the various systems within TSS-P.

The safety tech roster grows with Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Safety Connect®, which includes Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Roadside Assistance and Automatic Collision Notification. (Includes complimentary three-year trial subscription).
Prime Parking

In the urban jungle, where hunting for a prime parking space is a sport, the Prius Prime Advanced wins. Its standard Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) with Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA) uses ultrasonic wave sensors to size up a parallel parking space and then, when activated by the driver, can steer the car into it. The system can also reverse the vehicle into a perpendicular space and automatically steer it out of a parallel space. If you drive into a tight spot, such as a narrow alley or driveway, Intelligent Clearance Sonar provides visible and audible warnings if you get    too close to obstacles on the vehicle’s sides.

Entune™ Delivers Prime Multimedia

Sound, vision and information in the Prius Prime likewise meet the standard of the car’s name. The Prius Prime Plus comes standard with the comprehensive Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation system and Entune App Suite®. This easy-to-use multimedia system brings a world of music and information through a 7.0-inch high-resolution touch-screen with split screen display and includes: Integrated Navigation System; AM/FM, six speakers; auxiliary audio jack; USB 2.0 port with iPod® connectivity and control; advanced voice recognition; hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology, plus Siri® Eyes Free mode and an integrated backup camera display.

The Entune™ Multimedia Bundle adds to that AM/FM cache radio (letting you pause songs and play later), HD Radio, HD Radio Traffic, HD Radio Weather; SiriusXM All Access Radio with 3-month complimentary trial, and Gracenote album cover art.

And the list keeps going with the Entune™ App Suite adding yet more music sources, including Slacker Radio, iHeartRadio and Pandora®. Apps also give you Destination Search,, OpenTable®, Facebook Places, Yelp™ plus real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks. Access to Entune™ services is subscription-free.
On the Big Screen

The Prius Prime Plus puts that multimedia smorgasbord on a bright 11.6-in. high- resolution multimedia display. Suffice it to say navigation graphics and album cover art look stunning on the big screen. Tablet-like operation for this vertically oriented screen, including pinch and zoom functionality, will be immediately familiar to most drivers. Capacitive touch switches flank the screen on both sides, providing easy access to major functions. This upgrade also includes the Charging Station Map App, and this version of Entune goes all-in on playing digital music from an iPod or other device, or streaming. There’s no CD player; goodbye, 1990s.

But Wait, There’s More.

To all of the above, the Prius Prime Advanced adds JBL® Audio with Prime Apps. That means 10 JBL® GreenEdge™ speakers and Prime Apps for Smartphone with 3-year complimentary trial. Prime Apps include Remote Charge Management, Charging Station Map, ECO Dashboard, Remote Climate and Vehicle Finder. With them, the Prius Prime owner can remotely manage the vehicle’s charging schedule and status, locate charging stations, track and compare your eco driving score with others on social media, remotely control the vehicle’s climate system, and more – all from a smartphone. It’s advanced eco at your fingertips. (Access to Prius Prime Apps requires an active Safety Connect subscription after the 3-year complimentary trial.) 
Great Pricing Equals Prime Value

With the all-new Prius Prime loaded with active safety features, an array of comfort, convenience amenities, packed with advanced technology, and an ultra-efficient powertrain, one would expect pricing to take a giant leap skyward. Not so. When the Prius Prime goes on sale later this year, it will complete a great value story by carrying a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) that will range from $27,100 for the Prius Prime Plus grade, to $33,100 for the Prius Prime Advanced grade.
Prius Prime MSRPs do not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $865. The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.
2017 Prius Prime Prices
1235Prius Prime Plus$27,100
1237Prius Prime Premium$28,800
1239Prius Prime Advanced$33,100
All prices listed above exclude the Delivery, Processing, and Handling (DPH) fee.

Peace of Mind Warranty Protection

Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and against corrosion with no mileage limitation. The hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, battery control module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter, are covered for eight years/100,000 miles. In applicable states hybrid-related component coverage is 15 years/150,000 miles with the exception of the hybrid battery, which is covered for 10 years/150,000 miles.

The Prius Prime also comes standard with Toyota Care, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Prius models include three years of 24-hour roadside assistance from date of purchase.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Toyota and Discovery Education Challenge Teens to Spread the Word on Safe Driving

Winner of the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge Will Have their PSA Idea Produced by Discovery Film Crew – Contest Opens Today

Teens speak their own language, whether it’s through the latest slang, emojis or filters on Snapchat. That’s why once again Toyota and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are hosting the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, which invites teens to create short videos that encourage their peers to drive more safely. Teens can register and submit their entries today through February 23, 2017 at
“We’ve held the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge with Discovery Education for five years now because we know that teens can really get through to other teens about driving safety,” said Mike Goss, General Manager, Social Innovation, Toyota Motor North America. “Every year, teens across the country wow us with a mix of videos that are smart, startling, persuasive and often very funny. We can’t wait to see what this year’s crop of young filmmakers come up with.”
“Discovery Education is proud to partner with Toyota on this unique program and we salute their leadership in addressing this critical need to save lives across the country,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President at Discovery Education. “This contest continues to encourage students, parents and teachers to have critical conversations about the importance of making smart choices behind the wheel. We look forward to seeing this year’s entries.”
Each year, a panel of judges comprised of community leaders, educators, communications experts and Toyota representatives selects the winners. Last year’s Challenge drew more than 1,500 video submissions. You can watch the winning videos at this link. This year’s prizes include:
  • Grand Prize - $15,000 scholarship and the chance to work with a Discovery film crew to reshoot the winning video as a TV-ready PSA;
  • Second Place - $10,000 scholarship and a trip to attend a taping of a show that airs on Discovery Communications’ Velocity Network;
  • Third Place - $7,500 scholarship;
  • Fourth through Tenth Places - $2,500 scholarships each;
  • Four Regional Prizes - $1,000 scholarships each; and
  • One People’s Choice Prize, selected online through public vote - $5,000 scholarship and the chance to attend a Velocity Network show taping.
Since its inception, the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student scholarships and prizes. The Video 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 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 driving simulation which allows teens to virtually experience the real dangers of distracted driving.
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