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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The All-New 2016 Toyota Tacoma Mid-Size Pickup is Ready to Rock on ... and Off-Road

  • New V6 Engine, Transmission and Suspension Tuning
  • Most Powerful and Most Fuel Efficient Tacoma Ever
  • Legendary TRD Off-Road Toughness
  • Assembled in North America
  • Value Pricing

The Tacoma Dynasty rolls on! Rebuilt inside and out with an all-new powertrain and enhanced suspension tuning, America’s best-selling mid-size pickup for ten years running retains its throne on the mountaintop for dirt stomping adventurers. For decades, Toyota truck owners have come to expect the toughest, most durable pickup in the segment. The all-new Tacoma carries on a legacy of off-road victories and over seven million compact and mid-size Toyota trucks sold since 1964. It is, inside and out, the best Tacoma ever.

“For more than 50 years adventure-seeking Americans have relied on Toyota trucks to take them places, on and off-road,” said Bill Fay, group vice president & general manager, Toyota Division.  “The all-new homegrown Tacoma is a tough truck designed, developed and built for lifestyles of the young and young-at-heart.”

Built Tough
The new 2016 Tacoma was partly developed by the Toyota engineering team at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Starting with the frame, they added high strength steel to help enhance rigidity and overall strength. Ultra-high strength steel was integrated into the body shell using a new hot stamping process that reduces weight.

To create a truck to meet the needs of active drivers on a variety of tamed and untamed surfaces, the suspension was fine-tuned to help deliver a smoother on-road ride, while making it even more capable off-road.
Get Your Motor Running
The new Tacoma will feature two engines. A 2.7-liter DOHC four-cylinder with VVT-i that will produce 159 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm. EPA estimated city/highway/combined mpg for the 4x2 with an automatic transmission is19/23/21. Estimated fuel efficiency for the 4x4 with a manual transmission is 19/21/20 and 19/22/20 for the automatic.
For added performance, Tacoma offers an all-new V6 with a segment-first 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle with VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing with Intelligent Wider Intake) equipped with Toyota’s D-4S technology, featuring both direct and port fuel injection. The new V6 will generate 278 horsepower, an increase of 42 HP over the previous V6, and 265 lb.-ft. of torque at 4600 rpm. Estimated city/highway/combined mpg for the 4x2 automatic is 19/24/21. The estimated mpg for the 4x4 manual is 17/21/19 and 18/23/20 for the automatic. 

Both engines will be paired with a new six-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift delivering quick and easy shifting. The V6 can also be mated to a new six-speed manual transmission and the four-cylinder to a five-speed manual. The new powertrain makes the Tacoma more powerful and fuel efficient than ever before.

When equipped with the V6 Tow Package, the new Tacoma can tow up to 6,800 lbs. (per the SAE J2807 tow standard), an increase of 300 lbs. over the previous V6.

Doing It With Style, Inside and Out
Serious, yet fun!  This is the Toyota truck design DNA. The Tacoma and Tundra are amazingly capable trucks that are designed to reflect their capability. The Tacoma shares big brother Tundra’s more chiseled face, with a hex grille. From there, Tacoma expresses its own identity.

Inspired by desert racing, CALTY designers in Newport Beach, Calif. and Ann Arbor, Mich. helped make the new Tacoma all about recreational action and athletic agility. To achieve this, the new Tacoma’s wheel flares are strong and muscular for greater wheel travel and the high-lift image reflects its purposeful capability. Four new wheel designs range from 16 to 18 inches.

The front end portrays an aggressive attitude with its bold upper grille and a taller, more muscular hood. Mounted high above the redesigned front bumper sit slim, high-tech headlights that feature projection beam lamps with available LED Daytime Running Lights.

From behind, the new locking tailgate emphasizes Tacoma’s wide stance and tough image. The tailgate features an integrated spoiler for improved aerodynamics and a stamped Tacoma logo. The tailgate also adds an easy lowering feature, which allows it to slowly retract, preventing it from slamming down. For the first time ever, Tacoma will offer available an available factory-installed tri-fold hard tonneau cover for securing gear when you’re away from the truck.

Tacoma’s tough exterior is complemented by an interior that conveys a sport truck image reflecting an athletic, go anywhere, off-road feel. Once inside, drivers will notice a sporty design theme in the instrument panel for a more driver-focused experience. Soft-wrapped trim and metallic accents set the stage for a high-quality look and feel that is a starting point for an array of available premium features. Among them are:
  • Qi wireless charging
  • Smart key with push-button start
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Enhanced touchscreen audio
  • Blind-spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
In addition to offering more premium features, Toyota engineers also made the new Tacoma quieter than ever. To accomplish this, all seals were enhanced and a multi-layer acoustic windshield and sound-absorbing headliner were added. Finally, a floor silencer pad helps to further reduce road noise.

Interior storage is maximized in Access Cab models with fold-up rear seats and under-seat storage. Double Cab models feature 60/40 split rear seats with adjustable headrests and under-seat storage.

Making the Grades               
The new Tacoma will be available in 29 configurations in two cab types, the extended Access Cab and four-door Double Cab. Each cab will be available in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations.
Tacoma will now be available in five model grades, each with its own personality and unique look.  Tacoma grades include:
  • Work-ready SR
  • Iconic SR5
  • Athletic TRD Sport
  • Tough-as-nails TRD Off-Road
  • Top of the line Limited
The two TRD grades are inspired by Toyota Racing Development’s more than 35-year history in desert off-road racing and a heritage of vehicles that have helped off-road enthusiasts conquer the toughest terrains in the most remote locations around the globe. Tacoma buyers will now have the opportunity to capture their global adventures on video as every Tacoma will come standard with a GoPro® mount located near the rear-view mirror.

The Access Cab models ride on a 127.8-inch wheelbase and have a 73.7-inch-long bed. The Double Cab is offered in two versions: the 127.4-inch wheelbase with a 60.5-inch bed or 141.0-inch wheelbase with the 73.7-inch bed.

Both bed styles are built to take punishment with a composite inner bed made from a sheet-molded composite (SMC) deck and tough, durable walls that are 10-percent lighter than steel. The bed deck features two-tier loading and an integrated deck-rail utility system with four standard adjustable tie-down cleats. The deck rail system is compatible with Genuine Toyota Accessories, including a fork-mount bike rack, a cargo divider that locks into the rails to help keep cargo from sliding around the bed, and mini tie-downs with hooks that also help to secure cargo in the bed.  An available 120V/400W power point further extends the bed’s utility.

The new Tacoma will be available in eight exterior colors including three new colors: Quicksand, Inferno, and Blazing Blue Pearl. Additional colors include: Super White, Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray, Black, and Barcelona Red.

Inside, all Tacoma models will feature a four-way driver’s seat with lumbar support and four-way adjustable front passenger seats. The SR and SR5 grades are equipped with fabric-trimmed seats with a fun and youthful look. Seating for the TRD Sport and Off-Road grades are uniquely upholstered with embossed fabric that conveys a dynamic and rugged feel. The premium Limited grade features a rich, yet sporty leather trim. Interior colors include:
  • SR: Cement Gray 
  • SR5: Cement Gray; and Black with Caramel or Red colored seat stitching, dash and door accents.   
  • TRD Sport and TRD Off Road: Graphite and Black with Orange colored seat stitching and accented instrument panel ring. 
  • Limited: Hickory leather-trimmed interior.
Traveling Off the Beaten Path
All Tacoma 4x4 models are equipped with 4WDemand part-time 4WD with an electronically controlled transfer case and Automatic Limited Slip Differential (Auto LSD). Tacoma TRD Sport models are equipped with sport-tuned shocks. TRD Off-Road models include an off-road tuned suspension equipped with Bilstein® shocks.

Tacoma off-roading adventures will reach new levels of fun in the TRD Off-Road grade thanks to the addition of incredible technology. A Multi-Terrain Select system (automatic transmission only) allows the driver to choose between different types of terrain such as loose rock, or mud and sand. Each input regulates wheel spin by adjusting throttle and brake pressure to provide maximum traction on almost any terrain.

Additional off-road technology includes Locking Rear Differential, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Clutch Start Cancel (manual transmission only), Active Traction Control, and Crawl Control.  Engaging Crawl Control allows the driver to select a speed of 1-5 mph. The Crawl Control system takes over the acceleration and braking, allowing the driver to focus solely on steering.
All Tacoma models are equipped with a coil-spring double wishbone front suspension and stabilizer bar and leaf spring rear suspension with staggered outboard-mounted gas shocks. Brakes are power-assisted ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes with a tandem booster.

Optional on V6 models is a Class IV towing receiver hitch with transmission oil cooler with water and air cooler, 130-amp alternator  (manual transmission only), 4- and 7-pin connector, and Trailer-Sway Control.

Staying Entune®
All Tacoma SR grades come standard with the base Entune Audio system. The system features the Entune Multimedia Bundle, which includes:
  • 6.1-inch touch-screen display
  • AM/FM CD player
  • 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
  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • Integrated backup camera display
Tacoma SR5 models will come standard with Entune Audio Plus, which adds a  6.1-inch high-resolution touch screen display, Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link App, SiriusXM All-Access Radio (includes 3-month complimentary trial), HD Traffic and Weather (in major metro areas).

Entune Premium Audio leverages the user’s smartphone to provide a richer in-vehicle experience with fully integrated access to navigation, entertainment and information services. The Entune Premium Audio and Entune Premium JBL® Audio systems feature engaging mobile apps, including Destination Search, iHeartRadio,, OpenTable®, Pandora®, Yelp, Facebook Places and Slacker Radio plus real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks. Access to Entune services is subscription free.

Entune Premium Audio is standard on TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road grades. It adds Integrated Navigation and App Suite, the Entune Multimedia Bundle with a seven-inch high resolution touch screen with split display, Entune® App Suite, HD Radio, HD predictive traffic and Doppler weather overlay, AM/FM cache radio, and Gracenotes album cover art.

At the top of the line, the Tacoma Limited comes standard with the Entune Premium JBL Audio system, which adds six JBL speakers and 1 subwoofer, providing excellent sound quality.

Individualize It
The Tacoma offers plenty of choices when it comes to individualizing a truck, yet Toyota makes it easy by offering nine core packages: SR Utility Package, SR Convenience Package, four levels of the SR5 Appearance Package, and three levels of Premium & Technology Packages.

The SR Utility Package is for Tacoma owners looking to create a work truck-type configuration as it removes the rear seats for added utility space and adds black door handles, black mirror caps, black rear bumper, and a fixed rear window.

The SR Convenience Package adds cruise control and remote keyless entry.

The SR5 Appearance Packages bundle styling, technology and comfort features, including 16-inch silver alloy wheels, color-keyed overfenders, rear parking sonar, Entune Premium Audio, and more.

The Premium & Technology Packages bundle comfort and technology features including Dual Zone Climate Control, heated front seats, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, auto-headlamps, power tilt/slide moonroof, Entune Premium JBL Audio, and more.

Toyota dealers offer a wide array of accessories, including TRD performance components, that expand Tacoma’s utility, comfort and driving fun.

Safety First
Standard on all Toyota models is the Star Safety System™, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop brake override technology (SST).

Every Tacoma has standard three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and front and rear Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags.

Standard active headrests for the front seats move up and forward almost instantly in the event of certain rear-end collisions to help reduce the distance between the occupant's head and the headrest.

Additional standard safety features include a Tire Pressure Monitor System (with individual tire location alert on most grades). A Class IV towing receiver hitch (V6 only) with transmission oil cooler with water and air cooler, 130-amp alternator  (manual transmission only), 4- and 7-pin connector, and Trailer-Sway Control.

Value Pricing
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the 2016 Tacoma 4x2 will range from $23,300 for the SR Access Cab with a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission to $34,745 for the Double Cab Limited 3.5-liter V6 with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The MSRP for the 2016 Tacoma 4x4 will range from $24,825 for the SR 4-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual transmission to $37,820 for the V6 Limited with the six-speed automatic.

The MSRP for the Tacoma does not include the delivery, processing, and handling (DPH) fee of $900.  The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.

A North American Story
Tacoma is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) in San Antonio and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Baja California (TMMBC) in Baja California, Mexico. Both facilities play a major role in carrying on Tacoma’s legendary reputation for quality, durability and reliability (QDR), which has been instrumental in establishing its segment-leading owner loyalty rating. It’s QDR has also helped establish Tacoma as the highest rated vehicle in its class in resale value for the past 10 years according to Kelley Blue Book. The all-new Tacoma builds on this tradition with enhancements in every aspect over the current Tacoma including, design, ruggedness, and performance in horsepower and fuel efficiency.

50 Years and Counting
Backed by more than 50 years of unwavering capability, an unbreakable attitude, and an off-road racing heritage, the all-new Tacoma is hungry for adventure and ready to tackle almost any challenge that it encounters. It is the ultimate tool for the outdoorsman that likes to get out there and go places.             

Limited Warranty and Toyota Care
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 corrosion with no mileage limitation. The Tacoma also comes standard with Toyota Care, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Series Model Configuration 2016 MSRP
TACOMA 7146 SR5 DOUBLE CAB 4X2 V6 AUTO $27,985
TACOMA 7513 SR ACCESS CAB 4X4 4-CYL. M/T LB $24,825
TACOMA 7540 SR5 DOUBLE CAB 4X4 V6 AUTO $31,060
TACOMA 7558 SR5 ACCESS CAB 4X4 V6 AUTO $30,170

Monday, August 24, 2015

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser: A Luxurious Bridge Between Civilization and Adventure

  • New 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Toyota Safety Sense-P with Pre-Collision System, Frontal Collision Avoidance and Pedestrian Protection
  • Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Entune® 2.5 Multimedia with Siri® Eyes Free Mode and 9-inch Display
  • Standard Rear-Seat Entertainment System with Dual 10-inch Screens
  • Qi Wireless Phone Charging
How do you improve ultimate? The Toyota Land Cruiser has long been the brand’s ultimate-capability, ultimate-luxury SUV, and for 2016 Toyota is ratcheting up the meaning of that term. New exterior and interior design features are the obvious changes made to the 2016 Land Cruiser, while new safety technology, a major drivetrain upgrade and enhanced multimedia features make this makeover far more than metal-skin deep.

Toyota has continually sold Land Cruiser models in the United States since 1957. Over the decades, the Land Cruiser has evolved from a utilitarian go-anywhere vehicle to one of the most luxurious full-capability SUVs on the market. Land Cruiser customers are among the most loyal in the auto industry; they seek ultimate capability and luxury, though packaged with renowned Toyota value and understated character.

The Land Cruiser body is new from the A-pillar forward. It’s a whole new look for this iconic vehicle, with the bumper, grille, projector-beam LED low and high beam headlights, headlight cleaners and integrated Land Cruiser logo, all contributing to the new design signature. The hood’s distinctive power bulges convey the potential of the 381-horsepower V8 that lies beneath. Teamed to that power plant for 2016 is the Toyota brand’s first 8-speed automatic transmission, which helps enhance acceleration.

The Land Cruiser shows a new signature from behind, as well, thanks to new taillights with light-tube design and LED brake lights, a new full-width chrome molding and a new bumper. A chrome body side molding embossed with the Land Cruiser logo and new-design 18-inch alloy wheels accentuate the Land Cruiser’s muscular profile.

Once again, the Toyota Land Cruiser comes in one version: fully equipped and with seating for eight. There are no factory options, and really, none are needed. For 2016, new semi-aniline perforated leather is available in the customer’s choice of black or new Terra (brown). The black interior and Terra interiors are accented by Deep Wood trim. The high-quality materials complement a center console redesign that shows a more cohesive appearance and more intuitive controls.

The Land Cruiser’s Entune head unit is upgraded, adding Siri® Eyes Free mode and other performance enhancements. When paired with an iPhone, the driver simply pushes a steering wheel button and then speaks requests to Siri. And, new Qi wireless phone charging (for compatible devices) means one less cable to carry.

The luxurious new steering wheel, is heated as before, and also integrates switches for the multi-information display, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and new Toyota Safety Sense-P system.

New Driver Assist Technologies
The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is the first in the model’s history equipped with technology designed to help prevent or mitigate collisions and, under certain circumstances, help protect pedestrians in a collision. The new Toyota Safety Sense-P system includes Frontal Collision Avoidance, at speeds below 24 mph (including pedestrian protection); Frontal Collision Mitigation (also for speeds below 24 mph); Lane Departure Alert; Auto High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

In addition, the 2016 Land Cruiser can help the driver avoid hazards with the new Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. All the new driver-assist systems come standard. A backup camera is also standard, and also useful for hitching a trailer.

An Engine That Deserves to be Called a Power Plant
The Land Cruiser driver will not be wanting for power. The 381 horsepower 5.7-liter DOHC V8 engine features Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and produces 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. Equally critical is that the engine produces 90-percent of peak torque at just 2,200 rpm, giving Land Cruiser a powerful response for any driving situation and making it especially useful for towing.

For 2016, a new 8-speed automatic transmission replaces the 6-speed unit, with the added ratios allowing a wider ratio spread to help enhance acceleration and fuel efficiency. When the going gets rough, the driver can select manual control for more powertrain control. EPA fuel efficiency is 13 mpg in the city, 18 mpg on the highway and 15 combined.

And the Land Cruiser can tow: the standard Trailer Towing Package equips it to pull a trailer up to 8,500 pounds. The hardware needed for towing is all there, including an engine oil cooler, as well as a connector and sub-wiring harness that facilitate a trailer-brake controller. Trailer Sway Control uses the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) to help counteract trailer sway, helping to make towing a more relaxed proposition.

Tough Where It Counts
The smooth-riding, unabashedly plush Land Cruiser is built with tough-as-nails body-on-frame construction. Its reassuringly solid feel comes from more than size. Its body structure makes extensive use of high-strength steel, especially in the A-, B-, C- and D-pillars and rocker area.

Offering the comfort of a luxury sedan in everyday driving, the Land Cruiser comes ready to tackle off-pavement and trail driving, making out-of-the-way vacation cabins seem less out of the way. Suspension design combines proven trail capability with advanced control technology. Key to the Land Cruiser’s off-pavement competence is suspension articulation, facilitated by long wheel travel.

And the suspension has some high-tech hydraulic help. Hardcore off-road drivers will, when necessary, disembark their vehicles to disconnect the suspension stabilizer bars in order to increase wheel articulation. That’s a tough, dirty and even dangerous job, and it can impair on-road handling if the bars are left disconnected. Fortunately, such dirty work is completely unnecessary in the Toyota Land Cruiser. Its Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) hydraulically adjusts the lean resistance provided by the stabilizer bars, reducing it for off-road driving to help minimize any tendency for wheel lift.

On pavement, where stabilizer bar function is beneficial for agility and safe control, KDSS enables the bars work conventionally to help reduce body lean by as much as 50 percent. The system operates hydraulically, without the need for complex electronics.

Approach and departure angles are 30 degrees and 20 degrees, respectively, for confident off-road maneuvering. While traversing rocky terrain, the driver can take comfort knowing underbody panels help to protect the Land Cruiser’s engine and transmission.

Full-Time 4WD, With A Supporting Cast of Advanced Control Systems
Four-wheel drive is a given in a full-capability SUV, but not all 4WD systems are equal. The Land Cruiser’s full-time 4WD system uses a TORSEN® limited-slip locking center differential to distribute torque 40:60 front-to-rear. Should wheel slippage occur, the differential can direct more torque to the wheels with the best grip. Active Traction control (A-TRAC) employs both brake and throttle intervention to help control wheel spin. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), with a cut-off switch, helps maintain directional control during cornering.

Off-road drivers know that a 2-speed transfer case with low-range is a must for tackling steep inclines and particularly difficult trails. That’s why the Land Cruiser has one, and it, too, does not work alone. The Land Cruiser’s Multi-terrain Select system allows the driver to match wheel slip control to the surface and driving conditions.

Multi-terrain Select allows more-than-normal wheel slip in loose terrain, such as mud and sand, to help the Land Cruiser keep moving without digging itself in. The Mogul setting is effective for traversing extremely uneven terrain, such as V-ditches, slopes, and ridges; wheel slip is minimized and the system acts more like a limited slip differential.

Land Cruiser also features an enhanced Multi-Terrain Monitor with selectable front, side or rear views with near 360-degree visability and five-second front undercarriage projected path video playback.

Low-range is also vital for crawling along at a slow, safe speed over challenging terrain.  With the transfer case shifted into low range, the Land Cruiser’s CRAWL Control regulates engine speed and output, along with braking force, to propel the vehicle forward or reverse at one of five driver-selectable low-speed settings. CRAWL Control, when engaged, allows the driver to focus on steering without also having to modulate the throttle or brake pedals.

Two more systems help out on trails. Downhill Assist Control (DAC) can augment the low-range ratio’s low-speed descending ability by helping to hold the vehicle to a target speed with minimal driver intervention. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) helps prevent nerve-wracking roll-back when stopping and then starting again on a steep incline or slippery surface.

Because trails are usually not as comfortably wide as highway lanes, the Land Cruiser comes equipped with Off-Road Turn Assist. The system tightens the turning radius by applying slight brake pressure to the inside rear wheel, creating a pivot effect. Big P285/60 R18 mud-and-snow tires on 18 x 8.0-inch aluminum alloy wheels help give the Land Cruiser exemplary grip in all conditions. With a tire that size, you’d want the reassurance of having a full-size spare, and it’s standard on Land Cruiser. And you’ll always know it’s ready because the direct individual tire pressure monitor system also monitors the spare.

Of course, all of the Land Cruiser’s impressive 4WD hardware and chassis control technology also help take the slip out of slippery weather in everyday driving.

Luxury is not an Option; It’s Standard
To get the Land Cruiser equipped with the most desirable features, the customer need only choose … color. The Land Cruiser comes fully equipped, requiring no options or packages to add premium luxury. The very long list of standard amenities includes perforated leather trim, heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping with memory. The list keeps going: Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start; anti-theft security system with engine immobilizer; power moonroof; auto-dimming rearview and side mirrors; HomeLink® universal garage-door/gate opening system, and much more.

The Land Cruiser’s four-zone automatic climate control system provides a comfortable environment for all onboard. Its 7-level blower control circulates heated or cooled air via 28 air vents located throughout the cabin, and a micro-dust and pollen filter helps keep that air clean. When it’s cold outside, the Land Cruiser’s auxiliary Positive Temperature Coefficient heater warms the cabin quickly using an electrically heated ceramic element, similar to a household space heater.

The Land Cruiser driver faces a panel of bright Optitron instrument gauges, and a Multi-Information Display shows gear selection, odometer, tripmeter, fuel consumption, individual tire pressures and cruising range. The Multi-Information Display also monitors parking assist, steering wheel angle, Multi-Terrain Select including Crawl Control, Dynamic Cruise Control adjustment information, TSS P pre-collision warning alarm adjustment, Lane Departure Alert and sway warning. The center console, which was redesigned for 2016, integrates a cooler box, USB port and cup holders.

Luxury permeates all three rows. The middle row seats are also trimmed in perforated leather and feature multi-stage heating and abrasion-resistant seatback material. The 40/20/20 split seat is built for comfort and convenience. It’s got a recline feature, and a one-touch tumble mechanism makes it easy for passengers to enter and exit the third row. When you need to maximize room for either passengers or cargo, the middle row seats also slide forward and aft 4.1 inches. The third row are 50/50 split fold-down leather trimmed with folding headrests with abrasion resistant seatback materials, which seats three occupants. With the middle and third rows folded, the Land Cruiser provides 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

JBL® Synthesis Premium Audio with Entune®
Music lovers will recognize JBL as the brand behind some of the world’s best concert hall speaker systems. It’s also the name behind the standard Land Cruiser’s Entune Premium JBL® Audio with Integrated Navigation system. The system creates the effect of driving a concert hall, with stunningly clear, powerful sound delivered through 14 speakers, including a subwoofer. It’s all controlled through the new-for-2016 nine-inch touch screen.

The unit’s split screen capability allows navigation and audio screens to be displayed at the same time. The music sources includes an AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability; SiriusXM® All Access Satellite Radio capability (includes three-month complimentary trial subscription); HD Radio™ with iTunes® Tagging; USB port with iPod® connectivity and control, and music streaming via Bluetooth®, which also provides hands-free phone capability and phone book access. Advanced voice recognition lets you speak simple commands to get what you want.

The Toyota Entune App Suite is a collection of popular mobile applications and subscription-free data services. Once a smartphone is paired to the vehicle using Bluetooth or a USB cable, Entune apps are operated using the vehicle’s controls or, for some services, by voice recognition. Entune offers apps for Destination Search, Facebook Places, iHeartRadio,, OpenTable®, Pandora®, Yelp®, and Slacker Radio.

Rear passengers will enjoy Land Cruiser’s rear-seat DVD entertainment system featuring two individual 11.6-inch display monitors, RCA jacks and separate HDMI input for individual playback.

Star Safety
Connectivity gives drivers and passengers more choices for information and entertainment, and it also provides added peace of mind. Using onboard cellular technology, independent of the driver’s phone, Toyota’s Safety Connect™ offers Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), and enhanced Roadside Assistance, which adds GPS data to the already-included warranty-based Toyota roadside service. One-year of Safety Connect service is included, and subscription packages are available after that.

Safety, too, comes from an array of technologies that make up the STAR Safety System™ that’s standard on all Toyotas.  The Land Cruiser multi-terrain anti-lock braking system (ABS) automatically selects the optimal ABS profile to provide the most suitable brake force for on- and off-road driving surfaces. Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) balances braking forces between the front and rear brakes, and Brake Assist (BA) provides auxiliary force to assist the driver during emergency braking.

All eight seating positions have three-point seatbelts, and Land Cruiser features 10 airbags: driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System; driver and front passenger knee airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, second-row outboard seat-mounted side airbags and three-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags.

Active headrests on the driver and front passenger seats move up and forward almost instantly in the event of certain rear-end collisions to help reduce the distance between the occupant's head and the headrest. The advanced seatbelt system is designed to retract the front seatbelts when the brakes are suddenly applied or when the VSC system detects tire slippage. The standard parking sonar system uses ultrasonic sensors on the front and rear bumpers to sense obstacles.
Limited Warranty and ToyotaCare
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 corrosion with no mileage limitation. Toyota dealers have complete details on the limited warranty.

The Land Cruiser also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Friday, August 21, 2015

With 8 Million Units Sold, Toyota Proves Hybrids Have Staying Power

Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada likes to tell the story of how his team couldn't get the first Prius prototype to move for 49 days. According to him, "We had no idea what was wrong, so we worked late every night trying to figure it out. We finally got it to move around Christmas time, but it only went 500 meters!"

That was back in 1995, when hybrid cars were unproven, experimental machines with a very unclear future. Fast-forward twenty years, and Toyota is proud to announce that it has now sold over 8 million hybrid vehicles1, with just 10 months between this and the last million-unit milestone.

It can be hard to get a sense of what the number 8 million might mean for the environment and for hybrid owners. For a bit of context, Toyota calculates that as of July 31, its hybrid vehicles have resulted in approximately 58 million fewer tons2 of CO2 emissions3 than would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance. Toyota also estimates that its hybrid vehicles have saved approximately 22 million kiloliters of gasoline compared to the amount used by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar sizes.

The message is clear: having found homes in driveways around the world, hybrids have staying power. Since the launch of the Prius in 1997, Toyota has been gradually adding hybrid models throughout its range, from the compact Yaris Hybrid to the recently announced RAV4 Hybrid. As of this month, Toyota sells 30 hybrid passenger car models and one plug-in hybrid model in more than 90 markets.

Over just the past year, Toyota has made several new hybrid models available, including the Esquire Hybrid (Japan only), the Lexus RC300h, and the recently launched Sienta Hybrid. Other new hybrid models are just around the corner, such as the Corolla Hybrid and Levin Hybrid (China only) and RAV4 Hybrid. This ongoing roll-out will only continue, with new hybrid models being added to Toyota's range and sold in more markets than ever before.

Hybrid technologies, which encompass all of the component technologies necessary for the development of environment-friendly cars and which facilitate the use of different fuel combinations, are positioned by Toyota as core environmental technologies for the twenty-first century. Using these technologies, Toyota is also working on improving non-hybrid cars. Across the board, Toyota aims to enhance performance, reduce costs, and expand its product lineup―including that of non-hybrid vehicles.
1Including plug-in hybrid vehicles; Toyota data
2Excluding the Coaster Hybrid EV and Quick Delivery 200
3Number of registered vehicles × distance traveled × fuel efficiency (actual fuel efficiency in each country) × CO2 conversion factor
Toyota Hybrid Vehicle Sales*
(Based on Toyota data)
    Global Cumulative
Europe Japan North America Others
1997 300 300 300
1998 17,600 17,600 18,000
1999 15,200 15,200 33,200
2000 700 12,500 5,800 19,000 52,300
2001 300 18,500 16,000 200 36,900 89,200
2002 800 20,000 20,300 200 41,300 130,500
2003 900 27,200 24,900 400 53,300 183,800
2004 8,100 68,700 55,900 1,900 134,700 318,500
2005 23,400 58,500 150,000 3,100 234,900 553,500
2006 36,000 72,400 197,600 6,500 312,500 866,000
2007 49,000 82,000 287,800 10,700 429,400 1,295,400
2008 57,800 104,400 255,000 12,600 429,700 1,725,100
2009 54,700 251,100 205,300 19,000 530,100 2,255,200
2010 70,200 392,200 195,900 31,900 690,200 2,945,400
2011 82,800 316,400 185,100 44,700 629,000 3,574,400
2012 106,900 678,000 344,700 89,500 1,219,100 4,793,500
2013 152,900 679,100 358,200 89,000 1,279,200 6,072,700
2014 171,800 684,200 323,600 86,500 1,266,000 7,338,700
111,800 389,300 163,200 45,300 709,600 8,048,400
Total 930,100 3,887,800 2,789,100 441,400
*Global figures contain sales from markets other than Europe, Japan, North America and Others
Cumulative Sales of Toyota Hybrid Passenger Vehicles*1 (as of July 2015)
Europe Japan North America Others
Prius 279,400 1,553,400 1,595,700 98,700 3,527,100
Prius α / Prius v / Prius + 32,800 401,600 142,700 5,300 582,400
Aqua / Prius c 901,500 150,800 29,000 1,081,200
Camry 49,400 356,900 122,100 528,300
Alphard*2 56,400 1,900 58,300
Auris 231,100 9,000 240,100
Yaris 172,200 4,000 176,200
Avalon 41,100 100 41,200
Highlander / Kluger*3 3,400 141,100 1,800 146,300
Vellfire 28,400 28,400
Sai 92,800 92,800
Estima 114,000 33 114,000
Harrier 55,900 55,900
Crown Hybrid 123,700 123,700
Crown Mild Hybrid*4 6,500 6,500
Crown Majesta (hybrid only) 10,500 10,500
Corolla Axio 36,300 36,300
Corolla Fielder 90,400 90,400
Voxy 57,200 57,200
Noah 43,600 43,600
Esquire 31,500 31,500
Sienta 3,100 3,100
Lexus LS 600h / LS 600hL 4,700 27,100 3,000 5,100 39,800
Lexus GS 450h / GS 300h 15,500 19,600 7,100 7,300 49,500
Lexus RX 400h / RX 450h 93,600 31,400 159,200 33,400 317,600
Lexus HS 250h 43,600 22,300 100 66,000
Lexus CT 200h 57,000 49,800 78,800 56,200 241,900
Lexus ES 300h 500 46,300 50,900 97,700
Lexus IS 300h 19,300 18,400 6,800 44,500
Lexus NX 300h 14,400 9,900 2,000 9,700 36,000
Lexus RC 300h 2,400 2,400
Prius PHV 9,900 21,700 42,000 100 73,600
*1Figures as of July, 2015 and based on Toyota data; *2Production ceased in 2008 and production of a new model started in 2011; *3Kluger Hybrid (for the Japanese market) production ceased in 2007; *4Crown Royal production ceased in 2003, Crown Sedan production ceased in 2008;
Hybrid model global sales results
Toyota Hybrid Vehicle Chronology
Year Month Milestone
1995 Oct. Prius concept displayed by Toyota at Tokyo Motor Show
Nov. First Prius prototype built
1997 Mar. Toyota Hybrid System (THS) unveiled
Aug. Coaster Hybrid EV launched (Japan only)
Oct. Prius unveiled (launched in December)
2000 Nov. Cumulative global Prius sales top 50,000 vehicles
2001 Jun. Estima Hybrid launched (Japan only)
Aug. Crown Royal series with Mild Hybrid System launched (Japan only)
2002 Mar. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 100,000 mark
Aug. Cumulative global Prius sales top 100,000 vehicles
Oct. Crown Sedan with Mild Hybrid System launched (Japan only)
2003 Apr. Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) unveiled
Jul. Alphard Hybrid launched (Japan only)
Sep. Completely redesigned second-generation Prius launched
Dyna Hybrid and Toyoace Hybrid unveiled (launched in November; Japan only)
2005 Mar. Harrier Hybrid (Lexus RX 400h) and Kluger Hybrid (Highlander Hybrid) launched
Oct. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 500,000 mark
Dec. Second-generation Prius production commenced at SFTM's Changchun plant in China
2006 Mar. Lexus GS 450h launched
Apr. Cumulative global Prius sales top 500,000 vehicles
May Camry Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)
Jun. Completely redesigned Estima Hybrid launched (Japan only)
Oct. Camry Hybrid production commenced at Kentucky Plant in the U.S.; Quick Delivery 200 launched (Japan only)
2007 May Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 1 million mark; Lexus LS 600h / LS 600hL launched
2008 Feb. Crown Hybrid unveiled (launched in May; Japan only)
Apr. Cumulative global Prius sales top 1 million vehicles
2009 Jan. Lexus RX 450h unveiled (launched in April)
May Completely redesigned third-generation Prius launched
Jul. Camry Hybrid production commenced at TMT's Gateway Plant, Thailand; HS 250h launched
Aug. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 2 million mark
Oct. Sai unveiled (launched in December, Japan only)
Dec. Camry Hybrid production commenced at TMCA's Altona Plant, Australia
2010 Apr. Camry Hybrid production commenced at GTMC's plant in China
Jun. Auris Hybrid production commenced at TMUK's Burnaston Plant, UK; Auris Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)
Jul. Cumulative sales in Japan of hybrids top 1 million vehicles
Sep. Cumulative global Prius sales top 2 million vehicles
Nov. Third-generation Prius production commenced at TMT's Gateway Plant, Thailand
2011 Jan. Annual Prius sales in Japan of new vehicles in 2010 were 315,669 vehicles, the largest amount of annual sales ever recorded; Lexus CT 200h launched
Feb. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 3 million mark
May Prius α launched
Aug. Prius sales in Japan top 1 million mark
Sep. Completely redesigned Camry Hybrid launched in Japan; Alphard Hybrid and Vellfire Hybrid unveiled (launched in November, Japan only)
Oct. TMEC of China conducts cornerstone laying ceremony and announces plan to produce and sell vehicles with hybrid systems produced in China jointly with China FAW Group and GTMC around 2015
Nov. Prius PHV unveiled (launched in January 2012 in Japan, in March 2012 in the U.S., in the summer of 2012 in Europe)
Dec. Production of third-generation Prius commenced at SFTM's Changchun Plant in China; Aqua launched
2012 Jan. Completely redesigned Lexus GS 450h unveiled (launched in March)
Feb. Start of Highlander Hybrid production at Indiana Plant in the U.S. in the second half of 2013 announced
Production and sale of Camry Hybrid in Kuozui Motor's Kuanying Plant, Taiwan commenced
Apr. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 4 million mark
May Yaris Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)
Jul. Start of Lexus RX 450h production at TMMC's Cambridge Plant in early 2014 announced; Lexus ES 300h launched (for sale outside Japan)
Oct. Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales in Japan top 2 million mark
Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales from January through October 2012 top 1 million mark
Nov. Completely redesigned Auris Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)
Dec. Completely redesigned Crown hybrid unveiled (launched in January 2013, Japan only); Avalon hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)
2013 Mar. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 5 million mark
May Lexus IS 300h launched
Jun. Cumulative global Prius sales top 3 million units
Aug. Corolla Axio Hybrid and Corolla Fielder Hybrid launched (Japan only)
Sep. Crown Majesta (only hybrid version available) launched (Japan only)
Oct. Lexus GS 300h launched
Nov. Completely redesigned Harrier Hybrid unveiled (launched in January 2014)
Dec. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 6 million mark
2014 Jan. Voxy Hybrid and Noah Hybrid launched (Japan only)
Feb. Highlander Hybrid production commenced at Indiana Plant in the U.S.
Mar. Lexus RX 450h production commenced at TMMC's Cambridge Plant in the U.S.
Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales in Japan top 3 million mark
Apr. Plan to start sales of Corolla and Levin models equipped with China-produced major hybrid components in 2015 announced at Beijing Motor Show
Jul. Toyota Motor (Changshu) Auto Parts Co., Ltd. In China holds opening ceremony; production of hybrid transaxles to start in 2015
Lexus NX 300h launched in Japan (sales outside Japan began in October)
Sep. Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 7 million mark
Oct. Lexus RC300h launched
Esquire hybrid launched (Japan only)
2015 Jan. Completely redesigned Alphard hybrid and Vellfire hybrid launched
Apr. RAV4 Hybrid announced at New York International Auto Show
Jul. Sienta hybrid launched
Cumulative global hybrid vehicle sales top 8 million mark

Monday, August 17, 2015

Burien Toyota Supports Northwest Vietnamese, Buddhist Community

Some of our Burien Toyota staff had the opportunity to attend opening ceremonies at the Chua Duoc Su Buddhist Temple in Seattle. They were invited because Burien Toyota sponsors the event.

 "It was very special to be able to attend ceremonies at the temple," said Sharon Daniels, Customer Relations Manager at Burien Toyota. "I learned a lot about the culture and we are proud to support this community."

The Chua Duoc Su Temple is famous and Buddhist faithful come from as far away as California. It most known for its seven-ton jade Buddha statue.

"This is the second year Sharon and I have come to the ceremony," said Dinh Lam, Burien Toyota sales associate. "I love going into the Vietnamese community, my community to show how much my employer cares about them."

Lam is our embassador to the Vietnamese community and native Vietnamese speaker to help you with all your Toyota-buying needs.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Check Out the Seahawk's Toyota Tundra at Burien Toyota and New Toyota Fan Deck

We are HUGE Seahawks fans and supporters here at Burien Toyota and we have can prove it with our Seahawks Toyota Tundra:

That's right, this Seahawks fan dream truck is now on our showroom floor and we'd love to show it to you!

Not only does Burien Toyota support the Seahawks as fan with awesome Seahawks trucks, we are also partners with the Seahawks. This season, look for the new Toyota Fan Deck right under the 12th man flag!

"Local Toyota dealers are thrilled to partner with the Seahawks to give the best fans in the NFL something extra to cheer about - an even better fan experience,” said Western Washington Toyota Dealer President, Mike O’Brien. “The Toyota Fan Deck will be the perfect place for fans to root on their team in the South End Zone.”

Local Toyota dealerships, including Burien Toyota, also teamed up the Seahawks to raise money for Communities in Schools of Washington to donate $500 for every opponent false start at Century Link Field.

See more about Toyota's partnership with the Seahawks and the new Toyota Fan Deck HERE.

Go Hawks!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Toyota of Burien Back to School Service Specials

Toyota of Burien has some great back to school specials to make sure you or your student have a less stressful transition into the school year.
  • Front end alignment for $79
  • $20 off a complete auto detail
  • Get a True-2 Battery for $79.95 or TrueStart Battery for $99.95
  • $10 off any 30k, 60k, 90k, or 120k-mile service
Call Burien Toyota today to schedule your appointment because nobody knows your Toyota better!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

St. Bernard Project (SBP) and Toyota Build on Hurricane Katrina Recovery Effort with Expanded Partnership to Strengthen U.S. Disaster Resilience

SBP Has Rebuilt More Homes Post-Katrina than Any Other Nonprofit, Yet More Than 5,000 New Orleans Families Remain Displaced Nearly 10 Years after the Hurricane

Toyota will train 140 AmeriCorps Members Annually in Toyota Production System to Support SBP’s Rebuilding Efforts across the Country
As we approach the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, more than 5,000 families in New Orleans are still waiting to return to home. Meanwhile, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), the number of billion-dollar natural disasters in the U.S. continues to rise. St. Bernard Project (SBP), the national disaster recovery and resiliency organization, whose proven-effective model relies on the support of AmeriCorps members, has seen requests for help from homeowners in New Orleans increase 25 percent from 2014.

To address this, St. Bernard Project (SBP) is expanding its longstanding partnership with Toyota to strengthen U.S. disaster resilience and expedite disaster recovery across the country. SBP was founded in New Orleans in 2006 - by a teacher and lawyer from Washington, DC - in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and has since rebuilt more homes there than any other nonprofit. Vital to this effort, has been the 140 AmeriCorps members annually who serve in positions at SBP such as Site Supervisors and client, and volunteer managers. These AmeriCorps members have helped organize and lead more than 100,000 citizen volunteers over the past ten years in communities beyond New Orleans. To date, SBP has rebuilt homes for families impacted by natural disasters in Rockaway, NY; Staten Island, NY; Monmouth County, NJ; Joplin, MO; and most recently, San Marcos, TX. SBP serves low- to moderate-income homeowners who cannot afford to rebuild, with a focus on families with small children, the elderly, disabled persons, returned war veterans, and under-and uninsured persons.

SBP’s success can be attributed, in large part, to its partnership with Toyota and AmeriCorps. After the automaker shared the Toyota Production System, SBP cut the time it took to rebuild a house to 62 days, half of what it had been and at half the cost private contractors would charge.  TPS is based on Toyota’s years of manufacturing experience and helps organizations become more effective, maximize resources and improve quality and safety.

As part of the expanded partnership, Toyota will fund the non-federal portion of SBP’s national AmeriCorps program for three years, including critical training for 140 members annually in TPS, leading them to better identify and solve problems as they support SBP’s rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, New York, New Jersey and other communities. 

"Disasters are happening more frequently and they are often stronger. But this does not mean we need to accept a slow recovery,” said Zack Rosenburg, CEO & Co-Founder of St. Bernard Project. “A delayed and unpredictable recovery from a disaster puts families’ lives on hold, while draining their financial resources and also destroys local businesses and jobs.”    

Rosenburg continued, “We know that every dollar invested in preparing for natural disasters saves $4 after one strikes. This expanded partnership with Toyota will enable us to continue our work in New Orleans and help other vulnerable communities be better prepared for the worst and ready to speed the recovery.”

“We are amazed at what Zack and the team at SBP have accomplished in New Orleans and other communities and are proud to support their work helping the most vulnerable people prepare for and recover from disasters,” said Latondra Newton, Toyota Group Vice President and Chief Social Innovation Officer.  “We’re also excited to train more of SBP’s AmeriCorps members in the Toyota Production System – an approach that has been core to the success of both our organizations.”

In addition, Toyota’s three-year, five-million-dollar investment in St. Bernard Project will fund a fleet of vehicles for St. Bernard Project’s national disaster recovery efforts.

Toyota and SBP’s joint efforts to strengthen U.S. disaster resilience through this expanded partnership is a 2015 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action.
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