Toyota i-ROAD Steering Leans Into the Fun Factor

Toyota i-ROAD Steering
The Toyota i-ROAD at the Chicago Auto Show

Is this new creation from Toyota a car or a motorcycle? Well, it might just be a little bit of both!

Typically Toyota is not known for motorcycles or scooters, but then again, there is nothing typical about this newly unveiled three-wheeled i-ROAD motorcycle. The concept i-ROAD prototype was recently unveiled at a TED Conference where Toyota allowed people to test drive its vision for the future of mobility.

The Toyota i-ROAD steering uses a single steering wheel in the rear behind the two front drive-tires. The process of turning the vehicle involves the driver initiating the turn with the steering wheel and onboard gyros then adjusting the tilt angle by changing the level of the front two tires. Although it sounds complicated, those who drive it say it is intuitive and fun to drive.

“In the 20 years I’ve been in the car business, this is the most fun, interesting ride dynamic I’ve ever had because of the rear-steer and the active lean system,” says Jason Shulz of Toyota Motor Company Sales U.S.A.

Pricing details have yet to be determined, but the battery driven motor scooter is said to have a purported range of 30 miles with a full-charge from a standard outlet taking just three hours.

Toyota is moving forward, so you better keep up by swinging into Capital Toyota today!

The 2015 Toyota Teacher of the Year Award: Shaping Tomorrow

Honoring the best of the best, Toyota recently gave Kristen Whitaker the Family Teacher of the Year Award. Whitaker, a high school teacher, has been recognized by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) for her efforts engaging kids in education.

According to Toyota, the 2015 Toyota Teacher of the Year Award also came with a $20,000 grant to fund various programs. Whitaker chose a family summer camp designed for low-income minority students and their families.

“The family summer camp Kristen plans is a great example of using the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year grant to employ the latest approaches to intergenerational learning in a program that will appeal to and reach entire families,” said Mike Goss, vice president of external affairs for Toyota.

This is the 19th year for the award, which is given every March. Runner up Donna LaBeaume was also recognized for her work as a virtual pre-kindergarten coach. She received $5,000 grant to help fund her efforts.

Thanks to all of the great teachers out there who make our world a better place!

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Produces 4 Millionth Vehicle

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI) is celebrating a new production milestone after rolling its four millionth vehicle off the assembly line.

The car was a Blizzard Pearl (a fancy term for white) Highlander Hybrid, which in a way represented more than just the plant’s production capabilities, but also the evolution of the Toyota vehicle.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana

When TMMI was first opened, nearly 19 years ago, it was producing Toyota’s first full-size pickup truck—the Tundra. In that time, it also started building the Sequoia full-size SUV and Sienna minivan, before shifting the Tundra’s production over to San Antonio, Texas, and replacing it with the Highlander and Highlander Hybrid midsize SUVs.

Four million vehicles is no small feat. To put that number in perspective, there are about 3,980,000 passenger vehicles registered in Indiana, which means the manufacturing plant has built more cars than are registered in its home state.

Fortunately, not all of those cars stay in the state. Some of those make their way to Capital Toyota for the rest of us to enjoy!

Spring Car Maintenance Tips from Capital Toyota Scion

This winter has been particularly rough, even for those of us here in Tennessee. Wide temperature fluctuations, frost, ice, potholes, dirt, and wind all take their toll on our cars. Luckily, there is an end in sight, and spring is just around the corner. It’s time to say ‘thank you’ to our cars for getting us through the winter, and prepare them for April showers and May flowers.

Here are our spring car maintenance tips.

spring car maintenanceGet a professional checkup. It’s worth your time to have your local shop give your car a once-over. They’ll check everything from the tires to the suspension and alignment, and let you know if anything needs attention.

Check the tires. Check the air pressure and the tread to make sure everything is up to the manufacturer’s recommendations. You can find your car’s recommended tire pressure in your door jam or in the user’s manual. To check the tire tread, check out the penny method, which requires only a penny and a minute of your time. If it’s time to replace your tires, its best to do it sooner rather than later.

Test your battery. Cold weather is especially tough on your battery. Follow these simple steps to find out if it’s time to replace yours (or stop by Capital Toyota).

Replace your windshield wipers. Cold weather can cause the rubber on your wipers to crack. These are easy to replace, just stop by your local auto parts shop to find the correct replacements. Windshield wiper blades that don’t work well can be a major hazard in rainy conditions.

Check Fluid levels. Check the oil, windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and antifreeze/coolant.

Give it a good wash. Nothing says spring like a shiny, clean car. Take time to wash, dry and wax the outside, and vacuum, Windex, and wipe down the inside.

 

For help with your vehicle’s maintenance, don’t hesitate to come and see us at Capital Toyota / Scion!