Toyota Supports STEM across the Country

All across the country, students of all ages are learning the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). To make sure these students get the best education they can, Toyota supports STEM programs and just announced $1.9 million in grants for those programs.

Toyota Supports STEM

These grants will support programs from New York to California and many states in between. Some of the programs include the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy, which will receive a $100,000 grant to help teach K-12 students about clean energy, design, engineering, project management, and construction. Another $50,000 grant will go to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts to expand the Girls Building Self-eSTeEM program for K-12 girls.

“We know that the future of our society will be built on increasingly sophisticated technological expertise and innovative problem solving,” said Michael Rouse, Toyota USA Foundation President, in a statement. “That’s why Toyota USA Foundation is proud to support these nonprofits, who are creating exciting opportunities to train and inspire the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering and math.”

Here at Capital Toyota, we are proud to be a part of such a great company that works so hard to support and build up the next generation.

National Car Care Month: General Car Maintenance Tips to Start the Season

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Spring is finally here, and though it may seem that the upcoming months are some of the safest of the year, especially compared to this year’s harsh winter, it’s important to remember that spring has its own challenges.

And although we’ve shared a few of our top tips last month, we thought we’d share a few more spring car maintenance tips in honor of National Car Care Month:

  • Schedule an overall check-up to make sure that nothing was damaged by harsh weather and that all fluid levels are as they should be.
  • Check the tire pressure, an important task that should be completed frequently; always consult the vehicle owner’s manual for details.
  • Evaluate the suspension and wheel alignment, as winter weather frequently causes imbalances and uneven wear on tires.
  • Lastly, give your car a good clean – inside and out – in honor of spring cleaning. Who knows what has accumulated under those seats.

Do you have any spring maintenance tips we have forgotten about? Let us know in the comments, and have a safe spring from all of us at Capital Toyota Scion!

Toyota FT-1 Concept Gets Updates For The New York Auto Show

We lost the Toyota Supra sometime ago, its departure evoking more than a few tears from Toyota enthusiasts and performance fans at large. Some recent clues indicate that Toyota may indeed soon make a performance car again.

The Toyota FT-1 concept rolled into Detroit at the auto show there last year. The chatter started immediately, “Is this it?  Are our days of waiting over?” Reactions were strong. Toyota received a lot of feedback on the design of the FT-1 concept from enthusiasts and designers.

Toyota FT-1 Concept

You take one look at the FT-1 and think fast. Aerodynamic as all get-out, it’s got large, prominent alloy-wheels, a long, sculpted hood and a read-end that somehow calls to mind the rear of a jet.

Since Detroit, Toyota has been showing the concept off at various auto shows. The very interesting thing to note is that Toyota “has slightly updated the styling of the FT-1 to bring it more in line with what potential buyers want to see,” according to New York Daily Business. Now, why would they care enough to update the design if the Toyota FT-1 concept wasn’t clearly meant for production? Our thoughts exactly.

For more updates on the FT-1 concept, stay tuned with us here at Capital Toyota.

Toyota Adds New Toyota Safety Sense System to RAV4 Hybrid

So far, April is showering exciting new vehicles and breakthrough technology. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV, the first ever, was revealed at the New York International Auto Show earlier this month along with its low-cost automated braking system. The RAV4 Hybrid will be the first to offer the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system in which the automated pre-collision braking tech is offered for a price far lower than comparable technology provided by competitors.Toyota Safety Sense System

At Toyota, the goal is to equip the majority of drivers with the latest safety technology in order to create a safer driving atmosphere where injuries and fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents are eliminated.

The TSS system works over a range of speeds to eliminate common motor vehicle accidents by preventing or lessening the impact of rear crashes, keeping drivers in their own lanes, and increasing road safety at night.

“Taking high-level driver assist to the next level, the safety packages will be offered as a very-low-cost option and will be systematically introduced across nearly all U.S. Toyota and Lexus models and trim levels, top-to-bottom, by the end of 2017,” said Toyota Motor North America CEO, Jim Lentz. “Pushing these systems across our lineup, as quickly as possible, can help protect people in the event of a crash. More importantly it will help prevent some crashed from ever happening in the first place.”

For more information on the all-new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the widely affordable TSS system, you know who to call — your friends at Capital Toyota.