Automatic Braking Works, Will Become Standard for Many Automakers

Toyota is among ten automakers who are pledging to make auto-braking standard in its new vehicles, marking one of the largest auto safety announcements since the introduction of standard airbags in the 1980s.

Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is a technology that uses a combination of radar, lasers, and cameras to monitor and detect potential collisions, and automatically applies the brakes to lessen the effects or eliminate an impact. The technology, once reserved for high-end luxury vehicles, has proven incredibly successful, now making its way into just about every size car. Now, autonomous braking systems are more affordable and available than ever before.

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It could take several years for these automakers to get the technology in all of their cars, but Toyota has said that by the end of 2017 at least it will offer automatic braking systems in option packages for almost its entire lineup.

“We are entering a new era of vehicle safety, focused on preventing crashes from ever occurring, rather than just protecting occupants when crashes begin,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in an IIHS statement.

Here at Capital Toyota, we expect that this announcement will encourage other automakers to jump on the bandwagon. Look for automatic braking systems to become more available in the coming years!

The 2016 Toyota Prius’ Style goes Sporty

Toyota has unveiled its new 2016 Prius, and forget for a moment its great fuel efficiency—this car boasts serious style. Say goodbye to the Prius of days past – in an effort to breathe new life into the efficient and wildly-successful hybrid, the 2016 Toyota Prius’ style is sleek, edgy, and modern.

2016 Toyota Prius’ style

Because gas prices are at the lowest level seen in years, consumers don’t necessarily need super-efficient vehicles. Instead, Toyota hopes that a refreshed design and long list of exciting features will make the Prius desirable not only for its incredible efficiency, but for head-turning, modern style.

“We’ve got the whole package now,” said Bill Fay, general manager of the Toyota Division in the United States. “People will want to buy this car for more than just the fuel efficiency.”

According to the Detroit Free Press, the 2016 Toyota Prius will earn about 55 mpg in combined driving, a 10 percent improvement over the 2015 version. It will be 2 inches longer than the current car, it will sit almost an inch lower, and get a new suspension which will give it a lower center of gravity. Drivers should expect sportier handling and a smoother, more refined ride.

Look for the 2016 Toyota Prius to arrive at Capital Toyota early next year!