Toyota Built a Car-Hauler that Runs on Compressed Natural Gas

Toyota drivers tend to be concerned with fuel efficiency and emissions, which is why they choose cars like the Prius or the Camry Hybrid when they shop at Capital Toyota. It’s also why they care about how the cars are made and where they come from.

Compressed Natural Gas

In its latest efforts to make the process of getting an efficient car into your hands, Toyota developed a car hauler that runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), which emits about 85% less overall particulate matter, including 10% less carbon dioxide. In other words, it makes your Toyota cleaner before you even start it.

The truck was built as an experiment to evaluate its performance and efficiency compared to the current trucks, which run on diesel. Initially, the placement of alternate fuel tanks presented a challenge to the designers, as it interfered with the over-the-cab head rack, but they were able to get around it through some engineering wizardry.

The CNG truck is expected to run an average of 7,000 to 8,000 miles per month. After enough tests, Toyota may elect to convert all of its car haulers to CNG power. Incredible!

Delicious Alternative Ways to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey

Ways to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey

For some families the way you cook your Thanksgiving turkey is just as important as the holiday itself. If your aunt insists on the standard roasted turkey that is constantly basted, yet it always comes out dry, see if you can convince your family to take over the turkey for this one year. Then, you can try one of these great alternative ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey. Tell you family that if they don’t love it, they can go back to their old ways next year.

  • Brined. This is the preferred method for cooking celebrity Alton Brown. It promises a moist and flavorful turkey that won’t disappoint. And, you’ll still get that classic turkey-on-a-platter look. Just make sure you have a large container (like a new 5-gallon bucket) to hold the entire turkey plus the brine.
  • Spatchcocked. With this method, you’ll probably end up feeling like a butcher, but it delivers an evenly-cooked turkey, which is key to not having one that is dried out. This detailed video will have you well on your way to a perfectly-cooked Thanksgiving turkey.
  • Turducken. For something that will surprise everyone, stuff a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey. This poultry masterpiece, if done correctly, will forever hand you the crown of Thanksgiving queen or king.

What is your favorite way to cook your Thanksgiving turkey? Comment below and tell us!

Toyota’s 2015 SEMA Lineup Has a Few Surprises

When you think about the Toyota lineup, what is the least likely vehicle that you would expect to see sport-tuned? If you said the Sienna minivan, you would be wrong. For Toyota’s 2015 SEMA lineup, it displayed a Toyota Sienna R-Tuned concept.

Toyota’s 2015 SEMA Lineup

SEMA is the Specialist Equipment Market Association, and each year it holds a fantastic event in Las Vegas to show all that the custom world has to offer.

This R-Tune Sienna takes the “Swagger Wagon” to a whole new level with performance tires, wheels, brakes, double-adjustable shocks with racing springs, and a clutch-type limited-slip differential. All this combines to deliver a performance like you would never believe from a minivan.

Even with the stock 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission, the Toyota Sienna R-Tuned concept outpaced a 6.2-liter V8 Camaro SS. At the Streets of Willow Springs, the Sienna R-Tune posted a 1:27 lap time around the 1.7-mile course—this was a full second ahead of the Camaro.

“When we produced the Sienna SE, we started moving in the direction of more sportiness beyond what you would find in a family hauler,” said Andrew Lund, chief engineer for the Sienna at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in a statement. “With the Sienna R-Tuned, we wanted to see if we could create a vehicle that would push the limits even farther. We definitely proved that it’s possible.”

While you won’t be seeing the Sienna R-Tuned on any showroom floors, this might make you rethink what you’ve always thought about minivans! Come see the new Toyota Sienna today at Capital Toyota.

5 Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers

Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers

For many, Halloween is what makes October such a wonderful month. Friends and families can carve jack-o’-lanterns, go on hay rides, and even visit a corn maze or haunted house. For children, it all culminates in trick-or-treating near the end of the month. While it is important to stress safety tips with your children if they are trick-or-treating, it is also important to practice some safety tips of your own if you will be out driving.

Check out these five Halloween safety tips for drivers, courtesy of Capital Toyota:

  1. Research trick-or-treat times in your city. Make sure you know when and where children will be out in any neighborhoods you will be visiting so that you know when to be extra cautious.
  2. Turn your lights on. Even if it’s still light out, it will make you more visible to children. It will also help you catch the safety reflectors that many parents attach to their children’s costumes.
  3. Drive slowly. Neighborhood speeds are usually posted at 25 mph. Slow down to 20 or even 15 during trick-or-treat times. Remember—kids might not follow all pedestrian rules, like crossing at crosswalks only.
  4. Put away your phone. Whether you are making a phone call, playing music, or trying to text, put that phone down. These are things that offer dangerous distractions at all times, but be especially cautious of things that cause distractions (phone, radio, food) during trick-or-treat times.
  5. Be aware of danger zones. Drive slowly around parked cars, as children might dart out from behind them. Also be extra careful at intersections, where children may cross out of turn. Always signal your intentions to drivers and pedestrians, and keep your eyes alert all night.

Halloween is a fun night for all—just make sure you are being safe however you celebrate!

Join Us in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Capital Toyota is proud to support awareness for this terrible disease. Everyone can name someone in their life who has been affected by breast cancer, which is why we’ve decided to take part in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer with the American Cancer Society.

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is a non-competitive three- to five-mile walk at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga on October 25th, 2015. The walk will help raise awareness of the disease, and, in addition, help raise funds to save more lives affected by breast cancer. Capital Toyota and Lexus of Chattanooga are taking part in the walk this year with our very own team, and we need your help to raise money for the cause. Our goal is to raise $1,000.00 to help the American Cancer Society’s fight against breast cancer, and we hope you’ll help us!

To donate to our team or to learn more about Making Strides, please visit this link.

We hope you’ll join us for the walk on October 25th! Thanks in advance to all of our supporters! We truly appreciate it.

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.

automatic braking

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!

Helpful Car Cleaning Tips from Capital Toyota

car cleaning tips

It’s important to keep your car clean—both inside and out. Here are some car cleaning tips to ensure that both the interior and exterior of your vehicle stay looking good.

1.  Clean the inside window surfaces to prevent surface smog formation.

2.  If you have cloth or vinyl car seats, vacuum and shampoo them (and the carpet). For leather seating, use a cleaner and preservative.

3.  Dust (or purchase auto care wipes for) the dashboard, console, and interior door panels.

4.  For the exterior, buy a quality concentrated car wash and follow the instructions, being sure to use a sponge or mitt rather than rags, which can scratch your car.

5.  If you wax your car, don’t do it when its still hot from running or sitting in direct sunlight—the heat will make the wax hard to remove and leave a streaky finish.

Follow these tips, and you can keep your car looking like new! For more car cleaning tips, contact us today at Capital Toyota and we’d be glad to help.

Register for the Chattanooga Mud Run August 15th

Chattanooga Mud Run

Who’s afraid of a little mud? We sure aren’t! Join us for the coming Chattanooga Mud Run next Saturday, August 15th, 2015 at the grounds of Greenway Farms in Hixson, TN. It’s sure to be a fun event with a great cause behind it!

The Chattanooga Mud Run is a 5K mud run to help raise funds for Habitat of Humanity of the Greater Chattanooga area. This run is through a military-style obstacle course with most of the obstacles covered in, you guessed it, mud! Come on out and get a little dirty while getting in your exercise and help support a great local charity!

Your participation in the mud run helps many hard-working people and families purchase energy-efficient Habitat for Humanity homes in Chattanooga that are both affordable and sustainable. You can help change someone’s life by joining us on August 15th.

“We are extremely blessed to be participating in an event such as this, contributing to the organization that helps so many people across the United States and in our local community with the Habitat for Humanity,” says Ed Emerson, Toyota New Car Sales Manager here at Capital Toyota. Be sure to see us there as we’ll be bringing our TRD Pro Toyota 4Runner for show!

For more information about run times, or to register individually or with a team, you can do so by visiting the official mud run website by clicking here!

A Grand Opening in our New Facility

Join us this coming weekend for our Grand Opening in our new facility here at Capital Toyota on Lee Highway in Chattanooga, Tennessee! It has been a long time coming and we’re very excited to share it with you.

Along with some improvements to the exterior of our building, we’ve also been doing some updating to the interior, including our all-new café, coffee bar, and updates to our waiting areas, which show off our new, large televisions, fireplace, and even a special children’s waiting area for our younger customers! It truly is a site to be seen, and we’re happy to finally be able to provide this to our outstanding customers.

Grand Opening
Our new waiting area
Grand Opening
Our children’s area

All of us at Capital Toyota wanted to thank you all for your patience and understanding these last few months as we’ve been working hard to improve our facilities. It was difficult maneuvering around our mess during all of the construction that took place, so again, we thank you for being patient with us.

Come see us this weekend at Capital Toyota for an incredible Grand Opening event!