With the Special Olympics World Games rapidly approaching on July 25th, we here at Capital Toyota will be working in conjunction with the Special Olympics of Tennessee to host a Special Olympian Party where we’ll be honoring and raising funds for the Special Olympics.
The event will be held on July 14th at 1:00 PM here at Capital Toyota in Chattanooga where our owner Bob McKamey will present a donation check to Nicole Gonzales, a Special Olympics athlete competing in the 100 meter run, 400 meter relay, and shotput events. Also, Capital Toyota will be making a $20 donation for the first 100 service customers on that day, so be sure to come out and see us and help us with a great cause!
“We hope to see as many people as possible in here on the 14th,” says Jim Taylor, our Internet Sales Director here at Capital Toyota. “We want to make the largest possible impact for the Special Olympics, as well as encourage our Team USA Special Olympics athletes as they prepare for the World Games.”
All community members are welcome to attend! There will be food, goodies, and lots of fun! Don’t miss out on this honorary ceremony.
Chattanooga, Tennessee is an ideal spot to enjoy the great outdoors. With beautiful mountains and rivers and abundant wildlife, there is plenty to enjoy. Here are some great camping destinations in Chattanooga.
Raccoon Mountain. This campground is open year-round and is located at the base of Raccoon Mountain. It provides great natural views while also being close to other local attractions. Campground amenities include guest laundry, outdoor swimming pool, hiking trails, no-charge wireless internet access, and more. Camping sites range from primitive tents to cabins to full-service RV sites.
Lookout Mountain. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this 37-acre KOA campground provides breathtaking views of the historic Lookout Mountain. Your family will enjoy the swimming pool, playground, free wireless internet, and more.
Harrison Bay State Park. At this beautiful park and campground, your family will be able to take a swim, enjoy a bike ride, observe the local bird population, head out on the water on Chickamauga Lake, and even go for a round of golf. Bring your RV or pack up your tent.
Will you be spending any part of the summer camping with your family this year?
Earlier this month, Toyota celebrated innovation in the automotive industry by recognizing many of its engineers and researchers who have been awarded patents during the past year. One of these patent recipients was Nora Arellano, who was recognized for receiving the 1000th patent issued to Toyota’s North American Manufacturing and Engineering headquarters.
Arellano’s patent was for side curtain airbags used in the Toyota Tundra. This was her eighth patent. She was also included in the list of “Michigan’s Most Valuable Millennials” by Corp! Magazine.
In addition to Arellano, 114 other Toyota engineers and researchers were honored at the event. Toyota North American CEO Jim Lentz spoke to the group at the Michigan Science Center.
“These patents represent your brainpower, your innovation, your diligence, your hard work and your passion,” Lentz said, in a statement. “Patents were essential in creating Toyota in 1937 and are equally important today in protecting the innovative products and processes you invent to make our customers’ experience the best in the business.”
Here at Capital Toyota, we are proud to be a part of a company that recognizes the importance of innovation.
The battle to be America’s best-selling car is constant and heated, perhaps more so now than ever before, since the sedan market has experienced such an incredible explosion over the last couple years. That added level of competition makes the Camry’s continued reign atop the sales charts even more impressive. Even more impressive, the Camry sells just behind the three pickup trucks atop the American sales market..
Of course, when you check out the Camry, you’ll easily see why it’s such a popular fan favorite. It has a starting price of just under $23,000, gets up to 35 mpg on the highway, and comes with all kinds of options too—from the Entune infotainment system to several different powertrains. In fact, you can get the Toyota Camry with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a 3.5-liter V6, or even a hybrid powertrain setup.
With excellent fuel economy, powertrain options, and tons of technology, it’s certainly no surprise to us here at Capital Toyota that the Camry continues to sell so well. In fact, the Camry has sold 134,571 units through April, and that momentum should continue all through the rest of the year. Come see us here at Capital Toyota to learn more about the 2015 Toyota Camry today!
Toyota took its groundbreaking hydrogen fuel cell technology to an unexpected place—the racetrack. The Japanese carmaker’s fuel cell vehicle, known as the Toyota Mirai, recently debuted as the pace car of the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. This race occurred earlier this month at the Richmond International Raceway and allowed Toyota to show off its eco-friendly vehicle that emits only water out of its tailpipe.
“Having a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle pace the Toyota Owners 400 is a historic moment for both Toyota and NASCAR and we’re proud it’s the Toyota Mirai,” said Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing, performance, and guest experience for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “ Bringing the Mirai to Richmond to pace this important race is another way for Toyota to showcase our innovation and environmental leadership.”
To become a pace car for the Toyota Owners 400, the Mirai had to undergo testing by NASCAR at the racetrack. It had to meet specific performance requirements to pace the 400-mile NSCS race, which it did with ease. This Mirai is the first-ever hydrogen-powered pace car used by NASCAR, setting a new milestone in history.
To learn more about the fuel-efficient, no-emissions Mirai, contact Capital Toyota today!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!