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!

Chicago Auto Show: 2016 Toyota Avalon Debuts

Toyota gave their flagship sedan, the Avalon, a few touch ups for the 2016 model year. The retouched model debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. The current, fourth generation entered the market in 2012. Designers went mad over how good the model looked in 2012’s redesign and they’ve outdone themselves once again.

2016 Toyota Avalon
2016 Toyota Avalon at the Chicago Auto Show

The most obvious change is the wider, lower grille and the far narrower upper grille. Turn signals replace the fog lights and the taillights are now LED. Just under that is a chrome rear bumper accent. A light gray interior meshes with gray accent stitching inside.

There are five trims available for 2016: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Limited, and Touring. The hybrid comes in three trims: XLE Plus, Premium, and Limited. Dark gray, 18 inch alloy wheels, and advanced safety features, like the lane departure warning system and pre-collision system, come standard on the Touring model.

The standard models (XLE, XLE Plus) feature a premium wood-grain dash, tire pressure monitoring system, and redesigned 17 inch alloy wheels. Toyota has covered their bases on all models for the upcoming model year to ensure customers can ride in style. The 2016 Toyota Avalon hits lots this fall.

New Toyota Mirai Makes Fast Company’s “Most Innovative” List

The Toyota Motor Corporation now occupies a prestigious place on the Fast Company magazine’s “Most Innovative” list, a list of the 50 most innovative companies in the world. Toyota earned this recognition partly thanks to the new Toyota Mirai, a fuel cell concept that pushes the brand farther into the future, thanks to development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Not only did Toyota make the overall list, they were also named one of the most innovative companies in the automotive industry as well. “Toyota plans to do for fuel cells what its Prius did for hybrids: make them ubiquitous and top of mind for environmentally conscious consumers,” Fast Company wrote. The Mirai will be the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle on the mass market, and it’s a four-door mid-size sedan that can go 300 miles on a full tank and can refuel in five minutes.

You can get the issue of Fast Company featuring Toyota and the Mirai on February 17, so make sure to check that out. Also, come see us here at Capital Toyota to learn more about the new Toyota fuel cell vehicle—and the rest of the lineup as well. You’ll learn just how innovative the Toyota brand was and is, and will continue to be thanks to new vehicles like the Mirai as well.

Toyota Tests New SiC Power Semiconductor Technology

New SiC Power Semiconductor Technology
2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Toyota is already known as being one of the leaders in the hybrid vehicle segment. Now, the Japanese carmaker is making an effort to better its hybrid vehicles even more by testing new SiC power semiconductor technology. This new technology, which uses silicon carbide for power, could help improve hybrids, extending their range and increasing their power.

The SiC technology is used in the power control units (PCUs) of hybrids and other vehicles with electric powertrains, PCUs are important in electric powertrains, helping transfer the battery power to the powertrain’s electric motors. It is during this movement of electricity that the SiC semiconductor is crucial. Normally, the semiconductor loses 20% of the vehicle’s electricity losses. To better technology will mean an even longer range than Toyota’s current hybrids have.

For more information on Toyota’s hybrid lineup, stop in to Capital Toyota’s showroom today! If you are interested in learning more about the hybrid technology, contact us, too.

Amy Purdy Shows Off Her Skills in One Bold Choice Toyota Ad

Imagine at the age of 19, losing both of your lower legs after contracting meningitis. Now imagine, coming back from that with two prosthetic legs and learning how to snowboard, ballroom dance, and model and being incredibly good at all of them. This is the story of Amy Purdy’s life and it is nothing short of bold.

This is why Toyota chose her to star in the latest One Bold Choice Toyota ad for the Camry. In the spot, Purdy shows off her numerous skills while Muhammad Ali’s famous “How Great I Am” speech plays underneath.

Both Purdy and Ali lived and continue to live boldly by making difficult choices and never giving up. This is exactly the spirit that Toyota strives to live up to.

“We’re very proud of the message our commercial sends about not only making bold choices, but living a bold life, and Amy Purdy represents that in everything she does. Amy inspires us, and to have her make her Super Bowl commercial debut with Toyota is something we’re thrilled about,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president of marketing, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., in a statement.

Toyota will continue the One Bold Choice campaign with a Super Bowl spot along that focuses on dads. Toyota encourages the public to participate in the campaign by sending tweets about their dads with the hashtag #OneBoldChoice.

If you’re looking for a bold new car to add to your life, stop by Capital Toyota today and check out the redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry.