Toyota Unveils Plan for Electric Vehicles

The future of the auto industry is vehicle electrification, and Toyota continues to lead the pack in innovative technology. This June, Toyota unveiled its plan for electric vehicles, showcasing its commitment to cutting-edge electric vehicle technology in the coming years.

Toyota’s plan reveals an expediated path towards vehicle electrification across its lineup. By 2025, Toyota plans on having half of its global sales numbers come from electric vehicles, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure EVs. Previously, Toyota had set the goal for 2030. The shift is prompted by the fact that battery electric vehicles are being more rapidly adopted, supporting greater sales.

In addition to the accelerated schedule of lineup electrification, Toyota set another goal. By 2020, the automaker hopes to debut a solid-state battery. Many automakers are pursuing such battery technology, as solid-state batteries are lighter and less expensive than the ones currently being used. In comparison to lithium-ion batteries, solid-state batteries will offer higher performance.

Preceding Toyota’s major EV announcement, Toyota and Subaru announced that they were working on an electric crossover. The collaboration is aimed at creating an electric vehicle platform for midsize and large vehicles. Eventually, such a platform will give way to a large variety of EVs from both automakers. With such exciting things planned, we can’t wait to see what Toyota has in store for us next.

Interested in learning more about Toyota’s current electric lineup, like the Prius and the RAV4 Hybrid? Stop by Capital Toyota to speak to one of our knowledgeable salespeople.

2019 Toyota Highlander Interior: Luxury, Comfort, and Entertainment

Check out the luxurious 2019 Toyota Highlander interior at Capital Toyota in Chattanooga

The 2019 Toyota Highlander is known for its brute strength and pure towing power — it can tow up to 5,000 pounds with its V6 engine. It’s also known for its advanced safety offerings, like its eight standard airbags, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert Steering Assist. But it is perhaps most loved for its comfortable interior with an abundance of technology.

Passenger Comfort

The 2019 Toyota Highlander interior offers seating for up to eight passengers. If you fold down the 60/40 split third-row seat, you can use up to 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Keep passengers comfortable with available three-zone climate control and active noise-cancelling materials for a quiet ride. On nice days, let in the sky via the available panoramic moonroof.

Tech Features

Technology is perhaps the most important aspect of the 2019 Highlander, which boasts the Entune™ Multimedia bundle with an 8-inch high-res touchscreen display and the available rear-seat entertainment system for the kiddos in the back. This system includes Blu-ray Disc™ playback, two wireless headphones, and a 9-inch display screen.

The Bird’s Eye View Camera makes navigating tight spaces easy — giving you a full view via the 8-inch screen in the center stack.

Test drive the 2019 Toyota Highlander at Capital Toyota. Once you experience how easy the Highlander can make your driving experience, you’ll never want to get behind the wheel of anything else.

2016 Toyota Highlander – The Perfect Family Vehicle

The 2016 Toyota Highlander continues to be one of the best family vehicles, as it just keeps getting better.

Usually the phrase ‘family vehicle’ translates into ‘kid hauler’. Although the Highlander is great at hauling kids, it is a lot more than that. It is a mid-size, three-row SUV that does not compromise on style, comfort, or safety. It is capable of anything and has advanced technology.

2016 Toyota Highlander – The Perfect Family Vehicle
2016 Toyota Highlander – The Perfect Family Vehicle

However, the design is what really sets this vehicle apart. Toyota has added a new center console that is large enough to hold a large purse, laptop, or many any other things a family may need. You can even put up to 70 juice boxes in the compartment!

There is also a shelf that runs from the center console to the passenger side door. This is a great location for putting phones, glasses, or other items as there are dividers to keep things from sliding around. There is even a place to run a phone charger, which is something that an active family would use.

There is a plethora of cargo space, as well with the ability for a 60-40 split with the 3rd row of seats. The rear window hatch opens without opening the entire lift gate, which is helpful for putting smaller items in the back.

In our opinion, one of the coolest available features is the ‘Driver Easy Speak.’ This feature allows for the driver to communicate with the passengers through the car stereo system. No more yelling over the kids!

Don’t worry about looking like a ‘family car,’ as the Highlander has the rugged look of a true SUV. This vehicle is rugged yet luxurious, with premier features for the family.

These are just a few of the many reasons that this vehicle was voted one of the best family vehicles by KBB. If you are interested in owning the quintessential family vehicle, stop by Capital Toyota to test drive the 2016 Highlander.

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!