Keen on Green: The Toyota Camry SE Hybrid Remains a Top Seller

Camry SE Hybrid remains a top seller

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

There is a reason the Camry Hybrid remains a top-seller among the midsize family sedan market: it’s safe, reliable, and efficient—not to mention reasonably priced.

The 2015 Camry SE Hybrid is a midsize front-wheel-drive sedan powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine that works in alternating unison with an electric motor-powered battery pack. With the capability of averaging 38 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg in the city, this technology that consumes regular gasoline enables families to lower emissions while saving money. This is what makes us keen on green.

Optimized for comfort and safety, the SE boasts revamped suspension, a finely-tuned rear anti-roll bar, and blind-spot monitoring. Enhancements on the SE also include four-wheel anti-lock brake protection and emergency braking assistance.

The SE strikes a sportier exterior with upturned headlights juxtaposed against a downturned hood. An updated mesh grille, chrome trim, spoiler, and 17-inch aluminum wheels also add to the SE appeal. Inside passengers can enjoy updated accent stitching and silver trim—all while staying green.

Come visit Doxon Toyota where you can be green on the road, and keep more green in your pocketbook.

Toyota’s Alternative-Fuel Technology Now Available, Free to All

Toyota's alternative-fuel technologyIn order to encourage green car technology across the industry, Toyota recently announced it would be releasing more than 5,600 fuel-cell patents—royalty free. If this doesn’t prove the company is dedicated to eco-friendly design, we at Doxon Toyota don’t know what does.

According to Digital Trends, the patents are for fuel cell system software, fuel cell stacks, high-pressure tank designs, and hydrogen production and supply systems. Announcing this groundbreaking move at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Toyota revealed some of its innovative advancements never before seen by the public.

“At Toyota, we believe that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen,” said Bob Carter, Senior VP of Automotive Operations at Toyota Motor Sales. “The first generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, launched between 2015 and 2020, will be critical, requiring a concerted effort and unconventional collaboration between automakers, government regulators, academia, and energy providers.”

Although the patents are only available to automakers that produce and sell Fuel Cell Vehicles and suppliers, this agreement will greatly advance the industry. Running through 2020, this clever offer marks a new kind of research for Toyota’s alternative-fuel technology.

Achieve Greater Range with Upcoming Solid Batteries from Toyota

Solid Batteries from ToyotaToyota has been in the news recently for its mission to perfect and distribute the hydrogen fuel cell Miarai—but that’s not the only development the automaker has in development. The automaker knows the world isn’t quite ready for fuel cell vehicles yet, and a lot of money can still be made in the flourishing electric vehicle market. Thus, a “solid state” battery that can achieve a 300-mile range is in the works.

This battery, the size of a coin, is made of solid ceramic or polymer electrolyte, as opposed to the liquid electrolyte found in current nickel-metal hydride and lithium ion batteries—hence the same “solid state.”

To skip giving a complicated chemistry lesson, let’s just say solid batteries can produce a greater amount of power to their density and stability. That’s great news for the future of the plug-in vehicles you’ll find at Doxon Toyota.

Sources suggest not to expect these solid batteries from Toyota any time soon. Apparently they’re still being tested. But, clearly the automaker is confident enough in the technology to indicate vehicle energy rates could be doubling!

Toyota Top Safety Picks: Seven Models Recognized by IIHS

Toyota Top Safety Picks

2015 Toyota Avalon – A Top Safety Pick!

Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recognizes the safest cars on the market for their outstanding performance in various crash tests. This year, Toyota received a welcome Christmas present in the form of seven Top Safety Pick/Top Safety Pick+ designations for the Prius, Camry, Prius v, Highlander, Sienna, Avalon, and RAV4.

Of these seven, five models—the Camry, Prius, Prius v, Sienna, and Highlander—received the highest possible designation of Top Safety Pick+. The “plus” is added to the already prestigious accolade for a vehicle’s performance in the particularly tricky small overlap crash test. The Prius v in particular was lauded by the IIHS for its marked improvement in this test over the previous model year.

“At Toyota, our focus remains on the safety and peace of mind of our customers,” remarked Dino Triantafyllos, Toyota’s North American Chief Quality Officer. “We’re pleased the IIHS has recognized the strong and improved safety performance of our vehicles in a range of crash tests.”

To see these Toyota Top Safety Picks for yourself, visit us today at Doxon Toyota!

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid Looks Even Better with a Mid-Generation Overhaul

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Toyota Camry Hybrid

The current-generation Toyota Camry Hybrid is only three years old, and yet Toyota has given the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid a significant mid-generation design overhaul. With updated styling, retuned suspensions, an upgraded interior, and several new features, the Camry Hybrid has never looked better.

With so many recent introductions in the family sedan segment, this upgrade keeps the Camry Hybrid relevant. Camry still offers a spacious interior and impressive fuel-economy.

The 2015 version comes in three trim levels: LE, SE, and XLE. The SE is a sports-oriented version. It comes equipped with its own suspension tuning specifically designed for this model as well as larger standard wheels. Edmunds.com gave this trim level an “A” rating.

The outside features completely new body paneling everywhere except the roof. The taillights are more prominent, with a large chrome strip added to create that high-end look. The sides have been sculpted into a sleek design and the C-pillar was broken up with chrome and piano black trim.

All together we here at Doxon Toyota are incredibly excited about the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid and all the new things it brings to the table. Come down and see us and experience the difference.

New Toyota Tacoma Headed for Detroit Auto Show Debut

New Toyota Tacoma

Current Toyota Tacoma Available at Doxon Toyota!

The year of the midsize pickup truck will roll on into 2015, thanks to the Toyota brand. After 2014 saw new midsize offerings from brands like GMC and Chevrolet, Toyota will continue the trend with a new Toyota Tacoma that will debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The Tacoma, already a sales leader and the most established vehicle in the segment, will improve even further now, keeping it ahead of the competition for another model generation.

Bill Fay, Toyota’s general manager, sees right now as an opportune time to refresh the Tacoma. “With the new entries coming in, the market should expand,” Fay told Automotive News. Fay and Toyota hope that the new customers coming to the midsize truck market will be swayed towards the Tacoma, since the pickup already boasts a reliable reputation.

Actually, the 2015 Tacoma might be a little more than just a “refreshed” model. It might be the first fully redesigned Tacoma in over a decade, which we’re very excited about here at Doxon Toyota. We can’t wait for January to roll around so we can see the all-new Tacoma—and its new style—for ourselves. Come in and see us today to learn more.

Toyota Mirai Winners Prepare for Future

Toyota Mirai WinnersImagine entering a raffle to win the car of your dreams—and actually winning. This is exactly what happened to Marianne and David Ellis, two California natives who recently won a Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle—the company’s first production fuel-cell vehicle— after entering a raffle at the annual Environmental Media Awards.

As supporters of going green, the Toyota Mirai winners had been searching for an eco-friendly set of wheels in recent months. While at the EMAs on October 18, Marianne decided to purchase a raffle ticket as a potential 30th wedding anniversary gift for David—and what a gift it was!

“For us, it’s about being at the cutting edge of change,” said Marianne Ellis. “It’s a chance to support environmental causes and clean energy, while showing it’s possible to make a car like this part of your lifestyle.”

The Mirai uses hydrogen fuel, combining it with oxygen, to produce electricity that powers the vehicle. With a range of up to 300 miles and pure water vapor coming out the tailpipe, this car is the next big thing in alternative fuel vehicles.

For more information on the Toyota Mirai, which is set to go on sale in California in 2015, contact Doxon Toyota today!

Toyota is Bringing the Electricity with the Mirai!

MiraiYou may have heard to the Mirai, a new electric vehicle from Toyota. This genius design uses a fuel cell instead of an electric battery, like most of the other EVs on the road. You may be wondering how this works. The Mirai fuel cell uses hydrogen gas and turns it into electricity which then releases water vapor as exhaust.

Fuel cell vehicles have quite a longer range than those of your standard EV. The Mirai is said to have a range of over 275 miles at a constant speed of 65 mph. This is significantly more than the average 50-60 miles you see from a standard EV. Toyota is hoping to take on the auto giant, Tesla with the introduction of its very own fuel cell vehicle, but there are some obstacles that the company must overcome before introducing the Mirai as a commercial vehicle.

One of the main issues that fuel cell vehicles have is charging. Fuel cells are great in the fact that you can go virtually anywhere with zero carbon footprint, but what happens when your range runs out? EVs have a reputation of being city-only cars, you know the ones you drive to work and then plug in once you get home. What if you want to take your car on a roadtrip? Where can you get hydrogen to re-charge?

The team here at Doxon Toyota is excited to see what Toyota has planned for the Mirai! You can bet we will let you know more as details become available. Until then, shop our inventory of hybrid and environmentally-friendly vehicles in Auburn, Washington!

Toyota Displays SpongeBob Sienna Minivan at LA Auto Show

Surely one of the most eye-popping stand-out vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show is the Toyota SpongeBob Sienna. This bright yellow and blue minivan features the stunning visage of everyone’s favorite sponge planted squarely on the front windshield and a built-in bubble blower sticking out of the roof.

And, if that isn’t enough to get you to start singing the SpongeBob jingle, the inside is even more colorful than the exterior. Each seat has its own color scheme dedicated to one of the main SpongeBob characters. Additionally, the interior panels are all bright blue with a wood grain to make it look like you’re in a ship. And the driver will definitely feel like a true captain while steering the ship’s wheel.

Toyota created this unique vehicle to help Nickelodeon promote The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water that debuts in February.

If this SpongeBob Sienna seems a bit familiar to you that’s because this is the second Toyota tie-in with the popular cartoon series. Last year, Toyota featured all the Bikini Bottom friends on a custom version of the Highlander at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Of course, this is a one-of-kind show vehicle, so as parents we feel for you as you try to explain to your kids that you can’t buy them a Toyota SpongeBob Sienna for Christmas. But maybe you can stop by Doxon Toyota, pick up a new Sienna, and then fill your minivan with some SpongeBob-themed Christmas presents to appease the kids.

SpongeBob Sienna

Current Toyota Sienna Available at Doxon Toyota!

Lessons Learned at Le Mans Make an Improved Toyota Prius

There is only so much you can learn in the sterile settings of a lab. Sometimes, you’ve got to go out and get your hands dirty in the real world in order to advance your work.

This is exactly what Toyota engineers do at Le Mans. The 24-hour endurance race is a perfect setting for testing vehicle technology. It’s unique because this race is about speed, but also about the endurance and reliability of the car’s components.

There are about 12 engineers on the Le Mans team. Half of them are permanent, while the other half only spends about six months with the team. Then they depart and head back into the lab with real-world notes and lessons.

On this year’s car, the TS040, Toyota has been specifically testing its microchips and microcontrollers, both of which have to do with fuel efficiency. These components, along with others, have helped Toyota decrease fuel usage by 25% this year. Yet, at the same time, the car is even more powerful—up to 1000 horsepower, compared to last year’s 750-horsepower vehicle.

After Toyota has refined this technology at the track and at the lab, they will use it to enhance the new, improved Toyota Prius.

Stop by Doxon Toyota to test-drive a Prius today!

improved Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius – Available at Doxon Toyota