New Toyota Tacoma Headed for Detroit Auto Show Debut

New Toyota Tacoma

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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

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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!

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Why Parents Should Practice Safe Driving Habits as Much as Teens

practice safe driving habitsWe often discuss the importance of our teens learning to practice safe driving habits, but how many parents drive the same way they tell their teens to drive? The habits teens actually practice when no one is watching are most likely reflective of the habits they’ve picked up from parents when the parents didn’t know they were being watched. Toyota’s TeenDrive365 program is aimed at promoting safe driving practices that begin with mom and dad.

The program began just a year ago, but its online resources and cross-country events have already educated millions of people. As the program prepares for its second year, experts are placing a greater importance on the role of parents in encouraging safe driving among teens.

“As a mother of a teenager, I often remind myself that the things I do behind the wheel go a long way in setting a powerful example,” said Dr. Tina Sayer, principle engineer and teen safe driving expert with Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center. “Experience and education certainly help your teen become a safe and more confident driver, but our research shows us that the biggest factor in how teens will drive is their parents.”

So what are we going to do? Set a good example and practice safe driving habits. We at Doxon Toyota hope you’ll join us.

Toyota Claims Title of Top-Selling Auto Brand

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2015 Toyota Camry

It’s official: Toyota has remained the top-selling auto brand in the world over Volkswagen and GM. The brand has sold a record 7.6 million vehicles from January through September. The automaker has a projected yearly sales total of 10.2 million, which would set the record for the auto industry. It is not hard to see how Toyota snagged the top spot with its popular cars like the Camry and the Prius hybrid.

The Detroit News said, “Toyota has publicly played down its spot at the top, saying its focus is on delivering good cars, one at a time.” If the brand keeps doing what it’s doing, there is no question Toyota can stay on top of the car market. For the automaker, this strategy of slowly producing good vehicles has worked, which is why it’s have maintained a good reputation and unyielding success.

Ready to get a new car? Schedule a test drive with us at Doxon Toyota and try out the popular Camry and Prius today!

Find Out What Toyota Car Names Mean

Toyota cars have pretty funky names. Camry, Yaris, Prius… none really seem to make any sense. Or do they? According to Toyota, each name does have some kind of meaning, and they sat down and let us finally know exactly where Toyota car names all came from on its UK blog.

Camry, for example, comes from the Japanese word “kanmuri,” which means “crown.” Given that it’s also been America’s best-selling car for 12 years straight, the name does seem appropriate, though at Doxon Toyota we wonder how the automaker knew it would be so successful ahead of time.

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2015 Toyota Yaris

The Yaris has a very strange etymology, drawing inspiration from both Greek mythology and German. In the former, “Charis” symbolizes beauty and elegance. In the latter, “Ya” means “yes,” which Toyota associates with the reaction of European buyers to the car’s styling. Probably the most far-fetched explanation for these car names, but we can live with it.

And Prius? That’s Latin for “prior” or “previous”—a nod to the fact that no other mass-produced hybrid car existed before it.

Making History with the New Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Giveaway

fuel cell vehicle giveawayToyota is offering an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to one lucky driver with the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV). The brand is making history by giving away their first hydrogen powered car to an individual owner. Here at Doxon Toyota, we can’t wait to see who the lucky winner is.

Toyota has paired up with the Environmental Media Association (EMA) in order to give one lucky Californian the first Toyota zero-emission hydrogen car. Unfortunately, the contest is limited to the Golden State because it’s the only one with an infrastructure to support the use of hydrogen cars.

“Hydrogen fuel cell technology is the next big leap in automotive history, and through this extraordinary drawing, we’re seeking bold drivers ready to embrace that future,” said Bob Carter, senior VP at Toyota.

The Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle features an amazing 300 mile range, producing nothing but pure water from the tailpipe. All of the proceeds gained from the contest back to the EMA in order for them to pursue more projects. Toyota is presenting the Fuel Cell Vehicle giveaway as a key to the future, something every automaker should embrace.

Get Excited about the All-New Toyota C-HR Concept

Toyota set the Paris Motor Show ablaze recently when it revealed the all-new Toyota C-HR Concept, which is already earning rave reviews and getting a lot of people excited about an eventual production version. Jalopnik has been covering the new Concept very well, especially by comparing it (very favorably) to a puppy because of its cuddly, lovable design.

“Yes, for the life of me, I now can’t unsee this car as an eager puppy ready to play fetch at 70MPH,” Kat Callahan of Jalopnik says. “Really, I just want to toss a basketball down the street and watch it go bounding off in pursuit trying desperately to place it in its grill in order to return it to me. “ Whether you agree with the puppy comparison or not, there’s still plenty to be excited about when it comes to this concept.

The Toyota C-HR Concept shows Toyota’s commitment not only to the European market, but also to the increasingly popular small SUV segment. Come check out all the great vehicles in Toyota’s current lineup in our inventory here at Doxon Toyota.