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.
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.
Toyota 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.
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.
While aluminum has been a major staple in the bodies of premium cars throughout the industry, the lightweight material has taken awhile to gain footing as a common part in body structure. Toyota has decided to join the ranks of those carmakers that consistently use aluminum, though, by slowly introducing the material in the new aluminum-bodied Camry.
Though the Camry won’t undergo an intensive aluminum treatment like Ford’s new aluminum-based F-150, the popular sedan will have an aluminum hood. While this isn’t the first time Toyota has used aluminum in its cars—see the Prius and Scion FR-S—it will be the first time the Japanese carmaker’s North American factories will use the material on a larger scale.
“Toyota has plans to use aluminum on future vehicles for hood, closures, and parts for lightweighting,” said Toyota’s Jana Hartline to Automotive News. “Also, we will increase usage of mix metals and resin materials to enhance lightweighting efforts.”
This lighter Camry won’t be available until later next year, but for now, you can come in to Doxon Toyota and see what other lightweight vehicles Toyota has to offer!
Science, Technology, Environmental Science, and Math (known as STEM) are some of the most important subjects for our children to study. With a strong background in these areas, students will be able to succeed in a variety of careers. This is why Toyota supports STEM education programs across the country.
By the end of 2014, the Toyota USA Foundation will have provided more than $5 million in grants to support a variety of STEM programs across all grade levels.
“At Toyota, we believe that when we provide young people with exciting opportunities in STEM, we can help cultivate the next generation of engineers, scientists and technologists – and that benefits all of us,” said Michael Rouse, Toyota USA Foundation President, in a press release. “This year’s grant recipients are among the most innovative education programs in the country. We are inspired by their work and look forward to seeing what their students will accomplish, both this school year and beyond.”
Some of the programs Toyota is supporting this year include expanding a math program for high-need students in California, guiding middle school students to evaluate the health of local streams in Michigan, providing STEM professionals for classroom visits in Pennsylvania, and much more.
Here at Doxon Toyota, we are proud to see Toyota supporting the next generation of leaders by helping them get the best education they can while they are still young
When Toyota dropped the beautiful FT-1 concept on us at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, we never imagined that we would ever get the chance to drive it. Toyota’s future design study sure makes for a great starting point for vehicles to come, but years and years of amazing concepts coming and going has taught us at Doxon Toyota that hoping to see production versions of crazy concepts is a bit of the ol’ wishing in one hand and doing your business in the other.
Fear not! We may not ever actually get a production model of the FT-1 concept (or even a toned-down version under the much-beloved Supra badge), we can race the FT-1 in Gran Turismo®6, where it’s been available for download since January.
Even better news: you can now supplement your in-game car collection with the Toyota FT-1 Vision GT, which is available for download starting today. Yes: today. So what are you waiting for? Go home and fire up your PS3, because you’re going to want to try this beast out for yourself.
“The design brief for this car was very simple,” says Kevin Hunter, President, Calty Design Research. “Take the FT-1 Concept car and turn it into the most kickass, badass super race car you can imagine.”
Maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll get some real-life iteration of the FT-1 somewhere down the line that we can proudly display in our showroom. For the time being, we’ll gladly settle for the FT-1 Vision GT in our Gran Turismo®6 car collection.
Earlier this month, Toyota was a platinum sponsor for the first-ever AARP Ideas@50+ National Event & Expo, held at the San Diego Convention Center. As part of its sponsorship, Toyota gave event-goers the chance to win a 2015 Camry.
To win the Camry, attendees simply needed to visit the Toyota exhibit and enter the sweepstakes. There, they could explore six new Toyota vehicles on display, including the Camry.
“Camry is the all-American car, designed, engineered and built by more than 7,000 skilled team members and associates,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A, in a statement. “We developed safety technologies for Camry that can help drivers stay in their lanes, monitor blind spots and even back out of tight parking spaces. I am proud to give one of the first 2015 Camrys to an AARP member here in San Diego at this important event.”
On September 6, the final day of the event, Carter got to announce the lucky winner of the Camry, Raymond Lee. Lee and his family will get to enjoy a completely overhauled Camry with a beautiful new exterior and interior along with advanced safety features.
The all-new 2015 Toyota Camry will be coming to Doxon Toyota next month. Give us a call to reserve yours today.
With the 2015 model year comes many changes for the Toyota Camry—including a new price tag. The Camry, which received a design overhaul that debuted at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, will not only show off a newer, svelte silhouette in 2015, but it will also be offered at $22,970, a slight increase from last year’s base price of $22,425.
Pricing has been announced for the redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry!
The newest Camry model is updated to include 2,000 new parts, while also offering a 1.8-inch longer body and a 0.4-inch wider track. Offered in four trim levels, the Camry has both style and options that is sure to keep it at the leader in the car industry. Trim levels for the 2015 Camry include the SE, which is priced at $23,840, the sporty new XSE for $26,150, and the XLE for the same price a the XSE. The XSE and XLE do see a bit of a bump in price to $31,370.
A slim price increase can also be seen for the Camry Hybrid, which starts at $26,790 for the LE and ranges to $29,980 for the XLE.
For more information on the 2015 Camry pricing and on the model itself, stop in or contact to Doxon Toyota today!
Toyota debuted a new version of the FT-1 concept car at the 2014 Pebble Beach Auto Show. This is the second time Toyota has shown off a concept car at a show. The FT-1 originally debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.
According to Creative Designer Sellene Lee, “from the start of the FT-1 project, we wanted the driver to have a feeling of the flow while at the wheel to be able to focus on the road and nothing else.”
“Our aim was to ensure everything supported the driver through efficient choices. The saddle leather maintains that same ‘in-the-zone’ driving intention, while bringing in a more premium feel.”
And premium, it is. Met with champagne toasts and the kind of paparazzi you usually see around celebrities, this car is a beauty. Although it is just a concept car and we won’t see anything like it on our lot for a while, we here at Doxon Toyota are very excited about this news. And in the meantime, Toyota has made the FT-1 available on the PlayStation’s ‘Gran Tursimo 6.’
Visit Doxon Toyota today in Auburn, WA to check out our great inventory of new cars, including several 2015 models!
How comfortable are your vehicle’s seats? If you own a Toyota, chances are they’re pretty comfy. Based on the Seat Quality and Satisfaction Study conducted by J.D. Power, four Toyota’s are equipped with some of the most comfortable seats in the industry.
The 2014 Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia were all distinguished for their superior seating.
The study analyzes seat satisfaction by surveying over 86,000 new car owners and lessees after 90 days of ownership. Their responses were used to determine each vehicle’s problems reported per 100 vehicles. The top three vehicles in each segment were recognized for their satisfactory seating.
Of the 21 honored vehicles, four were Toyota’s. This is an especially impressive feat considering both the Toyota 4Runner and Sequoia offer third-row seating.
The 4Runner was one of 4 Toyota vehicles that ranked well on J.D. Power’s annual Seat Quality and Satisfaction Study.
“There is demand on third-row seats and automakers are trying to meet that demand,” said Mike VanNieuwkuyk, executive director of global automotive for J.D. Power. “The challenge is to provide a functional third-row seat that meets customer needs and expectations without compromising quality, comfort and space. ”
Not so sure how your current vehicle’s seats would measure up? Stop by Doxon Toyota today to experience the quality of these award-winning seats for yourself.