Doxon Toyota Sponsors 2014 EmD3-On-3 Tournament

Each year in Auburn, Washington, the Emerald Downs 3-on-3 (EmD3-on-3) basketball tournament is a great fundraising event for local charities. This year, Doxon Toyota was a proud sponsor of the 2014 EmD3-on-3 competition with proceeds from the event going towards the Auburn Valley YMCA.

EmD 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
Doxon Toyoyta sponsored the Emeral Downs 3-on-3 basketball tournament last weekend!

EmD3-on-3 Tournament Director Bob Fraser said in a statement, “We are honored to partner with Auburn-area organizations on many levels. The YMCA was again chosen as the tournament beneficiary because of their work dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We raised over $22,000 in 2013 and hope to exceed that number this year.”

All the basketball action happened this past weekend on August 9 and 10. Over 200 teams and 1,000 players competed to be crowned the Emd3-on-3 champions. Players were divided into brackets based on age and skill level and each team was able to play at least three games.

Check out the Doxon Toyota Facebook page to see some photos from the tournament. If you missed out on the action this year, be sure to be on the lookout early next summer for registration information for the 2015 EmD3-on-3 Tournament.

Toyota Donates $10,000 to the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Toyota is donating $10,000 to the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) to help protect more than 250 threatened historic sites throughout the United States.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1949 to support the preservation of iconic American landmarks, including historic buildings, neighborhoods, and heritage, by way of programs, resources, and advocacy.

The NTHP has currently sounded the alarm at more than 250 threatened historic sites and is taking direct action to protect 47, including the Sweet Auburn District in Atlanta, the Malcolm X-Ella Little Collins House in Boston, and Joe Frazier’s Gym in Philadelphia.

With the help of Toyota’s donation, the NTHP will be able to help preserve even more iconic American landmarks.

“As a part of its commitment to education, Toyota is committed to sustaining our distinctive American treasures,” said Jim Colon, Toyota Motor Sales’ VP of African American Business Strategy. “They give us rare glimpses of our past that will help influence our future. The significant work undertaken by the National Trust will ensure the survival of renowned landmarks for generations to come.”

Learn more about Toyota’s philanthropy at Doxon Toyota!

Toyota Adds Fun Flair to 2015 Yaris at Great Value

The Yaris is bringing the attitude in the 2015 model year, adding a bold new European flair to its already spunky styling, helping the subcompact car standout in its highly populated segment. The quieter interior and peppy engine add more appeal than ever before, making it easy to see why the 2015 Yaris is at the top of many car buyers’ lists.

2015 Toyota Yaris
The 2015 Yaris hatchback is coming soon to Doxon Toyota in Auburn, WA!

Just like previous generations, the 2015 Yaris comes in 3- and 5-door liftback configurations, though the styling is more energetic than before. An aggressive new grille design, which features a chrome grille treatment, adds that touch of polish, bringing the subcompact to a whole new level. Inside the car’s cabin, softer materials throughout the interior and a new, driving-oriented dashboard design create a comfort level that previous generations didn’t have.

Under the hood, the 2015 Yaris keeps its peppy, smooth 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which is equipped with variable valve timing and produces 106 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque. This lends for a snappy acceleration response that makes it easy to love this subcompact’s spunk.

To see the 2015 Yaris firsthand, stay tuned to Doxon Toyota‘s blog! We’ll let you know when the car hits our dealership and you can give this feisty car a test drive!

Toyota Reveals 2015 Sienna Minivan with Family-Friendly Features

In the world of “Why didn’t I think of that?” Toyota has hit a home run with the 2015 Sienna. The updated minivan with family-friendly features will blow your mind.

2015 Toyota Sienna
The 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan will be available soon at Doxon Toyota!

Take, for example, the available Driver Easy Speak feature, which projects the driver’s voice using a built-in microphone and sends it to the backseat speakers. Imagine how much voice strain you will save by not having to constantly yell at kids. Now, you can calmly speak and it will be like you’re sitting right next to them. And, parents can even keep an eye on the backseat with the optional pull-down conversation mirror.

To help promote the updated 2015 Sienna, Toyota reached out to some parents with social media pizzazz, “Action Movie Kid,” “Eh Bee Family,” and “Convos with My 2-Year-Old.” Check out Toyota’s YouTube channel for some of the imaginative videos.

The updated 2015 Toyota Sienna will be making its way to Doxon Toyota later this year. Are you ready to bring your family closer together with your next family hauler? Stay tuned to our blog and website for more information on exact release dates!

Toyota Considers AWD Capability for Next-Generation Prius

The next-generation Prius has already been promised to us as a 2016 model, but there’s a new and exciting rumor floating around the internet about the upcoming model: the possibility of all-wheel-drive capability. Of course, there’s all kinds of rumors about this new Prius—ranging from ideas about fuel efficiency to interior design—but the AWD rumor gains some legitimacy because we’ve got quote from a Toyota engineer to back it up.

Those quotes come from Koie Saga, senior managing officer of powertrain development for Toyota. “I think we will possibly do it,” Saga said, teasing us but leaving himself a way out if the idea gets canned. He also added this: “I think we will come up with a fuel economy that will surprise everyone.”

Based on Saga’s comments, we’re even more excited about the upcoming new Prius here at Doxon Toyota than we were before. Of course, even if AWD if offered, it will remain simply an option. But a redesigned, roomier, more efficient Prius with AWD capability—what else could you want?

Toyota Prius
The next-generation Toyota Prius, due in 2016, could feature all-wheel drive.

For now, we’ll have to settle for the current Prius (an amazing and groundbreaking vehicle in and of itself) while we wait patiently for more information. Check one out today near Tacoma, Washington!

Toyota Delivers Quality, Named Number One Retail Brand Year-to-Date

We at Doxon Toyota know a little something about selling cars. We also know a quality product when we see one, which has enabled us to offer only the best to our customers for the past 76 years. That’s why it is no surprise to us to see that Toyota Division is the number one retail brand for the first half of 2014 – quality products customers love is simply characteristic of the company.

In the first six months of the year, the Toyota Division (including Scion and Lexus models) sold 1,165,607 units. The Toyota brand itself sold 178,196 vehicles in June alone, an increase of 11 percent over June 2013 based on the daily selling rate.

“Sales in the first half of 2014 indicate a steadily recovering industry, and we expect this pace to increase as we move into the second part of the year,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group’s vice president and general manager. “In June, Camry and Corolla posted double-digit gains as passenger cars showed renewed strength industry-wide.”

We look forward to hearing sales reports for the next six months. As always, you can trust us at Doxon Toyota to give you the best quality vehicles on the market. Toyota’s reputation speaks for itself.

Toyota Rules Cars.com’s 2014 American-Made Index

Don’t worry—there’s nothing wrong with your eyes. And no, that headline isn’t a typo. Every year, Cars.com releases the American-Made Index, which “rates vehicles built and bought in the U.S.” But just because a vehicle bears an American-made brand and nameplate doesn’t mean its automatically eligible for the Index. In fact, the list disqualifies “models with a domestic-parts content rating below 75 percent, models built exclusively outside the U.S. or models to be discontinued without a U.S.-built successor.”

These restrictions eliminate a large number of vehicles, including many that you’d simply assume counted as “American-made.” However, it doesn’t eliminate many Toyota models, and that’s why Toyota took four of the ten spots on the 2014 American-Made Index. The Toyota Camry, built in both Georgetown, Kentucky, and Lafeyette, Indiana, even claimed the number 2 spot, trailing only the quintessential Ford F-150.

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The Tundra was one of 4 Toyotas listed in this year’s American Made Index.

The Toyota Sienna, Tundra, and Avalon nail down the fourth, fifth, and sixth spots respectively. The Sienna is built in Princeton, Indiana, the Tundra in San Antonio, Texas, and the Avalon in Georgetown, Kentucky, at the same plant where the Camry is built.

So, as you celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend, come see us at Doxon Toyota to check out a truly American inventory!

Toyota Engineer Wants to Eliminate Traffic Jams

Nobody likes traffic jams—they’re frustrating, wasteful, and for some people, a daily occurrence. Imagine, however, a future where we can eliminate traffic jams. One Toyota engineer, Hideki Hada, is slowly turning that dream into a reality.

Hada works at the Toyota Technical Center and recently received a patent for something called Vehicle Speed Indication using Vehicle-Infrastructure.

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A Toyota engineer has created a technology system to help eliminate traffic jams.

Here is how he explained his idea in a press release, “Cars transmit their actual traveling speed to highway infrastructure via Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC). The highway infrastructure management system collects that data and calculates an optimal traveling speed of vehicles on that highway based on the traffic condition in the area. This optimal traveling speed is sent to vehicles again using DSRC wireless communication. By these vehicles following this suggested traveling speed, the flow on the highway is improved (smoother, no congestion).”

It might sound complicated, but it is relatively simple. For example, if cars are travelling on a highway and there is congestion 5 miles ahead, the speed limit could be lowered just a few mph (say from 70 mph to 67 mph) and this will give the congestion more time to clear up and improve highway safety for the drivers.

While this technology may take years to get off the ground, maybe a new Toyota will make your frustrating commutes a bit more enjoyable. Stop by Doxon Toyota today and we’ll help you find something to get excited about!

Toyota Sales: Best Month in 6 Years

Toyota Motor Sales delivered its best sales month in six years thanks to strong sales increases for new cars like the Corolla, Camry and Prius.

In tune with auto industry trends in May, Toyota saw an overall increase of 12.6 percent from May of 2013. New vehicle-specific sales highlights for the month include a 30.8-percent increase in Corolla sales, a 26-percent increase in Camry sales, a 14-percent increase in Prius sales, a 13-percent increase in RAV4 sales and a 70-percent increase in 4Runner sales.

Toyota attributes much of these increases in renewed faith in new cars and automakers.

2014 Toyota Camry
The 2014 Toyota Camry once again helped Toyota sales reach great sales goals in May.

“Industry sales in May soared as consumer confidence improved and demand for new vehicles continued to strengthen,” said Bill Fay, a Toyota spokesperson, adding that “Toyota had its best month in six years led by strong Camry, Corolla and Hybrid sales.”

Doxon Toyota is proud to contribute to the best Toyota sales month in six years, and would like to thank our customers in the Auburn, Washington area for their dedication to our dealership! Help us make June another positive month – visit our dealership this month and view our wide inventory of new Toyota cars like the redesigned Corolla and Camry. We also offer a great selection of used cars in many makes and models at fantastic prices!

Stay tuned to our blog and check out our dealership on Google+ for more Toyota news and dealership info!

People Walk Again With Help From Toyota Robots

Toyota is known for its innovation technology in the green car segment. Now, it’s known for its innovative technology in a different area—robotics. The Japanese carmaker recently introduced newly developed clinical research versions of its “Walking Training Assist” and “Balance Training Assist” robots to 20 medical facilities in Japan this autumn.

These clinical research versions, which are improved versions of the robots announced in 2011 as part of the Toyota Partner Robot series, aim to rehabilitate patients who find it difficult to walk or maintain balance. Toyota is hoping to commercialize the Walking Training Assist and Balance Training Assist robots as soon as possible.

Since 2011, both robots have received significant improvements including a lifting mechanism to lessen weight burden, real-time monitoring of joint angle and other walking data for the Walking Training Assist, along with the addition of skiing and rodeo games to the Balance Training Assist robot to enable patients to shift their center-of-gravity.

For more information on the Toyota robots, click here.

Doxon Toyota is proud to be affiliated with such an innovative and ground-breaking company! To learn more about Toyota’s innovations in the automobile market, head over to our website or stop by our dealership in Auburn, Washington for a test drive!

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