Green car sales have increased compared to 2012
Americans are doing their part to save the environment – and save on gas. With road trip season in full effect this summer, sales of fuel-efficient, green cars are on the rise. Unsurprisingly, Toyota is leading the pack. Read on for the exciting details, courtesy of our team at Caldwell Toyota Scion.
The demand for green vehicles has steadily increased. According to Autoblog Green, U.S. sales of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric vehicles and diesels have jumped 30 percent from May 2012, with numbers to more than 60,000.
Did you know that the Toyota Prius accounted for 3.1 percent of the total U.S. new car market last year? This month, the automaker has reason to rejoice yet again, with Prius sales in May up 9.5 percent to nearly 23,522 vehicles for the standard hatchback, C and V models. Additionally, the latest Avalon Hybrid moved 1,1514 vehicles. The good news for Toyota doesn’t stop there, as Lexus hybrid sales also increased by 52 percent.
Overall, Toyota’s advanced-powertrain sales hit 33,922 units in May, thereby increasing the total number of the automaker’s alternative fuel vehicles sold this year to more than 143,000 units. This cumulative figure trumps the current sales of comparable green automotive brands, such as Ford, Volkswagen and General Motors.
If these impressive figures are not adequately convincing proof of the Toyota brand’s remarkable quality, we invite you to visit Caldwell Toyota Scion soon to witness our extraordinary vehicles, firsthand.
Toyota reveals new and improved model
Did you know that the Toyota Corolla is the world’s best-selling car? With such vehicles that offer legendary quality, reliability and safety, it is easy to see why Toyota remains the best selling retail brand in America. The newly-debuted 2014 Corolla is no exception to the automaker’s standard for remarkable vehicles. Allow our team at Caldwell Toyota Scion to explain why the 2014 Toyota Corolla will surpass your expectations.
What makes the Toyota Corolla the most popular car in the world? Longevity, affordability, low fuel consumption and high resale value. Similar to its predecessors, the 2014 Corolla packs quite a punch. The compact is also fully redesigned for a new year with a chiseled exterior design and upgraded interior styling, perhaps making it the most capable Corolla to date.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla is undeniably stunning. The all-new and improved sedan continues the “Iconic Dynamism” theme with a stylish, sleek body style distinguished with athleticism and more pronounced details. Thanks to an acoustic glass windscreen, enhanced carpet insulation and a fender sound insulator, the interior driving experience is also improved with a high level of cabin quietness.
Under the hood, the 2014 Corolla does not disappoint. Engine choices consist of two available 1.8-liter four-cylinder units, one with 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque, as well as a more fuel efficient alternative that uses Toyota's new Valvematic technology to offer 140 horses and 126 lb-ft of torque.
The 2014 model also delivers the remarkable fuel efficiency that Corolla is known for. Thanks to its Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the 2014 Corolla offers improved fuel economy. The CVTi-S (i for intelligent, S for shift), will be available on the LE, S, and LE Eco Corolla models.
2014 Corolla drivers will be satisfied knowing their car sets a precedent, as it is the first compact car equipped with standard LED lowbeam headlamps. All Corolla models are also standard equipped with eight airbags, and Bluetooth® hand-free phone, as well as audio-streaming connectivity. Some of the available equipment includes:
- Touchscreen audio
- Apps accessible through the audio head unit
- Smart Key/ Push-button start
- Power moonroof
- Back-up monitor
- SofTex™ Seats
- Available Paddle shifters
- Rear deck lid spoiler
With over 34 million Corollas sold worldwide, millions of people can’t be wrong. Though the 2014 Corolla is not yet available at Caldwell Toyota Scion, we encourage you to browse other models from our new car inventory, in the interim.
2013 model recognized for driving experience and accessibility
At Caldwell Toyota Scion, we believe the Scion FR-S is a remarkable option for driving enthusiasts. AUTOMOBILE Magazine recently affirmed our belief by awarding the rear-wheel sport car with All-Star recognition.
The 2013 Scion FR-S was recently named a 2013 AUTOMOBILE Magazine All-Star by a panel of automotive industry experts. After a thorough assessment, in comparison to all current model year vehicles, the FR-S was recognized for its unparalleled behind-the-wheel experience and driver accessibility.
Jean Jennings, president and editor-in-chief at AUTOMOBILE Magazine lauded the Scion FR-S for its extraordinary performance. “The affordable and fun-to-drive FR-S is not only a welcome addition to the automotive landscape for American enthusiasts, it’s also exactly the sort of vehicle we’ve been hoping to see from Scion,” said Jennings. “We are very happy to celebrate its arrival.”
To learn more about the award-winning 2013 Scion FR-S, contact us today at Caldwell Toyota Scion!
2013 Toyota 4Runner
Traditional bodies on frame sport utility vehicles are a dying breed, but this is not true for the 2013 Toyota 4Runner. This model, which was introduced in 1984, has been updated regularly and extensively since then, but one thing hasn’t changed: its on-and off-road versatility. Available in two- and four-wheel-drive, the four-door and five to seven-passenger Toyota 4Runner can handle the toughest terrain and still looks great as it transports your family around town.
The Toyota 4Runner offers rugged, handsome looks with its squared body lines. An upright grille, large multi-reflector halogen headlamps, integrated fog lamps, squared wheel wells with alloy wheels, and upright body pillars show that this SUV is ready for some action. Available in three trim levels – SR5, Trail and Limited – the 4Runner rides on 17-inch alloy wheels on mud and snow tires. The 4Runner Limited upgrades to 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels.
Engine & Transmission
One engine, a 4.0-liter V6, is offered, and is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. This 270-horsepower engine enables the 4Runner to get 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway in 2WD; 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway in 4WD.1 The SR5 and Limited can be had in either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, while the Trail comes only with part-time 4WD.
The rugged Toyota 4Runner’s exterior is contrasted with a comfortable and well-appointed interior. Its instrument panel features three oval dials with analog displays and a digital driver’s information center with outside temperature, clock, distance to empty read outs, and a compass.
The 4Runner’s center console features stacked controls for heating and cooling, navigation, an audio system, and a center console storage box with compartments for coins, tissues, and pens. Two 12-volt DC outlets and an auxiliary jack input are also included. The 4Runner Trail adds an overhead console with off-road controls. The 4Runner Limited includes a backup camera display with its navigation system, an option that is available with the SR5 and Trail editions.
Standard with the 4Runner SR5 are fabric-trimmed 6-way adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support and a 4-way adjustable front passenger seat. Sport fabric-trimmed, water-resistant fabric and leather-trimmed seats are available as part of convenience and premium package upgrades. The second row features a 50/50 split bench seat for three passengers. A two-place 50/50 split bench seat is available for the optional third row.
Two standard audio systems are available with upgrade possibilities. The SR5 and Trail editions offer an AM/FM/MP3 CD player with eight speakers, integrated SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a USB port with iPod connectivity, hands-free phone capability, and Bluetooth music streaming.
The 4Runner Limited brings in display audio with navigation and Toyota’s Entune technology that includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen with integrated backup camera display, an AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, eight speakers, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, HD Radio, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port with iPod connectivity and control, and an assortment of voice and text recognition capabilities.
All Toyota models including the 2013 Toyota 4Runner offer Toyota’s Star Safety System. This system includes vehicle stability control, traction control, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, and smart stop technology. This SUV’s advanced airbag system includes thorax, abdomen, and pelvis protecting airbags for the front seat, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and front and rear row side curtain airbags. Active head restraints are standard for the driver and front passenger. The Toyota 4Runner includes child protector rear door locks and power window outlook, a tire pressure monitoring system, and daytime running lights.
The 2013 Toyota 4Runner has everything you need to make your life the adventure you want it to be. Visit us today and let us help you ride home in a 4Runner for the best price possible.
 2013 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.
In the United States, the minimum age for a driving license varies from 14 to 16 according to different state regulations. Once young drivers have received their licenses, there are generally a number of restrictions in place for several years later, and in most cases, drivers are only able to drive freely after fulfilling certain conditions. There are a number of considerations to be made when it comes to considering an increase in the minimum driving age. Here are some of the main arguments for and against.
Statistically, younger drivers are much more likely to be involved in an accident. What's worse is that they are much more likely to be involved in a fatal accident. While it is unfair to make generalizations, young drivers are often more reckless and less sensible than older drivers, so it makes sense to increase the minimum driving age in order to try and reduce the number of young deaths on the road. Older drivers are still involved in serious accidents, of course, but any action that can reduce deaths makes for a strong argument.
There are environmental considerations, too. Despite advances in fuel technology and car manufacturing, cars are still major pollutants, and all nations need to look at ways to reduce the harmful emissions from cars. One obvious way to do this is to reduce the number of cars on the road. If the minimum age of driving was to be increased, it would cut down the number of people eligible to drive. Supporters also argue that it might encourage young people to get used to using public transport.
There is also a question of need. Supporters argue that young people simply don't need their own cars and that there is no problem with preventing people from driving until a later age, simply to cut back on fuel consumption and road congestion.
Opponents of this change argue that the accident rate in new drivers is comparable across different age groups, and that it is important to get people driving as early as possible. Increasing the minimum age for driving could simply delay the time it takes an individual to get the appropriate experience on the road. Opponents argue that recklessness is common across all age groups.
Being able to drive is a great step in gaining independence, too, and can encourage young people to become more responsible. With supervision, these young drivers can be shown good driving habits that they can carry on into life and it makes sense to start this process as early as possible. For parents that want to stop acting like a taxi service, it may be a very popular move.
For some young people, public transportation simply isn't an option, either. Without the ability to drive they may be cut off from friends and potentially from employment opportunities. Bear in mind, also, that some young people act as drivers for adults in their lives. For these people, the car can be a lifeline.
More people than ever now work on the move, thanks to mobile phones, laptops, and tablet devices. But if you're regularly using your car as a workstation, how can you keep track of everything and keep it all neat, organized and tidy?
1) Paper. Although technology companies would rather you didn't mention it, there's still a lot of paper in business. Whether you've printed a hard copy of a document for proofreading purposes, or just amassed a pile of receipts for an expenses claim, paper will build up. So there are two steps to managing paper in your on-the-road office. First, make sure you have a hole punch and ring binder, and file away every single scrap of paper neatly, to keep it all in one place. Then, every time you finish with a piece of paper, scan it if it's important, and then recycle it. Nothing clutters an office faster than scraps of paper, and this is doubly true if your office is a car. Lose the trash.
2) Storage. Keep your car tidy by keeping your on-the-road office in one of the storage compartments. Whether that's in the glove compartment, the trunk, or the front passenger seat footwell is up to you, but get into the habit of putting your office away when you're not actively working. Out of sight, out of mind, and it will help to prevent you losing important items in the interior of your car. And try to limit the number of external media devices you use (USB sticks, CDRs, etc).
3) Charging. Pay careful attention to the battery life instructions on your laptop or tablet, and on your smartphone. Keep their charge levels topped up at every opportunity, and get into the habit of checking battery levels last thing in the evening, so that you can charge your gadgets overnight if necessary.
4) Stationery. For working on paper, you will need a pen, a pencil, an eraser, possibly a ruler, and a highlighter pen. That's it. Buy one of each item, and a tin or other case to put them in. If you give into the temptation of buying dozens of different colored pens, and a pencil for every grade of hardness, you'll end up losing stationery left and right, and you still won’t be able to find a pen when you need one. So buy a small amount of equipment and concentrate on keeping it in the same place.
5) Prioritize. The best way to keep your on-the-road office tidy and organized is to do the bare minimum of work on the move. When you begin to do any task in the car, or while travelling, take just a moment to think about whether it could wait until you're back in your regular office, or at your desk at home. And if it can wait, ask yourself whether you would be likely to do the task better with a more dedicated working environment, perhaps with colleagues you can ask for advice and support. Technology has made it easier to work wherever we happen to find ourselves, but that doesn't mean we always should. Taking a few minutes in the car to jot notes in a pad after a meeting is a great way of retaining more information in your memory from a conversation. Trying to write your five-year business strategy in a car park is a recipe for disaster.
You really would rather be on a date or out with friends this weekend, but everyone avoids you. Maybe, just maybe, there's a reason everyone scuttles out of the break room at work when you enter. Maybe you need to evaluate your behavior and see if you violate one of these five social faux pas.
Complaining. Most people spend the majority of their day doing something they'd rather not be doing. Few people, if given a choice, would rather file, deal with angry customers, clean toilets, or wash dishes than be on an exotic beach sipping fruity drinks with umbrellas. Humans, therefore, have developed the essential skill of making the best of it. They don't need you complaining about your bunions or your boss or your kids or your spouse or the weather or your car or the price of oil or your political representative or the kid who mows your lawn. In other words, stop complaining all the time and you just might be invited to go somewhere.
Hygiene. That there are human beings in the 21st-century living in developed, industrialized nations who do not make use of running water and soap on a daily basis is a slap in the face to those around the world who must carry water they retrieved from a river 23 miles away in a bucket up a hill. Shower regularly. Wash your clothes. Comb your hair. Brush your teeth. It's not that hard. And don't be the person who bathes in perfume, aftershave, or cologne either.
Insensitivity. The term political correctness has developed a negative connotation in recent years due to overly sensitive, smelly people who complain a lot. This, however, is not an excuse for stupid insensitivity. Very few people actually think racial jokes, ethnic jokes, religious jokes, gay jokes, or handicap jokes are funny, and even fewer will admit it in public. In fact, when you say jokes like these, most people cringe and are embarrassed for you. If people cringe and are embarrassed for you every time you open your mouth, they do not want to hang out with you.
Dressing Inappropriately. You may choose to dress provocatively on your own time, but there are some settings where it just isn’t appropriate. Casual is good for casual outings, like the beach or hanging around the house. If you're still wearing your frat party flip flops and Hawaiian shirt for weddings, dates, and dinner with an important client, however, people will take notice.
Topping. This annoying social faux pas is rooted in insincerity and insecurity. As the name implies, the topper tries to make him or her seem greater than the person who just spoke. If, for example, your brother's friend tells a crazy story about how she got out of a traffic ticket, a topper would immediately tell a similar story that's a little bit crazier. If a coworker talks about setting his personal record time at a marathon last weekend, the topper would brag about his personal record time, which is, of course, two minutes faster than the previous speaker. Don't top, ever.
Eliminate these behaviors and began your path to social excellence.