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Redesigned Toyota Camry Poised for More Upgrades

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It’s been just two years since Toyota completely redesigned the Camry, but the carmaker is planning to give its popular sedan even more attention next year.

Bill Fay, vice president of Toyota in the U.S. explained at the LA Auto Show that we can bet on the Camry seeing some more upgrades and changes in the coming year: “It’s safe to say we’ll be doing something with it. We’ll be paying significant attention to the Camry next year.”

With a lot of competition in the midsize sedan segment, we think it’s a very smart move for Toyota to continually improve the Camry. The new Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion will both give the redesigned Toyota Camry a run for its money in the race for the top-selling midsize sedan crown for 2013. Toyota hopes to keep the title as the Camry won the 2012 race, and according to Autoblog . added incentives and fleet sales are the automaker’s current driving forces as the end of the year approaches.

We already love the redesigned version of the Camry here at Toyota of San Bernardino. so we will be awaiting news of Toyota’s next plans for it with much anticipation. We can likely expect upgraded technology features, more luxurious interior materials and options, and a re-sculpted exterior—but only time will tell!

Toyota and TMG Prepare Rally Car for the 2015 Racing Season

For the first time in several years, Toyota and TMG have developed a GT86 CS-R3 to compete in the WRC for the 2015 season.

Huh?

We realize with all the consonants and the exchange of vowels for numbers, this news may be incredibly confusing. However, it’s a recent announcement that we at Toyota of San Bernardino think you will find very exciting.

Here’s the English version of what we just said:

Toyota Motor Company owns Toyota Motorsport GmbH. or TMG, which is a company that provides specialized technology for the motorsport world and beyond. TMG is the brains behind the development of various Toyota rally cars.

Rally cars are designed to compete in various cross-country-style competitions. The WRC, or World Rally Competition. is one such competition for which the GT86 CS-R3 is being prepared.

We know; you’re still wondering what the Toyota GT86 CS-R3 is and why you haven’t heard of it before now. The GT86 is simply the global version of our Scion FR-S. That sounds more familiar doesn’t it?

CS-R3 is the name chosen for the TMG-developed rally car. It indicates the R3 class in which the car will be competing.

So now that we’ve explained all those letters, let’s try that again: For the first time in several years, Toyota and TMG have developed a GT86 CS-R3 to compete in the WRC for the 2015 season.

Now are you excited?  Leave us a comment and let us know!

Hybrid Minivan Hopes

With countless reasons to love the family-friendly, ultra-versatile Toyota Sienna. the minivan has gained its fair amount of fans over the years. It’s hard to imagine a better minivan than the Sienna, but with the popularity of hybrid vehicles growing ever-steadily, we’re wondering why the minivan segment is so deprived#8230;

In Japan, they have the Toyota Estima—the hybrid minivan with a spunky exterior that could woo even the most anti-minivan of soccer moms. The Hybrid Estima boasts a 47 miles per gallon potential. and what family wouldn’t benefit from all the money they’d save on gas with a fuel economy like that?

Now, we’re not complaining because we love the Sienna for its functionality, style, quality, luxury, and convenience. But, why not introduce a hybrid version here? Going green is in, and we think moms and dads everywhere would jump at the chance to try a hybrid minivan.

Do you think Toyota will ever introduce a hybrid minivan like the Estima here in the U.S?

Mysterious Toyota GT86 Concept Missing in Dubai

With the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show almost in our rear view mirrors, it’s both a wondrous and sad time for auto enthusiasts like the staff here at Toyota of San Bernardino.  Sad because it means we will have to wait another year before we can see all of the cool and innovative concepts that show up at SEMA on an annual basis, but wondrous because the memories are still so fresh.

The Toyota GT86 Concept promised for the Dubai Motor Show ended up M.I.A. However, one of the happiest moments from this year’s SEMA show: the Scion FR-S (American-version of the Toyota GT86) being named Hottest Sport Compact for the second year in a row.

The FR-S made its first appearance at SEMA during last year’s show and managed to take the breath away from innumerable attendees.  This year’s show is purported to have drawn around 130,000 professionals from more than 130 countries, as well as casual and rabid car enthusiasts who flocked to unique concept vehicles and exciting aftermarket products.

Toyota also had four Scion FR-S concepts in tow, as well as an xB and three tCs competing in the Scion Tuner Challenge .  With another successful SEMA showing in the books, the brand can begin preparations for dazzling the crowds at next year’s expo.  We, for one, can’t wait!

Toyota’s New Strategy Gives Customers More of What They Want

Since 2012. Toyota has been unrolling its plans for the Toyota New Group Architecture strategy (TNGA). We have a few more details to add to the strategy to streamline the vehicle manufacturing times, lower production costs and, most importantly, give customers more of what they want.

Currently, Toyota’s vehicles are manufactured globally. Various lead engineers work on similar vehicles sold to different parts of the world, and the manufacturing process can vary greatly.

Toyota#8217;s new strategy plans to use a common platform in developing future vehicles that will provide for more efficient parts-sharing. The expected result is a total of 20 to 30 percent savings on manufacturing and development.

This means in the future, Toyota’s vehicles will share more features. One such feature is a lower center of gravity allowing for better handling.

Toyota also vows to focus more on what customers want when creating future vehicle designs.

Toyota’s design chief Tokuo Fukuichi said. “Before, we made cars so as not to be disliked by anyone. In the future, out of 100 customers, we want to excite ten of them instead of not offending all 100.”

For more details on what Toyota#8217;s new strategy means for you, stay updated with us at Toyota of San Bernardino. We have an exciting future ahead of us, and you’ll want to be a part of it.

Best-Value Toyota SUVs

It’s no secret that one of the top things that car buyers value is…value. We love to own the best of what money can buy, and we’re always looking for ways to get more for our dollar.

Vincentric . a highly-esteemed automotive industry data collection and evaluation organization (say that five times fast), comes out with a yearly list of best value vehicles. Vincentric ’s guide is a helpful and reliable source for prospective car buyers to reference when they’re worried about maximizing value.

Two Toyotas made this year’s list of best-value-award-winning SUV and crossovers.

The midsized Toyota Highlander boasts “ownership costs almost 6 percent lower than expected,” according to Vincentric . The Highlander is affordable, has notable fuel economy for an SUV, and is an excellent choice for a family vehicle as it aptly and comfortably fits up to seven passengers.

The ultra-comfy and mega-capable Land Cruiser was the second midsize Toyota SUV on the list. Not only does the Land Cruiser provide plenty of bang for your buck, but it also touts lower-than-average overall ownership costs in categories including insurance, gas, and maintenance..

Both the Highlander and the Land Cruiser are strong, reliable, and built with the care and attention to detail that Toyota drivers have come to expect from the automaker.

Come visit us at Toyota of San Bernardino. and check out our selection of best-value Toyota SUVs.

Toyota Jumps on Autonomous Driving Bandwagon

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about self-driving cars. Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, and GM have all guaranteed having models for sale by 2020 that will incorporate autonomous-drive technology.

Not far behind, Toyota is now jumping on the autonomous driving bandwagon—and what an exciting bandwagon it is!

With all the recent talk of self-driving cars and modern day society’s ever-growing technological prowess, it may not seem all that surprising that automakers are throwing themselves into research and development of such an enticing and futuristic market. But what would it really be like? Can we really envision ourselves behind the wheels of cars that drive themselves, requiring little to no input from the driver?

Toyota is hoping to find out. With a recent public demonstration of a couple of its autonomous-driving-centered systems housed in a Prius, the automaker is already testing out some of the specs that will make self-driving cars possible. (And by public, we mean that Toyota did this on an inhabited highway in Tokyo.)

Toyota has thus far implemented two major systems that are contributing to the automaker’s confidence that it will introduce these semi-autonomous systems by mid-decade, according to Popular Mechanics .

Lane Trace Control (LTC)—use of a camera to interpret the road’s lines and maintain center positioning of the car in the lane. Although this is not an entirely new technology, Toyota’s LTC also incorporates GPS map information to allow the car to adjust speed and follow directional shifts.

Cooperative-Adaptive Cruise Control (C-ACC)—ability to implement vehicle-to-vehicle communication. The name may be a mouthful, but the technology is pretty incredible, allowing vehicles as far as a quarter mile away to share information like speed and braking patterns, according to Popular Mechanics. This allows cars on the road to react more quickly to one another and helps eliminate human error in driving scenarios.

It also lends itself to a smoother riding experience and enhanced fuel efficiency.

Reading about the imminent self-driving technology gets us really excited, but exactly how long are we going to have to wait? Here in America, we can probably expect the 2020 deadline so don’t get too comfortable with the idea of your car driving itself, but do remember that the future of the automotive industry is right around the corner.

Your Chance to Win a $100 Gas Card

Here at Toyota of San Bernardino we’re giving our Facebook fans a chance to win a $100 gas card for the month of October!

Entering the contest is super easy . We’re not kidding.

Simply visit our Facebook page. “like” us if you haven’t already, and click here for easy access to the contest entry form. (Or you can access the entry form on our Facebook page.) Then, fill out the form, read and agree to the contest rules and conditions, and keep your fingers crossed!

The contest ends October 31 st at 8:00 p.m. so be sure to visit our page this month and fill out an entry form for your chance to win $100 of free gas on us!

One winner will be chosen at random around the beginning of November. The winner will be notified via email and phone within five business days of the drawing, after which the $100 gas card can be picked up here at Toyota of San Bernardino during our operating hours.

What are you waiting for? Go #8220;like#8221; us now. and enter for your chance to win!

Haunted Attractions Near San Bernardino

For most people, October is synonymous with Halloween. And what could be more appropriate for the Halloween season than haunted house attractions? There’s just something about shuffling cautiously through spooky mazes and screaming your head off with friends at the site of “trained professionals” decked out in their scariest makeup and garb.

Here in San Bernardino, October brings with it a wide array of nearby options for those looking to get their fill of horrors (blood-curdling screams included). Here are a couple that jumped out at us!

Coffin Creek- located in Corona, Coffin Creek gets its name from a 1938 flood that resulted in coffins floating on the water. The Coffin Creek spook-fest includes five different stations, the most well-known and terrifying of which is Chambers of the Mausoleum. where they’ve been scaring people out of their skin for nine years straight!

Field of Screams Haunted Stadium – located an hour from San Bernardino in Lake Elsinore, this extreme haunted attraction is definitely worth the drive. With two scare zones and five haunted mazes, you’re sure to get your money’s worth of terror.

Human Roast House- located in downtown Riverside, this haunted attraction is located in the home of an infamous Riverside serial killer, Austin Reed Trebbe. The concept behind Human Roast House is their effort to convey a horrifying story (check out the video trailer below). The tagline: “Scream. No one can hear.”

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare – located at the Pomona Fairplex, visitors must endure three scream-tastic haunted mazes based on Rob Zombie horror movies.

Check out the complete list with more details and links to the various attraction websites for directions, ticket costs, and operating hours. Some of these haunted houses and mazes are seriously terrifying so enter at your own risk!

Pickup Truck Comeback

Gas prices may not be decreasing substantially, but that isn’t stopping pickup truck popularity from growing this year. In fact, truck sales numbers are poised to reach their highest since 2007, with USA Today reporting that the truck segment is looking to hit the two million mark by year’s end!

With the pickup truck trend gaining traction, it’s no surprise to us that the Toyota Tacoma has situated itself among the top selling trucks contributing to the highest sales in six years. Up about 20% in numbers through August, the Tacoma’s action-ready functionality and utilitarian nature are sure to guarantee the iconic Toyota pickup’s spot among the highest selling pickups for years to come.

Built with superior hauling and towing performance in mind, the Tacoma packs a serious punch when it comes to strength and power. Available options like heated seats, luxurious SofTex ® seat material, helpful backup camera, and steering wheel controls make the interior just as impressive as the muscle under the hood.

Celebrate the pickup truck comeback and come browse our grand selection of new Toyota Tacomas at Toyota of San Bernardino !

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