Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC), has announced that it plans to significantly expand its automotive safety research. The goal of the CSRC is to make tomorrow’s driving safer by exploring the challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies.
Toyota has committed $35 million dollars to this end, and the CSRC will focus on researching the future of mobility, including automated and connected vehicle technologies. The CSRC has partnered with 17 institutions across North America on 34 research projects to find safer and more responsible ways of transporting people. The research has focused primarily on active safety, driver distraction, and at-risk traffic populations which include children, teens, pedestrians, and senior citizens.
Safety is so important in the automotive industry, and particularly to Toyota. Gray-Daniels Toyota wants to help you protect yourself and your family. Call, contact us, or stop by today to learn about the valuable research the CSRC is conducting, and to see how it is being used to produce new Toyota vehicles.
Introducing a new 3D Heads-Up Display, a redesigned Automated Highway Driving Assist feature, and more
Toyota is a brand that has always been known for the reliability, affordability, and safety of its vehicles. But what about technology? Toyota is always working on the latest technological advancements, the latest of which are designed to move toward an accident-free driving experience.
Recently, the automaker introduced a number of exciting vehicle technologies at the Toyota Advanced Safety Seminar (TASS) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Though these new features are not yet complete, they do reveal just how hard Toyota has been working towards its goal. Better yet, they give us a glimpse of the future of driving. Gray Daniels Toyota has more.
The major showcase at TASS was Toyota’s Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA) system. This feature integrates a number of new technologies. The Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) ensures a safe distance from vehicles at all times to reduce the risk of a rear collision. It also monitors other vehicles on the road to help drivers find that sweet spot of optimal safety while on the highway. Lane Trace Control (LTC) calculates an appropriate driving path using cameras and wave radar to detect where lines fall on the road. It also takes into account where other vehicles are to ensure the safest route possible. Finally, the Predictive & Interactive Human Machine Interface (HMI) helps transition drivers smoothly between manual and automated driving.
Other technologies included SPAD LIDAR, or Single Photon Avalanche Diode / Light Detection and Ranging. Using high-resolution radars and cameras, it is able to detect the position and shapes of obstacles at any time of the day or night. Though it is not yet available on vehicles, it is smaller and more applicable than ever and will surely be a key feature in future automated vehicle technology.
Toyota’s 3D Heads-Up Display (HUD) was also showcased. The interactive 3D display will reveal traffic conditions, important vehicle information and much more on your vehicle’s windshield. Not only is this feature convenient, but it is also safe as you will no longer have to look at your phone or down at the console to receive important information.
These are just a few of the cutting-edge safety technologies Toyota has been working on. To learn more about the future of driving, contact us at Gray Daniels Toyota today. Whether you want to drive away in a new Toyota, or simply want to learn more about Toyota technology, our friendly staff is here to help!
As the colors of the leaves change, so do your vehicle’s service needs. Fall service is all about recovering from long summer road trips while also preparing for fall rainstorms and impending cold weather. At Gray Daniels Toyota, we’ve put together a fall service checklist so you can prepare now and avoid road emergencies in the future. Schedule a service visit today and we’ll make sure you and your vehicle can make the transition to colder temperatures, worry-free.
As with any seasonal transition, your tire pressure is going to react to the temperature change, so make sure to keep your tires inflated to your manufacturer recommended PSI. Especially in the fall, it’s also essential that you check your tire tread. If your tread is too low during rainy fall days and icy wintery weather, it will be difficult to maintain safe contact with the road. Keep yourself safe by checking your tread now before entering dangerous driving situations.
As with tire tread, your brakes are your ultimate safety net, and it behooves you to make sure your safety net is intact before you need it. Ensure that a brake check is included at your seasonal service visit to avoid any stress stopping on the road.
Regular oil changes are your car’s service bread and butter. Stick to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and get an oil change if your car needs it so it’s in tip-top shape throughout the season.
Filter check, coolant check, hoses check
Your filters, coolant, and hoses work behind the scenes to keep your car running the way it should. The fall is the perfect time to make sure your oil, gas, and air filters are in good condition, your coolant has been changed in the past two years, and your thermostat, heater, and defroster are working properly. Also check that your hoses are not leaking or soft. If they are, replace immediately.
Your car’s battery takes a beating in colder weather, so take advantage of the fall season to check up on your battery. Batteries older than four years may not make it through another cold season, so replace now to avoid waking up to a dead battery and a spoiled morning.
HVAC and wiper blades
The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems contribute to both your interior comfort and your safety, especially in colder weather. Without a working heating system, forget defrosting in the late fall and winter months. While you’re checking your HVAC system, take a look at your wiper blades as well. They should be changed every six months, generally, and new blades will give you greater visibility during fall storms.
Winter emergency kit
Typical road emergency kits include the standard jumper cables and other supplies, but it’s a good idea to add some tools to your kit now to prepare for cooler conditions. Stock up on gloves, boots, blankets, flares, tire chains, flashlights, and some sand or kitty litter to provide traction in slippery situations. Also include a small shovel in case you need to get gravel, debris, or snow out of your way if you’re stuck. You may not end up using anything in your kit, but especially as the weather cools, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Families get fun and creative online with Toyota's all-new 'Swagger Wagon'
It takes some truly creative minds to develop the amazing technologies and designs that encompass each and every Toyota vehicle. But in a recent twist, Toyota has turned to families for inspiration, in what amounts to the first-ever online reveal of a Toyota vehicle.
At the center of it all is the redesigned 2015 Toyota Sienna. The vehicle’s recent online debut saw Toyota partnering with parents and families, and asking them to flex their creative muscles by producing their own short, humorous, and good-natured videos highlighting the many qualities of Toyota’s latest minivan. The overall goal was to exhibit how the 2015 Sienna inspires real families in their daily lives in fun and imaginative ways.
“Today’s parents are embracing their life stage and those relatable family moments that make us laugh and feel connected,” said Jack Hollis, vice president of Toyota Division marketing at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc in a press release. “The 2015 Toyota Sienna seizes that same spirit of fun, everyday experiences with family and fits into the modern family dynamic. That is why Toyota chose to introduce the newest ‘Swagger Wagon’ to the world through a creative lens.”
Indeed, Toyota’s latest “Swagger Wagon” truly offers something for the entire family. From its upscale interior, to its improved handling and family-focused technology, the 2015 Toyota Sienna is genre-defining vehicle that continues to improve with age.
Standout features include an available Driver Easy Speak feature that uses the Sienna’s built-in microphone to amplify the driver's voice through the rear speakers so parents don’t have to shout to passengers in the back. There’s even an available Dual-View, Blu-Ray rear seat entertainment system that makes the Sienna’s backseat a favorite destination for kids.
We’re really excited about the all-new Toyota Sienna and we think you will be too once you’ve experience all that is has to offer. For more information on the 2015 Toyota Sienna, be sure to contact or visit our dealership today.
The word “Corolla” is almost a synonym for things durable and reliable, but the 2014 Toyota Corolla also brings to mind the following words: spicy, exciting, and emotional. The market, to this point, has proven that it’ll take a car that can go a dozen years or longer with minimal maintenance and not miss a beat, and that’s why the Toyota Corolla has taken the title as the world’s best-selling car of all time. With ongoing global production sitting currently at about 40 million units since its introduction in 1966, the Toyota Corolla has undergone a number of revisions—but none as drastic and exciting as the 2014 Toyota Corolla.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla maintains the hard-earned core-values of being an economical, practical, and exceptionally well-built sedan. Seating five in comfort, the 2014 Corolla maintains its proven 1.8-liter engine and choice of manual (six-speed) or automatic transmissions (four-speed or CVT).
What’s new is the overall look and feel of the car. Clearly inspired by Toyota’s Furia concept, the new 2014 Corolla sports a far more aggressive front end treatment, sharply creased character lines that carry through from fenders to quarter panel, and highly styled and aggressive available alloy wheels. The interior is highly competitive, both for the compact segment in which it resides, and even in comparison to larger, more expensive players. There is a large, attractive, and well-laid-out infotainment system that dominates the console, with intuitive functions available by touch. Entune™ Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite is available on upper trims.
The seats are also stand-outs in their class, being both firm and well supported without being hard. Even back-seat passengers will enjoy the fruits of Toyota engineer’s packaging efforts–the ever-so-slightly larger 2014 Corolla’s increased dimensions are especially apparent to rear-seat passengers.
On the road, the lengthened wheelbase allows for better use of the Macpherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear–the Corolla corners with a cat-like readiness previously unseen in the model. The engine revs freely and pulls eagerly, and the gearing of the four-speed auto or six-speed manual transmissions are well positioned to make use of the power band. Even the CVTi-S (available on all trim lines aside from the base “L”) provides a direct and linear feel. Toyota engineers miraculously removed the “rubber-band” feel so often associated with CVTs.
Nomenclature remains virtually unchanged with the 2014 Corolla. The base model is the L, with an increase in furnishings in the LE. Those wanting more standard appointments and a sportier feel can opt for the Corolla S. Fuel economists may prefer the new LE Eco model, with several key differences over the other models that optimize the already competitive mileage even further.
This is the Corolla the world has been waiting for: a stalwart of durability, reliability and economy, wrapped in a sexy and fun-to-drive package. It’s the best of both worlds.
Q. What types of repairs really must be made immediately and which ones can I hold off on if I can’t afford repair work on my vehicle?
A. Safety first! Obviously, problems that affect the safety of your vehicle require immediate attention. Things like braking problems, inoperable headlights, steering or anything that makes driving a risky proposition should be dealt with ASAP. On the other hand, a faulty air conditioner is probably something you have to live with for a while.
Sounds or vibrations which get progressively worse over a short period of time usually indicate something that deserves attention sooner rather than later. Whatever’s wrong is probably doing damage to your car. Waiting to fix things can be costly too.
For instance, if you have an automatic transmission and it’s rough when it shifts, it may just be low on transmission fluid. You might have a small leak that can be repaired easily and inexpensively. Ignoring that for a long period might result in the need for a new transmission. Ouch.
Any grinding noise generally indicates a loss of lubrication. If you repair that quickly, it might not be a big deal. If you ignore it, though, you might end up with expensive repairs. Hearing strange sounds when you apply your brakes may indicate a worn brake pad. Replacing brake pads is a lot less expensive than replacing the pad and the rotors or discs.
Cars don’t get colds that go away on their own. If there’s something wrong with your engine, it’ll probably just get worse and that means more expensive.
Building a fashionable year-round wardrobe is more about choosing versatile pieces than spending a fortune each time a new season rolls around. With a little bit of foresight and creativity, you can wear the same clothes year-round and never feel improperly dressed.
The magic of layering
Layering is perhaps the single most important technique when it comes to transitioning a wardrobe from summer to fall, but only if it’s done right. Mix light layers, like flowing dresses or tops, with more substantial clothing items like chunky sweaters or blazers. The best part about layering is that you can start with thinner layers early in the fall, and then move to thicker layers as the weather turns colder. Try to keep the thinner layers closer to your body, otherwise the look can seem disproportionate.
Current fashion trends smile upon layering. The past few seasons, designers have been giving you a way to take shorts to fall and beyond by layering tights or leggings underneath them. Even if that look doesn’t quite speak to your style, you can still pair tights or leggings with a lighter skirt to take it from warm months to cool temps. Try adding chunky boots to complete the balance of light and heavy within the outfit.
Shop medium-weight, breathable fabrics for year-round comfort
With just a little bit of extra attention while you’re shopping, you can build a fashionable wardrobe that can be carried through any season. Try to buy most of your pieces in mid-weight, natural fibers. It’s hard to make a whisper weight T-shirt work any other time than summer, but a medium weight tee works just as well under a blazer in winter as it does over shorts in summer.
Natural fibers also transition easier from season to season. Man-made textiles like polyester and rayon trap body heat, and can make you overheat in the office even on the coldest days. Natural fibers like wool, cotton, and even silk help keep you insulated in the cold, but breathe so that you don’t overheat.
Ideas for transitioning from summer to fall
Now that you’ve got all the tools, here are a few ideas for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall. If you have:
- Light dresses: Try them with tall boots and a light cardigan in cooler weather. When the temperatures drop even lower, add tights and a blazer over the cardigan. Try layering a long-sleeved tee under light dresses for a comfy casual look.
- Tank tops: Use tank tops as your base layer when you’re building an outfit. They’re perfect under V-neck dresses or even under a cardigan vest. Try using long, flowing tank tops as tunics over skinny jeans or leggings, and add a pull-over sweater for casual days.
Transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall is more about creativity than about buying new clothes. By mixing “traditional” fall fabrics and colors with your summer wardrobe, you can step out all autumn in comfort, style, and best of all, with a little cash left in your wallet.
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A car is an intricately-designed machine with many components. Checking and replacing your car’s fluids at the recommended intervals is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that your vehicle lasts for years to come.
The following fluids all play important roles in your vehicle:
- Transmission fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Brake fluid
- Windshield wiper fluid
- Engine coolant
Starting Out: Checking Your Oil
Your oil is the first fluid which will be checked during your vehicle’s lifetime, with more recent vehicles coming in around 5,000-7,500 miles. After that, a general rule of thumb is to have your oil changed approximately every 5,000 miles, with synthetic oil lasting much longer.
However, it’s easy to check your oil on your own. To avoid any costly repairs and catch problems early, we recommend checking oil levels at least once a month. Use your vehicle’s dipstick to determine your oil level—it should be between the two level markers on your dipstick. The oil should also be light golden brown and be slightly thicker than cooking oil. If you notice any irregularities, bring your vehicle in regardless of your last oil change.
Your windshield wiper fluid will also be refilled as needed starting at your first service. This fluid is what is used to clean your windshield, and will need to be changed accordingly based on the frequency of use.
Continuing Maintenance: Replace as Needed
After your car’s first service, we’ll check all of your fluid levels regularly and refill as necessary. Your brake fluid and power steering fluid will be checked at each oil change, but do not appear in the regular maintenance schedule. However, both play important roles: brake fluid serves to generate the pressure needed to activate your brakes, and power steering fluid creates pressure to power your vehicle’s steering gear.
Engine coolant will need to be replaced at various times depending on the severity of your vehicle usage. The coolant serves to absorb the heat from your engine and disperse it through the radiator. Some experts recommend flushing and replacing your coolant every two years or 24,000 miles.
The Road Ahead: Changing the Transmission Fluid
Transmission fluid can last tens of thousands of miles, but we recommend being cautious. Even then, your first flushing will likely not occur until 35,000-40,000 miles. This process is much cheaper than getting your transmission itself repaired, which can occur if fluids are not adequately maintained.
The transmission fluid is used as a medium to create pressure for the transmission system, helps to absorb heat, lubricates moving parts, and keeps dirt and debris from building up in transmission. If you find yourself frequently towing, driving off-road, or idling your vehicle for long periods, you may need to get the fluid replaced sooner. Ask one of our service technicians for details.
Our service department is your one-stop-shop for fluid service and replacement. Schedule your service online today.
The perfect burger for many people, with or without fries, will be the one served by their favorite fast food outlet. They will neither know nor care the actual type of meat that is used in the burger patties, so long as it tastes just the way they are used to enjoying it at its best. If we are looking to build the perfect burger at home, however, we have to consider both the method of building the burger and the meat itself. Everyone's tastes differ, of course, but this recipe will get you started in the right direction toward building your perfect burger.
The Perfect Burger
Total time: 30 minutes
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
2 shallots, peeled and finely diced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons fresh white breadcrumbs
1 large egg
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 strips of bacon
4 burger buns
8 romaine lettuce leaves
4 large tomato slices
8 thin slices of pickle
4 slices of American cheese
Sunflower oil for frying
Place the ground beef and pork in a large basin or mixing bowl. Add the bell pepper, shallots, mustard, breadcrumbs, egg, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Use your hand to mix the ingredients together thoroughly and separate in to eight equal portions. Roll each portion in to a ball and flatten between your hands to a burger patty, around three-quarters of an inch thick.
It is likely that you will need at least two large non-stick frying pans. Add some sunflower oil to each and bring up to a medium heat before adding the burger patties and frying for five to six minutes until done. Transfer the burgers to a large, heated plate and cover with foil to rest while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Fry the bacon in the pans you used to cook the burgers until crisp. Lightly toast the burger buns under an overhead grill.
Sit the bottom halves of the burger buns on the serving plates. Add two romaine lettuce leaves, followed by one burger patty each. Lay a slice of tomato on top, followed by the second patty and a slice of cheese. Finish off with two slices of pickle and the top of the bun. A wooden skewer, inserted down through the center of the burger will help hold everything together. Serve your mouthwatering burgers with a side of fries.
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