Among many different models unveiled at the 2018 New York International Auto Show was the 2019 Toyota RAV4. Those attending the show were blown away by its completely new design. An article by AutoGuide.com states that the fifth-generation version of this model is a lot more rugged and that “Toyota’s mandate against making boring cars seems to be working.” Initial highlights like a sturdy design, an available contrast roof, available 19-inch wheels and an aggressive stance make this crossover SUV stand out. Our team at Western Slope Toyota, your local Grand Junction car dealer, is excited by this news because the 2019 Toyota RAV4 seems to be the next step in Toyota’s evolution of producing efficient and attractive models that can elevate your driving experience.
The exterior of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 has been crafted in a way to encourage more capability, drivability and visibility while you are out on the road. The 2019 models has shorter front and rear overhangs, a half-inch more ground clearance, a longer wheelbase, a wider track and a chassis that is more than 55 percent stiffer compared to the 2018 model. Customers will be able to choose between two engines: a 2.5L four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed transmission or a hybrid model with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The All-Wheel-Drive system also received an upgrade. It now will be able to send 50 percent of the torque to the rear wheels and split it on both sides through torque vectoring. Here at Western Slope Toyota, your local Grand Junction car dealership, we are glad to learn about these new components because they deliver a much higher level of performance that our customers will be able to enjoy.
Inside the 2019 Toyota RAV4, you will discover a more modern design, a larger touchscreen and a full camera display in the rearview mirror that will relay a live feed from a wide-angle high-definition camera. This model also will offer Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ so that you can stay connected to all of your favorite smart devices. To better protect you and your loved ones, the Toyota Safety Sense comes standard with a wide variety of features. They include forward collision mitigation, brake assist with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and lane tracking assist. Our team at Western Slope Toyota, your local Grand Junction car dealer, cannot wait for the 2019 Toyota RAV4 to arrive this winter. Be sure to contact us for any more news on this impressive crossover SUV.
Making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept has revived one of the most iconic models in Toyota’s celebrated sports car heritage. Our team at Western Slope Toyota, your Grand Junction dealership, are pretty excited by this news because the Toyota Supra model has crafted a reputation of being both a master on the road and a dominating force out on the racetrack since its first appearance in 1978. We think the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept has the potential to be a car that can deliver astonishing performance, whether you are just taking an average drive or undergoing speed tests out on the track.
A sleek and compact two-door car, the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept has a superb front-engine/rear-wheel drive configuration and fully uses all the advanced lightweight materials that comprise its body. Created by TOYOTA GAZOO RACING, this vehicle’s concept invokes a “fun to drive” quality that is accented by this vehicle’s layout. Its exterior sports a large rear wing, wide front and rear bumpers, front splitter and rear diffuser, side skirts and more. Its chassis features lowered front and rear suspensions made of original equipment components. Inside, drivers will find a cabin that is fully competition-focused and fitted with a racing dashboard, a quick-release steering wheel, safety harness and more. For safety, the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept has a full roll cage, fire extinguishers and its components (like the brakes lines, pedal box, battery and wiring looms) all are designed to competition standards. Overall, this vehicle is intended to get you wherever you are heading in style, while handling anything you might encounter.
Here at Western Slope Toyota, your car dealership in Grand Junction, we cannot wait to hear more news about the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept. It is a supremely wonderful innovation from Toyota and we encourage our customers to keep an eye on what definitely will prove to be a game changer in the automotive world.
Paving the way toward a future of self-driving vehicles, Toyota recently announced that it will be opening the Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) in Tokyo later this month. A news release states that the Toyota Motor Corporation is working with Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd. and the Denso Corporation on this $2.8 billion joint venture, all for the purpose of engineering “fully-integrated, production-quality software for automated driving.” The TRI-AD is expected to employ about 1,000 employees and they will be led by CEO Dr. James Kuffner, the current chief technology officer at the North American branch of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI).
“Building production-quality software is a critical success factor for Toyota’s automated driving program,” Kuffner said in the release. “This company’s mission is to accelerate software development in a more effective and disruptive way, by augmenting the Toyota Group’s capability through the hiring of world-class software engineers. We will recruit globally, and I am thrilled to lead this effort.”
The release states that the TRI-AD will have four main objectives after the company opens. They are:
- Create a smooth software pipeline from research to commercialization that leverages data-handling capabilities
- Strengthen coordination with TRI and efficiently link research results to product development
- Strengthen the collaboration within the Toyota Group in the domains of research and development
- Recruit and employ top-level engineers globally while cultivating and coordinating the strong talent within the Toyota Group.
“Toyota is known for the quality and efficiency of the Toyota Production System (TPS). I have no doubt that we can translate the fundamental ideas of TPS from the production of hardware to the production of software, and dramatically enhance Toyota’s software capabilities,” Dr. Gill Pratt, TMC Fellow, TRI CEO and chairman of the new TRI-AD Board of Directors, said in the release. “That’s what TRI has been working for, and that’s what the new company will push even further.”
Our team at Western Slope Toyota is excited about the TRI-AD and all the amazing developments that are sure to come from it. We cannot wait to see what the future holds. For more information on the Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, click here.
2018 Super Bowl Toyota Ads: Good Odds, One Team & Mobility Anthem
For the first time ever, Toyota will air three different commercials during the upcoming 2018 Super Bowl. The three ads — which are titled “Good Odds,” “One Team” and Mobility Anthem, are part of Toyota’s “Start Your Impossible” campaign, which communicates the company’s shift to a mobility company and aims to inspire consumers to take their first step to unleash their potential. Toyota released the “Good Odds” and “Mobility Anthem” ahead of the Super Bowl. Watch and enjoy. Read the rest of this entry
The concern about fewer manufacturing jobs in America has been a major issue in recent years, and that’s why Toyota and Mazda’s announcement last year that they would build a new $1.6B joint-venture manufacturing plant was met with a great deal of excitement. After several months of deliberations, the two Japanese automakers have decided to build the plant in Huntsville, Alabama, with a targeted opening date of 2021. Read the rest of this entry
With the Prius and the lineup of efficient hybrid vehicles, the emissions-free Mirai Fuel Sedan, and environmentally-friendly manufacturing practices, Toyota has a much-deserved reputation for being a “green” company. This was recently further affirmed by Newsweek, when they named Toyota the “Greenest Automaker” for their annual Newsweek Green Rankings. Read the rest of this entry
Toyota has already revolutionized the automotive industry with the Prius and a fuel-efficient lineup of hybrid cars and SUVs, and the Japanese automaker also furthers its goal of environmental sustainability with numerous environmental-focused projects and initiatives. Recently, Toyota team members across the country celebrated 2017 National Public Lands Day by volunteering their time and energy for many different conservation projects. Read the rest of this entry
Toyota has already pioneered the use of zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell technology in the groundbreaking Mirai sedan, and now they are utilizing this innovative technology in heavy-duty trucks. The Japanese automaker is currently testing a hydrogen fuel cell powered Class 8 concept truck around the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Watch this video to see the progress of the project. Read the rest of this entry
Toyota FT-4X Concept revealed
Last week, Toyota debuted the all-new Toyota FT-4X Concept at the New York International Auto Show, and to say we are impressed would be an understatement. The new Toyota FT-4X Concept is even more incredible than we ever thought it could be, and we already can’t wait to get behind the wheel and take this new model out for a spin. Interested in seeing what all the fuss is about? Continue reading! Read the rest of this entry