Posted April 19th, 2011 by Nicole
Consumer Reports named 20 Toyota models “Recommended” with the RAV4 as the best value sports utility vehicle, the Prius as the top green car for the eight consecutive year, and the Sienna as the best family hauler. Toyota leads all automakers with the most “Recommended” vehicles for consumers.
The RAV4, an abbreviation of Recreational Active Vehicle 4 wheel drive, is a Toyota SUV with the space and size advantages of a SUV that performs with the efficiency and driving ability of a compact car.
The Prius is the best selling Hybrid vehicle on the road today and recently made news in the US by surpassing the mark of 1 million vehicles sold.
The Sienna has recently found a new following with its refreshing advertising of the “Swagger Wagon” becoming a YouTube sensation and offering consumers a detailed list of signature options.
Consumer Reports Top Picks are the best all-around models in their categories. They are chosen from the more than 270 vehicles we’ve recently tested and must meet their criteria in three areas:
Each must rank at or near the top of its category in overall test score, which includes the results of more than 50 individual tests and evaluations.
Each must have earned an average or better predicted-reliability Rating, based on the problems Consumer Reports subscribers reported on 1.3 million vehicles in our latest Annual Auto Survey.
Top Picks must perform adequately if tested by the government or the insurance industry. In addition, each must offer electronic stability control, a proven lifesaving safety feature, as standard equipment.
Posted April 13th, 2011 by Nicole
This April David Maus Toyota is supporting the Apopka Relay For Life as one of the charities honored by the Service Contribution Program. The Apopka Relay For Life will take place at Apopka High School on April 16th at 6:00 pm and they are still accepting contributions – for more information contact Rebekah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Service Contribution Program is a community effort by the David Maus Toyota Service Department to recognize and donate to a local Central Florida charity. All of our customers participate in the donation because a percentage of each service completed is donated directly to the selected charity. Each month the charitable organization is different and the Program has been able to donate more than $50,000 to local charities in the past four years. Past charities have been Locks of Love, Kids with Arthritis, Lighthouse of Central Florida, American Lung Association, Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation and many more.
By participating in an American Cancer Society Relay For Life event near you, you honor cancer survivors, pay tribute to the lives lost to the disease, and raise money to help fight it – all right in your community.
Much more than a walk around a track, Relay is a time to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember those lost and get inspired to fight back. Those who have shared the same experience find common ground, hope and healing at Relay. By participating, you have the power to continue the American Cancer Society’s progress toward a future where cancer doesn’t take the lives of our friends and family.
For more information on Relay For Life or an upcoming walk near you, visit www.relayforlife.org.
Posted April 12th, 2011 by Nicole
Released from Toyota Motor Corp:
Toyota is adjusting North American production due to parts availability following the Japanese earthquake.
Over the next few weeks, Toyota’s North American vehicle plants will operate on a reduced schedule, with production suspended on April 15, 18, 21 (excluding the Georgetown plant which will be open), 22, and 25. Most of the company’s North American engine and component plants will follow the same schedule. Future production plans will be determined at a later date.
On these non-production days, the company will continue to provide employment for its approximately 25,000 regular North American team members. Team members not required to work may report to work for training and plant improvement activities, use vacation, or take unpaid time off.
On average, around 85 percent of the parts and materials for the 12 North American-built Toyota and Lexus models are sourced from 500 suppliers on this continent. While production of some parts and materials continues in Japan, Toyota is working closely with affected suppliers in order to minimize the impact.
“The situation in Japan affects many automakers and many other industries. Extraordinary efforts are underway to help suppliers recover,” said Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America. “We are slowing down to conserve parts yet maintain production as much as possible. We appreciate the flexibility of our team members, suppliers and dealers as we work through these issues.”
Posted April 9th, 2011 by Nicole
Toyota has announced that it has passed the one million sales milestone with the #1 selling Hybrid vehicle in the US, the Toyota Prius. Once viewed as an environmental experiment, the Prius has become a household name, especially as gas prices rise to almost $4 per gallon in the spring of 2011.
The Prius, which is powered by both a gasoline engine and an electric motor, gets an estimated 51 miles per gallon in the city and 48 on the highway. Aside from electric vehicles, it is the most fuel-efficient car in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Toyota Prius hit the roads 11 years ago and was originally considered by drivers who wanted to be more environmentally conscious. However, throughout the years’ gas prices have risen considerably, causing many drivers to consider the vehicle to cut budgets. In the first quarter of this year, Toyota already has sold nearly 43,000, which is 52 percent more than at the same time last year, according to Autodata Corp. In 2010, the company sold more than 140,000 Priuses.
Prius vehicles are now available at David Maus Toyota.
Posted April 8th, 2011 by Nicole
Toyota Motor Corp and Microsoft Corp announced today a partnership to build a software for information technology in upcoming electric and plug-in hybrid Toyota vehicles including on-board communication, energy management, and GPS systems. The two companies have worked together for more than 10 years on a mobile Internet project for Japan.
According to a Toyota news release, the automaker’s new software will offer voice- and touch-activated communication, entertainment features and battery-charging management for electric and hybrid vehicles. The system is based on the Microsoft Windows Azure operating system.
The carmaker believes that, as electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles become more popular, people will rely more on telematics services for achieving efficient energy management. Toyota’s telematics system will have its premier in electric and plug-in hybrid models in 2012 and will be available in numerous models worldwide by 2015.
Posted April 7th, 2011 by Nicole
David Maus Toyota will be hosting a Blood Drive at the Sanford location on Thursday, April 14th from 12p-4p in an effort to increase awareness of the importance of blood donation and to help the Central Florida blood banks. The store holds a blood drive on a quarterly basis, the last in September collected 13 units of blood, saving 39 lives.
The blood drive will benefit patients treated at the Central Florida hospitals. No appointment necessary, donators can simply come to the dealership and walk into the Big Red Bus in the front parking lot. The Big Red Bus is part of the Florida’s Blood Centers. To be eligible to donate blood you must be at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds; valid identification is required. For details call 407-302-8800 and ask for Linda Cooke.
Posted April 4th, 2011 by Nicole
Date: Monday, April 4, 2011, 9:20am EDT
Toyota Motor Corp. announced a victory in the sudden-acceleration lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York, reported Dayton Business Journal, a sister publication to Orlando Business Journal.
After a 10-month investigation into claims of unintended acceleration in the Japanese automaker’s vehicles, NASA and the National Highway Traffic Administration said they found that problems were mechanical rather than electronic.
Toyota (NYSE: TM) has five dealerships listed among Central Florida’s largest auto dealerships, including the top two, according to OBJ research. The largest, David Maus Toyota Scion in Sanford, had a 4.35 percent market share in 2010, while No. 2 Toyota Scion of Orlando had a 4.1 percent share.
Company stock had a 52-week range of $67.56 to $93.90 per share.
Posted April 1st, 2011 by Nicole
David Maus Toyota participated in a community effort called Transportation Day at the Kids Together Day Care Center on Wednesday as part of the David Maus Automotive CARE Program.
Transportation Week is an annual event that gives kids a “hands-on” learning experience about different means of transportation, such as trains, planes, cars and boats. The week begins with the children reading and looking at pictures of different types of transportation. Kids Together Day Care then recruits businesses in the community to display their “mode of transportation”.
David Maus Toyota brought in a Scion xB, Toyota FJ Cruiser and a Toyota Tacoma. The Seminole County Fire Department brought out an Early Response Team truck and a Fire and Rescue truck to show how these vehicles save lives.
The CARE Program is designed for companies that have employees who make a direct impact on children’s lives the opportunity to receive discounted benefits within our service and sales departments. To find out if a company can qualify their employees, visit www.care-program.com.
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