Most people already know that Toyota is all about efficiency, but efficiency doesn’t start and end with cars that have good fuel economy and low emissions, like the award-winning Prius available at Titus-Will Toyota.
When a car has reached the end of its life, where does it go? Usually, they get crushed and incinerated or sent to the landfill. Last year, however, Toyota and Boles Parts Supply (BPS) started the National Scrap Program, “a one-stop shop for all of Toyota’s North American Parts Operation’s recycling needs.”
As part of the program, BPS began shredding old Toyota bumper covers into plastic pellets, which are then used to create new plastic automotive parts. In the first fifteen months, Toyota’s parts centers in Ontario, CA, and Hebron, KY, recycled over 40,000 pounds of cloth and foam that would have otherwise been incinerated or sent to landfills.
The program was then expanded to the automaker’s distribution centers in Los Angeles, Portland, Cincinnati, and San Francisco, where the amount of glass, foam, rubber, and cloth recycled was doubled to over 88,000 pounds!
Protecting the environment is an ongoing effort.
In 2004, Toyota redesigned a portion of its Portland Vehicle Distribution Center (VDC) to focus on saving water from the Willamette River. Rain water is collected and stored in a large underground tank to use to flush toilets—which have dual-function flushes. In addition, personnel is trained to clean vehicles in a wash bay, instead of outside, and to wash only those that have accessories added. All of this goes a long way toward saving water at the Willamette River.
But that was just in 2004. Since then, Toyota has done a lot more. It created a bioswale—a series of shallow ditches that hold water during runoff. This improves the quality of the water of the river and helps the species that live in and near it.
Other efforts to protect the watershed include installing filters to absorb oil in the parking lot and loading area, not using pesticides on landscaped areas, using vegetable-based hydraulic oil instead of petroleum-based oil, and partnering with Willamette Riverkeeper for annual river cleanups.
These are just a few of the reasons we are proud to represent Toyota at Titus-Will Toyota!
The new 2016 Scion iA has been sweeping the awards and accolades circuit this year, earning awesome titles like a Top Safety Pick+, the top honor from the IIHS. What makes this amazing safety ranking even more amazing is that it comes at what even the strictest critics are calling a, well, an amazing value.
Recently, the 2016 Scion iA earned the Consumer Guide Best Buy Award, one of the toughest value-based awards to grab in a crowded sedan market. This is Scion’s first sedan subcompact-class win in the Consumer Guide Best Buy Award proceedings.
How does such a safe and stylish car win such an economical honor? Superior engineering and fanatic attention to detail is a good place to start, and so is the Scion iA’s $17,000 price point.
Consumer Guide has been doling out these make-or-break titles since 1967, making it one of the most trusted and well-respected sources of automotive insight in the nation. Congratulations to Scion and its parent, Toyota (and to all Scion drivers), for this exciting win!
You might look forward to snowy rooftops and frost-tipped pines in the wintertime, but no one looks forward to the hazards of snow-coated streets. But, have no fear! There are a few fool-proof winter driving tips you can take to make your sojourns in the snow a little bit safer this season.
- Make sure you don’t go under half-full in very cold weather; otherwise, you could get a freeze-up in your gas line.
- Don’t use cruise control through the ice and snow.
- If you’re getting snow tires, get all four. Do NOT go half-and-half: this will mess with your car’s traction and your ability to right yourself out of a slip.
- Make sure your tires are at the proper pressure level. Fluctuating temperatures wreak havoc on tire pressure, and an underinflated tire can be very dangerous.
- Try to avoid completely stopping if you can. Maintaining a bit of momentum over tricky surface conditions goes a long way in keeping you stable on the streets.
And here is perhaps the simplest of our winter driving tips: if you don’t need to leave, don’t. When the weather is very bad, just stay home unless it’s an emergency.
The Toyota Tacoma is one of the best trucks around. Visitors to Tacoma, Washington, will soon discover that it is one of the best cities around too! This is thanks to its wonderful places and attractions Tacoma has to offer. Here are the top things to do in Tacoma.
- Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Get in touch with your wild side at this gigantic zoological park. Animals featured at the park include polar bears, red wolves, and even camels that you can ride!
- Museum of Glass
The amazing glasswork featured in this Tacoma art museum is guaranteed to take your breath away.
- Tacoma Art Museum
Speaking of art museums, the Tacoma Art Museum is home to a diverse collection of amazing paintings and sculptures from various artists.
- Foss Waterway Seaport
For a nautical adventure through Tacoma’s story of maritime activities, be sure to dock at the Foss Waterway Seaport and discover just how deep you can dive into the region’s history!
Great Scott! The future is now! Or rather, it was a few weeks ago. This recent October 21 marked the date that Marty McFly traveled to in the second Back to the Future film. While we may not be traveling around on hoverboards, Toyota has been able to deliver something just as heavy.
According to a Toyota press release, Toyota created Marty McFly’s dream truck just in time for the special day.
The protagonist of Back to the Future dreamed of a powerful Toyota truck. Using advanced technology that probably seems futuristic, Toyota was able to transform a 2016 Toyota Tacoma into the truck of Marty’s dreams.
The modified Tacoma had a lot of work done to it to make it a dream truck. Custom paint and mudflaps were added to the exterior to give it that 1985 flavor. Meanwhile, racing wheels and tires help the truck thrive even where you don’t need roads.
While not exactly the same as Marty’s dream truck, you can pick up a 2016 Toyota Tacoma of your own at Titus-Will Toyota today!
Here at Titus-Will Toyota, we’ve just received the first delivery of brand new 2016 Toyota Tacomas. The mid-size pickup truck has been completely redesigned for the model year, bringing it into its third generation with a bang. The new Tacoma is more efficient, distinctive, and comfortable than ever before. If you’re considering a new truck, the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma features everything you could ever want, including the following:
GoPro Camera Mount
Here in Washington, we’re lucky enough to have plenty of exciting off-road opportunities close by. Since the Tacoma excels off-road (especially the TRD Off-Road model), it makes complete sense that it comes with a standard GoPro camera mount. This makes it easier for you to record your various adventures in your shiny new truck.
Efficient V6 Engine
A new 3.6-liter V6 engine replaces last generation’s 4.0-liter V6, but that doesn’t mean that it sacrifices power. This V6 motor generates an impressive 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque, compared to the previous V6’s 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Despite the bump in horsepower, the new engine has accompanying fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. For comparison, those ratings in the 2015 model with the V6 engine were 16/18/21 mpg city/highway/combined.
It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but previous Tacoma owners will be happy to hear that the 2016 model comes with a locking tailgate. Before, Tacoma owners learned to get creative, securing their tailgates with zip ties and other inventive methods. Now, it’ll be as simple as locking the trunk of a sedan.
Halloween is the perfect time for kids and adults alike to dress up in costumes and have some fun. While indulging on candy is a given, there are plenty of exciting things to do this time of year other than trick-or-treating. Take a look at some of these Halloween events in Tacoma, WA, grab a few friends, and have fun!
Rutledge Corn Maze
There’s nothing spooky about a corn maze, right? Wrong. By day, Rutledge Corn Maze is a family-friendly haven with a pumpkin patch, Corn Train, and corn maze that’s fun for kids of all ages. But once a week, Rutledge hosts a Haunted Maze Night, as well as Zombie Paintball Apocalypse. Once you’ve tackled the ghostly made and shot some paintballs at zombies, you can wind down next to the fire under a large gazebo.
On Saturday and Sunday, October 17th and 18th, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will host its annual Zoo Boo. Those who come in costume will enjoy $2 off admission to the zoo. Zookeepers will show you their creative jack-o’-lantern designs, and you can enjoy special events like watching a diver carving a pumpkin underwater among sharks. Additionally, you could win tickets to Zoolights or to the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park by entering the Scarecrow Alley design contest.
Trick or Treat
No Halloween would be complete without trick-or-treating. Dates and times haven’t yet been announced for the city, but planning the areas to go to in advance will help ensure a successful haul of sweets and treats. Head to the Proctor District, which closes its streets for a couple of hours to allow children to trick or treat. Alternatively, check out the Stadium District, where locally owned businesses open their doors to trick-or-treaters.
The all-new 2016 Toyota Prius has been caught on camera without any sort of camouflage for the first time since it was announced.
There’s a lot more going on with the new fourth-gen Prius than the current one, with design elements that seem to be inspired by the recently-launched Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
Though the overall shape hasn’t changed much, the Prius is a little longer (probably to help with aerodynamics) and the angular-yet-curvy rear-end features bold taillights that seem to slash into the bodywork. At the front, the headlights have also received some fancy design work. Obviously, Toyota is hoping the Prius will excite for more reasons than its advanced powertrain.
Speaking of which, under the hood of the new Prius will be a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor, which together produce 150 horsepower and up to 35 miles of electric driving range—up from 11 for the current model.
There’s no doubt about it—when it launches, this car will be a favorite at Titus-Will Toyota!
“We had no idea what was wrong, so we worked late every night trying to figure it out. We finally got it to move around Christmas time, but it only went 500 meters!”
That’s a quote from Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, speaking about the first Prius prototype back in 1995. Today, the story is a little different. Okay, hugely different.
That’s because twenty years later, Toyota has reached a new milestone: the sale of 8 million hybrid units around the world. In ’95, hybrids were unproven experimental machines with an uncertain future, but today, it’s become clear that they are the future.
In the last three years, Toyota’s hybrid sales have exceeded 1.2 million per year. The company says that the 18-year total adds up to about 58 million fewer tons of CO2 emitted and approximately 22 million kiloliters of gasoline saved.
Those are numbers we can definitely get behind at Titus-Will Toyota.