Day of Champions

Hi! This is Erin, the Digital Marketing Manager for Stapp Interstate Toyota. Last week I was able to participate in Longmont Meals on Wheels‘ (LMOW) Day of Champions. Once a year LOMW invited members of the community to join them on their delivery runs and at the Senior Center. Members of the Fire Department, Police Department, EMT, and the mayor were among those who were participating.

I was paired up with a gentleman named Rich. Rich had been delivering once a week for two years. “Although, he said with a smile, ” Starting in April, I’ll be delivering two days a week.”  We sat around and waited for his route number to be called. He already had the cold sacks of food loaded up in the car and ready to go. Before long his name was called and we were loading the hot meals into the insulated bag and we were off.  “I should really, ask for milage and gas re-embursment and a snack when I go on these drives.” Rich commented. Already his sense of humor was showing through, our first stop was a senior apartment complex a few blocks away from where we started at the Senior Center.

We get out of the car and head into the building. I have a job to do, I have the cold sacks of food. The first apartment no one was home. So we left the food in the cooler outside the door and moved on.  And that’s how our route went, some weren’t home at the time and others were.

I was deeply touched by the people we did see. Some accepted the meal, and exchanged a few pleasantries and we were on our way. Others, they wanted to talk for just a little longer. Rich was patient and kind, asking how they were doing. Several commented that they were so glad to see us and what a wonderful person Rich was. In about an hour we had delivered all our meals and were back to the Senior Center. Rich and I shook hands and we went our ways. Rich wanted to try and get a bike ride in before it got too late. I headed back to the dealership, with the thoughts of the last couple hours on my mind.

More than one person commented that this lunch we were bringing them would be their only hot meal of the day, some their only meal. Most were living by themselves and some had mobility problems that limited their ability to get around and get out. I got the feeling that in some cases the volunteers that were delivering the meals, were the only person they might see in a day.

 

As I pulled in the dealership, I had one call I needed to make before I went back to work. The phone rang a few times. The familiar “Hello” as only my grandma says greets me. I say hello and the normal brief pause while she calls my grandpa to pick up another phone. The deep chuckle of my grandpa’s voice fills my car. We talk for a bit and then it’s time to say goodbye.

As I walk up to the dealership I reflect on my day.  I’m thankful that Longmont Meals On Wheels provides such a wonderful service to the elderly, people with disabilities and those coming home from the hospital. Next month as part of Stapp Inspires we will be highlighting Longmont Meals On Wheels and the work they are doing in our community and how you can get involved.  I hope you will join us.

Exploring the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid

 

Thanks for taking a moment for watching our walk-around of the all new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid. Special thanks to Internet Sales Manager Penny Andersen for giving us a tour of the RAV4.

We wanted to take a moment and look a little bit closer at some of the features Penny mentioned in the video.

One of the first things that Penny talked about was the AWD-i. This is system is a little different than a traditional AWD. According to Toyota “The system looks at the driver demands and the steering-wheel position to anticipate wheel spin and engage the rear wheels before the fronts even start to slip.” This allows greater flexibility in the split of power between the front and rear.

 

Another big feature Penny touched on was the available Toyota Safety Sense P (TSSP). This is comprised of several different systems working together to help keep you and your family safe on the road.

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-Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection: This system has a forward facing radar that scans the road ahead. Audible and Visual Warnings go off when the system is activated. If necessary the vehicle will help with braking.

– Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist: Perhaps you take your eyes off the road for a brief moment. Be honest, it happens to all of us. The system can detect painted line markings on the road. If you start to drift out of your lane, the vehicle will alert you.

-Auto High Beams: We have all been guilty of this “driving sin”. Forgetting to turn off your high beams when another vehicle is coming in the opposite direction. A camera  detects an on coming vehicle’s headlights and will switch automatically from high to low.

-Dynamic Radar Cruise Control: This system detects the speed and distance of vehicle in front of you and maintains a preset following distance. When traffic clears, the system will accelerate back to speed.

While not apart of Toyota Safety System, another cool safety feature is the available Bird’s Eye View Camera. The camera provides a Perimeter Scan, a live rotating 360 degree view of surrounding area.

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The biggest feature is of course the Hybrid system. This is the 8th hybrid vehicle in Toyota’s line. The 2016 Hybrid RAV4 features a 2.5L 4 cylinder DOCH 16 valve with Dual VVT. It has a 194 net system hp. The 2016 Rav4 Hybrid is also rated at a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) With an estimated 34/31/33 mpg (City/Highway/ Combined) you gain approximately 7 mpg gallon more over a traditional gas 2016 RAV4.  If you ever wondered how a Toyota Hybrid system works, check it out Here.

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Toyota Statement Regarding Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Toyota Statement Regarding Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Toyota’s associates and team members in North America extend our heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to the people of Japan, our colleagues and their families.
Currently, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has established a company-wide emergency task force to assess the situation and take initial measures.
As of now, Toyota has confirmed that there have been no injuries at the Tokyo head office, as well as the Higashifuji, Tochigi office, Yamanashi office, and Toyota Motor Tohoku facilities.
We are continuing to gather information on our other operations in Japan.
All TMC plants have restarted production.
The plants that have stopped production are Toyota subsidiary plants that produce parts and vehicles, including:
  • Toyota Motor Hokkaido Plant
  • Toyota Motor Tohoku Plant
  • Central Motor Corporation Miyagi Plant, which also produces the Yaris model.
  • Kanto Auto Works Iwate Plant, which also produces the Scion xB and Scion xD.
Employees at these facilities have been evacuated to safe areas.
We are also currently assessing the situation at our suppliers, dealers and the impact on North American import vehicles.
Toyota’s number one priority is to support our employees at TMC, our partner companies, suppliers and dealers through this situation.
We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

NHTSA Findings on UA on Toyota.com

Toyota Statement in Response to NHTSA/NASA Study

Feb. 8, 2011 — In response to the publication by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of an extensive review of the electronic throttle control systems in Toyota and Lexus vehicles, conducted with the assistance of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Steve St. Angelo, Toyota’s Chief Quality Officer for North America, said:
“Toyota welcomes the findings of NASA and NHTSA regarding our Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i) and we appreciate the thoroughness of their review.  We believe this rigorous scientific analysis by some of America’s foremost engineers should further reinforce confidence in the safety of Toyota and Lexus vehicles.  We hope this important study will help put to rest unsupported speculation about Toyota’s ETCS-i, which is well-designed and well-tested to ensure that a real world, un-commanded acceleration of the vehicle cannot occur.
“We will continue to develop and equip Toyota and Lexus vehicles with industry-leading safety technologies, including many based on breakthroughs in sophisticated electronics systems.  We will also continue to cooperate fully with NHTSA and respected outside experts in order to help ensure that our customers have the utmost confidence in the safety and reliability of our vehicles.  Everyone at Toyota – all 30,000 of our team members in the United States and the many thousands of Americans at our dealers and suppliers across the country – is focused on listening to our customers and constantly improving our products and service.”

Regarding the safety and reliability of Toyota vehicles with ETCS-i, the company also noted:

•    Electronic throttle control systems have long been standard across the automobile industry, and they provide great benefits to consumers.
•    Toyota’s ETCS-i has performed reliably in more than 40 million cars and trucks sold around the world, including more than 16 million in the United States.
•    This system has also made possible significant safety advances such as vehicle stability control and traction control, which are among the five sophisticated accident avoidance technologies in Toyota’s Star Safety System.
•    These enhancements, along with Toyota’s Smart Stop Technology braking system, are now standard on all the new vehicles Toyota manufactures for the North American market.

Toyota Earns Top Safety Picks

December 22, 2010

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1.   Toyota, Lexus, Scion Earn 8 ‘Top Safety Pick’
Awards

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today announced that eight
Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles were among 66 winners of Top Safety Pick
awards for 2011.
Responding to the announcement, Toyota
said it “is pleased to have received eight IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2011,
which we believe is reflective of our ongoing commitment to developing safe and
reliable vehicles for our customers.”

The eight winners are: Toyota Avalon, Corolla, Highlander, Sienna and Venza; Lexus
RX,
and Scion tc and xB.  Only two automakers had more
winners: Hyundai/Kia and Volkswagen/Audi each had nine.  Sienna was the
only minivan to make the list.

Top Safety Pick awards recognize vehicles that do the best job of protecting people
in front, side, rollover and rear crashes based on good ratings in IIHS tests.
Winners also must have available electronic stability control, a crash
avoidance feature that significantly reduces crash risk.

2.   Toyota Has Two New Claims to Fame

Toyota is the most fuel-efficient major automotive manufacturer”

Source: Based on NHTSA Final Industry MY09 CAFÉ data for Toyota Motor Sales
“Toyota Prius is 66 percent cleaner for smog-forming emissions than the average new car
on the road”

Source: TMS commissioned a study by Sierra
Research to establish the emissions of the average new car on the road for the
next several years. Toyota
can now provide emission comparisons for ALL of our vehicles vs. the average
new car on the road.

3.   TMC Launches More Visual, User-Friendly Global
Corporate Website

TMC has redesigned its global corporate website to be more visual and touch-panel friendly.
The site provides information globally from TMC headquarters, including
information on the environment, safety corporate social responsibility, recent
events, news and investor relations.  The redesign is based, in part, on
feedback from users overseas and the content is in English.

To visit the website, please click on http://www.toyota-global.com/

4.   New ‘Vitz’ Front-Door Glass Virtually Eliminates
Harmful Ultraviolet Penetration

In what is believed to be a world first, Toyota Motor Corporation has announced
that it will begin using car-front door glass that reduces ultraviolet (UV)
penetration by approximately 99 percent. TMC estimates the resulting sunburn
protection is equivalent to wearing gloves while driving. The new glass will be
used in the new “Vitz,” scheduled to go on sale in Japan later this month.

Windshields, which use laminated glass, can reduce UV penetration by approximately 99
percent by inserting a UV-blocking film between two sheets of glass in the
laminating process.  Car-door windows, on the other hand, generally use
single-piece tempered glass that is often imbued with a UV-absorbing material
to achieve approximately 89% UV protection.  Getting the UV-reduction
performance of door-window glass closer to 100% requires the use of UV
absorption technologies.  The interior side of the door-window glass to be
used in the new Vitz has been surfaced with a high-performance UV-absorbing
film to achieve approximately 99% UV-reduction performance.

Crash Data Suggest Driver Error in Toyota Accidents

This is an interesting read published by the Wall Street Journal

By MIKE RAMSEY And KATE LINEBAUGH

The U.S. Department of Transportation has analyzed dozens of data recorders from Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles involved in accidents blamed on sudden acceleration and found that at the time of the crashes, throttles were wide open and the brakes were not engaged, people familiar with the findings said.

The results suggest that some drivers who said their Toyota and Lexus vehicles surged out of control were mistakenly flooring the accelerator when they intended to jam on the brakes. But the findings don’t exonerate Toyota from two known issues blamed for sudden acceleration in its vehicles: sticky accelerator pedals and floor mats that can trap accelerator pedals to the floor.

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Associated PressA recalled Toyota gas pedal is posed next to a recalled Toyota Avalon at a dealership in Palo Alto, Calif.

The findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration involve a sample of reports in which a driver of a Toyota vehicle said the brakes were depressed but failed to stop the car from accelerating and ultimately crashing.

The data recorders analyzed by NHTSA were selected by the agency, not Toyota, based on complaints the drivers had filed with the government.

The findings are consistent with a 1989 government-sponsored study that blamed similar driver mistakes for a rash of sudden-acceleration reports involving Audi 5000 sedans.

The Toyota findings, which haven’t been released by NHTSA, support Toyota’s position that sudden-acceleration reports involving its vehicles weren’t caused by electronic glitches in computer-controlled throttle systems, as some safety advocates and plaintiffs’ attorneys have alleged. More than 100 people have sued the auto maker claiming crashes were the result of faulty electronics.

NHTSA has received more than 3,000 complaints of sudden acceleration in Toyotas, including some dating to early last decade, according to a report the agency compiled in March. The incidents include 75 fatal crashes involving 93 deaths.

However, NHTSA has been able to verify only one of those fatal crashes was caused by a problem with the vehicle, according to information the agency provided to the National Academy of Sciences. That accident last Aug. 28, which killed a California highway patrolman and three passengers in a Lexus, was traced to a floor mat that trapped the gas pedal in the depressed position.

Toyota has recalled more than eight million cars globally to fix floor mats and sticky accelerators.

A NHTSA spokeswoman declined to confirm the results from the data recorders. She said the agency was continuing to investigate the Toyota accidents and wouldn’t be prepared to comment fully on the probe until a broader study is completed in conjunction with NASA, which is expected to take months.

Transportation Department officials, however, have said publicly that they have yet to find any electronic problems in Toyota cars.

Daniel Smith, NHTSA’s associate administrator for enforcement, told a panel of the National Academy of Sciences last month that the agency’s sudden-acceleration probe had yet to find any car defects beyond those identified by the company: pedals entrapped by floor mats, and “sticky” accelerator pedals that are slow to return to idle.

“In spite of our investigations, we have not actually been able yet to find a defect” in electronic throttle-control systems, Mr. Smith told the scientific panel, which is looking into potential causes of sudden acceleration.

“We’re bound and determined that if it exists we’re going to find it,” he added. “But as yet, we haven’t found it.”

Toyota officials haven’t been briefed on NHTSA’s findings, but they corroborate its own tests, said Mike Michels, the chief spokesman for Toyota Motor Sales. Toyota’s downloads of event data recorders have found evidence of sticky pedals and pedal entrapment as well as driver error, which is characterized by no evidence of the brakes being depressed during an impact.

Some company officials say they are informally aware of the NHTSA results. But Toyota President Akio Toyoda has said the company won’t blame customers for its problems as part of its public-relations response.

Toyota is still trying to repair damage to its reputation caused as much by disclosures that the company hid knowledge of safety problems with its vehicles as by the reports of sudden acceleration.

NHTSA levied a $16.4 million fine against Toyota earlier this year for failing to notify the agency in a timely manner about its sticky-accelerator issue. Toyota’s handling of a rash of safety complaints involving high-profile models such as the hybrid Toyota Prius has prompted Congress to consider a far-reaching overhaul of U.S. auto-safety laws.

Last week, Toyota announced it had taken steps to improve its vehicle quality, including moving 1,000 engineers into a new group that will try to pin down problems. The Japanese auto maker also will extend development times by at least four weeks on new models to do more testing and will cut down on the use of contract engineers.Toyota showed reporters the inner workings of its labs, including how it has been testing its electronic throttle control module to find any malfunctions. The system is controlled by a main computer and has a second computer as a backup if the first fails. In either instance, failures should be noted in the car’s main computer and result in engine power being cut.

The car maker also has tested its vehicles’ responses to strong electromagnetic radiation, such as the waves generated by cellphones and radio towers, which some critics have said could be causing a malfunction. The only interference engineers have encountered after bombarding cars with electromagnetic waves is static on the car radio.

U.S. Reps. Bart Stupak (D., Mich.) and Henry Waxman (D., Calif.) have been critical of Toyota’s efforts to track down alternative causes of unintended acceleration. They have said Toyota has been slow to react or evasive. Toyota has said it is doing everything in its power to respond to both Congress and customer complaints.

—Josh Mitchell contributed
to this article.


CARS program in full

Hello All!

I have included a current graph for the Cash for Clunkers program that is supposed to go into effect on July 23rd. We are currently taking deposits on cars and trucks that qualify for the program. We also know the money that is set aside for the program is limited so if you are interested, we can help you before the program goes into effect so you can get the voucher that is coming to you plus the car or truck you want.

Incentive Chart for Cash for Clunkers
Incentive Chart for Cash for Clunkers