Next-Gen Toyota Prius To Be Released In 2016

Next-Gen Toyota PriusCompetition inspires creativity.  Nowhere is this more apparent than in the EV and PHEV market.  Toyota essentially created the plug-in hybrid market with its first Prius in 1997 (they went on sale in the US in 2000).  Since then, a lot of players have joined the game.  Rather than rest on its laurels, the company has dug deep and will release a next-gen Toyota Prius in 2016.

The last generation was released as a 2010 model.  Details are scarce but Green Car Reports has managed to get a hold of a few details.  The new generation of Toyota Prius will still feature the nickel-metal hydride battery pack.  This comes in base models.  The Eco model option will come equipped with a lithium-ion battery, likely giving the Prius a few more miles per gallon.

Beyond the next-gen Toyota Prius, the automaker will also be releasing its hydrogen fuel-cell sedan, which utilizes exemplary zero-emission technology, next year in California.  Assuming it does well (and we know it will), it should be available in all of the US in a few years.

The bottom line: Toyota is hard at work giving its fans a lot of options.  Come and explore these great options today at Phil Wright Toyota!

2015 Toyota Tundra Goes Off-Road with Bass Pro Shops Special Edition

Toyota Tundra Bass Pro ShopsToyota has built a new Tundra specifically for us… well, for all of us truck lovers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas, that is. The 2015 Toyota Tundra Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition was debuted earlier this month at the State Fair of Texas, and we at Phil Wright Toyota are confident this special edition pickup will be a favorite among those of us who have only ever lost track of time while shopping when we were at a Bass Pro Shop.

“In the Gulf States pick-up trucks and being outdoors are a natural way of life, and that’s why we’ve developed the 2015 Toyota Tundra Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition,” said Marty Collins, Gulf States Toyota president and general manager. “This vehicle not only has all the capability to take you where you want to go, but you’ll look good doing it.”

Based on the Tundra 4×4 CrewMax SR5, the Bass Pro off-road package features 20” milled-matte black wheels and all-terrain upgrade, 5” oval black step tubes, a stainless steel exhaust tip, pocketed fender flares, spray-on bedliner, and custom Bass Pro Shops off-road bed decals and carpeted floor mats.

The special edition will only be available for purchase during October, so don’t wait to get your hands on the truck specially designed with our region in mind.

Aluminum Foils Heavy Car Parts

There is no doubt that cars are heavy pieces of machinery. What if you could make vehicles lighter by using different materials, thus leading to higher efficiency? Aluminum is allowing automakers like Toyota to do just that.

Aluminum - Phil Wright ToyotaThe ever-popular Camry is set to be the first sedan to ever receive aluminum car parts, getting a new aluminum hood in 2018. However, the first car to debut the new metal in the United Sates will be the 2016 Lexus RX 350 crossover, which will be receiving both a front hood and liftgate.

Auto News quotes Toyota, who has said they have “plans to use aluminum on future vehicles for hood, closures and parts for lightweighting. Also, we will increase usage of mix metals and resin materials to enhance lightweighting efforts.”

This alteration of materials will make a huge difference in vehicle body weight, especially for large pickup trucks. The change alone would take around 700 pounds off of a heavy duty truck like the Ford F-150. Lighter parts means lighter cars, meaning your gas tank won’t have to work as hard to get your vehicle going. Get in on the aluminum movement at Phil Wright Toyota when the new parts arrive, and stop by now to check out the great current Toyota lineup!

The 2015 Toyota Camry is Coming Soon!

2015 Toyota CamryThe newly redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry is coming shortly! With a newly redesigned exterior and refined interior, we at Phil Wright Toyota wanted to lay out the changes of the next-generation of one of the best-selling sedans in the United States.

The 2015 Toyota Camry still has its hybrid option and a new trim level XSE. It’s also getting some new colors to choose from while others have been discontinued. The discontinued colors include the Classic Silver, Magnetic Gray, Barcelona Red and Cypress Pearl. They’ve been replaced with Blizzard Pearl, Predawn Gray Mica, Celestial Silver Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl and Blue Crush Metallic.

The newly designed exterior has a more aggressive design than its predecessors. It’s designed for those who dare to be bold with its striking design and its commanding attention nature. It has a sport mesh front grille to accentuate the curves of the front end and adds to its bold demeanor. People will be inclined to ask you “What kind of car is that?” when you’re driving the 2015 Toyota Camry.

The 2015 Toyota Camry interior received some serious upgrades as well. It comes with sport seats with side bolsters that cradle the driver. On the XSE trim you can get sport leather-trimmed seats that feature Ultrasuede for maximum comfort. The 2015 Camry is spacious and lets you relax. Toyota sculpted cutaways in the seats and interior panels to help provide more knee and leg room for passengers both in the front and rear of the sedan.

Technology is not scarce in the new Camry. With the available Entune App Suite you can access all of your favorite apps such as Pandora, iHeart Radio, OpenTable and more! It also has a navigation system that allows you to get where you need to go more easily.

Check back to see when we get the 2015 Toyota Camry in stock! If you’re looking for a new Toyota, visit our website!

Toyota Brings TeenDrive365 Program to Mississippi to Promote Safe Driving Habits

Toyota TeenDrive365 programToyota is promoting safe driving with its TeenDrive365 program for the first time in Pearl, Mississippi. CNN reports that “teens and their parents will get in cars and the classroom to learn about defensive driving skills, crash avoidance techniques and the dangers of distracted driving.”

Michael Rouse, the Vice President of diversity, philanthropy, and community affairs at Toyota reflects on the program and says, “Whether or not a teen has taken formal driver’s education, the TeenDrive365 program can help Mississippi families improve their defensive driving skills.” Rouse also says that the program allows young drivers to “get more behind-the-wheel driving experience, and the parents get new tools for coaching and supporting their new drivers.”

Teens are high risk drivers, due to being easily distracted and having a lack of experience, so it is important that we give them tools like TeenDrive365 to help them be safer out on the road. This program will hopefully make its way to cities in all 50 states to promote safe driving to teens everywhere.

Need a reliable car for your new driver? Try out one of our safest models at Phil Wright Toyota!

Will Tesla and Toyota Rekindle Their Relationship?

Just when we thought Toyota and Tesla were through, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announces that his company could team up with Toyota again on a “significant” project in two to three years. This revelation comes on the heels of Tesla’s announcement that its agreement to supply Toyota with battery packs for the electric RAV4 would end this year.

ToyotaMusk mentioned that there were no concrete plans for a new vehicle, but based on his comments, we think something bigger is definitely in the works.

“I think that if you look out maybe two or three years from now, that I would not be surprised if there is a significant deal with Toyota,” Musk said, according to autonews.com. “My best guess is that it would probably be something significant, maybe on a much higher volume level.”

If that doesn’t get you wondering, we don’t know what will.

Toyota Motor Corp. owns 2.4 percent of Tesla, and planned in May 2012 to work with the electric car manufacturer to build around 2,500 RAV4 EVs over three years. However, both companies announced in March that the project would come to an end this year. At that time, Tesla and Toyota were vague and non-committal about working together again.

In the meantime, Toyota has channeled its focus on hydrogen fuel cells, considering EVs as impractical and short-ranged. Conversely, Tesla has continued its dedication to electric batteries, with no interest in pursuing hydrogen fuel cells.

It’s anyone’s guess what Toyota and Tesla have up their sleeve, but there’s no doubt that it’s going to be big, and it could be a game-changer.

We may not see anything materialize for several years, but in the meantime, stop by Phil Wright Toyota to check out the electric RAV4 and the rest of our impressive lineup!

Reimagined 2015 Camry to have an Unchanged Ticket Price

Toyota’s reimagined 2015 Camry will have an unchanged ticket price previous models. The Camry sedan is the most popular car sold in the U.S and it will retail for a wallet-saving price of $23,795. The sporty SE grade will start at $24,665, whose price also remains unchanged, and a hybrid will also be offered. “Camrys come with either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 178 horsepower or a 3.5-liter V-6 putting out 268 horsepower, both with six-speed automatic transmissions” (USA Today). Find out more specs of the different models at usatoday.com.

2015 Toyota CamryThen new Camry goes on sales this month and will showcase a more streamline look, while keeping the framework and engine the same. An upgraded interior includes an eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, shift lever boot with contrast stitching, satin chrome interior accents, passenger window auto up-down, chrome front upper grille and heated outside mirrors.

Want to get a closer look at America’s favorite car? Test drive a new Camry or one of our older models at Phil Wright Toyota today!

‘Consumer Reports’ Calls Toyota Highlander Best Midsize SUV

As far as consumer advocacy goes, Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted names. The magazine recently named the Toyota Highlander as the best midsize SUV because of its great fuel efficiency and capabilities.

Toyota Highlander - Best Midsize SUVIn the report, the hybrid version of the Highlander placed first with the gasoline version coming in second. The hybrid achieves an overall fuel efficiency rating of 25 mpg while still being able to tow up to 3,500 pounds. The standard V-6 engine averages 20 mpg.

The Highlander was also praised for its superb handling, steady ride, and reduced body lean in corners. It also has a straightforward, easy-to-use infotainment system with good voice controls.

For large families who want a roomy vehicle, but still want rugged capabilities, the Highlander is a great alternative to a minivan. It offers seating for up to eight passengers and provides the towing capabilities you may need.

Toyota also makes sure the Highlander will keep you and your family safe with eight standard airbags, a standard rearview camera, and hill-start assist. In crash test ratings, it earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and an overall five-star rating from the federal government.

Come judge for yourself how the Toyota Highlander stacks up against the competition at Phil Wright Toyota today.

Toyota Provides Free Public Wi-Fi at Parks

free public Wi-Fi at parksIn the age of the smartphone, Wi-Fi rules, especially free public Wi-Fi. Toyota is now providing free public Wi-Fi at parks in Los Angeles, New York, and New Jersey.

This free service is made available through a partnership with Toyota (specifically the Prius Plug-in Hybrid), the various Parks Departments, and the American Park Network. All of the equipment and installation is being installed at no cost to taxpayers.

Six popular city parks and beaches in Los Angeles will now get to enjoy the free service, called Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi, including Griffith Observatory, Venice Beach, and Echo Park Lake. This will be the first time Wi-Fi has been installed in any park in Los Angeles and starts the city on its path towards providing free access to Wi-Fi across the city.

“We’re thrilled to partner with American Park Network and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to help make Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi a reality for the visitors who attend these six tremendously popular parks here in Los Angeles,” said Dionne Colvin-Lovely, National Director, Traditional and Digital Media, Toyota, in a statement. “Supporting the needs of parks and their visitors is a perfect fit for the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, we particularly welcome the opportunity to make a difference, here, in our own backyard, by improving the park going experience for Angelenos throughout the city.”

In New York, free public Wi-Fi is now available at Niagara Falls, Jones Beach, Saratoga Spa, and East River State Parks. And visitors at Liberty State Park in New Jersey can enjoy the free service as well.

Toyota Gives Us Great Reasons to Drive a Hybrid

14 years ago, Toyota changed the world with the introduction of the Toyota Prius Hybrid. Since that time, we have all enjoyed the benefits of more eco-friendly driving. Here are some great reasons to drive a hybrid.

  • Reduces CO2 emissions. Around the world, the Prius family of hybrids has Toyota Prius Hybrid - reasons to drive a hybridreduced carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 26.5 million tons, which equals the weight of about 3.8 million African elephants.
  • Saves gasoline. Prius family drivers have saved about 1.85 billion gallons of gasoline in the U.S. alone. This is enough to drive around the earth 4.39 million times.
  • Saves money. In the past 14 years, Prius drivers have saved about $5 billion by avoiding the gas pump. That’s enough money to build 2,526 wind turbines.

Do you want to play a bigger part in helping our world be a bit greener and smell a bit sweeter? Then come to Phil Wright Toyota and check out our extensive inventory of Toyota Prius hybrids. With a wide range of models to choose from, there is surely a Prius that will fit your lifestyle.