There may be a few remnants of spilled watercolors somewhere on the kitchen table, but we at Phil Wright Toyota think you’ll agree the results were worth the effort: The young artists who submitted entries to the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest are changing much more than the face of their kitchens; they are already impacting the future.
“It is amazing to see the talent and creativity of the young artists in the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest,” said Craig Kember, Senior Creative Designer at Calty Design Research and contest judge.
“I am blown away by their ability to combine large social issues with artistic and beautiful vehicle creations to come up with new and unique solutions for the future of cars. The future of car design is bright.”
The annual contest asks kids between the ages of four and 15 to draw their dream car. Here are examples of their artwork. Nine contest winners were selected to represent the U. S. at the World Contest Semi-Finals.
In August, 30 winners from around the world will have the opportunity to travel to Japan for the awards ceremony and a tour of a Toyota manufacturing plant.
Did you check out some of their drawings? A bright future, indeed.
The Fast Lane Car just released its annual “Top 10 Fun to Drive” list—and they included the Toyota 4Runner, the rough and tumble, long-lasting SUV, on that list. While popular opinion might assume that sports cars and pickup trucks would be the most entertaining drives—one for their suave, sexy grace and the other for their brute force—TFLcar disagrees, claiming vehicles like the 4Runner are guaranteed to “put a huge smile on your face when you drive it [them].”
The 4Runner vaulted onto the list—the only “true SUV” that made the list, in fact—for its off-road prowess, body-on-frame build, and the undeniable joyful driving experience it affords. “These automobiles may or may not be the fastest, the most powerful, or the most expensive, but they are certainly the most interesting cars that we’ve driven in the past year, and that’s why we’re proud to announce they made our list,” said Roman Mica, tflcar.com publisher.
Whether you’re looking to rule the roads or rock the wilderness, there’s just one vehicle that’s perfect for both: the iconic Toyota 4Runner. Come see us soon at Phil Wright Toyota and give the 4Runner a test drive—we guarantee you’ll soon be just as hooked as the folks over at tflcar.com.
In an age of the increasingly popular SUV, Toyota’s minivan still maintains its appeal. The 2014 Toyota Sienna was one of only two minivans to be named to Kelley Blue Book’s 12 Best Family Cars of 2014.
KBB® editors had their work cut out for them as they tried to determine the “most functional new cars for families.” They whittled the vehicles down from 300 to 21 before selecting the 12 winners.
The winners ran the gamut of sizes: seven sedans, six small SUVs, five mid-size SUVs, two minivans, and one hybrid wagon.
The Sienna’s versatility and comfort won over KBB’s experts. They said, “[W]ith reclining captain’s chairs – including a footrest – the Sienna may be the most passenger-accommodating minivan you can buy. And, with more varied configurations than any other minivan on the market, the Toyota Sienna is the perfect family-car for more than 100,000 families each year.”
That’s high praise, especially coming from reputable automotive experts. We at Phil Wright Toyota couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
The Toyota Motor Company, widely considered the single best automotive brand in the world, has been receiving some major validation for that claim recently. After earning the top spot in Consumer Reports latest poll concerning brand perception, the brand just took home two “2014 Best Car for the Money” Awards from U.S. News and World Report. The Camry was heralded as the Best Midsize Car for the Money, while the Tacoma took home the honor for the Compact Truck segment.
The Camry, which is currently working to extend its thirteen-year run as the world’s best-selling passenger car, is an obvious choice for the award because of its balance between practicality and performance. The Camry earns an impressive 35 mpg highway rating while still churning out 178 horsepower from its 2.5L Inline 4-cylinder engine. Plus, with the Entune infotainment and a rearview camera now standard across all Camry models, all with a starting price under 20K, there’s really no more valuable car out there.
Then there is the Tacoma—Toyota’s bold statement in the newly competitive small truck segment. The Tacoma, while smaller than full-size pickups, is no slouch. It can still pull a maximum of 6500 lbs, features the Star Safety System, and does all this while still chalking up a healthy 25 mpg highway rating.
If you’re looking for the value, both right when you drive off the lot and ten years down the road, you’re looking for a Toyota. Come see us at Phil Wright Toyota today!
January was a hard month on all of us. Bitter cold and heavy snowfall across the United States crippled most of the country for at least a few days at a time. Even the auto industry wasn’t immune to the weather. Most brands, including Toyota, saw January sales dip some. But, Toyota still had fairly strong sales numbers.
“January was off to a solid start, but weather conditions slowed industry sales in key markets late in the month,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager, in a statement. “For Toyota, we’re pleased with our retail sales and strong truck results, and we expect to see growth back in February.”
Toyota reported sales of 146,365 units for the month of January, which was a drop of 7.2 percent when compared to last year. However, the Lexus division had an increase of 8.8 percent with 17,637 units sold. This includes triple-digit sales gain for the Lexus IS.
Other sales leaders from the month include the 2014 Toyota RAV4, which had a record-setting January with sales up more than 45 percent.
Come visit us at Phil Wright Toyota and shake those cold weather blues. Together, we’ll blow February sales out of the water.
Toyota is currently hard at work making sure the next-generation Prius lives up to its predecessors. To that end, the automaker is considering an upgrade to the quintessential EV’s battery pack, switching from the nickel-metal hydride batteries now in use to a lighter, more premium lithium-ion battery set up.
The switch, if Toyota goes through with it, could help the next-generation Prius reach its target 10 percent increase in overall fuel efficiency. Toyota has already implemented a new, lighter platform, called the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), for the new Prius, which will reduce the car’s weight by 20%. The proposed new battery pack will further decrease the weight of the car, making it an even more environmentally friendly option, both to you loyal Phil Wright Toyota customers and also to those of you just joining the green car revolution.
Toyota might also offer both engine options on their new Prius, keeping the nickel batteries as the baseline offering but allowing customers to knock it up a notch to the new lithium option. The next Prius might be innovative in more ways than one, too—reports indicate it might come with a special all-wheel drive system via an e-4WD system in the rear wheel electric motor.
Look for this especially awesome new Prius to debut sometime next calendar year, probably as a 2016 year model.
It is an odd combination to say the least, but companies have to go outside the box to get their Super Bowl commercials noticed, and that is exactly what Toyota did by pairing its all-new 2014 Highlander with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews and a cast of Muppets.
As part of an intricate cross-promotion, Toyota seeks to eliminate Terry Crews’ boredom in spot through the use of the 2014 Toyota Highlander and the Muppets, who will soon return to the big screen in their upcoming film “Muppets Most Wanted.”
“Our game-day spot shows how Toyota Highlander puts the ‘fun’ in function,” said Jack Hollis, vice president of Toyota Division Marketing at Toyota, in a press release. “Toyota vehicles are built to last and can even endure the most boisterous Muppets, a former NFL player as well as a center console full of chickens.”
Of course, with the money spent on the Super Bowl ad, Toyota isn’t going to unveil the commercial early, but we do have a teaser of what is to come.
How good does that 2014 Highlander look?
To learn more about the all-new 2014 Toyota Highlander, visit us today at Phil Wright Toyota!
When you think about Toyota, fast sports cars usually don’t come to mind. This has been the case for the past decade or so. But, it seems Toyota is seeking to fill the void left by the Supra with its new concept the FT-1.
According to Toyota, this beautiful new sports car represents the future. Even its name, FT-1, means “Future Toyota.” The “1” stands for “the ultimate expression of a Toyota coupe design.”
The car was designed in Toyota’s California-based Calty Design Research studio. Chief designer for the car, Alex Shen, said, “We wanted it to look as if it was beautifully sculpted by the wind.” We couldn’t agree more.
Toyota didn’t give out any performance specifications, but did say it would have a traditional sports car configuration with rear-wheel drive and a gasoline engine in the front.
Toyota’s foray into sports cars started in 1967 with the 2000GT. Since then it produced the Celica, Supra, and the MR2. We are definitely ready for another fast Toyota on our showroom floor.
One of the most amazing things to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was Toyota’s FCV concept. This is a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle. Despite running on hydrogen, it is still considered an electric car.
In a fuel-cell stack, hydrogen reacts with air to produce electricity. The car uses the electricity and the only waste product is water. Because fuel-cell vehicles get their electricity from hydrogen, they have a much longer ranger than standard electric cars. Toyota says the FCV should have a range of over 300 miles.
Another benefit is refueling times. The hydrogen tanks on the Toyota FCV can be refilled in about three minutes—a vast improvement over the hours of charging time required for plug-in electric cars.
Toyota has high hopes for its FCV and plans on releasing the first production models next year in Southern California. It will also work to improve the hydrogen refueling infrastructure there and across the United States.
Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota, says they are increasing their request for FCV vehicles to sell here in the U.S. He also said the company is aiming for “a reasonable price for a lot of people.” This means a hopeful starting price of close to $50,000, which translates to a 95 percent cut in production costs from the first fuel-cell prototype.
If Toyota FCV comes to Arkansas, would you be interested in giving it a try?
Since 1974, the Toyota Corolla has been one of the best-selling cars in the world. With over 40 million sold worldwide, it is currently the best-selling car of all time. So, when Toyota decided to reinvent the Corolla, it had a tall order to fill.
The 11th generation, 2014 Toyota Corolla lives up to the Corolla name with its bold new design and high-tech features.
Outside, the Corolla has a more muscular design that is longer, lower, and wider. With the bigger dimensions, passengers will find more interior space, especially with 3 more inches of legroom in the backseat.
Inside, passengers will find a new design that feels upscale with quality materials and an organized layout.
With all these improvement, the 2014 Toyota Corolla is sure to keep the Corolla selling-streak alive! Here at Phil Wright Toyota we have a large inventory of the 2014 Corolla. Give us a visit to see what makes this newest version of the best Corollas ever.