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Toyota has created quite a buzz this month with the announcement that it will be releasing a 2014.5 model year Camry Hybrid SE Limited Edition model. What exactly does ‘limited’ mean? Only 5,000 of these models are going to be made now through June, and San Francisco Toyota has the details.
This exciting limited edition Camry will be modeled after the 200-horsepower HSD powertrain that is available in the current Camry Hybrid models. That means it will still get a 40 mpg EPA city rating* for those looking to save money on gas this year. The Limited Edition model will also sport a number of subtle differentiations. These include altered side rockers, headlights, rear bumper, rear spoiler, rear valance, front fascia, and bold 17-inch wheels.
The 2014.5 SE Limited Edition Camry will also come with a number of interior alterations. Drivers lucky enough to get their hands on one of these models will enjoy a leather trimmed steering wheel with four spokes, silver interior trim, updated center rack trim, Camry SE grade front and rear seats, and much more!
These exciting new Hybrid models will be available later in February with an MSRP of $27,845.** If you want to learn more about the 2014.5 Hybrid SE Limited Edition Camry, then contact our team at San Francisco Toyota for more information on their release.
*2014 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.
**Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $810 for Cars. Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. Actual dealer price will vary.
Your tires perform an extremely important role in ensuring the optimum performance and safety of your car. Inflating your tires and maintaining the right tire pressure ensures that the ride is as comfortable as possible, that the traction is as safe as possible and that your fuel efficiency is maintained at a high level. Your tire pressure can make a significant difference when it comes to how much fuel you use. Checking your tire pressure is quick and easy to do and is an important task that all drivers should complete on a regular basis. This guide from San Francisco Toyota will help you get started.
To check your tire pressure, you will need a tire gauge. This instrument measures the pressure in the tire in pounds per square inch, or PSI. You can buy a tire gauge relatively cheaply. Digital models may be easier to read but will cost you a little more money. A standard pressure gauge is more than enough for the job and should fit easily into your glovebox.
You’ll also then need to know what the tire pressure level is for your car. This target measurement varies across different makes and models. You should be able to find this information in your owner’s manual. It is also often displayed on a yellow sticker in the driver’s side doorjamb. Note that there may be different target values for the front and rear tires.
You should always check your tire pressure when the tires are cold. The pressure changes when the tires are warm, and this does not give an accurate reflection of the tire’s real performance. Ideally, you would check the tire pressure first thing in the morning. Following that, wait for the tires to cool down for half an hour or so before checking.
Locate the valve on each tire. Unscrew the cap and put it somewhere safe so that you don’t lose it – it’s not very big! Press the tire gauge onto the stem of the valve. You only need to hold it down for a few seconds to get an accurate reading. Write down the reading on a note pad. If you’re taking a reading for all four tires, it can be quite difficult to remember.
With those readings, you can now compare the actual pressure with the manufacturer’s recommendation. If the tire is below the reading, refill the air to the desired level. You can do this by purchasing a portable air compressor and refilling the tires at home. A good compressor can be quite expensive, so most people simply refill their tires at the gas station. Many gas stations offer this service free of charge, or for what’s probably sitting in your cup holder.
Have more questions? Visit the San Francisco Toyota service department today.
Benefits include longer range and fast refueling compared to electrics
Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, which made its U.S. debut at January’s Consumer Electronics Show, represents the automaker’s entry into a relatively new class of alternative fuel vehicles. At the Chicago Auto Show, Bill Fay, Group Vice President of Toyota, described why customers should consider this new option, detailing the advantage of fuel cell models compared to existing electric models.
While many battery-powered vehicles are limited “to about 100 miles per charge” according to USA TODAY, Fay said that hydrogen cars can go “hundreds of miles” with a single refueling. Furthermore, a fillup takes just minutes.
States like California plan to increase their network of hydrogen refueling stations in coming years, which is likely to make these vehicles even more attractive to potential buyers. Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle is scheduled to go on sale in 2015—until then, visit San Francisco Toyota to see existing models and learn about what’s coming next!
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The One Club honors automaker for ‘experiential advertising’ excellence
In October 2012, the Toyota Tundra made history when it towed the Endeavour space shuttle and dolly on its final journey to the California Science Center. Besides showcasing the powerful performance of the Tundra, the campaign also showed Toyota’s brand principles in a unique new way. Earlier this month, the Toyota campaign was recognized in the “experiential advertising” category of the One Club Automobile Advertising of the Year Awards.
The awards took place in Detroit in conjunction with the 2014 North American International Auto Show. Awards were given in five categories:
- Print & Outdoor
- Broadcast TV
- Online Video
- Experiential Advertising
Over 500 submissions came in from around the world, with judging by a panel of 50 creative directors and journalists.
The Toyota Tundra campaign (developed with Saatchi & Saatchi LA) marked over 20 years of partnership between Toyota and the California Science Center. You can learn more about the historic achievement at http://www.toyota.com/tundraendeavour/.
Follow these great tips to help get better gas mileage out of your vehicle
Looking to get the best gas mileage out of your Toyota? Here are 4 tips recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy that can help you reduce the amount of gas you use on a day-to-day basis.
Drive more efficiently. Aggressive driving (which includes speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking) is not only safer for you and others, but it also wastes a lot of gas. According to fueleconomy.gov, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying $0.24 more per gallon of gas, so observe the speed limits. Also, avoid keeping excess items in your car, as the extra weight can negatively affect your gas mileage. Using cruise control on the highway can also help you save gas.
Keep your car in shape. You can improve your vehicle’s gas mileage by an average of 4 percent by keeping its engine properly in tune. Fixing a serious maintenance problem (like a faulty oxygen sensor) can improve mileage by as much as 40%. Under-inflated tires can reduce fuel economy and are unsafe, so it is important to maintain proper tire pressure. You can also improve your gas mileage by up to 1 to 2 percent by using the recommended grade of motor oil for your car.
Plan and combine your trips. If you know you have to run multiple errands in one day, combine them into one trip to save time and money. This ensures that traveling is done when the engine is warmed up and efficient. When traveling to work, it is most efficient to avoid peak rush hours if possible, since sitting idle in traffic wastes gas. Take advantage of carpool and ride-share programs to cut your weekly fuel costs. Also, HOV lanes are typically less congested. Consider using public transportation if it is available.
Choose the right car. Selecting which vehicle to purchase is perhaps the most important fuel economy decision you will make. The difference between a car that gets 20 miles per gallon and one that gets 30 miles per gallon amounts to around $832 a year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.33) – that’s $4,162 extra in fuel costs over 5 years.
At San Francisco Toyota, fuel economy is very important to us, and we offer a number of fuel-efficient vehicles at affordable prices. To learn more, call, contact us online, or visit us today.