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Nearly 99,000 Take Action with Toyota’s The Hunt and DoSomething.org

2014 Toyota Do Something Hunt WinnerWhen it comes to young people being apathetic, we at San Francisco Toyota don’t believe the rumors. That’s because we’ve seen nearly 99,000 young people make a difference this summer with DoSomething.org and Toyota’s The Hunt.

During the period of August 4-10, DoSomething.org members received a daily challenge supporting one of seven causes. The campaigns were created by DoSomething.org members aged 13-25. Members who participated all seven days were eligible for some outstanding prizes, including one of two $10,000 scholarships and a fully chauffeured concert experience from Toyota.

The first winner is Christopher Norvilus, a 20-year-old student at Wisconsin Lutheran College who did not think he’d be able to return to school before receiving the scholarship. Lauren Fitzgibbon, a 20-year-old student at UCLA who is interested in pursuing video production.

Christopher and Lauren aren’t the only ones who won big. Local communities across the country also benefitted. Here are the results of the campaigns:

  • 8,942 de-stress tips for back-to-school shared with #SuperStressFace
  • 114,974 pieces of trash picked up with Trash Scavenger Hunt
  • 2,569 activity books created for children in hospitals with Patient Playbooks
  • 10,071 young people highlighted ability over disability on social media with We Are Able
  • 68,107 Band-Aids donated to homeless shelters with Band-Aid Brigade
  • 13,544 pet safety flyers distributed with Hot Dogs
  • 5,129 cards made for deployed soldiers with Smiles for Soldiers

San Francisco Toyota thanks all the young people across the country who are helping make the world a better place. Thanks to you, the future looks bright indeed.

Why You Should Schedule a Road Trip Tune-Up

Mechanic with service recordMany drivers believe that there is no need to send their car to a technician unless there is a noticeable problem, but that could be a risky and costly decision to make in the long run. San Francisco Toyota has the main reasons why you should schedule a tune-up prior to a holiday road trip.

Sometimes, you have to spend money to save money — and while a tune-up isn’t free, it will diagnose minor problems before they become major problems. This could range from parts approaching the end of their expected life to car part damage. Regardless of the issue, if there is something wrong with your car, then it is going to need to be fixed in due course. For instance, even if only one part is faulty, then it can eventually cause problems with other parts of your car if you do not resolve the issue immediately. Continue Reading →

Toyota Takes Technology to the Next Level at the TASS

Toyota Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA) SystemIntroducing a new 3D Heads-Up Display, a redesigned Automated Highway Driving Assist feature, and more

Toyota is a brand that has always been known for the reliability, affordability, and safety of its vehicles. But what about technology? Toyota is always working on the latest technological advancements, the latest of which are designed to move toward an accident-free driving experience.

Recently, the automaker introduced a number of exciting vehicle technologies at the Toyota Advanced Safety Seminar (TASS) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Though these new features are not yet complete, they do reveal just how hard Toyota has been working towards its goal. Better yet, they give us a glimpse of the future of driving. San Francisco Toyota has more. Continue Reading →

Too Cool for a Halloween Costume?

Baby boy wearing pea costumeWe get it; you’re so over dressing up for Halloween. You don’t want to wear a big goofy getup or wig that you have to tote around all night, but you don’t want to be a party pooper and show up to the festivities without a costume. No problem. Here’s what you do:

Pick a Pun

In a pinch, embrace your punny side and use it to create a costume that requires little to no energy. Here are a few examples to get you started: Continue Reading →

Toyota U.S.A. Foundation Supports the Engineers and Scientists of Tomorrow

Toyota red logoBy the end of the year, the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation will distribute more than $5 million in grants to K-12 programs that emphasize science, technology, environmental science and math. The 2014 grants will go to 23 organizations that offer innovative programs in STEM education while serving diverse communities across all 50 states. Michael Rouse, Toyota U.S.A. Foundation President, says, “At Toyota, we believe that when we provide young people with exciting opportunities in STEM we can help cultivate the next generation of engineers, scientists and technologists – and that benefits all of us.” He also stated that this year’s grant recipients were “among the most innovative education programs in the country.”

Some of these programs include robotics competitions in Detroit to inspire students with a low-income backgrounds to explore the sciences and engineering and an outdoor learning lab that encourages Lakota students to explore the environmental sciences.

At San Francisco Toyota, we are really inspired by the efforts the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation is making to advance STEM education. One day, a student affected by the STEM grants might even be an engineer at Toyota, creating the newest and most advanced vehicles!

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