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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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It’s Almost Here: The All-New Toyota TRD Pro Series is Set to Arrive Late September

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD ProAre you ready for the all-new Toyota Tundra TDR Pro Series? Our team at San Francisco Toyota couldn’t be more excited. Off-roaders rejoice; the 2015 Tundra is better than ever with its new off-road package designed by the brilliant minds at Toyota Racing Development (TRD). Each part has been engineered, tested and tuned by the TRD experts.

Available on 4X4 models of the Tundra, as well as the Tacoma and 4Runner, the TRD Pro Series vehicles will offer:

  • TRD shift knobs
  • Black TRD alloy wheels
  • TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs in the front and rear
  • TRD-tuned front springs
  • Unique front grill with “TOYOTA” badging
  • TRD floor mats

It gets better. In addition to the series features, the Tundra TRD Pro will be exclusively equipped with:

  • 5.7-liter V8 with a TRD dual exhaust system
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights with black sport bezels and manual level control
  • TRD-tuned springs with 2” lift for the front of the vehicle
  • Decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain
  • TRD front skid plate
  • All-black 18-inch TRD alloy wheels with Michelin Off-Road tires designed exclusively for Tundra
  • TRD PRO quarter panel bed stamping
  • Unique interior seat color with red stitching
  • Unique TRD Pro instrument panel ornament insert

We are anxiously waiting for the Tundra TRD Pro to arrive at our lot at San Francisco Toyota in late September. Feel free to contact us for more information and in the meantime, check out our current inventory today.

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Toyota’s FT-1 Concept Gets a Second Design

The new face of the FT-1 premiered at Pebble Beach, and we can’t look away

Get ready to lift your jaws up off the floor. Back in January at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota debuted the FT-1 concept – a stunning new sports car dazzling in a red finish with two-tone red and black interior. Recently, Toyota showed that it had even more up its sleeve at Pebble Beach, when the FT-1 from January showed up with a whole new face.

Toyota took the FT-1 concept and drenched it in a graphite finish that is both menacing and beautiful as it accents the sculptural design of our favorite brand’s latest creation. The tan leather interior complete with exposed metal elements adds to the more upscale look of this version of the FT-1.

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FT-1 interior design was inspired by high-tech performance materials used in modern superhero costumes, combining just the right parts style and function. The result is an authentic bold look that exudes luxury and power.

Players of Gran Turismo 6 will be able to drive both versions of the FT-1 in September, along with a racing-focused version aptly named the FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo. To see the virtual version in action, click here. At San Francisco Toyota, we can’t wait to see the FT-1 in person, but until then we’ll just have to make do with photo galleries and virtual racing. Stay tuned for all the latest Toyota news, and stop by anytime to see Toyota innovation at work in our current inventory.

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Top Reasons to Drive a Toyota Hybrid Vehicle

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Not only has Toyota advanced its hybrid technology, but the automaker is also making it more affordable with enticing leasing and finance incentives. There are many reasons to switch from a vehicle powered by a combustion engine to one powered by hybrid technology.

First, Toyota hybrids do not require extra work. Our hybrids convert energy produced by the gasoline engine and transfer it to the electric motor; you don’t have to plug in your car. In addition, you can enjoy less stresson the road. Toyota hybrids offer a much quieter, cleaner driving experience, and the engine automatically turns off when you hit a traffic jam.

Driving a Toyota hybrid is easy. The CVT transmission operates smoothly and seamlessly, just like any other automatic transmission. Obviously, our hybrids also save fuel. All six Toyota hybrid models offer superior fuel economy.

When you drive a Toyota hybrid, you’ll be saving the environment. Not only will you be reducing your dependency on fossil fuels by driving a Toyota hybrid, you’ll also be improving local air quality. Finally, Toyota hybrids can save employers money on the company cars. Employers may be able to enjoy tax breaks if they choose a Toyota hybrid model for their company car, as well as saving on fuel costs.

At San Francisco Toyota, we think you’ll be convinced once you’ve taken a test drive in one of our new Toyota vehicles. Call or contact us today to schedule your test drive or learn more.

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Toyota Top-Ranking Retail Brand for First Half of 2014

After being named the world’s most valuable car brand in the latest Millward Brown Optimor BrandZ study, Toyota is first in another ranking. The manufacturer announced its June 2014 sales on July 1, cementing its title as the top-ranking car retail brand in the first half of 2014.

Toyota, Scion, and Lexus reported sales of 1,165,607 units for the first half of the year—a 5.8 percent increase based on daily selling rate. Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager, points to both a recovering industry and the strength of Toyota’s new models: “Sales in the first half of 2014 indicate a steadily recovering industry, and we expect this pace to increase as we move into the second part of the year. In June, Camry and Corolla posted double-digit gains as passenger cars showed renewed strength industry-wide.”

The Camry and Corolla are just two of the exciting new Toyota models we have available at San Francisco Toyota. Visit our dealership to see why customers love Toyota vehicles.

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