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Toyota and VMI Team Up for 2nd Annual Star Spangled Salute Contest for Disabled U.S. Veterans

Toyota Mobility logoSan Francisco Toyota supports automaker’s pledge to give back to those who have served our country

After last year’s successful inaugural contest, Toyota Motor Sales USA and Vantage Mobility International (VMI) haveannouncedthe second annual Star Spangled Salute contest, a part of VMI’s Operation Independence program. The contest is open to all disabled U.S. veterans and gives entrants the chance to win a brand-new Toyota Sienna with VMI’s access 360 In-Floor Ramp Conversion system.

Entries can be submitted between now and Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The winner will be randomly drawn on Veterans Day.

In 2013, Toyota and VMI teamed up for the first Star Spangled Salute contest, and more than 850 veterans entered. The winner was Cpl. Charlie Harvey, a retired U.S. Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War.

“Words cannot express how grateful Charlie and I are to Toyota and VMI for giving us the chance to win this van through the Star Spangled Salute contest,” said Harvey’s wife, Linda.  “The Sienna with VMI’s ramp has changed Charlie’s life in so many ways we didn’t think were possible.  We can go everywhere together again, like the mall, grocery store and out to eat for dinner.”

Developed by VMI and the VMI Select Dealer Independence, Operation Independence helps to educate veterans about Federal Vehicle Grants, which are available to disabled U.S. veterans. To enter the Operation Independence Star Spangled Banner contest and to find out about the rules, click here.

At San Francisco Toyota, we are proud to support Toyota’s commitment to giving back to our veterans, and to serving a wide variety of driving needs. Give us a call to find out how we can help you find the perfect vehicle to meet all of your needs.

2014 Toyota 4Runner Stars in First-Ever Off-Road Google+ Hangout [VIDEO]

We’re big fans of how the 2014 Toyota 4Runner looks on our dealership lot at San Francisco Toyota, but there’s no denying its power when it’s in its natural element. That’s why we love this world-first off-road Google+ Hangout, starring host Rutledge Wood, stunt driver Andy Bell…and, of course, the 2014 4Runner, featuring new exterior styling, standard features, and advanced technology.

Once you see this, we have a feeling you’re going to want to see the new 4Runner for yourself. Contact San Francisco Toyota today to get started.

Toyota Set to Release 2014.5 Model Year Camry Hybrid SE Limited Edition

2014.5 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE LTDToyota 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.

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Toyota Highlights Fuel Cell Vehicle Advantages at Chicago Auto Show

toyota fuel cell vehicleBenefits 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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Toyota Tundra ‘Endeavour’ Campaign Recognized with Advertising Award

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
  • Interactive
  • 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/.

At San Francisco Toyota, we’re honored by this prestigious award. Congratulations to all of the other nominees—and to see what the new Toyota Tundra can do for you, visit our dealership today.



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