Entune Revealed at Consumer Electronics Show

Toyota recently unveiled its Entune  multimedia system at the Consumer Electronics Show.  Toyota Entune allows drivers to use voice recognition technology to use features within the car.

“Consumers have grown accustomed to having the world at their fingertips through their mobile phones,” said Jon Bucci, vice president of the Advanced Technology Department at Toyota in a recent press release. “And unlike other industry solutions, Entune allows the driver to interact with informative and entertaining mobile content without fumbling with their phone.  We offer features that our customers demand and integrate them seamlessly in the vehicle.”
Customers can access a wide variety of personalized content and services.  Toyota Entune is also upgradeable, so in-vehicle applications are never obsolete. Key features include:
  • Mobile Apps – Toyota Entune debuts Bing, keeping navigation continuously up to date with more than 16 million points of interest; OpenTable, make a reservation at one of 15,000 restaurants; and MovieTickets.com, buy movie tickets and read reviews.  All destinations can be seamlessly sent to the navigation system.  Making drivers’ lives even easier, Toyota Entune delivers customizable real time traffic, fuel prices, weather, stocks and sports.
  • Music – Toyota Entune brings you more music in more ways with iheartradio’s 750+ hometown stations; personalized stations with Pandora; XM satellite radio 170+ channels with coast-to-coast coverage; and introducing HD Radio, digital broadcasts of your favorite terrestrial music.  Toyota Entune also offers USB connectivity for portable media players and traditional terrestrial radio.
  • Voice Recognition – Featuring a best-in-class, advanced conversational voice recognition system, Toyota Entune eliminates the need to memorize thousands of voice commands.  The intuitive interface allows the driver to focus more on the road ahead.

Toyota expects to begin having the Entune system available on some models this year.

Posted by toyota on Jan 28 2011 in Toyota Technology

New Prius Family of Vehicles Revealed at Last

As promised, Toyota recently revealed its entire family of Prius vehicles at the North American International Auto Show.  Besides the latest generation Prius and Prius Plug-in Hybrid, Toyota also revealed the new Prius v midsize hybrid-electric vehicle and the Prius c Concept vehicle.

The Prius v fits the lifestyle of young, active families that need a bit more room in their vehicles – 50 percent more room in fact than the current Prius.

“This is no ordinary family.  It’s a modern family with a Prius for everyone,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager in a recent press release.  “The Prius v is an all-new dedicated hybrid vehicle, and all future Prius family members will be as well.  They will all share common Prius attributes but will be unique, with a special appeal to different buyers.”

The “c” in the Prius c Concept vehicle stands for city – what the car is designed for. The Prius c is directed at city-living singles and young professionals who want the environmentally friendly hybrid at a more entry-level price point and size that fits their needs. Now there is a Prius for every stage of your life.

Posted by toyota on Jan 21 2011 in Toyota News

Car Care Tips

Whether you’ve just purchased a shiny new Toyota or have one of the millions of older Toyotas still on the road, you want to protect your investment. Thanks to Toyota’s engineering, you know that the company has taken care of a lot of factors, but you can help your Toyota to continue to look great by following a few tips from AAA.

First, whatever maintenance you perform on your car, keep a maintenance log. You can track what you’ve done and, more importantly, know when it’s probably time to check replaceable items like the air filter and the belts.

Does your car feature a fuel injection system? Then make sure you keep the gas tank at least one-quarter full. If not, you may experience fuel line interruptions when you take a corner.

Before you jump in that car and blast the air conditioner, wipers or other accessories, let the engine run for just a few minutes first.

Take a look under the hood once in a while. Look at your engine belts for cracking or looseness.

Of course, get the oil changed once every few thousand miles.

Lastly, take a look at your owner’s manual. It will tell you when to perform checkups and other maintenance appointments. If you take the preventative steps to make sure your car runs properly, you’ll be happy with your car for decades to come.

Posted by toyota on Jan 14 2011 in Maintenance Tips

Toyota’s Teen Driver Program

Do you have a teen driver, or a teen that’s about to become a driver? Are you worried? New drivers have a lot to learn. Processing all that information while driving a vehicle is difficult when you’re not accustomed to it. In recognition of that, Toyota and Discovery Education have launched a new program aimed at teen drivers, their parents and educators.

The program is accessible through a website where teens, teachers and parents can access information that will help keep teens safe on the road. Content includes lesson plans for teachers, interactive driving tests for teens and resources for parents.

“Educating teens about the hazards they face behind the wheel and actions that teens and parents can take to minimize crash risks are important steps in preventing crashes involving young drivers,” said, Janet Froetscher, president and CEO, National Safety Council in the announcement. “We believe Toyota and Discovery Education’s program will help accomplish those objectives.”

Posted by toyota on Jan 7 2011 in Lifestyle