All posts tagged: Toyota

2019 Niro EV,, Iain Shankland

What Happens To Old EV Batteries?

One big misconception out there is that once an EV battery has outlived its usefulness, it’s dumped into the ground like garbage, and disposing of those batteries creates an environmental hazard. If that were the case, EV’s are actually bad for the environment, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Electric Vehicles – The Answer To Every Urban Commuter’s Prayers…Or Are They?

At this year’s Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) the stand-out theme would have to be Electric Vehicles (EVs) – at least that’s where most of the manufacturers seem to be spending their time, energy and design money. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with electric vehicles – don’t get me wrong – but the fact that they’re being touted as an urban commuter – I’m not so sure about that.

Texting While Driving,

Distracted Drivers Texting And Facebooking – How Long Before One Of Them Kills You Or Someone You Love?

On July 24, 2013 Toyota USA in conjunction with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) released the results of an extensive study with bone-chilling statistics. The UMTRI/Toyota Teen Driver Distraction Study, the largest scientific survey of its kind, included teens (aged 16-18) and adults across America and in Houston, Texas found that twenty-seven percent of Houston teens said they read a text or email every time they drive, compared to nearly thirty percent nationally.  Twenty-four percent respond to a text while driving, which is the same as the national average for teens.  Perhaps even more alarming, about one in five Houston teens (22 percent) have extended conversations via text message while driving. Other key findings include: Cell phone use by teen drivers and parents in Houston is pervasive:  Sixty-seven percent of teens in the Houston area report using a cell phone while driving (hands-free and/or hand-held).  Eighty-three percent of parents do the same. Teens in Houston regularly drive with young passengers and no adults, despite serious risks:  62 percent of teen drivers in …

BMW April Fools,

Car Makers Sharpen Their Crayons For April Fools Day

With another April Fools day in the record books, it’s time to review what kind of pranks the automakers have been getting up to. It’s funny to see the extremes they’ll go to just to prove they actually have a sense of humour. Here are our favourites from this year. First up, the runner up for the best 2013 April Fool’s prank by an Automaker… BWM  P.R.A.M. With a royal baby due this summer, BMW proudly announced the launch of the limited edition BMW P.R.A.M. (Postnatal Royal Auto Mobile). Available in Princess Pink or Royal Blue. The soft-top convertible has been designed using our EfficientDynamics technology. With two or four-wheel-drive, it rides as smoothly on a polo field as it does down The Mall and comes with air conditioning and built-in extendable flagpoles as standard. For those who are ‘too posh to push’ this masterpiece of motherhood even comes fitted with N.A.P.P.I.E. (Nanny-Assisting Petrol-Powered Injection Engine).

The All-New 2012 Toyota Camry + Hybrid At An Incredible Price

Fresh styling, new performance, more efficiency and an MSRP starting lower than 2011 models Toronto, Ontario. – Toyota introduced today the new, seventh-generation Camry, North America’s best-selling car for nine years running and 13 of the past 14 years. The 2012 Camry debuts a bold, sophisticated new design with a more spacious interior, improved driving dynamics and an even quieter ride than before.  With class leading safety and fuel economy, the end result is the best Camry ever made.


2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8GT – Road Test

Over the past ten years or so, Hyundai have been proving they are a force to be reckoned with. Many nay-sayers thought Hyundai could never go up against sports cars like the iconic Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro – while at the same time taking on the likes of a Nissan 370Z, Infiniti G37 and Mazda RX-8 … well, it’s time to think again! With the Genesis Coupe V-6 GT, Hyundai has hit the bulls-eye and anyone dismissing this as a Tiburon update with “all show and no go” – be warned – this is a serious sports car.

Toyota Dealers Nationwide Have Begun Fixing Accelerator Pedals On Recalled Vehicles

Parts to Reinforce Accelerator Pedals Delivered to All U.S. Toyota Dealerships Mailing of Notification Letters to Affected Owners Begins Today Many Toyota Dealers Extending Hours, Hiring Additional Technicians to Complete Repairs for Customers Quickly and Conveniently TORRANCE, Calif., February 5, 2010 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A., Inc., today announced that Toyota dealers nationwide have received the parts, information and training they need to fix accelerator pedals in recalled Toyota Division vehicles, and that repairs on involved vehicles have begun.  The actual repair requires about 30 minutes of work. The company also announced that it has begun mailing letters to owners of recalled vehicles to let them know when to bring their vehicles into a dealership.  Owners will only receive a letter