The Cash for Clunkers program was a big success for Toyota! That’s great Toyota News August 2009. The program generated 690,000 car sales, with Toyota accounting for 19.4 percent of all sales the U.S. Department of Transportation stated during the last week of August 2009.
The Toyota Corolla was the top seller under Cash for Clunkers, closely followed by Toyota Camry and Toyota Prius. Even recently retired Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) traded in his 1991 Chevrolet Suburban for a brand-new Toyota Prius, joking, “You don’t see a lot of Republicans driving a Prius.”
About 84 percent of participating consumers traded in trucks with 59% purchasing more fuel-efficient passenger cars such as Toyota Corolla. More great Toyota News August 2009.
You may have heard that Toyota is recalling about 95,700 Toyota and Scion models in 19 Cold-Weather States because of a possible brake problem. Those models covered are some 2009 and 2010 Corolla and Matrix models as well as some 2008 and 2009 Scion XD models with the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine.
Toyota told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that at “extremely low ambient temperatures”, around -22 degrees F. and lower, it is possible the brakes could lose their power-assist which would “lead to lengthened vehicle stopping distances.”
The States covered in this recall are Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming….
In a announcement of a different matter and direction, Toyota Motor said Monday it was developing Anti-Drunk Driving Equipment that would lock the ignition of a vehicle if high levels of alcohol are detected in the driver. This Next Generation Ignition Interlock System is very difficult for Drunk Drivers to Fool!
The system features a hand-held breathalyser, equipped with a digital camera, that detects alcohol consumption and photographs the driver’s face for identification, a company statement said.
If the driver tests positive, the system either warns him or her, or locks the vehicle’s ignition depending on the level of alcohol detected, Toyota said.
The carmaker is conducting tests with affiliate truck maker Hino Motors, and will install the equipment in selected trucks and other vehicles of fleet customers that include companies and government organizations.
The device will alert fleet administrators if the driver is detected with excessive alcohol levels, Toyota said.