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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
2011-Toyota-Avalon1Here is the Avalon, New for 2011. It continues the tradition set by its successful predecessors. 
Yes Virginia, Avalon provides…
• the spacious cabin,
• smooth driving dynamics,
• and convenient technologies …that premium full-size sedan buyers want.
Re-styled at Calty Design Centers in California and Michigan … and engineered at Toyota technical center in Ann Arbor … Avalon will continue to be built at our plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. 
Calty gave Avalon an aggressive new look. 
A new grille features distinctive headlamps…and the rear is accented by LED tail lights and integrated dual exhaust.
Both the head lamps and tail lamps…feature unique light piping for an added signature look. Tasteful Lexus Chrome accents along the sides add to the upscale distinction.
The base Avalon now has standard 17-inch wheels with a new finish … while the Limited grade has a new, contemporary wheel design.
Inside … the Avalon provides key luxury features that are important to its buyers.
The new dash offers a driver-oriented experience.2011-Toyota-Avalon7 
Sight lines flow to the redesigned center stack … providing easier use for both the driver and passenger.
The segment’s only reclining rear seats provide unmatched passenger comfort. 
And …a power rear sunshade protects rear-seat passengers.
The Avalon continues to be powered by the 3.5-liter V6 engine … mated to a multi-mode six-speed automatic transmission.
Producing 268 horsepower … which is among the best in the segment … it also achieves 20 plus miles-per-gallon in the city …and 29 plus on the highway.
The Avalon also has many of our latest technologies … like the Gen 6 Navigation System with …
• XM NavTraffic,
• Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity,
• and wireless audio music streaming.
A standard back-up camera has a segment-first 3.3-inch display in the rear-view mirror … and also offers color guide lines to help the driver back into or out of parking spots…Very Nice!
Standard audio features include …a USB port for direct iPod control via the sound system or steering-wheel controls…and XM satellite radio! An optional JBL sound system feeds 660-watts through 12 speakers…including a two-coil subwoofer.
Pricing will be very similar to the current model.The New 2011 Avalon hits Dealers in the Spring.2011-Toyota-Avalon2

Toyota Electric Power Steering (EPS)

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Electric Power Steering (EPS) is replacing hydraulic power steering in many new vehicles today. epss

One of the advantages of electric power steering is that it eliminates the power steering pump, which can use as much as 8 to 10 horsepower under load. This improves fuel economy while also eliminating the weight and bulk of the power steering pump and hoses. Getting rid of the hydraulics also does away with fluid leaks and the need to check the power steering fluid. Electric power steering is also quieter than hydraulic systems because there is no pump noise and no fluid flowing through hoses and valves. But the most noticeable difference is in handling and steering refinement.

Electric power steering can be fine tuned with a precision that is hard to match with hydraulic controls. By monitoring the driver’s steering inputs, vehicle speed, and other suspension dynamics, the system can provide just the right amount of steering feel and effort to match rapidly changing driving conditions. EPS can deliver extra effort when you need it, and reduce steering effort when you do not need it. It can even provide steering assist when the engine is off.

Electric Power Steering can be found on the  new Avalon, Venza, Camry, Corolla,  Prius, RAV4, New Sienna, and Scions in the Toyota product line.
Though some of the older electric power steering systems were actually “electro-hydraulic,” and used an electric motor to drive a conventional hydraulic pump, the latest generation of EPS is all electric/electronic. The steering gear itself is a manual rack with an electric motor mounted on the steering column or the rack.

When the driver turns the wheel, a steering sensor detects the position and rate of rotation of the steering wheel. This information along with input from a steering torque sensor mounted in the steering shaft is fed to the power steering control module. Other inputs such as vehicle speed and inputs from the traction control or stability control systems are factored in to determine how much steering assist is required. The control module then commands the motor to rotate a certain amount, and a sensor on the motor provides feedback to the control module so it can monitor the motor’s position.

Better yet, because an EPS system is software driven, it is possible to tap into the steering module and modify steering effort and feel. This can be done with a factory scan tool on some applications, and with aftermarket “tuner” scan tools and software.


A Toyota Celica For 2011?

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

With reports that have surfaced indicating that it’s back in the production cycle for a 2011 debut, recent Web scuttlebutt carries the message that Toyota’s future rear-wheel drive sports car will wear the Celica name.

If true, the 2+2 coupe built in collaboration with Subaru will revive the eighth generation of Toyota’s venerable compact sports car that was axed worldwide in 2005. An expected Subaru-derived boxer engine might reside under its hood in either of the distinct Toyota and Subaru models.

A Toyota Europe vice president of sales and marketing was cited saying that the upcoming car will reconnect the Celica nameplate to its past roots of a dynamic and fun rear-wheel driving experience. Naturally, the moniker also rekindles the model’s past successes in rally motorsport. No mention has been made as to whether the car would be offered in the U.S.

Also, the report didn’t indicate what the model’s Subaru badged version could be named, but regardless, should Toyota name its future sports car the Celica?….

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Toyota Venza Has Multiple Personalities

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Car Pool your kids and the neighbors to school,…Meet a new client for lunch and Yes, a good first impression is important!…Next, just enough time for your weekly grocery run,…Then pick up some equipment you need for a work assignment tomorrow…

Yep, your day is a series of quick change personality morphs that require agility, flexibility, class and a Vehicle that embraces all you can throw at it!

The Cool News is that the folks at Toyota know this and they’ve built a vehicle with all the multiple capabilities you want and need….introducing Toyota Venza!

Here’s a brief overview and review of the all new exciting 2009 Toyota Venza. Get ready for Toyota to adjust your thinking about automotive form and function with Venza. Its name comes from “VEN” meaning Adventure and “ZA” from the Monza race track. Sculpted with a wide aggressive stance, Venza is a perfect blend of sleek styling, class, interior refinements, versatility, and driver performance while being a car with SUV utility capabilities. Toyota positions the Venza between the Camry and Highlander and next to the Avalon.

I’ve test driven the Venza in Alabama and it is overall stunning and exciting. The first thing that impresses me is Venza’s styling. I know you’ve seen designer sketches of cool cars that excite and expand your anticipation for the real car only to see a vastly watered down production version complete with small 14″ tires and wheel covers. Not the case with Venza…Toyota actually built the Venza exactly like the designer sketches right down to the 19″ tires and alloy wheels.

Inside regardless of whether you are the driver or the front passenger, due to Venza’s ingenious interior design, you immediately feel as if you own at least 60% of the space around you. No claustrophobia here,…and Venza drives, corners, and handles smooth yet responsive, just like you want it to. 



Here’s a brief list of Venza Highlights:

  • Std. 2.7 4cyl.dual VVTI Engine, 182hp.,very quick, 30mpg+ Hwy
  • Available 3.5 6cyl. dual VVTI Engine, 268hp., both Engines matted to 6 speed automatic
  • 70% Car-Like, 30% SUV
  • Step-in height of Camry, Sit-in Height 5″ higher, Great Visability
  • 3500 lb. Towing Capacity
  • Toyota “Star Safety System” Std.
  • 19″ Tires, Alloys Std. on 4cyl., 20″ Tires, Alloys Std. on 6cyl.
  • 10 Cup and Bottle Holders, 34.4 cubic ft cargo
  • Available Panoramic Roof
  • Many options including Navigation

Of course this isn’t everything about Toyota Venza…You’ll have to take Venza for a personal test drive at your Alabama Toyota Dealer. There is even an available Exclusive Lifetime Warranty that includes Unlimited Miles and Unlimited Time honorable anywhere in the United States. Request information below for The Exclusive Lifetime Warranty.