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Toyota’s Prius and Highlander Hybrid Earn U.S. News and World Report’s Best Cars for Families Awards

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

(2013 Toyota Prius Shown Right)

The Toyota Prius and Highlander Hybrid have garnered category honors as part of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Cars for Families awards. The 2013 Toyota Prius took top honors in the Best Hatchback for Families category, while the 2013 Highlander Hybrid won the Best Hybrid SUV for Families award for the third year in a row.

The Best Cars for Families awards combine quality, size and family-friendly features into a composite score. Quality is measured using a weighted average of scores from the U.S. News rankings at the time the awards are published. The rankings compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of automotive critics’ opinions. Size is based on a vehicle’s seating capacity and interior space. For family-friendly features, the U.S. News editors factor in the availability of features deemed to be helpful to families.


Source: [Toyota Pressroom]

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Toyota/Lexus Financial Services Expands Successful ‘GoGreen’ Campaign & Doubles Pledge Up to $200,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Due to an overwhelming response to its second annual “GoGreen” campaign, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) / Lexus Financial Services (LFS) announced it is doubling its commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) during the final weeks of the campaign, donating up to $200,000 to the non-profit organization.

The environment-friendly campaign, which was launched on Jan. 15, 2013, and runs through March 31, 2013, encourages customers to sign up for paperless billing statements; allowing them to receive monthly emails when their bill is due, rather than traditional paper statements sent through the mail.  For every customer that signs up to “GoGreen” during the campaign, TFS/LFS will donate $5 to BGCA (up to the aforementioned total of $200,000).  In addition to the convenience of online account management, customers may also access and pay bills through the company’s mobile website and smartphone apps.

Only two weeks into the 11 week campaign, the response from TFS/LFS customers signing up for paperless billing exceeded expectations, and the campaign hit its goal of raising $100,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  Eager to maintain this momentum, and to further support BGCA, TFS/LFS decided to double the $100,000 pledge.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the response from our customers, and the early success of this year’s ‘GoGreen’ campaign,” says Karen Ideno, vice president of Product & Marketing for TFS.  “By signing up for paperless billing, our customers are not only helping to greatly reduce the volume of paper statements that TFS/LFS sends each month, they are supporting BGCA’s after-school and life-skills programs, and their numerous ‘green’ activities, such as recycling projects and community clean-ups.  Doing our part to protect the environment, while simultaneously helping an organization that encourages and teaches young people how to do the same for their neighborhoods and planet… that’s certainly a winning combination for everyone.”

TFS/LFS is currently well positioned to meet its goal of converting 16 percent of its portfolio to paperless billing by the end of this year’s “GoGreen” campaign.

“It looks very promising,” adds Ideno.  “Provided that customers continue to embrace the campaign as enthusiastically as they have these past few weeks, we expect to surpass our goals for the year; raising the bar and inspiring TFS/LFS to find even better ways to help the environment, and improve the overall experience for our customers.”


Source: [Toyota Pressroom]

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All-New 2014 Next-Generation Toyota Highlander Mid-Size SUV to Make World Debut at 2013 New York Auto Show

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

(2013 Toyota Highlander Shown Right)

TORRANCE, Calif., March 13, 2013 – Toyota will stage the world debut of the all-new 2014 Highlander mid-size SUV at a press conference at the 2013 New York Auto Show.

The press conference will be held on Wednesday, March 27, at 9:10 a.m. Eastern Time in the Galleria Level Four at the Jacob Javits Center.


Source: [Toyota Pressroom]

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Consumer Reports Ranks Lexus, Toyota, and Scion Top Car Brands for 2013

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
1.    Consumer Reports Ranks Lexus, Toyota and Scion Top Car Brands for 2013 
Highly influential Consumer Reports rated Lexus, Toyota and Scion top brands in their 2013 automotive rankings released today, according to the Los Angeles Times.  Lexus earned the best overall score of 79 in Consumer Reports’ 2013 Car Brand Report “on a foundation of plush and very reliable vehicles.”  In releasing the results, Consumer Reports said it currently “recommends 100 percent of the Lexus vehicles it has tested.”
Japanese nameplates dominated the ratings taking eight of the top 10 scores.  The editors ranked Toyota fourth and said the brand made significant strides with the Camry redesign in both handling and fuel economy.  Scion came in seventh in the rankings.
Automaker’s individual brands were scored separately this year instead of being calculated into a single score in Consumer Reports’ annual Report Cards.  Each brand is evaluated based on an equally weighted composite of the road-test and reliability scores for each tested model.
2.     Consumer Reports Names Toyota Prius, Highlander and Scion FR-S Top Picks for 2013
For the 10th consecutive year, Consumer Reports chose the Toyota Prius hybrid its top green car, according to USA Today.  The Toyota Highlander was the top midsized sport utility vehicle, and the Scion FR-S tied with Subaru’s BRZ as the top sporty car.
Prius continues to offer the best Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-estimated fuel economy, at 44 mpg overall, of any five-passenger, non-plug-in vehicle, according to the magazine.  The editors also gave thumbs up to the EPA-estimated 41 mpg Prius v.
Top Picks must meet Consumer Reports’ stringent criteria in three areas:  road test, reliability and safety.  The winners are chosen from more than 280 tested models because they’re “impressive all-around vehicles.”
To read more about Consumer Reports’ Top Picks for 2013, please go to:


3.     Toyota and Lexus Vehicles Dominate IntelliChoice’s Best Overall Value of the Year Awards
After studying cars that have the lowest cost of ownership, automotive rating website IntelliChoice said Toyota and Lexus earned 13 out of 23 Best Overall Value of the Year (BOVY) awards.  The two brands each received more category awards than any other brand.
The Toyota vehicle winners included Prius, Prius c, Prius v, Yaris 2-door, Highlander V6, FJ Cruiser, Sienna V6 and Tundra CrewMax.  Lexus won awards for five models: the GX 460, RX 450h, IS 250C, ES 350 and CT 200h.
In addition, Toyota received the Best Popular Brand Value and Highest Popular Brand Retained Value awards.  Lexus won the Best Premium Brand Value and Highest Premium Brand Retained Value honors.
To see the full list of selected winners, go to


4.     Toyota to Export Venzas to Russia, Ukraine
Toyota plans to export approximately 5,000 U.S.-assembled Venza vehicles annually to Russia and Ukraine.  Production of the export Venza will begin in April at Toyota’s Georgetown manufacturing plant in Kentucky.
The Venza exports help further solidify Toyota’s U.S. manufacturing base and support the company’s growth as a key supplier of vehicles for global markets.  In 2012, Toyota exported a record 124,000 U.S.-assembled vehicles to 21 global markets, an increase of 45 percent over the prior year.

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