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2014 Toyota Corolla at Toyota of Tampa Bay!

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

TTBKnown as one of the most reliable vehicles available, the best-selling Corolla has become an icon and a benchmark.

For 2014, Toyota adds a surprisingly bold design to a legendary blend of quality and reliability. Completely redesigned with a sharper, edgier exterior, the new Corolla aims to stand out and appeal to younger buyers looking for a sensible compact sedan.

Bigger, roomier, and more innovative than ever, the new Corolla includes such features as standard LED headlights – the first compact car in its segment to use them for low and high beams.

It all adds up to a completely new vehicle, one that puts the extra in extraordinary.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla – Coming soon to Toyota of Tampa Bay.

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Toyota Introduces Updated Next Generation Entune® Audio on 2014 Tundra

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
2014 Toyota Tundra(2014 Toyota Tundra Shown Right)

The 2014 Toyota Tundra marks the first appearance of an improved and updated next generation of Entune® multimedia and telematics system. This updated Entune® system offers a streamlined hardware strategy with four (4) audio head units packing enhanced features and capability to offer improved user interface, enhanced voice recognition, improved navigation, and easier upgradability.For this next generation of Entune® Audio, the Entune® brand is also repositioned to align with customer preconceptions.  Entune® will now encompass the audio area center displays tack and all multimedia functionality (audio, phone, navigation, etc), not just the apps and data services that the Entune brand had represented when launched in 2011. The next generation Entune® Audio will now be represented by a simplified four tier head unit strategy. The functions of AM/FM/CD, iPod®, USB 2.0, AUX, Bluetooth,  Apps, Data Services, Navigation, HD Radio™, Sirius XM Radio, AM/FM Cache Radio, Text-to-Speech, Voice recognition,  and  within the four levels of the Entune Audio banner.The next generation of Entune® audio systems will also offer the expanded convenience of the available Entune® App Suite that adds Yelp, Facebook Places, along with upgraded HD data services with hybrid predictive traffic and hybrid weather forecast with Doppler map feature (hybrid referring to either cellular and HD data services).

This builds upon the capability of the previous Entune® system that included Bing, iHeartradio,, OpenTable, Pandora, fuel prices, sports, and stocks. Also, next generation Entune® audio head units will offer enhanced phone contact capability with storage capacity of up to 2,500 contacts (was 1000 prior), up to 4 phone numbers per contact, the ability to sort contacts by first or last name, and an image display of the contact available on some head units. Additional contact list and phone customization features include easier marking of contact “favorites”, the ability to adjust the sound level of outgoing calls that recipients hear, and the ability to change the view for incoming call notifications.Toyota is also going to offer customers the Entune® App Suite on a subscription-free basis. Effective immediately, Toyota customers who already own or purchase vehicles equipped with the Entune® App Suite will now enjoy access to their favorite apps and not have to worry about renewing their subscription. In addition, the new Entune® App Suite includes HD Radio™ with traffic and weather and those data services also will now be provided subscription-free.  For existing Entune® customers, most will also have their data services covered by Toyota, but on a few models* the data services for Weather, Traffic, Sports, Stocks and Fuel Prices are provided as part of a three-year complimentary SiriusXM trial and require a paid subscription to continue services following the trial period.Visually, the next generation of Entune® audio systems will include a color touchscreen ranging from 6.1inches up to 8.0 inches depending on the model. The new touchscreen on Entune® Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite will also offer the capability to customize the home screen into two or three sections.

In addition, the touchscreen offers a reorder function that allows users to customize the arrangement of the apps and audio menu screens. The Entune® Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite will also offer a Driver Settings capability that links system settings to a recognized paired phone. Such settings would include language, units of measurement, radio presets, navigation history, color theme, voice prompt settings, auto navigation guidance settings, and voice recognition speaker adaption profile. The Entune® Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite also includes the convenience of a Cache Radio feature that allows uses to “pause” live AM/FM broadcasts for up to 20 minutes.  With Cache Radio, the user can manage the 20 minute window of live radio with a fast forward, rewind or “Live” function that returns them to the real time broadcast.  The Entune® Premium Audio’s Navigation capability has been enhanced with features that include landmark icons, My Traffic Routes display, Mexico Support, Tollbooth Guidance, Speed Limit Display, Traffic Event list, Low Fuel display with filling station list, Improved ETA Calculation, Swipe Map Scrolling, Double Junction display, Traffic Detour Preview, and Predictive Traffic display.

The next generation of Entune® Audio systems will roll out on select 2014 models over the next six months beginning with Tundra, Sequoia, 4Runner, Tacoma, RAV4, Highlander, Corolla, and Camry. The rest of the product line-up will incorporate the next generation of Entune® audio at model change timing over the next year.

2013CY Entune Audio Snapshot

 Entune Audio Entune Audio Plus Entune Premium Audio with Nav and App Suite Entune Premium JBL Audio with Nav and App Suite
Basic system includes Entune Multimedia bundle:6.1” Touchscreen  Display
USB 2.0 offering  increased charging capability   with iPod connectivity
Aux Plug
Advanced Voice Recognition
Text to Speech+
+ Limited Capability
Hi-res 6.1” Touchscreen
HD radio
HD Weather
HD traffic map
SXM radio
Gracenote Music Database
Hybrid Predictive Traffic
Hybrid HD weather forecast with Doppler Map
Entune App Suite

  • Bing
  • iHeartradio
  • OpenTable
  • Pandora
  • Yelp (new)
  • Facebook Places (new)
  • Fuel prices
  • Sports
  • Stocks

Entune Plug-in Hybrid Advanced and Rav4 EV Apps
•           Charge management
•           Remote climate
•           Vehicle Finder
•           Charging Station App
ECO Dashboard

Digital Amplifier and JBL speakers.
Media Contacts:
Toyota Division Communications:
Greg Thome              (310) 468-3279 or
Moe Durand              (714) 889-9908 or
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Toyota Motor Sales Earns Three 2013 AutoPacific ‘Ideal Vehicle Awards’

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

LogoToyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) demonstrated its ability to listen to its customers yet again. Three TMS vehicles were named in the annual AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA). The Toyota Avalon Hybrid flagship sedan was named the 2013 top Hybrid/EV while the Lexus ES was named ideal luxury mid-size car and the Lexus RX 450h was honored with ideal hybrid crossover.

The AutoPacific IVA “recognizes the cars that best meet their owner’s expectations and desires about their automotive purchases.”

The first Avalon to offer Toyota’s legendary Hybrid Synergy Drive, the Avalon Hybrid generates 200 horsepower while delivering a city/highway combined 40 miles-per-gallon.  Avalon hybrid combines elegant and athletic styling with interior comfort and refinement.

Launched in early 2013, the fourth-generation Avalon is the most American Avalon yet as it was designed and developed in the U.S. and assembled exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, Ky.

The 2013 model year marks the sixth generation of the Lexus ES and the introduction of the first-ever ES 300h with Lexus Hybrid Drive. The 2013 ES luxury sedan has a progressive new design and enhanced handling. The 2013 RX 450h features the signature Lexus spindle grille, an upgraded interior and EPA fuel economy estimates of 30 mpg combined for front-wheel drive models.

The IVA are based on a model-year survey of more than 52,000 vehicle owners across all manufacturers to reveal the vehicles that best meet the owners’ demands.  The award survey covers 15 key vehicle attributes including: exterior styling, exterior size, passenger roominess, cargo space, driver’s seat comfort, driver’s seat visibility, info/entertainment technology, interior lighting, power and acceleration, ease of getting in and out, interior storage compartments, ride, handling, safety features and tires and wheels.


Source: [Toyota Pressroom]

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Toyota Financial Services Expands Student Scholarship Program to $1 Million

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
Sales GraphMaking Life Easier Scholarship Program Serves Youth from Boys & Girls Clubs Across the Country and Other Nonprofit Partners

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) recognized today 100 high school students who overcame considerable hardships on their paths to college, presenting them with $1 million in scholarships. This is the first year in which TFS has expanded its Making Life Easier scholarship program to $1 million. The program provides scholarships to underserved students through Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as other TFS nonprofit partners.

To celebrate their achievements, volunteer work and future success, more than 30 students and their families joined TFS associates at a Community Day event today in Torrance, Calif., featuring retired NBA player and philanthropist AC Green. Green is a Boys & Girls Clubs alumnus, and he spoke to the youth about his experiences, the importance of mentors and moral character. Among those in attendance was Helen Yuan, a past scholarship recipient and now TFS intern.


“My journey with Toyota Financial Services has definitely helped shape the person I am today,” Yuan said. “TFS provided me the financial stability to make my college life easier, and now they are helping me establish the foundation for my career.”


As one piece of TFS’ national giving efforts, the Making Life Easier scholarships program allows economically disadvantaged youth to attend higher education by providing up to $20,000 for university, college, trade or vocational school tuition and fees.


Since 2007, TFS has provided $2.4 million in Making Life Easier scholarships to more than 500 deserving students. The scholarship program originated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Los Angeles and expanded to include Chandler Education Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year awardees, Boys & Girls Clubs participating in the TFS-sponsored college readiness initiative Diplomas to Degrees (d2D), and select nonprofit partners across the nation.


“Toyota Financial Services is committed to reaching more communities and more promising students through our national philanthropic efforts and partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” said George Borst, president and CEO of Toyota Financial Services. “This year’s program expansion will allow these students to further their education and build on their individual experiences, providing them with better opportunities and a brighter future.”


“All of us at Boys & Girls Clubs of America appreciate Toyota’s efforts to help prepare students for higher education and fill the financial gaps they face for tuition,” said John Miller, national vice president of organizational and executive development for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “These young people overcome immense challenges in pursuit of their education, and programs like Diplomas to Degrees and Making Life Easier give a needed boost for greater accomplishments and stronger communities.”


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