Archive for April, 2012
From dads and sons to husbands and wives, we have a great family of amazing customers at Gresham Toyota. Every week, as our way of showing thanks, we’re proud to post them here on our blog. Thank you all for joining the family! We’re so glad you chose Gresham Toyota for your new cars, trucks, and SUVs.
Enjoy your fuel savings with your 2012 Toyota Prius V, Freya!
It’s great to have you join the Gresham family, David and Ruth. We’re glad y’all found the perfect Toyota Camry!
John, enjoy your new rugged Toyota FJ Cruiser!
So great to meet you guys. That 2012 Toyota Prius looks great, Bob!
Thanks for choosing Gresham to find that 2000 Toyota Camry, Tracy!
Thanks for coming in, Jordan! Hope you two have fun with that 2006 Toyota Tacoma.
Welcome to the Gresham family, Carey and Jeff. Enjoy your new 2012 Toyota 4Runner!
Actually, they’re going to read emotions according to What Car?, a UK automotive magazine. Throughout the last decade, Toyota has been in development of a mood sensing technology. The goal is to create a fleet of cars that know when you’re angry or sad, since those moods tend to increase the likelihood of an accident. To some, this may sound like science fiction or the plot of Knight Rider, but it’s not. Market analysts predict we may see the technology on the Gresham Toyota lot in as little as six years.
Mood sensing is much more complicated than a ring that changes color. It requires a complicated network of cameras and motion sensors. Today’s Toyota technology can analyze 238 facial points to determine if someone is happy, sad, angry, or neutral. Studies show that sad and angry drivers pay less attention to road hazards and traffic conditions, and they’re less responsive to brake or swerve. To keep yourself and others safe, your Toyota could intervene and brake or steer to avoid a collision.
Toyota hopes this technology will make roads safer in the future, but the advancements could have more practical purposes too. Screens would dim when the car knew you weren’t looking at them, and mirrors would automatically adjust based on your height. While these developments exceed current capabilities, Toyota has always remained at the forefront of new technology. If future Toyota vehicles can sense your mood, they won’t just improve your driving experience: they’ll keep you and others safe.
It’s been another great week at Gresham Toyota. Throughout it we’ve met some amazing customers and outfitted them with some amazing vehicles. We’re thankful for everyone who joins the Gresham family, and we’re proud to showcase them here!
Congratulations on your 2008 Toyota Yaris, Kelsey! Thanks for coming into Gresham Toyota.
Have fun tearing up the roads in that 2007 Toyota Tacoma, Julian!
Napoleon, thanks so much for coming in. Enjoy your new 2009 Toyota Corolla!
We hope you have a blast with that 2012 Scion TC, Riley!
We loved meeting you, Doug! You made a great choice with that 2012 Toyota Camry SE.
We’re so glad y’all came in, Allen and Tatyana! Enjoy that new 2012 Toyota Highlander with your new little bundle of joy
Now is about time most dealerships unload the last of their 2011 models. At Gresham Toyota, we know many of our customers want the newest and sleekest models that Toyota has to offer. We don’t only reserve discounts for the previous models on our lot. From Camry to Tundra, we have great Internet Specials for our 2012 vehicles as well!
Ten years ago, earth-conscious (and money-conscious) buyers didn’t have much of a choice when it came to vehicles: they could drive a Prius or nothing at all. Toyota pioneered green technology, and for years it was the only automaker that saw hybrids as worthy of production. By now the Prius isn’t only one of the most popular vehicles in the world; it’s paved the way for dozens of other green cars to enter the market. One of the most significant newcomers is the Chevy Volt, which claims owners can achieve hundreds of MPG in fuel efficiency. But is that right? We at Gresham Toyota decided to draw up some comparisons between the cars and let you decide which is best.
The Toyota Prius has been tested endlessly over the past decade, and can easily claim an EPA score of 50 MPG. Because it relies on both a gasoline engine and an electric battery, that number never changes. The Volt, on the other hand, with a full charge can drive for 30 miles in warm weather without burning a drop of fuel. Once that battery dries up, the gasoline engine also kicks in, which achieves 37 MPG.
The winner: it depends. On a road trip, a Prius will use exponentially less fuel. If Volt owners only drive 20-30 miles a day and charge their engines for ten hours every night, they won’t use any gas, but will see a hefty increase in their electric bill.
This category isn’t really a competition. The Chevy Volt can only hold four occupants, and it’s reported to feel much more cramped than the five-seated Toyota Prius.
The winner: Prius.
When the Prius first emerged, detractors said it would never last; that the hybrid engine would break down in just a few years. Over a decade later, it remains a strong, dependable vehicle. Because the Volt is only one year old, no one knows how its engine and performance will hold up over time.
The winner: inconclusive. People who need to know their investment will last should choose a Prius.
Flagship models are never cheap, and the least-expensive version of the Volt still costs about $40,000. Even a fully-loaded Prius costs around $10,000 less. As production methods streamline and technology becomes more available, the price of the Volt may drop, but for now, picking Toyota will save you thousands.
The winner: Prius.
Though the concept of an all-electric car is great, the Volt just doesn’t compare to the Prius. It was the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, and it continues to reign as the most affordable, dependable, and fuel-efficient car on the market.