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When people think of Toyota vehicles, innovation is often the first thing that comes to mind. The company has become famous for revolutionizing vehicular design, engines, and now production methods. In a recent article from the Detroit News, Toyota showcased its production plants where cars are being built like nowhere else on earth. One century after the Henry Ford assembly line, Toyota continues to prove that even the oldest conventions can be refined. At Gresham Toyota, we’re proud to offer these innovative vehicles on our lot.
Starting in 2008, Toyota began issuing a sizable number of recalls—large for any company, but especially one that was synonymous with quality. Toyota cars and trucks have been known to be dependable and reliable for decades, which was contrary to the issues experienced in 2008. The issue turned out where engineers least expected it: dated production methods. As Toyota cars and trucks became more popular, production at old plants had simply increased, not improved. Officials realized that in order to deliver the highest quality and quantity, new methods had to be developed.
As Toyota continually creates and implements new technologies, and demand can rise or fall week by week. Toyota knew its production plants had to be adaptable. Engineers began to move vehicles on wheeled platforms, which allowed the assembly line to be changed more quickly. Additionally, they created a “metal stamping” system that can mold and create numerous shapes of car doors. These seemingly small tweaks have already had a significant impact on the vehicles. Instead of halting all production for a single adjustment, these adaptive methods allow the whole process to continue at a normal pace. This doesn’t only mean an increase in production, but also that they’re produced without undue rush, so the famous Toyota quality remains high.
From Scion fanatics and Toyota loyalists to lovers of every car under the sun, we’re privileged to serve some of the best customers on the planet. The entire staff at Gresham Toyota is so grateful for your business!
Thank you for coming in, Julie! Have a blast with that 2012 Toyota Rav4!
It looks like you and the family are already enjoying that 2012 Toyota Corolla, Sue! Thanks for choosing Gresham.
Thanks for coming in, David. We love that excitement about your new 2012 Scion TC!
When it comes to proper maintenance of your car, there’s the typical stuff you hear all the time. Most of it involves fluids: changing your oil, changing your coolant, changing your transmission fluid. On the hardware side, replacing fuel filters, windshield wipers and checking your tire pressure are all important maintenance habits.
But there are several less-obvious things you can do to make sure your car stays running smoothly:
Use your parking brake on hills If you depend on your transmission to keep your car in place on a hill — by putting it in park — you are putting a lot of pressure on a tiny pin called a parking pawl. Add years to the life of your transmission, and use the parking brake on hills.
Change the differential fluid About every 60K miles, you will want to have a mechanic change the differential fluid. Like the transmission, the differential is extremely important to the forward motion of your car and expensive to replace.
Make a complete stop before shifting It’s easy to get lazy when you’re backing out of a spot and want to get going, but shifting into drive before your car is ready is a sure way to cook your transmission—not right away, but over time. Bring your car to a full stop and then shift. A transmission is a terrible thing to waste.
Good news, sports car fans: Subaru and Toyota have teamed up to bring an affordable, six-speed, rear-wheel drive coupe to life. The 2013 Scion FR-S boasts 200 horsepower, better fuel economy than its competition, and Recaro-style seats. Early reports unanimously indicate the FR-S handles like a dream and is likely to be a booming success once it hits the American market in spring 2012.
Unlike many of its counterparts, the FR-S will be light (under 3,000 pounds), with 17-inch tires and an amazingly low center of gravity (lower than the Porsche Cayman!).
With a trunk large enough to fit two golf bags (with the rear seats folded down), a Pioneer sound system, Torsen-Limited slip differential, and a price tag under $26,000 the FR-S is a sports car for the budget-minded enthusiast.
sources: automobilemag.com, insideline.com, motortrend.com
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