Meet the First-Ever Toyota GR Corolla

2021 Toyota Corolla | High River, AB
Pictured: 2021 Toyota Corolla

The Corolla has been part of the Toyota lineup for decades and has seen quite a few changes over the years. One of the most recent developments arrives in the form of the first-ever Toyota GR Corolla — a heart-pumping version of the already popular car.

The “GR” comes from TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, a team that prides itself on creating vehicles with outstanding performance, handling, and functionality. In fact, the new GR Corolla is powered by a direct/port-injected three-cylinder engine that delivers 300 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. That robust engine is paired with the GR Four All-Wheel-Drive powertrain to offer varying power distribution to the front and rear wheels for maximum control.

Along with playing the part of a performance vehicle, the GR Corolla is also incredibly stylish. The Core grade comes in white, black, and Supersonic Red colour options while the Circuit Edition will be available in white, Supersonic Red, and Heavy Metal. The Circuit Edition model also adds a forged carbon fibre roof, a rear spoiler, and a vented bulge hood. Inside, the Brin Naub® suede-trimmed seats with red accents round out the athleticism of this new car.

You don’t have to give up on a fun car when you’ve got kids, though! The new GR Corolla is also equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 system. This includes driver-assist features like Risk Avoidance Emergency Steering, Lane Departure, and more.

Pricing and availability for the all-new 2023 Toyota GR Corolla will arrive later this year. Until then, stay tuned and contact our team at High River Toyota in Alberta for more details.

Introducing the Tundra Capstone

2022 Toyota Tundra | High River, AB

The introduction of the 2022 Toyota Tundra has been especially exciting because it marks the beginning of a new generation for this adventurous truck. Toyota is now debuting the new Tundra Capstone grade that elevates the truck-driving experience even further.

Leveled Up Luxury

On the outside, the Tundra Capstone is outfitted with eye-catching 22-inch chrome rims, a unique grille, chrome mirror caps, and chrome “TUNDRA” tailgate inserts, among other chrome detailing. To help you get inside, the automatic running boards will pop out for a step up. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by a handful of luxury features made from high-quality materials, like semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats, an open-pore Dark American Walnut finish on the centre console and dash, and a panoramic moonroof.

Toughness Comes Standard

Even though it sports a premium look, the Tundra Capstone is still a tough truck. It’s powered by the new i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain that generates up to 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. The twin-turbo V6 engine is mated to a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission for maximum efficiency and performance. All things considered, you can tow up to 4,690 kg with the Tundra Capstone.

The Security of Safety Sense

Just like all other 2022 Tundra models, the Capstone model is equipped with standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5. This includes driver-assist features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and many other helpful systems. Additionally, the Tundra Capstone comes with Toyota’s Rear Seat Reminder that lets you know if anything is still in the back when the engine is turned off.

These are just some of the highlights of the 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone, arriving at Canadian dealerships this spring. Contact our team at High River Toyota in Alberta for more details.

Totally Overhauled 2022 Toyota Tundra Coming Soon

2022 Toyota Tundra | High River, AB
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Get ready for the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra, coming soon to dealerships across Canada. This full-size pickup truck will be completely redesigned, with a new look, new engineering, and tons of cutting-edge tech.

So far, Toyota has only released a few teaser photos and a brief video clip for the 2022 Tundra. Here’s what we know so far based on those images.

New front end

A couple of photos show clear views of the Tundra’s redesigned front end. Highlights include an enormous grille with an inset LED light bar underneath uppercase TOYOTA lettering, plus two smaller LED bars at the bottom corners. It’s not clear whether these features will be included on all Tundra models or just the TRD Pro.

New powertrain

One photo shows a new iForce MAX badge for the Tundra. This could indicate a new engine similar to the new global-market Land Cruiser, which offers a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Some publications have speculated that the Tundra might even offer a new hybrid engine option.

New interior features

A couple of photos hint at the Tundra’s renovated interior. We’re expecting an extra-wide center touch screen to replace the current infotainment setup. The Tundra will also offer an enormous sliding glass roof for crew cab models while keeping its current sliding rear window.

The 2022 Tundra will be fully revealed this fall, and we can’t wait to learn more here at High River Toyota in High River, Alberta.

Toyota Canada COVID-19 Response: How the Brand Is Helping Communities

For the past month, the world has ground to a halt. Countries around the world have gone on lockdown due to COVID-19, disrupting lives and affecting communities. Toyota Canada is making strides to help support their own communities, though. These are some aspects of the Toyota Canada COVID-19 response.

Toyota Canada COVID-19 Response | High River, AB

Offering payment relief. Toyota Financial Services is helping their customers in these exceptional circumstances, allowing them to request payment relief. Simply call the customer service department at 1-800-661-3062 to see if your case is eligible. The company is also being flexible in granting lease-end extensions if your lease is coming due.

Donating medical necessities. With the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment around the world, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada has donated approximately 1,000 NIOSH-certified N95 ventilator masks to four local hospitals. The carmaker has also donated gloves, protective eyewear, and sanitary boot protectors.

Manufacturing necessities. TMMC is also working with a 3D printing company called Inksmith to create protective face masks using six 3D printers. It’s also connecting with industrial partners and governments to come up with a plan to produce components used in medical equipment, including ventilators. 

Developing infrastructure. TMMC is also offering the expertise of its Toyota Production System to help manufacturing and technology companies improve the testing infrastructure for COVID-19.

High River Toyota in Alberta is dedicated to your safety and well-being. If you need vehicle service or transportation solutions, please call us to set up an appointment.

2020 Toyota GR Supra Earns Best Sports-Performance Car in Canada Title

Toyota is determined on breaking records in the performance vehicle market with the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. That’s why it comes as no surprise that, earlier this year, the 2020 GR Supra earned the title of Best Sports-Performance Car in Canada from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, putting it in the running for the 2020 Canadian Car of the Year trophy.

Best Sports-Performance Car in Canada | High River, AB

“The 2020 Toyota GR Supra is the sports car that enthusiasts were waiting for – with an exhilarating combination of power, precision, and agility wrapped in aggressive coupe styling and enhanced with an impressive list of premium comfort and convenience features and technologies,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President of Toyota Canada Inc.

To earn the title of Best Sports-Performance Car, the GR Supra beat out its competitors in a comparison that examined the eligible vehicles’ styling, cockpit, entertainment features, cargo, performance, and vehicle dynamics. It beat out the second-place Hyundai Veloster N by a solid 15 points, highlighting its superiority.

The Supra first returned to Canadian showrooms in 2019 after a 20-year hiatus, turning heads with its fully loaded athleticism and breaking records on Track Days. Its aggressive styling helps the GR Supra stand out from other performance vehicles.

We are excited to have the Toyota Supra in stock at High River Toyota. Browse our inventory and take one for a thrilling test drive.

Toyota Canada Foundation Donation Highlights Importance of STEM

Toyota Donates To Importance Of STEM | Calgary, AB

There’s no doubt that children are our future, which is why it should come as no surprise that the Toyota Canada Foundation has decided to invest in the youth of Canada. The Foundation recently announced a $150,000 investment in Let’s Talk Science, a program that helps educate kids across Canada in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

“In a rapidly changing, complex world, it is critical that we ensure all children and youth remain curious, ask questions, and have the skills required to participate, thrive, and lead,” said Bonnie Schmidt, president of Let’s Talk Science. “Toyota recognizes that Let’s Talk Science experiences support talent development required for Canada’s future success.”

The Toyota Canada Foundation donation will help the program continue to provide Canadian youth with access to free, hands-on STEM-based programming in both English and French. It will especially allow the program to engage parts of the population that are currently underrepresented in the STEM field – particularly girls, Indigenous youth, rural and remote youth, and youth with socioeconomic challenges. Doing so is a priority for the Toyota Canada Foundation.

Along with the $150,000 donation, Toyota Canada Foundation also gave a $50,000 investment to help the Let’s Talk Science outreach program expand in Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Woodstock, and London, Ontario, making its total donation hit the $200,000 mark.

At High River Toyota, we’re proud that our company supports STEM initiatives. It can only lead to better technology and engineering in the automotive industry’s future. 

Toyota LQ Concept Car Looks to the Future

Toyota LQ Concept Car | Calgary, AB

Over the past decade, cars have taken giant steps toward fully autonomous driving. Toyota is looking to take this one step further with the all-new Toyota LQ Concept Car. This concept vehicle, displayed at the “Future Expo” special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, looks to create an emotional bond between car and driver.

The LQ is a concept car that offers automated driving options, and it also comes with “Yui,” an artificial intelligence-powered interactive agent. Yui is designed to learn from the driver’s habits, allowing it to deliver a tailored driving experience.

Yui will engage with the driver through interactive voice communications, ambient lightning, air conditioning, fragrances, and in-seat functions that look to reduce stress and increase alertness. This AI will can even play the music you want based on driving environment, while also providing you with real-time information on topics you’re interested in while you’re travelling.

“With the LQ, we are proud to propose a vehicle that can deliver a personalized experience, meet each driver’s unique mobility needs, and build an even stronger bond between car and driver,” said Daisuke Ido, LQ development leader.

Along with the advanced human-to-machine interactions that Yui will provide, the LQ concept car will also offer a range of advanced automated driving technologies. This includes an Automated Valet Parking System, which will drive itself between a drop-off spot and an assigned parking space in a nearby parking lot.

Toyota continues to push innovations in safety and autonomous systems. See the current systems available in the 2020 lineup at High River Toyota.

New Automatic Features on the Toyota Lineup Coming for 2020

2020 Auto Features | High River Toyota | Calgary, AB

The Toyota lineup is about to get two new automatic features that continue its tradition of practical innovation and convenience: Automatic Engine Shut Off and Automatic Park.

Automatic Engine Shut Off will be available with most 2020 Toyota models. This feature will automatically turn off your vehicle’s engine after a pre-determined length of time if your Toyota is left running, helping reduce the impact its idling has on the environment.

Currently, Toyota has a two-step alert that notifies you when the engine is running, requesting the engine to be turned off. This new automatic feature is just the next step forward.

Starting with the 2020 Toyota models, the brand will also begin to phase in Automatic Park. This technology will help reduce the risk of roll-away, automatically shifting the vehicle into park and/or apply the electronic parking brake if the driver exits the vehicle without placing the vehicle in park. Automatic Park will be available in vehicles with electronic shifters.

Toyota currently utilizes audible and visual cues to warn drivers exiting the vehicle if their car is not in park.

When these new automatic features on the Toyota lineup arrive later this year, you’ll be able to test them out at High River Toyota. 

2020 Toyota Sienna Is Made for Your Family’s Adventures

If you’re looking for a new vehicle that will be perfect for your family, look no further than the 2020 Toyota Sienna. This minivan is back and ready to hit the road – no matter where your adventures will take you and your family.

For the 2020 model year, the Sienna will turn heads with a bold style, including sharply sculpted body lines, alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and heated side mirrors. The Sienna is also the only minivan in Canada available with all-wheel drive.

The Sienna can seat up to eight passengers with a range of standard family-friendly features, including one-touch 60/40 split-and-stow third-row seats, a three-zone independent climate control system, a conversation mirror, shopping bag hooks, and cargo area tie-down rings.

Each model also comes equipped with Apple CarPlay® and Connected Services by Toyota Audio with Scout® GPS Link navigation.

The 2020 Sienna also now can come in the new Nightshade Edition. This package shows off the minivan’s dark side, adding sophistication with black exterior accents, including on the outer mirrors, exterior door handles, window trim, rear spoiler, taillight surrounds, and badges.

High River Toyota will begin selling the 2020 Sienna this fall when it arrives. Call us to learn more.

Increasing Fuel Costs Affect Canadian Road Trip Plans

Rising Fuel Costs | High River, AB

Canada is lucky to have a wealth of wonderful road trip destinations, from Quebec City’s historical charm to the outdoor adventures Alberta and BC have to offer. For many Canadians, the summer has been about exploring what our great country has to offer – until now.

According to a recent survey completed by Ipsos on behalf of Toyota Canada, 47 percent of Canadians stated that an increase in fuel prices have caused them to put off their summer road trip this year. 27 percent of Canadians are even thinking of cancelling existing road trip plans to avoid having to pay extra at the pump.

Despite these high gas prices, though, many are hoping to get their Canadian road trip plans back on track, at least in the future. Toyota Canada Inc. noted that a record 16.7 percent of its total sales in April were for electrified vehicles, including the all-new RAV4 Hybrid. This is a sign that, rather than hoping that the gas prices will decrease in the future, Canadians are instead going green, reducing their carbon footprint while saving money at the gas pump.

This is good news, since Toyota is planning to expand its hybrid and electric lineup even more. Currently, the Japanese carmaker’s green lineup includes the RAV4 Hybrid, Prius Prime, Corolla Hybrid, and Mirai hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle.

High River Toyota is looking forward to having these eco-friendly models in stock for you. For now, we carry current hybrid Toyota offerings. Check out our inventory online.