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.

All-New 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Makes Going Green Simple

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid | High River, AB

Over the past decades, the Toyota Corolla has made a name for itself as one of the most popular vehicles in the automotive industry. Now, it’s looking to continue that streak by appealing to a new audience: those going green.

Toyota has introduced the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid for the first time in Canada.

“We had a lot of requests on the previous-generation Corolla about, ‘Why do you not have a hybrid?’” said Scott MacKenzie, Toyota Canada’s senior national manager for external affairs. “We’ve had hybrid available on Corolla variants in other markets around the world, so they just decided it was an appropriate time to put one in North America.”

The 2020 Corolla Hybrid uses the same powertrain as the current Prius, which is 1.8-litre inline four-cylinder engine that works with two motors to put out a total system output of 121 horsepower. With this power, this eco-friendly sedan boasts a fuel-efficiency rating of 4.4 L/100 km in the city and 4.5 L/100 km on the highway.

Along with these better fuel-efficiency numbers, this all-new Toyota will also come standard with an eight-inch display, heated front seats, Toyota Connected Services, a Blind Spot Monitor, and the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 package.

We’ll have the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid here at High River Toyota when it’s released, as well as the standard Corolla for the 2019 and 2020 model years. Browse our inventory online here.

All-New 2020 Toyota Highlander Debut Takes Place in New York

2020 Toyota Highlander | High River Toyota | High River, AB

When it was first introduced in 2001, the Toyota Highlander redefined the midsize family SUV segment. Now, it’s continuing to do so again with the all-new 2020 model.

The 2020 Toyota Highlander, which debuted earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show, offers a bold new style, innovative safety features, a long list of technologies, and five trim levels to choose from, including the new base L grade, LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum.

For the 2020 model year, the Highlander also comes with a new vehicle platform called the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K). This foundation is more robust and provides a smoother, safer ride for consumers.

The fourth-generation Highlander will offer two powertrain options – a V6 or a hybrid. The V6 engine will offer an estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 10.7 L/100 km combined,* while the hybrid powertrain will offer 6.9 L/100 km combined.

Safety-wise, the new Highlander will come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of safety technologies. This means every model will come with a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and the new Lane Tracing Assist technology.

Other available features include a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, a new JBL Premium Sound System, and the choice of three available all-wheel-drive systems.

For more information about this brand-new model, contact us at High River Toyota.

*Fuel efficiency estimates are determined using approved Government of Canada Test Methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors.

Toyota Space Exploration A Possibility in New Partnership

2020 Toyota Sienna | High River Toyota | Calgary, AB

Toyota is going to space – maybe. The Japanese carmaker is joining forces with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in a joint study of a manned, pressurized rover that employs fuel-cell electric vehicle technologies and could be used in the future for human lunar exploration.

Currently, the rover will have a total lunar-surface cruising range of more than 10,000 kilometres.

“Having Toyota joining us in the challenger of international space exploration greatly strengthens our confidence,” said JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa. “…Throughout our joint studies going forward, we would like to put to use Toyota’s excellent technological abilities related to mobility, and we look forward to the acceleration of our technological studies for the realization of a manned, pressurized rover.”

International space exploration looks to expand the ability for human life to live beyond Earth, specifically looking towards the moon and Mars. The Toyota space exploration partnership with JAXA could go a long way towards creating vehicles that can help humans do just that, providing lunar explorers with the pressurized vehicles they need to safely explore this new terrain.

The Toyota-JAXA rover will be able to accommodate two people – four people in the case of an emergency – and provides 13 square metres of living space. It will be 6 metres in length, 5.2 metres in width, and 3.8 metres high.

While our Toyota models at High River Toyota won’t get you to space, they will help you cruise around town. Browse our new inventory if you need a new ride to hit the road with!

Residents Warned of Alberta Insurance Fraudsters

2020 Toyota Camry | Calgary, AB

The Insurance Bureau of Canada is looking to increase the awareness of a scam that could be costing you money. Throughout Alberta, people are staging automotive collisions in the hopes of getting insurance money back – but they’re not just affecting those that are involved in the accidents.

In this scam, a driver will deliberately cause an accident by stopping quickly with no indication of doing so, causing the driver behind them to hit them from behind. The aim of this swindle is to collect insurance money for the victim.

It can become costly for you, though. If you factor in the emergency services, towing, insurance, and medical claims made in regard to the accident, the money can really add up – even if you’re not part of the accident itself.

“These collisions are false, they are fabricated, and they translate into Albertan’s paying a price in the form of higher taxes to pay for police, fire, [and] ambulance to attend the scene,” said Henry Tso, vice president of investigative services. He also pointed out that it results in significantly higher insurance costs.

So, how can you avoid this scam? One of the best ways is to practice defensive driving and keeping plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Another way is to utilize a dashboard camera to capture any potential collisions for evidence should this incident occur.

Contact us at High River Toyota if the worst happens and your Toyota needs repairs.

Toyota Camry Awards Cover Safety, Innovation

2019 Toyota Camry Awards | High River Toyota | Calgary, AB

When you’re shopping for a new vehicle, it’s likely you want a car that’s the best of the best – and what better way to judge a vehicle than by the awards it has received? If you happen to be looking for a midsize sedan, then look no further than the Toyota Camry. This car has earned many accolades over the past few years. Here are just a few of its more recent ones.

2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick

Safety is a top priority for Toyota, which is why it should come as no surprise that the 2019 Toyota Camry was recently given the title of Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Winning vehicles must earn ‘good’ ratings for five of the six crashworthiness tests the IIHS puts them through and an ‘acceptable’ or higher on the newest passenger-side small overlap front crash test.

2019 Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Awards

The Toyota Camry was recently awarded the top spot in the midsize car segment in the Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Awards. This is the fourth year in a row that the Camry has been honoured with this award in its segment. To earn this award, a vehicle must demonstrate its ability to keep its value over the course of four years.

To learn more about the Toyota Camry, browse our inventory and contact the team here at High River Toyota.