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
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.
Driving on winter roads in Alberta can be dangerous. That’s why it’s important to consider switching your all-season tires out for winter ones. Whether you’re battling black ice or heavy snowfall, winter tires are made to help provide you the traction you need, when you need it. These are some reasons why you should make the switch as the weather gets colder.
A special rubber
compound. As the winter temperatures drop, all-season or summer tires will
stiffen, reducing the likelihood that they will provide good traction. Winter
tires use a specific rubber compound that allows the tire to stay flexible,
giving it the chance to grip the road better.
Different tread depth and patterns. Winter tires use
a combination of deeper treads and unique tread patterns to increase traction.
Deep treads reduce snow buildup, therefore increasing the tire’s traction on
the snow. The special tread patterns are created to channel snow and slush,
while also expelling water.
More biting edges. On the edge of the tires, you will
notice tiny ridges. These are known as biting edges. Winter tires increase the
number of biting edges on the tires, helping to provide traction on slick ice.
The New Year is almost upon us, which means car brands around the world are introducing their newest models — and Toyota is no exception. From an increase in eco-friendly models to more vehicle options, these are some 2020 Toyota lineup updates you can expect this year.
An Eco-Friendly Corolla
For the 2020 model year, you will have more Toyota hybrid options than ever before. That’s because the world’s most popular sedan — the Toyota Corolla — is now available as a hybrid model. The 2020 Corolla Hybrid combines an electric motor with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine to offer 121 horsepower and a 4.5 L/100 km combined fuel-efficiency rating.*
The Super Supra
After being discontinued 16 years ago, one of Toyota’s most
beloved performance options is back. The brand reintroduced the Supra to its
lineup, offering state-of-the-art features and technologies in a sporty
package. This vehicle comes with a front-mounted 3.0-litre turbocharged V6
engine, providing you with the power you expect from a performance-oriented
Select models in the 2020 Toyota lineup are now available as Nightshade Editions. This special-edition model offers dark interior and exterior accents to add an intimidating look to Toyota vehicles. The models that this is offered on include the Corolla, 4Runner, Highlander, and Sienna.
See the entire 2020 Toyota lineup at High River Toyota.
estimates were determined using approved Government of Canada/Transport Canada
Test Methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and
When you’re behind the wheel, it’s important that you follow the rules of the road. You should also drive defensively, which means anticipating potential hazards. But how do you practice defensive driving? These tips should help you become a better defensive driver.
Stay alert and avoid distractions. To drive
defensively, you need to be aware of your surroundings. That means you shouldn’t
drive when you’re not alert, so avoid any possible distractions. This includes
your phone, radio, or eating while driving.
Keep a safe following distance. You need plenty of
space between you and the car in front of you so you can stop with enough space
to avoid a collision. Consider following the three-second rule. It should take
you at least three seconds to catch up with them if they come to a full stop.
Increase this time to six seconds if it’s nighttime or if there’s bad weather.
Drive at a safe speed. Speed limits exist to keep you
safe. Staying within this range will allow you to anticipate potential hazards
Check your mirrors. Being aware of your surroundings
is imperative to defensive driving. Continually check your mirrors so you know
where pedestrians, other vehicles, and other obstacles are at all times.
The vehicles at High River Toyota have many safety tools installed to help you become a safer driver.
The Toyota Corolla is the brand’s best-selling model. It’s
been in the Canadian market for more than 50 years, offering spunky
performance, sporty style, and innovative technologies.
For the 2020 model year, the Corolla wants to show off its dark side. Toyota recently announced the 2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade Edition, the newest styling that offers an intimidating silhouette for the compact car.
This head-turning version will come with blacked-out badging
all around, while also boasting a black grille surround and black-painted
rocker panels. The black side mirrors will have integrated turn signals and
will also be heated and power-adjustable. Other black accents will be
noticeable on the window trim, door handles, rear spoiler, and lower diffuser
Blacked-out 18-inch alloy wheels will complete the
Nightshade package, along with a black roof-mounted shark fin antenna. You can
opt for this model in one of three exterior colours: Super White, Classic
Silver Metallic, or Black Sand Pearl.
The Corolla is the fourth Toyota model to offer a Nightshade
Edition. The 4Runner, Highlander, and Sienna are also available with these blacked-out
accents. Toyota has yet to release the
High River is located just an hour’s drive away from many provincial parks, making it an ideal location for those who love the great outdoors. If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, consider heading to these road trip destinations near High River — and drive there in your Toyota.
Bluerock Wildland Provincial Park: Located less than an hour away from High River, this park is the perfect getaway if you don’t want to drive too far. It’s perfect for camping and has a number of hiking trails that allow you to get a glimpse of the area’s natural beauty.
Sheep River Provincial Park: Stretching across the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, this park is ideal for cross-country skiing, fishing, and hiking. It’s home to the Sheep River Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a permanent habitat for bighorn sheep, and is only an hour away from High River.
Bob Creek Wildland: Experience a one-of-a-kind hike around The Whaleback through these wildlands. With 21,340 hectacres to explore of both alpine and sub-alpine landscapes, there’s no doubt that you will find adventure only a short drive away.
Bragg Creek Provincial Park: For a slightly tamer camping experience, check out Bragg Creek Provincial Park. This park has 84 picnic sites, fire pits throughout, and a range of playfields that are idea for families. You can hike and fish in the summer and enjoy some cross-country skiing when the snow falls in the colder months.
Whether you like to travel to the outdoors in cold or warm weather, you can make the drive in a Toyota from High River Toyota.
When it comes to Toyota performance, few vehicles do it better than the Supra. With its low-slung silhouette, athletic styling, and powerful powertrain, this sports car has made a lasting impression on the automotive industry. Now, the fifth-generation model is here – and it’s better than ever.
The 2020 Toyota GR Supra combines legendary performance with
agile handing, making it a fun-to-drive option in the brand’s lineup. This
sports car comes equipped with a 3.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six
engine, which pumps out 335 horsepower and 365 lb.-ft. of torque.
It comes paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission
with paddle shifters, allowing the engine to get a zero-to-96 km/h acceleration
time of just 4.1 seconds.
The 2020 Supra also comes with an 8.8-inch touchscreen
display, Apple CarPlay® smartphone integration, a Head-Up Display, rain-sensing
windshield wipers, Keyless Smart Entry, Toyota Supra Connect, and more. It also
comes with a full range of safety features, including
Forward Collision Warning
Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian
Detection and Bicycle Detection
Lane Departure Warning with Steering Assist
Automatic High Beams
Available safety features include Full-Speed Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Parking Sensors.
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
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.
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.
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
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.