The All-New Toyota Prius Two Eco: More Efficient Than Ever

2016 Toyota Prius Two EcoLivermore Toyota is excited to share with you the Toyota Prius Two Eco: an efficient model with incredible gas mileage and plenty of space for your family.

The Two Eco is impressive in several different ways, but most notably for its fuel efficiency. Rated at 56 miles per gallon combined (57 mpg city, 53 mpg highway), this model is the all-time fuel efficiency leader among vehicles that don’t plug in to recharge their battery packs.* It has also taken notable leaps in handling, with a quick response when turning the steering wheel. Continue reading

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Toyota Ranks Highly in J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study

Toyota’s Lexus brand receives 1st place overall for 5th consecutive year

2016 Toyota Sienna streetHere at Livermore Toyota, one of the things we like most about Toyota’s vehicles is their reliability. They’re so reliable, in fact, that six of them were ranked #1 in their segments in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, with the highest score overall going to the Lexus nameplate.

The J.D. Power study focused on 2013 model-year vehicles and measured the number of owner-reported problems in the third year of ownership. Toyota received first place in the Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle segment, the Large Light Duty Pickup segment, and the Minivan segment, for the Prius vTundra, and the Sienna, respectively.  Continue reading

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Toyota Brings Environmental Awareness to Grammys with ‘Breakfast Club’ Event

Toyota Green Initiative logoIn celebration of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, the Toyota Green Initiative again sponsored an exclusive brunch hosted by award-winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox.

The annual “Breakfast Club” event brought together all the A-listers of the music industry to provide an environmentally friendly experience while honoring the musically elite.

The Toyota Green Initiative (TGI) was introduced in 2008 by Toyota to promote environmental awareness across the country. The program seeks to educate communities and provide resources in the effort to make long-lasting and meaningful environmental changes. TGI hosts a number of unique events every year to invigorate the public and encourage the growth of the sustainability movement. Continue reading

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2016 Toyota 4Runner Embodies Contemporary Adventure

2016 red Toyota 4Runner on beachThe Toyota 4Runner has long been known as an adventurous vehicle, perfect for those looking for a rugged SUV that’s ready for whatever the world can throw its way. Livermore Toyota is excited to announce that this year’s 4Runner is yet another promising model of this old favorite.

Tough and durable

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner takes superior off-roading to the next level. With body-on-frame construction, this rugged vehicle has proven its worth, even with age. Able to tow up to 5,000 lbs, the SUV has a standard 4.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque, proving once again that it has undeniable power. But not just power–the 2016 4Runner also comes with standard Hill Start Assist (HAC) and available Downhill Assist Control (DAC), not to mention underbody armor, a standard full-size spare, and ventilated disc brakes. Continue reading

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2016 Prius to Make its First Big Game Appearance Since 2005

2016 Toyota Prius TwoThe Toyota Prius was one of the first hybrid vehicles to hit the world market as a mass-produced option for more efficient driving. Since its debut, automakers have tried to emulate the Prius’s unique charm without coming close to the original. Now Toyota is spotlighting the completely redesigned 2016 Prius with its first Big Game commercial appearance in over a decade.

The exciting ad will be the first in a large-scale campaign for the new model, and what better place to start than one of the largest stages in the world? The 90-second clip will take place during the two-minute warning in the first half of the game. This will also be the first time a Prius has been featured in the Big Game since 2005. Continue reading

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Toyota Delivers Vision of the Future of Mobility at CES 2016

toyota CES 2016 exhibit 1Toyota showcased a cleaner, safer, and more convenient future of mobility at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  The automaker introduced attendees to a variety of advanced automated, connected, and eco-friendly technologies that will change the way customers use and interact with their vehicles.

What does that mean for drivers like you? According to Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc., the answer is a vehicle that’s more than just a vehicle:  “Instead, it will be something more useful, accessible and exciting than ever before.  These next generation connected and automated vehicles will optimize their own operational capabilities and deliver comfort, convenience and joy to passengers – and they’ll be arriving sooner than you think.”

Here’s Livermore Toyota’s rundown of the technologies on display at Toyota’s exhibit. Continue reading

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Toyota Puts World-Class Robotics Team to Work on Driving Safety

Gill Pratt at CES 2016 The Toyota STAR™ Safety System, standard on every Toyota vehicle, is proof of the automaker’s commitment to safety. Toyota is continuing its efforts to create an accident-free future through a variety of ongoing projects. Most recently, the automaker announced the addition of a world-class robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) team to further this important goal.

AI has become an integral part of Toyota’s strategy to create vehicles that are able to drive autonomously without crashing. Toyota’s new team includes some of the top AI and robotics professionals in the world. Continue reading

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Toyota Earns Top Award at IIHS 2016 ‘Top Safety Pick+’ Awards

Toyota Prius vAt Livermore Toyota, we take pride in knowing a thing or two about vehicle safety. Because of this, we weren’t surprised at all when we heard that Toyota, along with Lexus and Scion, had nine total models receive the highest award for 2016 at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) annual list of safety awards. The award is known as the TOP SAFETY PICK+, and nine models receiving it puts these brands as the highest-winning vehicle manufacturers.

To even be considered for the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, vehicles must meet tough, rigorous criteria. One addition that put Toyota ahead of other brands is its new pre-collision system included in the Avalon and the RAV4. This addition moved each model to the top of the list for front crash prevention. Continue reading

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Toyota Invests in Robotics Engineering on the Road to the Future

2015 toyota human support robotToyota’s stellar reputation in the automotive market is built on vehicles that are long lasting, incredibly reliable, and equipped with practical technology to make our daily lives easier. Toyota is bringing these same qualities to the world of robotics with its latest mobility research.

Toyota is especially focused on the field of “partner robots.” Toyota envisions a future where partner robots could eventually help people to do everyday tasks, including driving.

“We are preparing for a future in which people may not be able to drive cars, or they may need artificial intelligence to support them to drive, and once they get off their cars they may need help from partner robots,” said Akifumi Tamaoki, general manager of Toyota’s partner robot division. Continue reading

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Recipes: Holiday Sugar Cookies

cookie cutter person doughFor many people, it doesn’t really feel like the holidays until they break out the mixing bowls, rolling pins, cookie cutters, and sprinkles to make and–more importantly–decorate and eat traditional sugar cookies. These sugar cookies, which have a hint of almond flavor, are exceptionally soft and tender thanks to the addition of cream cheese and sour cream. For an even more decadent experience, the usual sugary icing is swapped out for tangy-sweet cream cheese frosting. The results are so good that they are guaranteed to become a part of your yearly holiday traditions. Continue reading

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