Wednesday, March 11, 2015

3 Great Innovations to Expect From Toyota in 2015

Toyota Debuts Safe, Stylish Eco-Friendly Lineup

With several exciting innovations launching in 2015, Toyota continues to pioneer new paths in the automotive industry. The Japanese automaker delivers once again with these impressive improvements in safety, styling, fuel efficiency, and technology.

Exciting Robo-Technology

Toyota is once again shaking up the mid-size sedan market with a sportier high-tech Camry, the nation’s third-best-selling car in 2014. Debuting in our dealership this past fall, the 2015 model has received an extensive exterior and interior restyling.

Enhanced steering, suspension, chassis, and braking systems produce a smoother ride, and passenger protection has been enhanced with monitoring and warning systems for lane departure, blind spots, and cruise control. Upgrade options include heated side mirrors and auto high-beams as well as an LCD touchscreen display and an innovative wireless charging pad for mobile devices. The 2015 Camry is available in five trim levels and two new hybrid car models.

An Enhanced Hybrid Engine Option

Toyota is the leader in the hybrid industry since debuting the Prius in 2000, which has sold more than 7 million units to date. Like the Camry, the fourth-generation Prius also has a sportier feel. The 2016 model, available later this year, expands the market by offering more engine options. Buyers can choose to upgrade the standard nickel-metal-hydride battery to a larger-capacity lithium-ion pack that provides a longer electric-only range.

This Eco model has a projected highway rating of 60 mpg and a cruising range of more than 600 miles, making it the top choice for gas-electric hybrid cars in an increasingly competitive market. Buyers have several styling options when shopping for the Prius, including a hatchback, compact, and wagon.

Directing the Future of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

In a bold move to advance the hydrogen fuel cell industry, Toyota is giving away the secrets of its 5,680 fuel cell patents to all business in the transportation industry, from designers to manufactures to energy companies that work with the futuristic technology. The stuff of science fiction novels, NASA has used liquid hydrogen since the 1970s to launch rockets and keep astronauts hydrated in space.

Toyota believes this new technology, which produces nearly no pollution, can compete with the current electric cars on the market. These fuel cells create an endless supply of electricity through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. The first generation Toyota Mirai will debut later this year in California with models arriving later in northeastern states.

If you’re in the market for new and used cars in Cheboygan and Northern Michigan, stop by Fernelius Toyota to find the perfect ride that fits your budget and lifestyle.

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