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Two Great Toyota Vehicles – The Toyota Tundra And Toyota Prius

Shopping for cost-effective, reliable vehicles is easy when youre at Ancaster Toyota (www.toyotaofancaster.ca). This Ancaster dealership can help you pick out a great car or truck, like the Toyota Tundra or Toyota Prius. They are the number one retailer for Toyota in Ontario and work hard to live up to that reputation. Whether you are looking for a full sized pickup truck or an economical hybrid car, they are waiting to assist you.

The Toyota Prius is a full gas-electric hybrid. It is the most fuel efficient car on the North American market. It is manufactured using green plastics. The plastic used in a Toyota Prius is derived from plants, instead of the usual oil based plastics used in most vehicles. The Prius also has one of the lowest emissions of pollutants. Altogether, this creates a car that is much more Earth friendly than the average automobile. It is the perfect choice for an environmentally conscious consumer.

The Prius has a number of features that create a higher level of efficiency, especially when it comes to city driving. The Toyota Prius uses its battery power to provide the minimal energy needed, and also uses regenerative braking. This helps reclaim some of the energy lost during stop and go traffic.

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Tips To Maximize Efficiency In A Hybrid

This is a guest article for tips on maximizing the efficiency of your hybrid car.

Achieving maximum efficiency for a hybrid car involves the same steps as for a standard vehicles. However, hybrid cars produce different effects of the stop and go driving in the urban places. For example, the Toyota Prius has a higher EPA rating for urban driving than road driving while Prius does not use up any fuel when the car is not moving.

Fuel EfficiencyTo save fuel, you should not drive the car aggressively or speed on the highway. Instead, you should start off the car slowly with gradual acceleration to increase the hybrid fuel efficiency.

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You should bring your automobile vehicles for regular service. A hybrid vehicle that is maintained properly will allow you to achieve the highest fuel efficiency.

Your tire must have the adequate pressure in order to function properly. If there is not enough pressure in the tire, the tire will become soft and hard to handle and control. You should check the tire pressure from time to time and maintain it according to the level as suggested by your manufacturer.

Hybrid car cannot work efficiently in a cold temperature so you should avoid driving it during the winter.

When braking, you should allow enough space between your hybrid car and the car in front so that you can managed the momentum properly.

When approaching a stop light, you should decelerate slowly from far away to prevent coming to a complete stop. If you attempt to accelerate the car to a complete stop, you will use up more fuel after coasting.

If possible, you can use the cruise control to avoid the heavily pushing the gas pedal which can decrease the vehicle mileage.  Cruise control helps the car to save on the mileage.

If you frequently travel on toll roads, you should obtain a cruising pass. By avoiding unnecessary stops and starts, you can increase the fuel economy.

If the vehicle is stopped and not moving, you can shut off the engine to save the gas. The hybrid car does not depend on the gasoline engine because it is equipped with an electric motor. Therefore, the gasoline engines can sometimes be shut down.

You can use low rolling resistance tire to optimize your hybrid car for efficiency. Although most hybrid cars are equipped with a sound tire for providing a smooth ride, most of them are not optimize and will cause a lot of dragging when moving on the roadway. To solve this problem, you can use a stiffer tire that is inflated with higher pressure.

To improve the fuel efficiency, you should use advanced aerodynamics to reduce the drag force. While driving on the highway, the engine of the hybrid car will attempt to use the aerodynamic drag force to push the car through the air. The aerodynamic drag force can be reduced by decreasing the frontal space of your car.

Toyota Prius Brakes In The News Fishy

At this point I know I’m not the only one a little bit suspicious of the incidents surrounding Prius recall incidents.  Specifically referring to the out of control Prius doing 80 down the freeway in San Diego.  It all kind of smells like Balloon Boy and people looking to taste nano second fame in the wake of Toyota’s woes.

In San Diego a guy claimed that he couldn’t get his Prius to stop because of a stuck accelerator pedal.  However, analysts are quick to point out that shifting into neutral, standing on the brakes, shutting the car off, or all of the above should have brought the car to a stop.  Slowly but surely the above should have worked and if not there are a lot more problems at stake here than just a stubborn gas pedal.  Of course that doesn’t make an interesting news headline, nor damaging enough to the foreign manufacturers name.

Again, I’m not the only one making the Balloon Boy reference, but it’s the most fitting.  Perhaps it’s even worse, maybe the goal of the media and guilty parties is to damage a name, rather than just a chance to be on TV.  It’s a volatile economic market and if we can burn Toyota at the stake it can only make our domestic manufacturers stronger.  We all know underhanded deals go on everyday with big time corporations, maybe this is an operation involving damaging a corporate name.  Toyota presented an opening for criticism and guilty parties took notice and are not exploiting it as much as possible.

Toyota has been spending a metric butt load of money on advertising and claiming to have the fix in place for their accelerator problems.  The recalls have been widely televised, dealers have been compensated, and you can get online without seeing an advertisement featuring a Toyota owner pleased with their cars safety record.  Toyota knows what’s going on, they see the writing on the wall, and I suspect it will be a long time before they ever make it back to the top of the sales charts in the US.

It’s not a bad thing that domestic car manufacturers retake the top sales figures again, I just hope that it’s done without any fancy business.  It’s been pointed out that Ford has been making huge gains in quality, leadership, and efficiency for a few years now, which has helped place them where they are.  Let’s focus on the good things our country has to offer in the automotive industry and leave Toyota to clean up it’s own mess, consumers will still be around when they are done.

Toyota Recall Awareness

By now, if you follow automotive news at all, you’ve heard of the 2.3 million vehicles recalled by Toyota.  It’s not like other car manufacturers don’t have recalls, but Toyota’s is massive, and involves a very serious component of the vehicles.  Toyota’s recall affects the gas pedal, which can be extremely dangerous if it fails, unlike the Camaro battery cable recall.

Affected Toyota Recall Vehicles:

  • 2009-2010 Rav 4
  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2009-2010 Matrix
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2010 Highlander
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2008-2010 Sequoia

Ignore the immediate millions of dollars needed to actually fix these vehicles, imagine the consumer backlash of not trusting Toyota vehicles in the future.  What kind of affect will this Toyota recall have on future sales?  In an attempt to keep dealerships happy, Toyota has agreed to pay up to $75,000 per dealership to cover incidentals involved with this recall.  It’s money to keep dealerships from jumping ship and switching manufacturers.

In January alone it’s estimated that Toyota dealerships have lost more than 20,000 unit sales.  Couple the gas pedal scare with the latest news of brake problems with the Prius in Japan and you have the right mixture to create consumer hatred for a long time to come.  Perhaps if Toyota would have responded faster to eradicate acceleration faster, as far back as 2002, they wouldn’t be in the mess they are in now.

In Japan, shouldn’t the CEO go fall on a sword?

Plug-In Prius At Frankfurt Auto Show

Toyota announced that they will be showing off their latest in green technology at the Frnakfurt Auto Show with the Plug-In Prius hybrid.  The all new Prius is known as the 2010 PHV or plug-in hybrid vehicle will be released later this year, with Toyota promising 500 sold to fleets world wide.

Unlike other traditional Plug-In style electric cars, the 2010 Prius PHV will only have a limited distance of 12 miles to run on battery alone.  After reaching a distance of 12 miles the plug-in battery is depleted and the Prius returns to standard hybrid mode.  The hybrid mode of this PHV is similar to that of what’s found in existing model Toyota Prius’s.