Prius Persona adds few new elements to hybrid family

By Admin | Posted in Toyota Prius on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 at 2:00 PM
What is a Prius Persona

What is the Prius Persona?

The 2015 Toyota Prius has all of the earmarks of remaining one of the most popular gasoline electric hybrids on the market. The 2015 model is simply building on the success that has been built by the previous versions of the hybrid hatchback that date back to 2000. If you have been considering another, or your first, Toyota Prius, you have have come across the newest addition to the family. You may have been wondering, ‘What is the Prius Persona?’ This is a legitimate question. Sometimes those of us at the Toyota of Naperville Blog get caught in our own little world and forget that not everyone is as fluent in Toyota-speak as we are. Read the rest of this entry »

SpongeBob Sienna to tour country

By Admin | Posted in Toyota Sienna on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 at 2:00 PM
SpongeBob Sienna

SpongeBob Sienna

Toyota has not been shy about putting its vehicles out there with some out of the box advertising. Immediately springing to mind is the Muppets riding in the new Toyota Highlander with Terry Crews and the 2015 Toyota Sienna bringing back the “Swagger Wagon” featuring hip hop star Xhibit. Those are very excellent examples of what a creative ad campaign can accomplish, but Toyota is set to out do itself. If you have children in the house under the age of 30, you have probably heard the “SpongeBob SquarePants” theme more times than you’ve heard Bob Seger’s greatest hits. In order to double down on that kind of captive audience, Toyota has built a SpongeBob Sienna.

SpongeBob SiennaThe newly unveiled SpongeBob Sienna was first shown off to crowds at the L.A. Auto Show a few days ago. Luckily, for parents there isn’t going to be a SpongeBob trim level added to the 2015 Toyota Sienna brochure. We could only imagine kids seeing that would elicit the same kind of response that sugary breakfast cereals draw when placed too low on grocery store shelves. The overall look of the SpongeBob Sienna looks like something that is straight out of Bikini Bottom. Toyota designers teamed up with kid’s network artists from Nickelodeon and the producers of the upcoming SpongeBob movie to really give the minivan a kid-friendly appeal.

One of our favorite parts of the SpongeBob Sienna is the ship’s wheel that has replaced the standard steering wheel. While the upgrade doesn’t have controls for the radio or engaging the microphone feature to speak to rear seat passengers. Also, while we’re on the subject we think having a ship’s wheel to control the vehicle would be interesting for trying to make a three-point turn; not to mention parallel parking. The SpongeBob Sienna will be able to be seen locally this February at the Chicago Auto Show.

If you would like to get a closer look at the 2015 Toyota Sienna, sans the SpongeBob livery, contact a Toyota of Naperville sales professional today to schedule a test drive.

Toyota Mirai officially unveiled to the public

By Admin | Posted in Green Technology on Friday, November 21st, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Toyota Mirai

Toyota Mirai

Toyota has been working toward being the most fuel-efficient automotive brand available to American drivers since the very first Toyota compact sedan was made available. After the success of the Toyota Prius and introducing one of the most complete lineups of hybrid vehicles to the marketplace, then proceeding to sell millions of them worldwide; there only leaves one logical next step. Toyota is officially ending the need for dirty fossil fuels to power a vehicle. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota unveiled the true production model and official name of the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle, the Toyota Mirai. Read the rest of this entry »

2015 Toyota Sienna gains Top Safety Pick Plus status

By Admin | Posted in Toyota Sienna on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 5:10 PM
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2015 Toyota Sienna crash scores

The best just keep getting better. A recent report released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the 2015 Toyota Sienna as a Top Safety Pick Plus, joining its archrival the Honda Odyssey as the only two minivans to reach this level of safety. The same round of crash testing for the small fleet of minivans still being produced for American drivers also revealed some bad news for the Nissan Quest, Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan. That trifecta of vehicles were roundly panned by the IIHS for failing the fairly new small overlap crash test.

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Blood drive coming to Toyota of Naperville in December

By Admin | Posted in News on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at 8:33 PM
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Donate blood in Naperville, IL

Toyota of Naperville believes in giving back to the community. One of the most important resources a community has that is its local blood supply. Historically, summer is the time of year that gets the most noticed message out there, but just because the weather turns colder doesn’t diminish the need for fresh blood. Toyota of Naperville will be hosting a Heartland Blood Center donation drive next month. Customers and employees of Toyota of Naperville, are encouraged to donate blood in Naperville, IL during the event on Dec. 12 which lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

November Toyotathon deals in Naperville, IL start today

By Admin | Posted in Events on Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 5:56 PM
November Toyotathon deals in Naperville, IL

November Toyotathon deals in Naperville, IL

Today (Nov. 17) officially marks the beginning of one of the most aggressive sales periods of the year with the official kick-off of the November Toyotathon deals in Naperville, IL at Toyota of Naperville. Starting today and running through the end of the month, we are offering outstanding deals on some of the most popular vehicles currently in stock. For those shoppers with approved credit, there are some deals being offered that make these two-year leases some of the most affordable cars on the planet. Each of the available sedans, minivans and SUVs that are available with the Toyotathon deal are priced to clear out the showroom. This is not something to wait on. Read the rest of this entry »

Toyota FCV wins Popular Science award

By Admin | Posted in Awards on Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at 3:08 PM
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Toyota Popular Science Award

One of the pieces of Toyota technology that has really captured our attention at the Toyota of Naperville Blog is the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV). The Toyota FCV is currently in the beginning phases of production and will only be available in California, initially. However, just because it isn’t currently being sold, doesn’t mean it can’t start winning awards. Popular Science magazine knows a thing or two about ground-breaking technology and has named the Toyota FCV to its 2014 list of “Best of What’s New.” The annual list is made up of 100 items that have the potential to change the world in a very real and tangible fashion. Read the rest of this entry »

November Toyotathon kicks off on Nov. 17

By Admin | Posted in Events on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 at 3:29 PM
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November Toyotathon

One of the main objectives of the Toyota of Naperville Blog is to let you know about ways you can save money on the purchase or lease of a brand new Toyota car, truck or SUV. This is definitely one of those blog that you are going to want to share with friend or family member. Starting Nov. 17, Toyota of Naperville will be joining authorized Toyota dealers from across the country in kicking off the November Toyotathon. Sure, there are a couple of these that happen throughout the year. But with the biggest shopping day of the year coming at us sooner than later, there is good reason to be excited. Read the rest of this entry »

With the cold coming, make your care more comfortable

By Admin | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Monday, November 10th, 2014 at 8:44 PM
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Make my car more comfortable

If you have looked at the weather forecast in the last few days, you should be well aware that it is going to get very cold, very quickly in our area this week. There are few things that can cause your day to get off to a worse start than having to get into a cold vehicle and wait for it to warm up before you start your cold commute, to your cold office to listen to the people you work with talk about the cold. This thought should send the first shiver up your spine that hasn’t been caused the 30-degree difference between now and last week. There are a couple of things you can do to make your car more comfortable this winter. Read the rest of this entry »

New dinner reservation app has benefits for customers and restaurants

By Admin | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 8:53 PM
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Online dinner reservations in Chicago

The opening of a new restaurant, especially in a culturally diverse city like Chicago, can be exactly the kind of night out that is perfect for catching up with friends and relaxing. The major downside of awesome new restaurants opening, is that it can be impossible to get a reservation. Well, now there is an app for that. A new app called “Reserve” is currently operating in New York City, Los Angeles and Boston; however, there are major plans to move into Chicago, Washington, D.C. and London, England. This idea revolutionizes the idea of making online dinner reservations in Chicago in a very subtle way.

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