The Toyota Tacoma is the best-selling, compact pickup truck in the United States, and it has been since 2005. You may be wondering what more this popular truck could offer in its 2014 model. We’re glad you asked.
The Tacoma Pre-Runner, 4×4 Access Cab and base Double Cab models will all offer Toyota’s new SR package. The package enhances the sporty look of the truck by adding overfenders, door handles, bumpers, grille surround and wheels among other upgrades. V6 engine models will also receive fog lights.
In addition, the 2014 Tacoma will feature four levels of the Entune audio system. The technology suite connects with the owner’s smartphone to provide live information regarding navigation, fuel prices and weather updates as well as access to other mobile applications.
The best part? The Entune system does not require a subscription.
In addition to these packages, new owners can choose from three cab styles and two length options for the truck bed.
Countless studies and evidence have shown that the first year a teenager has their license is one of the top most dangerous years of their lives. Even with all the additional safety technology and features that come standard on today’s cars, it is important to encourage good driving habits and to foster an open environment where teens feel comfortable talking and asking about driving. It is also important to remind parents that they are the primary resource of driving behavior for their children.
“We like to say that driver’s education begins the day a parent turns their child’s car seat around to face forward,” said Dr. Tina Sayer, Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center Principal Engineer and teen safe driving expert. “It’s so important that parents understand that the actions they take and the expectations they set for young drivers each day are powerful factors in encouraging a lifetime of safe behavior behind the wheel.”
It is for these reasons that Toyota has put together their TeenDrive365 program. The goal of this program is to inspire parents to model safer driving behavior and to encourage teens to ask questions and talk about learning to drive. Some of the primary features include:
Schedules and information about safe driving events around the country where teens can learn good habits and participate in classes.
The Toyota Parent/Teen Safety Challenge, an engaging social media quiz that pits teens and their parents against each other to see who knows more about safe driving.
The Toyota Mutual Driving Agreement, a contract for teens and their parents. This is a pledge for both to uphold in order to improve driving safety.
Toyota Teen Driver Resources, including coaching guides, training videos, Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge (with a chance to win $15,000), prizes, and more.
The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser will be the last model of the iconic off-road SUV, but Toyota will not let the Cruiser go gentle into the night. On November 5 at SEMA, Toyota revealed the 2014 FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Ultimate Edition, a limited edition that’s sure to be an off-roader’s dream vehicle. A total of only 2,500 of the Ultimate Edition Cruiser’s will be built.
According to a press release, the 2014 Cruiser Ultimate Edition will be “the toughest and most capable FJ ever.” It is “designed and built for rugged off-roading” and “raises the bar one more time for off-road capability with all new performance upgrades” like the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) off-road suspension system, shocks, and skid front plate.
While you can find the 2014 FJ Cruiser today at Cumberland Toyota, you’ll have to wait till February 2014 for the rugged Ultimate Edition to roll into the dealer. Don’t feel like you have to wait till February to visit us, though; come check out our impressive Toyota inventory today!
Throughout the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cumberland Toyota participated in the Cumberland Auto Center campaign to support the Susan G. Komen Upper Cumberland Affiliates. After a full month of raising funds and working with the group, we are proud to announce the results of all our hard work.
If you recall from our last blog post about this campaign, the auto group made an initial donation of $5,000 to the Upper Cumberland Affiliates of the Susan G. Komen organization. Throughout the month, we donated an additional $5,000 for every 100th vehicle sold at any of the dealerships. At the end of the month, we sold over 200 vehicles, bringing our final donation total up to $15,000. Since these funds went to the Upper Cumberland Affiliates, they are distributed mostly to our local area with a smaller percentage going to the foundation as a whole.
The second part of this campaign was a vehicle giveaway that we used to get more people visiting the dealership. At the end of the month, we selected one customer at random and paid for their purchase. The lucky winner of our Susan G. Komen Contest was Sami Pugh, who got her brand new 2014 Toyota Camry SE paid for in full by the dealership!
Each year at the Specialty Equipment market Association (SEMA), Toyota shows off their latest design trends and custom cars. This is a way to show customers just how much can be done with a new Toyota and to help the designers and engineers to get a feel for what customers like. This year, the Toyota SEMA concepts feature a strong outdoor-enthusiast theme and lots of bold colors.
For this year’s SEMA gathering, Toyota will be presenting six unique vehicles. Four of these vehicles came from the Toyota Dream Build project, a program that allows athletes and custom shops to work together in building one-off vehicles to show their tastes. These include a CamRally Camry, a Let’s Go Moto Tundra, an Oakley Ultimate Dream Ski 4Runner, and a Crusher Corolla. Check out the video below for full details and a sneak peak at what to expect at this year’s SEMA.
The Green Car Journal has released its list of what it considers the “Top 5 Green Cars for 2014,” and the 2014 Toyota Corolla has made the cut. This recognition also earns the Corolla a ‘Green Car Product of Excellence’ distinction.
“The Corolla has been the world’s most popular name plate with over 40 million sold since 1966. The Corolla’s environmental sensitivity has evolved with the market. The new 11th generation of Corolla, and the new LE Eco model in particular, offer increased levels of capability and fuel economy,” said Bob Carter, Senior Vice President for Toyota , in a press release.
What makes the 2014 Corolla so green? For starters, it has incredible fuel efficiency. Even with its redesign, the Corolla keeps the same engine as the previous generation; however, fuel efficiency has been improved through the use of a continuously variable transmission. This boosts the fuel rating by 5 mpg. For even more of a bump, you can opt for the Eco model, which will give you more than 40 mpg on the highway while still producing 140 horsepower.
Out of the five cars on the Top 5 Green Cars for 2014 list, one will ultimately be chosen as the Green Car of the Year. This award will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Here at Cumberland Toyota in Cookeville, TN we have our fingers crossed for the Corolla!
Given the prevalence of vehicle safety technologies, one might think that the number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States would have decreased along with the years. Surprisingly, this is not the case: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 4,432 pedestrians were killed in America in 2011 and an additional 69,000 were injured. As automakers are looking for new ways to decrease this unfortunate statistic, plans have been made to launch a production version of a Toyota Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian-Avoidance Steering Assist by 2015.
As a video demonstration on ToyotaEurope’s YouTube channel states, approximately 40 percent of all collisions cannot be prevented merely by braking. Given that statistic, Toyota’s PCS does more than just apply the brakes in the event of a potential collision. The vehicle’s on-board sensor detects the presence of pedestrians entering the vehicle’s path and issues a visual alert to notify the driver while searching for a collision avoidance space. If the alert is not heeded, the visual alert becomes red and an audible alarm sounds as the automatic brakes are applied.
If the Toyota’s sensors determine that brakes are not enough, Toyota’s PCS automatically steers itself into the previously-determined collision aversion space. Toyota previously incorporated PCS in the Lexus LS and, according to its press release, intends to decrease the cost of the system to accommodate a 2015 rollout that will encompass a larger portion of Toyota’s lineup. If the technology could save even one life and prevent another tragedy such as that of Oregon’s Joe Bell, who was struck down and killed while walking cross country in honor of his recently departed son, it will have been worth the effort.
We here at Cumberland Toyota in Cookeville, TN urge you to always be mindful whether driving, biking, or traveling by foot. Be cautious, be considerate, and don’t become a statistic.
Auto manufacturers are always trying to make better cars with more power and higher fuel efficiency, while lowering costs and keeping up with recent styling trends. It’s a tough dance, but when a manufacturer gets all the parts just right, it results in a vehicle that sells well. One of the best indicators of a good car is the amount of time (or lack thereof) that it spends on the dealership’s inventory lot. The ultimate goal is to have the dealership receive inventory and then turn around and sell it in a few days. Here at Cumberland Toyota in Cookeville, TN we love to see our inventory go to its new owner as quickly as possible. That’s why we were pleased to see a number of Toyotas on the September 2013 Fastest Selling Cars List.
This past month’s Top 15 Fastest Selling Cars list included five Toyotas that spent no more that 13 days in dealership inventories on average. Incredibly, the 2014 Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab spent an average of only 5 days at dealerships, further proof that the small pickup market is growing. Similarly, the 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax and the 2014 Toyota Corolla spent only 9 days at the dealership before being sold on average. Spending an average of only 10 days on dealership lots, the 2014 Toyota Tundra crew cab was also a top seller. Finally, the 2014 Toyota Camry made the list, spending an average of only 13 days in dealership inventories.
Check out any of our great 2014 Toyotas here at Cumberland Toyota in Cookeville, TN today or give us a call at (931) 526-5600. Be sure to hurry if you see a car you like on our dealership. If September’s results continue these vehicles won’t stay on our lot very long.
Just recently, Cumberland Toyota has been honored with one Toyota’s best awards for a dealership. On September 30th, we celebrated our 25th year of service here in the Middle Tennessee area by accepting the honored 25 Year Dealer Award from Toyota. For us, this award is not so much a testament to our longevity as a dealership but rather a thank you to our great customers who make everything we do possible. Since 1987 we have done more than just sell and service cars in the Cookeville, TN area. We have worked with the community to create a better environment for everyone we live with.
The award was presented to Lanny Dunn, Owner of Cumberland Toyota, and Brandon Hall, VP and GM of the dealership, in person by Scott Wracher, General Manager of Toyota, Cincinnati Region. This 25 Year Dealer award represents all the cars we have sold and services, all the community events we have participated in, and all the local organizations we have sponsored over the years.
This October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when many organizations and foundations work to increase awareness and help fund the fight against breast cancer. Here at Cumberland Toyota, we are no different. We know that breast cancer is one of the biggest killers of women of all ages. During the month of October, the Cumberland Auto Center will be teaming up with the Susan G. Komen Upper Cumberland Affiliates in the fight against breast cancer. At the beginning of the month, we started out with a $5,000 donation to the local affiliates of this foundation and we will continue to donate throughout the month. These funds go directly to the Susan G. Komen foundation with the majority of every dollar going to local chapters.
In addition to our original $5,000 donation, we will also be writing out another check for $5,000 to the Susan G. Komen Upper Cumberland Affiliates with every 100th retail vehicle purchased or leased at the combined Cumberland Auto Center dealerships. We will continue donating with the hopes of selling over 400 vehicles and donating our final goal of $25,000 for the month!
As a part of this month’s activities, we will also be surprising one lucky customer with the value of their purchase, loan, or lease paid off by the auto group. This is a no purchase necessary contest so even customers who do not leave with a new vehicle can have a chance to win. Any new or used retail vehicle sold, leased, or financed at any of the Cumberland Auto Center dealerships is eligible for the contest. Non-purchasing customers can register in this contest for a chance to win a $10,000 maximum voucher towards the purchase of a retail vehicle at any of the dealerships.