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Neil Cavuto on Gov’t Toyota Findings

Fox’s Neil Cavuto spoke about the Federal Investigation that found no issues with Toyota’s electronic systems. The transcript follows and it’s a good read:

I’ve be waiting on the wires for someone at the White House to apologize to Toyota today. So I’ll keep looking for anyone in the government to apologize to Toyota. The ones who said Toyota was darn near Lucifer on wheels and happy with killing people, and that virtually all Toyotas had serious flaws.

How else do you explain all the Toyota cars suddenly accelerating and forcing the auto maker to recall more than 12 million vehicles? Don’t tell the transportation department guys it was just a stupid floor mat or a stressed-out driver. It had to be something deeper. More sinister. Electronic. Right? Wrong. Apparently very wrong.

Transportation secretary Ray Lahood is saying so himself. And I quote:

“We enlisted the best and brightest engineers to study Toyotas electronic system. The verdict is in: There is no electronic-based cause for unintended acceleration.”

This is after Toyota said the same thing, it couldn’t find any electronic flaws. Even after the company paid $8 million in fines for recalls that it spearheaded, that it suggested — not the government. Even after the government enlisted NASA engineers to rigorously examine Toyota cars and review 280,000 lines of software code in those cars. After all of that, even our best and brightest with rockets could find nothing electronically wrong with the cars.

So after having its name dragged through the mud, its reputation destroyed worldwide, after being made the brunt of jokes, not so much as “oops, sorry guys” from our government.

Trust me, I have no Tercel or horse or whatever in the race. I’m not an apologist for Toyota. Just a guy suggesting that maybe someone in government should just apologize to Toyota. They’re due that.

Or maybe all of this was a sham… To help someone else at a weird time.

Transcribed from Neil Cavuto, Fox News, 2/8/2011

Wesley Chapel Toyota – Toys For Tots Drive

Once again it’s time for Wesley Chapel Toyota’s annual Toys for Tots drive. It couldn’t be easier to show your support — Simply place an unwrapped, new toy in the bed of the 2010 Tacoma in our showroom decked out in Toys for Tots banners and we’ll do the rest. If you want more information, just give us a call at 813-973-8888.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit of a history buff — and the Toys for Tots program has a pretty interesting origin. Here’s some info about them that you probably didn’t know, courtesy of www.toysfortots.org

Toys for tots Began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children.  The idea came form Bill’s wife, Diane.  In the fall of 1947, Diane crafted a homemade doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas.  When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one.  He did.  The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign.  That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Marine Reserve Center was located.  Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948.  The initial objective that remains the hallmark of the program today is to “bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children”.  Bill Hendricks, a Marine Reservist on weekends, was in civilian life, the Director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio.  This enabled him to convince a vast array of celebrities to support Toys for Tots.  In 1948, Walt Disney designed the Toys for Tots logo, which we use today.  Disney also designed the first Toys for Tots poster used to promote the nationwide program.  Nat “King” Cole, Peggy Lee and Vic Damone recorded the Toys for Tots theme composed by Sammy Fain and Paul Webster in 1956.  Bob Hope, John Wayne, Doris Day, Lorrie Morgan, Tim Allen, Kenny Rogers and Billy Ray Cyrus are but a few of the long list of celebrities who have given their time and talent to promote Toys for Tots.  First Lady Nancy Reagan served as the national Spokesperson in 1983.  First Lady Barbara Bush served as the national Spokesperson in 1992 and in her autobiography named Toys for Tots as one of her favorite charities.

http://www.wesleychapeltoyota.com

September eNews – Wesley Chapel Toyota


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http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/index000461922.cfm

ENEWS FROM WESLEY CHAPEL TOYOTA
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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IN THIS ISSUE
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1. SUCH BOUNTY
2. BLEACH-FREE CARE FOR YOUR SPARKLERS
3. A CROSS TRAINER WINS THE MEDAL
4. STILL RUNNING HARDCORE
5. MAINTAINING YOUR RIDE
6. IT’S AN ART MOVEMENT ON WHEELS
7. GREENEST CITIES IN THE WORLD
8. GETTING SCHOOLED
9. NEED A NEW GAME?

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A Cross Trainer Wins the Medal
The 2010 Toyota Venza V6 vs. the Nissan Murano S AWD.
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The Toyota Venza and Nissan Murano are surprisingly similar,
though the Murano is clearly intended as an SUV. In contrast,
the Venza fits in a new niche between sedan and SUV. Both the
Venza and Murano are technically crossover vehicles, repurposing
bits and pieces from other vehicles in their respective family
lineups with nary a truck bone in sight and when compared side
by side, the Venza edges out the Murano on numerous accords.

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001845560.cfm?

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Still Running Hardcore
The 2010 Toyota 4Runner.
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The 2010 Toyota 4Runner is the freshest execution of a theme
established decades ago. This time around, the 4Runner manages
to combine the divergent disciplines of off-road capability and
on-road prowess. The 2010 Toyota 4Runner is a true off-road
warrior that plays nice for every day use.

http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001845565.cfm

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Such Bounty
Enjoy some fun and freshly-grown goodness at Florida’s farms and
orchards.
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If you like to be picky when it comes to produce, check out
what’s cropping up at local farms this autumn. You can make a
day of it at a pick-your-own orchard, or just enjoy the fruits
of the farmer’s labor.

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001834325.cfm

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Bleach-free Care for your Sparklers
These simple tricks will leave you with whiter, brighter teeth.
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Whether you’re seven or seventy years old, you know that teeth
don’t last forever. Fortunately, however, there are ways to keep
your current set bright and white for a long time. Although
whitening treatments and products can bleach teeth super white,
there are actually many easier and cheaper ways to enhance your
smile. You can start with some of these tricks, but just be
prepared to turn some heads afterwards:

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001841807.cfm

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Maintaining Your Ride
Keep your paint in great shape by selecting advanced, modern car
washes.
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The longer you own your car, the more likely you are to have
encountered them, hiding just below the surface and waiting to
make their presence known as soon as they are hit by the bright
rays of the sun-swirl marks in your automobile’s finish.
Especially if you own a dark-colored car, these nefarious paint
defects mysteriously appear on almost every vehicle out there
and can be as difficult to remove as they are disheartening to
look at.

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001845978.cfm

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It’s an Art Movement on Wheels
Cars take creativity for a drive at California’s ArtCar Fest!
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You’ve probably seen your fair share of custom cars while on the
road, but have you ever pulled up to a stoplight and looked over
to see a drivable silver shark with sculpted fins, or a cherry
red high-heel on wheels? If not, California’s ArtCar Fest is the
place to see some of the strangest “street legal” works of art
ever to roll down the road.

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001846061.cfm

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Greenest Cities in the World
Green goes global.
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With so many individuals taking the go-green pledge, you might
wonder which cities are making strides to protect the
environment. With sustainable energy sources, decreased
eco-footprints and user-friendly green initiatives, here is the
list of some of the greenest cities in the world.

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001841820.cfm

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Getting Schooled
The top five must-haves for back to school.
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Long gone are the days when a 12-pack of number two pencils, a
couple of spiral-bound notebooks and a new pair of Keds were all
you needed to be ready for back-to-school. Today, students are
always on the lookout for the next wave of products to help them
get a leg up on their peers. Luckily for you, we have a cheat
sheet of the top five latest and greatest back-to-school items
that all the kids are raving about (just make sure the teacher
doesn’t see you copying our paper).

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001844606.cfm

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Need a New Game?
If every day sports leave you bored, these games play by their
own rules.
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Are you tired of playing – and watching – the same old sports?
Can’t decide between a game of hockey or a few laps around the
pool? If your interests vary from boxing to chess and soccer to
gymnastics, check out a couple of lesser known, yet rather
challenging sports from around the globe.

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001845873.cfm

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Toyota Files Voluntary Safety Recall on Select Toyota Division Vehicles

• Lexus and Scion Models Not Affected

• Filing Addresses Isolated Customer Complaints

• Separate From On-Going Recall Involving Floor Mat Pedal Entrapment Issue

TORRANCE, Calif., January 21, 2010 — Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc, today announced it would recall approximately 2.3 million vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals on specific Toyota Division models. This action is separate from the on-going recall of approximately 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles to reduce the risk of pedal entrapment by incorrect or out of place accessory floor mats. Approximately 1.7 million Toyota Division vehicles are subject to both separate recall actions.

“In recent months, Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats,” said TMS Group Vice President Irv Miller. “Our investigation indicates that there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position. Consistent with our commitment to the safety of our cars and our customers, we have initiated this voluntary recall action.”

Toyota’s accelerator pedal recall is confined to the following Toyota Division vehicles: • 2009-2010 RAV4, • 2009-2010 Corolla, • 2009-2010 Matrix, • 2005-2010 Avalon, • 2007-2010 Camry, • 2010 Highlander, • 2007-2010 Tundra, • 2008-2010 Sequoia

No Lexus Division or Scion vehicles are affected by this recall action. Also not affected are Toyota Prius, Tacoma, Sienna, Venza, Solara, Yaris, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser and select Camry models, including all Camry hybrids.

The condition is rare, but can occur when the pedal mechanism becomes worn and, in certain conditions, the accelerator pedal may become harder to depress, slower to return or, in the worst case, stuck in a partially depressed position. Toyota is working quickly to prepare the correction remedy. In the event that a driver experiences an accelerator pedal that sticks in a partial open throttle position or returns slowly to idle position, the vehicle can be controlled with firm and steady application of the brakes. The brakes should not be pumped repeatedly because it could deplete vacuum assist, requiring stronger brake pedal pressure. The vehicle should be driven to the nearest safe location, the engine shut off and a Toyota dealer contacted for assistance. Toyota will continue to investigate incidents of unwanted acceleration and take appropriate measures to address any trends that are identified. Toyota owners who have questions or concerns should contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota Camry takes top spot in annual ranking

By Steven Cole Smith

TRIBUNE NEWSPAPERS

 

Each year, Cars.com releases its American-Made Index. Evaluations “are based on percentage [by cost] of their parts that are made domestically, where they are built and how popular they are among U.S. buyers.” For the last five years, the Ford F-150 pickup, the best-selling vehicle in America 30-plus years and running, has also topped the list. This year, it dropped to second behind the Toyota Camry. Two of the three factors in developing the list are no-brainers. One is the percentage of American-made parts, as listed on the vehicle window sticker. The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS, for instance, has 60 percent “U.S./Canadian parts content.” Camaro also has 24 percent content from Mexico, which isn’t considered part of the states. The second factor in the Cars.com evaluation is assembly location. “Ninety-seven percent of the Camrys sold here were built in the U.S,” says Patrick Olsen, editor in chief of Cars. com, which is partly owned by Chicago Tribune parent Tribune Co. The third criteria, sales volume, factors in the financial impact of the sales on the U.S. economy.

The $1 Billion Toyotathon

| Daniel Patrascu

The $1 Billion Toyotathon

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • This year’s Toyotathon to cost $1 billion
  • The campaign will be launched in November
  • 0% APR on most models – Biggest incentives ever (call wesley chapel toyota 866-407-3899)
Click to enlarge [The $1 Billion Toyotathon - pic 1]

In what may very well be called one of the most daring moves made by a car manufacturer when it comes to its marketing strategy this year, the Japanese from Toyota seem to have decided on launching a dazzling $1 billion campaign for the fourth quarter of 2009.

Toyota is resorting to this daring move (given the current economy and the fact that the US market is now flooded with the 700,000 vehicles sold under CARS) in the hope that the fourth quarter will be just as in any other year: strong.

We see the economy is starting to strengthen a bit,” Irv Miller, Toyota spokesman was quoted as saying by msnbc.com. “We’ve stopped playing defense. It’s time to go on the offense.

The strengthening of the economy was witnessed by Toyota is August, when the company was able to post an amazing 32.4 percent increase in US sales, compared to the same month of 2008. The company sold a total of 225,088 vehicles, up 10.5 percent over year-ago levels on a daily selling rate basis.

Of course, the increase may be irrelevant, as August was CARS-month and Toyota was CARS’ best selling brand, with 19 percent of the total sales going to the Japanese manufacturer.

Even so, the new marketing campaign will be rolled out in November and will follow the company’s established Toyotathon marketing and sales run.