Toyota i-Road electric three-wheeler gets green light for early production

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Toyota‘s i-Road three-wheeler concept is set to make it off the drawing board and onto the road. Toyota has announced that a limited production run of the fully enclosed, tilting EV will begin shortly, with initial units being transferred to Toyota’s Ha:mo urban transport system trials in Toyota City.

When the i-Road burst onto the scene at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, it felt like one of those design concepts that, although innovative and exciting, would probably disappear as do most of that ilk. But now Toyota has put its money where its mouth is, and is producing a short production run, probably numbering in the hundreds, to add to it’s prototype Ha:mo urban transport system.

The i-Road is an electric personal mobility vehicle with two in-line seats, that leans into the corners like a motorcycle. With only five horsepower, a top speed of 45 km/h (30 mph), and a range of 50 km (30 mi), the i-Road is aimed squarely at an urban transport market.

Toyota is running its Harmonious Mobility Network (Ha:mo for short) in Toyota City, located in Aichi, Japan. Designed as a system to improve urban transportation by combining private car and public transportation, Ha:mo is aimed at making both urban transportation and the urban culture more people- and community friendly.

The Ha:mo RIDE project is a car sharing system using ultracompact electric vehicles that provides transportation to and within the city center; for example, between a train station and a passenger’s workplace. At present the system has ten Toyota COMS personal mobility vehicles and ten ToyotaPAS power assisted bicycles. These are available at four stations where they can be rented and returned after use.

In the planned expansion, these numbers will be increased to 100 of each, with 100 i-Roads being added in early 2014. The number of rental stations will be increased to seventeen, providing service at train stations and major public buildings to facilitate quick turnover of the rentals. A rental fee of 20 yen (about 20 US cents) per minute will also be instituted.

Blue Santa Donations

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Season’s Greetings ladies and gentlemen! This is just a shout out to let everyone know Universal Toyota is the official drop site for Blue Santa donations!

Universal Toyota and the SAPD have teamed up to help make this holiday season a more joyful one for the kids in need here in San Antonio. We will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped children’s toys in our New Car Showroom until December 16th, 2014.

Please assist us in gathering goodies for San Antonio’s kiddos! Any donation, no matter how big or small, will be incredibly appreciated!

Seriously, This 2015 Toyota Camry is The Ultimate Sleeper

Well ladies and gentlemen, it  appears looks really ARE deceiving! Check out the 2015 Camry Sleeper!

Well ladies and gentlemen, it appears looks really ARE deceiving! Check out the 2015 Camry Sleeper!

Whaaaat!? A quarter mile run in 9.8 seconds! The 2015 Camry Sleeper is going to be a force to be reckoned with!

Can you think of any better car to create a sleeper than the Toyota Camry? Okay, perhaps the N.A. VW Passat too, but that’s beside the point, which in this case, is an 850+HP, V8-powered 2015 Camry.

Built in just 11 weeks, Toyota calls it the 2015 Camry Sleeper and it was presented today at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

It’s a purpose-built dragster featuring a 5.8-liter V8 engine sourced from the Toyota Tundra aided by a TRD supercharger and a wet nitrous system putting out more than 850 horsepower.

That said, the only real thing it has in common with your typical 2015 Camry is the exterior shell that was dropped on a full tube-frame racing chassis.

Power is directed to the asphalt via chunky DOT 335/30/18 drag racing with Toyota expecting the car to complete the quarter mile run in 9.8 seconds.

Young People Transform Their Ideas Into Action by Taking On “The Hunt” with DoSomething.org and Toyota

This year Toyota is sponsoring DoSomething.org’s The Hunt. It’s challenges directed at kids and teens to help impact their surroundings and environment in a more positive way. We, here at Universal Toyota, could not be any prouder to support this initiative!! Good luck to all the participants!

 For the first time ever, DoSomething.org, the largest not-for-profit for young people and social change, turned to its members, aged 13-25, for their ideas on how to tackle different social issues. From August 4 to August 10, the DoSomething.org …

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New York State of Mind: Toyota Welcomes LULAC 2014 National Convention to Big Apple

Event Marks First Time a Major Hispanic Organization To Hold Its Annual Conference in New York City – There’s something special about experiencing New York City for the first time, which is why Toyota is excited to welcome the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 2014 National Convention to the Big Apple.

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US: summer is coming, so Toyota joins the lifeguards

US: summer is coming, so Toyota joins the lifeguards This year at the beach, don’t be surprised to see some of your favorite trucks patrolling the sands. Toyota, with its awesome community outreach programs, has chosen to renew its partnership with the lifeguards of San Diego. All in all, Toyota donated 34 vehicles to help to keep beach goers safe this summer. Happy swimming!

Looks like even the big car makers have at least once watched “Baywatch” and want their cars to be rolling adds when the lifeguards patrol to ensure public safety under the scorching sun. But the latest of the bunch is Toyota, which has announced it’s extending the partnership with San Diego’s city lifeguards, which was started back in 2011, moving to further donate 34 new trucks and SUVs this year.

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