Toyota Indiana to Build Two New 3-Row SUVs

Toyota Indiana SUVs | Jordan Toyota | Mishawaka, IN

It seems that Toyota and Indiana go well together. The automaker announced it is investing $803 million and creating 1,400 new jobs at its plant in Princeton, Indiana, to support the production of two all-new, all-electric three-row SUVs.

Leah Curry, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, says that this kind of decision isn’t made lightly — but that the Indiana plant’s ability to launch the all-new 2021 Sienna minivan showed Toyota it had the ability to handle more.

“They know they can see that our capability was there, our heart was there, our passion is there. And our workforce is up for the challenge,” Curry said. Currently, the Princeton plant already employs nearly 7,300 Hoosiers.

Toyota has yet to reveal details about what the SUVs will be like, other than that one will boast the Toyota badge while the other will be a Lexus, and that both would be “designed with the active Gen Y American Family in mind.”

In any case, family-friendly SUVs are practically Toyota’s bread-and-butter, as are electrified vehicles, so we can’t wait to see the kind of innovation that Indiana will bring to the world with these new rides. Make sure to visit Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka, Indiana, for a closer look at the new EVs when they go into production!

Toyota Acquires Lyft’s Self-Driving Car Division

Toyota self-driving | Jordan Toyota |  Mishawaka, IN

Earlier this year, Toyota created a new tech-focused subsidiary called Woven Planet Group. The new group has kept busy and kicked off its first year with a bang by acquiring Lyft’s self-driving car division — called “Level 5” — for $550 million.

Level 5, so named after the five stages of car autonomy, was costing Lyft a lot of money, and Toyota was perfectly positioned to take over. The automaker will absorb the 300 workers from Level 5 into its own team, adding up to about 1,200 employees, all dedicated to developing innovative driving technologies and, eventually, full driving automation.

“Bringing Level 5’s world-class engineers and experts into the fold ― as well as additional technology resources ― will allow us to have even greater speed and impact,” said Woven Planet CEO James Kuffner. “This deal will be key in weaving together the people, resources, and infrastructure that will help us to transform the world we live in through mobility technologies that can bring about a happier, safer future for us all.”

As part of the deal, Lyft will also provide Toyota with its system and fleet data. Both companies anticipate self-driving ridesharing services to be an important part of the future of mobility.

At Jordan Toyota, we’re excited to see what Toyota can do with Lyft’s self-driving car division. And fortunately, we won’t have to wait until fully automated vehicles are developed to benefit from the technologies created in the process!

Check Out Toyota’s Brand-New Car Seat App

Whether you’re just starting your family or dealing with a gaggle of young kids, car seat safety is probably at the front of your mind. Car seats are a vital part of keeping your crew secure on the road, but they can occasionally be a pain to install. That’s why Toyota — a brand that has always prioritized family-friendly features — recently released a new car seat app designed to make securing them easier than ever.

You can access this unique technology via ToyotaOwners.com or as a function in the convenient Toyota Owners App, which is available for free. Once you access it, all you need to do is input your vehicle’s VIN and describe where you plan to place the car seat. Then, the app will show a video and display written instructions on how to appropriately secure the chair. Since no two children are the same, Toyota built a “help-me-choose” feature that will provide expert recommendations on the best car seat options for your youngster.

At the moment, the new app is only compatible with the 2021 Sienna, but you can expect to see the tech roll out to other models in the next few years.

If you want to demo the new car seat app on a 2021 Sienna — or just see the other results of Toyota’s relentless ingenuity — don’t hesitate to contact us at Jordan Toyota, right here in beautiful Mishawaka, IN.

Toyota Built a WHO-Certified Land Cruiser to Deliver Vaccines

Toyota Land Cruiser

There are two core values that define everything Toyota does: caring about drivers and building vehicles that go above and beyond. The latest example of that commitment takes the form of several custom Land Cruiser SUVs designed to transport COVID-19 vaccines to under-serviced areas.

In order to transform these commercial commuters into immunity mobiles, Toyota outfitted a set of Land Cruisers with 14-cubic-foot refrigerators that can store both COVID vaccines and other medicine — especially for children — at the appropriate temperature. The cold storage units were provided by B-Medical Systems, and each one can hold up to 400 doses. Better yet, the setup was officially certified by the World Health Organization.

It should come as no surprise that the Land Cruiser is more than up to the challenge of distributing vaccines, even in harsh conditions. It boasts four-wheel drive, a 4.5-liter turbo-diesel engine, and a pair of sturdy axles. It’s also the sole source of power for the refrigerator, which says a lot about its overall capabilities. You may not be able to snag one of these custom vaccine-delivery machines for everyday use around Mishawaka, IN, but you can check out some other exceptional vehicles at Jordan Toyota. Trust us; they’re all designed with you in mind

Toyota’s New Fuel Cell is So Good That Other Companies Can Buy It

Toyota Fuel Cell | Mishawaka, IN

Toyota is one of the world’s most prominent developers of hydrogen fuel cell technology, which will help contribute to a zero-emission future and promote long-term sustainability. As part of the automaker’s efforts to create a greener tomorrow, Toyota has designed a new fuel cell module that’s so impressive it will be available to other manufacturers to help lower their carbon footprints.

The conversation around efficient powertrains tends to focus on electrification, but Toyota is tackling the situation from multiple angles. It already produces two fuel-cell-powered vehicles — the Mirai sedan and the SORA bus. This new module will take things to another level, offering compatibility with everything from generators to ships.

Toyota will sell its module to customers who can choose the output and voltage range to meet their needs. They can choose between a vertically or horizontally packaged model, voltage outputs ranging from 400 to 750 volts, and the ability to generate either 60 or 80 kilowatts.

The idea is to help other companies with less advanced fuel cell tech up their eco-friendliness without needing to develop their own technology from scratch. According to Toyota, it’s easy to install, low-maintenance, and boasts “world-class, top-level output density per unit volume.”

To see some of Toyota’s innovations in action, schedule a test drive at Jordan Toyota.

Toyota’s New Tacoma Lift Kit Supports Its Safety Systems

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Lift Kit | Mishawaka, IN

The Toyota Tacoma TRD has a new, factory-made lift kit that works with the truck’s impressive suite of driver-assistive safety technologies. With this system in place, the Tacoma isn’t just better for off-road enthusiasts but also ideal for families.

The new lift kit employs monotube Bilstein® shocks to raise the Toyota Tacoma by 2 inches, which can dramatically improve handling in most conditions. Larger shock bodies at the rear create more room for bigger, stronger pistons to upgrade damping responsiveness and heat dissipation.

This modification increases numerous performance figures you’re sure to appreciate if your idea of adventure doesn’t involve asphalt. It upgrades the approach angle by 3.2 degrees, the breakover angle by 1.6 degrees, ground clearance by 1.7 inches, and the departure angle by 0.5 degrees. It also comes with unique logos and graphics to give your Tacoma an even stronger, more confident persona.

Toyota Safety Sense relies heavily on a sensor that’s traditionally located on the rear side of the front emblem. But, in order to make sure the system would function as usual with the lift kit installed, it designed a new camera support bracket and millimeter-wave sensor that can sit inside of the grille.

The brand-new lift kit also comes fully covered by a 1-year/12,000-mile warranty that will help you feel confident while tackling the trails or just stopping by for routine maintenance. Learn more today at Jordan Toyota.

Toyota Wants Self-Driving Vehicle AI to Take a Cue From Racing

2021 Toyota 4Runner | Mishawaka, IN

Toyota has been a progressive brand since they day it first launched in 1937, and it has maintained that status by never settling for “good enough.” That attitude is still alive and well, as the automaker is making a substantial push into self-driving tech — and it’s drawing inspiration from professional racecar drivers.

Programming and implementing intelligent autonomous vehicle tech in cars is no small feat. To make it happen, Toyota is trying to learn from some of its most talented drivers. As reported by The News Wheel, the ultimate goal is to channel the lightning-fast reflexes racers possess in order to give self-driving cars “superhuman skills” and reduce the number of accidents in towns just like Mishawaka.

Gill Pratt, the CEO of Toyota Research Institute, said, “the reality is that every driver has vulnerabilities, and to avoid a crash, drivers often need to make maneuvers that are beyond their abilities. Through this project, TRI will learn from some of the most skilled drivers in the world to develop sophisticated control algorithms that amplify human driving abilities and keep people safe.”

For evidence of Toyota’s commitment to intelligent safety, look no further than some of the latest tech in its 2021 lineup. The 4Runner, for instance features driver-assist features like a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and more.

If you want to experience some of the best active safety features in the industry — and celebrate Toyota’s exciting, modern approach to automotive technology — schedule a test drive at Jordan Toyota.

How To Pack Light on a Road Trip Through Indiana

Woman On Road Trip | Mishawaka, IN

After a long winter in Mishawaka, we’re finally close to some warmer weather. At Jordan Toyota, one of our favorite ways to celebrate the changing of the seasons is to take a road trip across Indiana. So, we thought we’d offer a few tips for how to pack light for your next adventure so you don’t have to deal with all that clutter.

Check the weather

Clothing well-suited for colder or wetter climates are usually bulkier than summer-wear. Taking a look at the weather in your destination can help cut back on that. If you’re headed to somewhere a bit chilly, you can plan ahead. Or, you can take advantage of the space you saved if you’re trekking off to a warmer climate.

Roll your clothes

Whether you’re planning to pack a suitcase or a duffel bag, volume is always a concern. One of the best ways to conserve space is to roll your clothes tightly. If you fold them carefully beforehand, you can even avoid wrinkles.

Think about what you really need

Most of the time, we tend to bring more than we need on road trips. Try to focus on essentials like toiletries, snacks and clothing. There’s still plenty of room for conveniences like books, tablets, handheld gaming systems, and snacks — but this way, you won’t find yourself drowning in unnecessary items.

If your vehicle needs some attention before your next road trip across Indiana, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the service department at Jordan Toyota.

Toyota Releases 2020 North American Environmental Report

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid | Mishawaka, IN

Toyota has taken many steps to address major environmental issues, and the automaker highlighted those efforts at going green in its 2020 North American Environmental Report. Toyota Motor North America focused its 2020 sustainability efforts on five key areas, including carbon, water, materials, biodiversity, and outreach.

Toyota’s water stewardship efforts mainly took place at a west coast regional sales office and Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California in Tijuana, Mexico. Toyota will continue to expand its water conservation efforts over the near year by addressing water quality and local water conditions and hosting outreach activities with suppliers and local communities.

In Fiscal Year 2020, Toyota reduced absolute greenhouse gas emissions by nine percent when compared to Fiscal Year 2019. This achievement can be attributed to Toyota improving its energy efficiency, investing in renewable energy, and making changes in production volume and model mix.

Toyota also launched new electrified products, including the 2021 Toyota Mirai, RAV4 Prime Plug-In Hybrid, and Sienna Hybrid and Venza Hybrids. And the automaker plans to create an electrified version of its entire lineup by 2025.

The demonstrated effort by Toyota to promote awareness and model positive change for the environment is reflected in our dealership at Jordan Toyota here in Mishawaka. Stop by to take one of our hybrid or electric models for a test drive.

Prep Your Car for Warmer Weather

Checking WIper Blades | Mishawaka, IN

We all know how unpredictable Indiana weather is here in Mishawaka, South Bend. Warm weather might be around the corner in March, or we might not feel the sun until May. Either way, it’s never too soon to prep your car for warmer weather with these car care tips.

Check the tire pressure

Changes in the temperature can cause your tire pressure to fluctuate. As the weather starts to warm, check that the pressure is at your car’s recommended PSI. If you put on winter tires, you can also take those off and replace them with summer tires if you have them.

Replace windshield wiper blades

If you did a lot of driving in the snow, your windshield wiper blades might be worn down from scraping off all that snow and ice. You should also make sure your wiper fluid is topped off so you can keep your windshield clear of summer bugs.

Get a car wash

Driving through the snow can result in road salt and grime on your car’s undercarriage. A fresh car wash in the warm weather can get rid of the remnants of winter and also protect your vehicle’s paint job.  

Double check the brakes

Your car brakes might be a bit worn out from driving on slippery roads. If you feel like your brakes are making weird noises or aren’t responding properly, bring your car into Jordan Toyota to get it checked.

Call us at Jordan Toyota to schedule a seasonal service appointment for your Toyota.