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!

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 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.

‘Car and Driver’ Recognizes Toyota Supra on its 10Best List

2020 Toyota Supra | Mishawaka, IN
2020 Toyota Supra | Mishawaka, IN

In 2020, the Toyota GR Supra nameplate made a big comeback. Now, the Supra is continuing to make a splash with its second consecutive appearance on the Car and Driver 10Best list. The 2021 Toyota GR Supra was chosen out of 57 contenders this year.

The 10Best list is reserved for vehicles that deliver fun, great overall value, and fulfill their mission. The Supra squarely hits all of those checkpoints as a fun, affordable sports car with a mission to make high performance more accessible.

The fifth-generation Supra may have just made its debut in 2020; however, Toyota is already updating the model for 2021. This year, it comes with some engine upgrades including a 255-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 3.0-liter engine is also more powerful with up to 382 horsepower.

Both engines are paired with a performance-tuned ZF eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers well-timed shifts for maximum performance. The Supra can reach 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, while also offering an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway*.

With the new base 2.0 trim level, the Supra comes with 18-inch wheels, an 8.8-inch central touch screen, LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a USB port. Higher trims add more performance features like adaptive suspension dampers, Brembo® four-piston front brakes, and a front strut tower brace.

The 2021 Toyota Supra is one of the most talked-about models of the year. If you want to learn more about it, contact our team at Jordan Toyota.

Toyota Sienna Brings Home Family Green Car of the Year Award

2021 Toyota Sienna | Mishawaka, IN
2021 Toyota Sienna | Mishawaka, IN

The Toyota Sienna has long been a family favorite. Now, it is entering its fourth generation for the 2021 model year. This all-new design promises to deliver modern features including a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain. Thanks to that hybrid system, the 2021 Toyota Sienna has earned the Family Green Car of the Year award.

“The fuel efficiency of this all-new 2021 Sienna makes it a cut above the rest,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) executive vice president of sales. “This award just further highlights our dedication to hybrids in North America and we’re humbly honored to have the new Sienna be recognized as the Family Green Car of the Year for 2021.”

Powering the new Sienna is a four-cylinder hybrid powertrain with a total output of 245 horsepower. When equipped with front-wheel drive, the Sienna returns an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined*. Like previous model years, the Sienna is also available with all-wheel drive on all trim levels. When properly equipped, the Sienna can even tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Along with its impressive efficiency, the redesigned Sienna also comes standard with family-friendly features like thee-zone automatic climate control, power-sliding side doors, seven USB ports, and second-row sunshades. You can also feel safe and protected with the standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 suite of advanced driver safety aids.

If you want to learn more about this family hauler and how it fits with your family’s lifestyle, contact us at Jordan Toyota of Mishawaka.

*EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.

Tips for Keeping Your Toyota Clean This Winter

Man cleaning vehicle interior | Mishawaka, IN

Mishawaka winters can get messy. Road salt can cause slush on roads, which can coat your vehicle’s exterior and interior with a layer of grime. Here are some tips for keeping your Toyota clean this winter until spring arrives.

Snow foam

If you are washing your car over the winter, you want to be sure that you remove every bit of grime to avoid rust and corrosion. Use a layer of snow foam to soak off the grime in order to keep your exterior cleaner.

Wax

Wet, snow, and icy roads lead to dirt collecting all over the body of the car. Applying fresh wax can help protect the exterior of your Toyota vehicle. Whenever you hit the road in the winter, that extra layer of wax will help repel water and road salt.

Floor mats

One easy way to keep the interior of your Toyota clean is to use rubber or plastic floor mats instead of the fabric ones. Rubber mats are waterproof so they can easily keep water from soaking into the carpet when snow and grime find their way into the cabin. They’re also a lot faster to clean since you can just hose them off or rinse them down.

Jordan Toyota wishes you and yours a safe and healthy season of winter driving. Remember to call us if your vehicle is in need of service.

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 Standard on 2021 C-HR

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 | Mishawaka, IN

The suite of advanced driver-assist technologies from Toyota, Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5, will be standard on the 2021 C-HR. The C-HR, which blends elements from several body types — hatchback, compact crossover, and sport coupe — optimizes its bold, sporty look with a special edition for 2021.

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5

Updated to monitor bicyclists in the day and detect pedestrians in low light along with emergency steering assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection alerts you to potential dangers and engages the brakes to help minimize a collision under proper conditions. Other systems in the safety tech suite include Road Sign Assist, Automatic High Beams, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Keeping technology. Under proper conditions, these systems help you focus on the rules of the road, see your path ahead, respond to the traffic around you, and maintain a safe lane position.

2021 Toyota C-HR highlights

New for the 2021 C-HR is the special edition model, Nightshade. This model clads the 2021 C-HR in black for a moody, no-nonsense exterior look. It features door handles, badges, a chin spoiler, lug nuts, alloy wheels in black. The interior fabric is black, too, with a trim of gunmetal. If you’re not into the Nightshade edition, you still have new color choices to choose from for the 2021 C-HR — Oxide Bronze with Black Roof, Oxide Bronze, and Magnetic Gray Metallic with Black Roof.

Stop by to experience the brand’s technologies like the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 when you take one of our shiny new Toyota models for a test drive at Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Toyota’s New 2021 Venza Campaign Focuses on Adventurers

new campaign for the 2021 Venza | Mishawaka, IN

Toyota’s new 2021 Venza campaign appeals to the adventurers of the world. Dubbed “Seekers of New,” the campaign spotlights the travel-ready features of the all-new 2021 Venza.

The campaign

“The new campaign beautifully highlights the best that Venza has to offer,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president, Toyota Marketing, Toyota Motor North America. “Complete with advanced vehicle technologies and hybrid performance, Venza upholds the impeccable quality, style, and handling our customers know and expect from Toyota.”

The first hero spot of the “Seekers of New” campaign is called “Lifesaver.” The 30-second video, which centers on a couple’s journey to find their lost dog, showcases the responsive performance, agile maneuverability, and all-weather capability of the 2021 Venza. Integral to the success of the couple finding their dog is the SUV’s available Digital Rearview Mirror with HomeLink®. After they catch a glimpse of the pup in the mirror, the driver reroutes in the right direction. Ultimately, the family is reunited.

2021 Toyota Venza

The elegant 2021 Venza offers three well-equipped trim levels, LE, XLE, and Limited. Each trim delivers the advanced suite of driver-assist technologies, Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, along with impressive EPA-estimated fuel ratings of 40 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and a combined rating of 39 mpg.*

Contact Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka, Indiana, to learn more about the 2021 Toyota Venza. Or better yet, stop by to test-drive it.

*EPA-estimated 40 city/37 hwy/39 combined mpg of 2021 Venza. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.