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!

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 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.

Ways to Save on Car Expenses in 2021

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The new year is a great time to hold yourself accountable to a financial plan. As you work out your budget for 2021, here are two simple ways that you can save on car expenses.

Maintenance

When you keep good care of your vehicle, you can save big on maintenance costs in the long run. Keep your car properly tuned, since a poorly-tuned car will use more gasoline and cost you more than the tune up.

Stay on top of maintenance by changing your car’s oil and oil filter regularly. Frequent oil changes not only help extend the life of your engine, but they also pay off when it comes to less repairs and engine wear.

When it comes to your tires, check the tire pressure often and have them balanced. In addition, sure to regularly check your car’s fluids and air filters.

Gas

Develop gas-saving driving habits that will boost your vehicle’s efficiency and save you money on fuel. It takes more gas to accelerate to normal speed from a full stop, so make sure to accelerate gently instead of abruptly.

And refrain from slamming on the brakes suddenly, to further conserve gas. Regularly monitor traffic ahead and minimize distractions in the cabin, so you can anticipate when to slow down. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to bring the vehicle to a fall halt you need to.

Another way to save money on car-related expenses is the new year is to get a great deal on a new or leased vehicle here at Jordan Toyota. Stop by to speak with one of our friendly sales reps who will be happy to match you with an affordable Toyota model that suits your needs and lifestyle.

Toyota Expands Certified Technician Program

Toyota Certified Service Technicians | Mishawaka, IN

Toyota is expanding its certified technician program to ensure that when you bring your car in for service, it gets the best possible care — whether it’s at a Toyota dealership or not.

The automaker’s T-TEN program (Technician Training & Education Network) works with local organizations and schools to offer students training that meets the highest standards in the automotive industry. Students can attend the program at 36 locations in the United States, which is now being expanded to another eight locations.

Students attending Toyota’s certified technician program not only learn how to work on Toyota and Lexus vehicles — they also earn an associate’s degree and ASE certification. The program takes about two years to complete, though a 12-week crash course is offered to veterans and active-duty service members.

Since the program was founded in 1986, nearly 12,000 students have graduated. And while it acts as pipeline for new Toyota and Lexus service technicians who really know what they’re doing, students are free to apply for any other automotive service operation.

At Jordan Toyota, our technicians pride themselves on their expertise. It’s nice to see that Toyota is working to train the next generation of technicians.

The 2021 Toyota Camry is Safer and More Customizable

2021 Toyota Camry | Mishawaka, IN

Though the beloved Toyota Camry has been a popular sedan for decades now, it still manages to impress with high-tech connectivity gear, advanced driver awareness features, and sporty looks. For 2021, the Toyota Camry is safer and more customizable than previous model years.

A plethora of choices

In order to meet the wide variety of needs held by its extremely diverse users, the 2021 Toyota Camry has a total of 17 different powertrain and trim configurations. Drivers can choose from four powertrain choices that include a V6 gas engine, FWD and AWD four-cylinder engines, and a hybrid. Depending on which engine you select, you can choose from the LE, XLE, XSE, TRD, SE, and SE Nightshade trims. This much variety is not only unusual for a midsize sedan, but represents the most choices that Toyota has given Camry drivers to date.

Expanded safety technologies

The 2021 Camry will be the automaker’s flagship model for the all-new Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ package that includes several new and improved protective features. The Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection is now sensitive enough to detect bicyclists as well as pedestrians and vehicles. Additionally, the Rear Seat Reminder feature is now standard on all versions of the Camry.

Contact us at Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka for more information on the 2021 Camry as we wait for it to arrive on our lot. Or stop by to test-drive one of the 2020 models we have in stock.