Toyota Reveals Exterior of New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle, Japanese Pricing

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It’s not every day that you’re literally shown the future, but Toyota did just that at a private unveiling in Japan of their forthcoming hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle. While the nameless, verdant vehicle shows promise of a world devoid of both carbon emissions and lengthy EV charging times, the question we ask is, “Where’s the infrastructure?”

It takes nearly $1M to install a working hydrogen refueling station, and while we don’t currently have any here in the St. Louis metro area, hydrogen stations are planned to spring up along the coastlines, and perhaps we’ll see the same sort of investment close to home from companies like Shell (who operates a very well established network of petroleum refueling stations across St. Louis and Southern Illinois).  It’s also notable that hydrogen is expected to cost roughly 2/3 that of the equivilant amount of gasoline, so the price of fuel is right.

But what about the price of the car? While other automakers are betting on lease-only pricing structures with seemingly no purchase option, Toyota is bucking the trend by offering the vehicle for actual sale – not just on lease – to prospective customers. The last time Toyota made such a bet, it was with the Toyota Prius… which is now the market share leader globally among hybrid vehicles.

Oh… the price. Remember – only the price in Japan has been revealed, and it’s roughly $70,000 USD after conversion.

The Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle will arrive in Japanese showrooms April 2015 with global availability (including the US) by June or July 2015.

The vehicle pictured in this post is NOT a concept! It’s production-spec, and we really dig the throwback styling reminiscent of the first car Toyota sold on our shores, the Toyopet Crown (see it in the roof profile and rear fenders?).

Source: Toyota USA

2014 Toyota Prius Specials Just in Time for Summer!

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Prius Blow Out at Mungenast Alton ToyotaAvoid shelling out your hard earned money at the pump —  save big on the Toyota Prius right now at Mungenast Alton Toyota.  We’ve lined our lot with America’s most reliable Hybrid vehicle, so from now until July 7, 2014, we’re offering Alton and the Greater St. Louis area big savings on the 2014 Toyota Prius. Click here to review all of our current 2014 Toyota Prius purchase or lease incentives. 



Most people know that the 2014 Toyota Prius sips gasoline like a fine scotch, offering an estimated 51 highway/48 city fuel economy*. But you get so much more with the purchase of a Prius – starting with the  reliability and drivability that come standard with that Toyota badge. Plus, with the addition of multiple models, colors, and trims, the Toyota Prius has become one of the most fun cars to purchase on the market.  Toyota has adapted this hybrid compact vehicle for all lifestyles with the addition of the more compact Prius c and the roomier Prius v to the lineup.

 

2014 Toyota Prius c is at Mungenast Alton Toyota

2014 Toyota Prius c

 

Are you a smart and stylish student or young professional? Bold, sleek, and a slight 157.3 inches long, the Prius c is a true subcompact, which means you’ll have plenty of room to stash your books and briefcase while still having no problem sliding into tight spots on city streets or campus parking lots. In the Prius c, you’ll always arrive on time and in style. View our current Prius c inventory here.

 

2014 Toyota Prius v is at Mungenast Alton Toyota

2014 Toyota Prius v

 

Perhaps you’re the head of a household, or an adventure junkie, and need a bit more space for kids, sports equipment, gear, pets, and the many surprises that come with raising a family or setting off into the great outdoors. If this sounds like you, you’re going to love the 2014 Toyota Prius v wagon. You’ll be delightfully surprised at how much cargo you can tote in the Prius v – we’re talking room for groceries, camping equipment, large electronics, coolers, instruments – you name it! It’s your vehicle. What are you going to do with it? View our current Prius v inventory here.

 

2014 Toyota Prius at Mungenast Alton Toyota

2014 Toyota Prius

 

And of course, you can’t go wrong with the versatile and gas efficient standard 2014 Toyota Prius hybrid. You have plenty of trim options in case you want to upgrade your technology, entertainment, or navigation features. Scroll through our many 2014 Toyota Prius vehicles here and review the various trims to find the hatchback that meets your expectations – and your budget.

 

Still don’t believe that the Toyota Prius is the perfect vehicle for all lifestyles? Come in for a test drive! You’ll be surprised at how comfortable and easy to drive this hatchback is – and you’ll love seeing how high you can get your MPG to go. Not sure if a new 2014 Toyota Prius fits into your budget even with our limited-time low prices? Come in for a test drive anyway . . . with Mungenast Alton Toyota’s Test Drive To Win Program, you might just win $2,500 for test driving a new Toyota Prius, which would go far as a down payment on this already affordable vehicle.

 

2014 Toyota Prius at Mungenast Alton Toyota

 

We hope our customers in Alton, IL, and St. Louis, MO, are having an incredible summer. Please come see us at Mungenast Alton Toyota if we can assist you with purchasing a 2014 Toyota Prius. If you are considering a purchase, don’t delay; Although the reliability, gas efficiency, and style of the Prius will last, these offers sure won’t!

 

Mungenast Alton Toyota is a member of the Mungenast Automotive Family. Learn more about our car dealerships serving the Greater St. Louis area and Alton, IL. 

 

*Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, and other factors. 

Unicorn Pegasus | The 2014 Toyota RAV4

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Toyota knows what it is to be a parent. Each day brings challenges you never thought you’d experience in life, such as seeing your daughter fall in love for the first time — with a five-foot-long long stuffed pink unicorn.

Unlike the unicorn, a reliable, fun-to-drive vehicle that can handle anything parenting throws at you is no myth. The Toytoa RAV4 has the dependability you expect from a Toyota and the utility you need to adapt to the many challenges you face as the head of a growing — and always quirky — household.  Come to Mungenast Alton Toyota to test drive the ultimate family vehicle, and handle all the challenges of parenting in style. Follow this link to see our current 2014 Toyota RAV4 inventory.

Mungenast Alton Toyota is a member of the Mungenast Automotive Family. Learn more about our family-owned organization of car dealerships in St. Louis, MO, and Alton, IL.

 

Five Essential Distinctions Between the Corolla and the Camry

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2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla

The numbers are in; LMC Automotive has released the list of the top ten best-selling cars worldwide for 2013. Not surprisingly, Toyota claimed two spots on the list: the Toyota Corolla is the second best-selling car in the world, and the Toyota Camry is the sixth best-selling car in the world with a whopping 1,001,141 and 728,230 units sold, respectively.

 

In honor of Toyota’s recognition, we at Mungenast Alton Toyota compiled a list of our own about the two ranking vehicles.  Since the Toyota Corolla and the Toyota Camry are top sedan choices for shoppers who value simplicity and dependability, some might have trouble deciding which of the sedans is best for their lifestyle. To help with your choice, we’ve assembled 5 differences between the new Toyota Camry and the new Toyota Corolla. Which one is better for you? Happy shopping!

1. Corolla vs Camry: Size

Toyota Camry Interior Space

2014 Toyota Camry

Let’s begin our Corolla and Camry comparison with the most blatant difference between the sedans. The Corolla is a compact sedan; the Camry is a mid-size sedan. Do you have a family to haul around? Do you frequently carpool? Then the roomier Camry will have more room to keep you and your fellow passengers more comfortable. Do you usually drive only yourself with minimal cargo? Then  the Corolla will be a comfortable, affordable, easy-to-drive car for your daily commute.

2. Corolla vs Camry: Safety

Both the Camry and Corolla come standard with Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control , Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology. However, there are a few additional security features standard on the 2014.5 Toyota Camry, including two additional airbags, backup cameras, and a battery-saver feature that deactivates interior lights after 20 minutes.  The Camry SE and Camry XLE have an optional Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Of these additional features, only the backup camera is available, but not standard, on the 2014 Corolla.

If safety is your primary concern, and you have some wiggle room in your budget, a Camry beats out the Corolla hands down. And, if you really want to be taken care of, the Camry XLE offers optional Safety Connect (not available on other Camry trim level or on any Corolla trim level). Safety Connect includes Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle locator, Roadside Assistance and Automatic Collision Notification.

3. Corolla vs Camry:  Power

2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla

As expected, the larger Toyota Camry comes with a more powerful engine to carry the additional weight smoothly. The 2014 Toyota Corolla has two engine options: a 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder that delivers 132 horsepower (on the Corolla L, Corolla LE, and Corolla S trim levels) or a 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder Eco engine (on the Corolla LE Eco trim) that delivers 140 horsepower. The 2014.5 Toyota Camry, meanwhile, gives the buyer more power and more diverse options: 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder engines (on the Camry L, Camry LE, Camry SE, SE Sport, and Camry XLE trims) deliver 178 horsepower, while the significantly more powerful 3.5-liter V-6  engines (on the XLE and SE trims) deliver 268 horsepower.  Or, for the eco-centric, the Toyota Camry Hybrid comes equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-Clinder engine that delivers 200 horsepower (on all Toyota Camry Hybrid Trims: Hybrid LE, Hybrid SE, and Hybrid XLE). And speaking of eco-friendly. . .

4. Corolla vs. Camry: Fuel Economy

As expected, the lighter Toyota Corolla offers a higher fuel economy (between 30/40 mpg) than the heavier Toyota Camry (between 25/35 mpg).  Or, if you already decided on a Camry, you can spring for a Toyota Camry Hybrid to enjoy 39/43 mpg.

5. Corolla vs. Camry:  Price

2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla

We know that, for many shoppers, price is paramount. Since the Toyota Corolla is Toyota’s entry-level sedan, it will have a lower MSRP than the Toyota Camry. However, the Toyota Camry does come with more space, power, options, and features. That’s why both are excellent values, and it’s best to consider the primary purpose of the vehicle rather than make your decision on price alone. If your budget is limited, our team at Mungenast Alton Toyota would be happy to help you to find a used Toyota Corolla or used Toyota Camry that’s in your price range. Because they are known for their reliability and longevity, Corollas and Camrys make excellent used vehicle purchases.

 

In short, with either vehicle, you’re getting of the most reliable, affordable cars on the market.  Before you decide which vehicle is right for you, allow us to get you in the vehicles for a test drive to see which vehicle handles better for you personally. Plus, you might even win this month’s Test Drive To Win Sweepstakes. We’ll see you on the road.

 

i-Road EV Trials Begin in Tokyo

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In delightfully fun-sized vehicles news, Toyota Motor Corporation will begin running limited trials of their fully electric personal transporter, the “i-Road,” next week. 2.3 meters long and not quite a meter wide, this 3-wheeled, covered vehicle gives drivers the experience of driving a golf-cart without the polyester and a motorcycle without the helmet hair. Toyota will loan one of these extremely unique vehicles to 20 lucky people over a two week period to evaluate the i-Road experience in everyday city driving.

 

You might remember something similar to the i-Road shown as a Toyota concept at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show last year, but the i-Road model going on trial has been modified with features to increase drivability and is now available in five spunky colors. Undeniable spunkiness aside, the i-Road solves a critical dilemma of automakers who want to offer buyers zero-emissions mobility while circumventing the bulkiness and high cost issues of four-wheeled EVs.Like a motorbike, the i-Road utilizes a gyroscope and allows the driver to lean into turns while offering the comfort and stability of a car. Unlike a motorcycle, however, the vehicle won’t get much faster than 38 mph, which makes it best for those who need to get around more efficiently in an urban environment.

The trial is also experimenting with the revolutionary Ha:mo system, which combines GPS and an itinerary calculator to evaluate the most efficient way of traveling to your destination using an eco-friendly and time-sensitive combination of the i-Road, rental bikes, public transportation, and legs.  The Ha:mo is not just created for the benefit of the driver, but for the benefit of the city itself. Efforts to incorporate walking and public transportation are a part of the Toyota effort to strive towards a low-carbon urban society equipped with advanced technological mobility.

 

If you want a detailed breakdown on the i-Road specs and technology, you can find it here. However, we’ve provided a stripped-down version of the details below:

    • The i-Road seats two passengers (in tandem to keep body narrow)
    • The i-Road has a fully enclosed body that protects rider and driver from the elements.
    • The i-Road does not require a helmet because it is fully enclosed.
    • The i-Road stays upright when at rest because of a trick front-wheel setup.
    • The i-Road is steered using a “squircle”-shaped steering wheel.
    • The i-Road has front-wheel drive and gets no power from the rear wheel.
    • The i-Road lithium-iron battery claims to last for 30 miles.
    • The i-Road lithium iron battery top-offs take three hours (but Toyota doesn’t indicate whether this is on Janpanese, European, or U.S. power standards.)
    • The i-Road price has not been announced or estimated. Neither has when and where the vehicle will be for sale.

 

Unfortunately for us, and for many of our readers and customers, these trials are only happening in Tokyo. Would these vehicles be beneficial to the St. Louis or Riverbend areas? Those who don’t drive long distances on an everyday basis might find this a cost effective option for daily errands. Alternatively, those who do drive long distances daily might still find this vehicle to be a fun alternative for their shorter trips. What do you think? Let us know! Post a response on our blog here, or find us on Facebook and join the conversation.

 

 

Source:  Toyota USA

2014 Toyota Highlander: Fun For The Whole Family

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The 2014 Toyota Highlander has been getting a lot of press this year. Toyota’s tagline for the Highlander – there’s no room
for boring – fits in well with the SUV’s new spokespeople (or should we say, spokesmuppets?).  The campaign with Jim Hensen’s Muppets began with a Super Bowl advertisement and several online episodic videos and culminated earlier this week at the Muppets Most Wanted Hollywood premiere in a stunt that had various Muppets rolling down Hollywood Boulevard in Toyota Highlanders.

 

 The Muppet/Highlander campaign is also appropriate for another big reason: both are family-oriented enterprises. The recent campaign presents us the perfect opportunity to highlight the features that make the 2014 Toyota Highlander more family-friendly than ever.

Why the 2014 Toyota Highlander is the Ultimate Family SUV

 

This updated mid-size SUV gained three inches in length, providing more space for extra passengers and an increased cargo capacity for those transporting groceries or equipment. Toyota redesigned the rear suspension, which widened the fold-flat third row seat to fit three. This results in total seating space for up to 8 and blurs the distinction between mid-size and full-size SUV. However, it should be noted that the seating in the third row is best for children, as an adult might their heads uncomfortably close to the roof of the vehicle on longer journeys.

 

Legroom for adults in the 2014 Toyota Highlander also expanded. There’s an increase in the amount of legroom for the front and middle rows to facilitate greater comfort for taller drivers and passengers. Also, the 2014 Toyota Highlander takes into account the needs of shorter drivers and passengers by installing an available height-adjustable power lift gate in the rear, which means that the vehicle owner can program the back door to stop opening at a height that can be reached by the whole family.

 

The huge storage bin in the center console of the Highlander is perfect to hold overstuffed handbags, and with the divided shelf beneath the dashboard, there’s always a place to keep important items handy while keeping the cup holders free for, well, cups!

 

As seen on comparable mid-size SUVs, the 2014 Toyota Highlander comes with the extended view review mirror that allows the driver to keep an eye on their more rambunctious backseat cargo. What makes the Toyota Highlander stand out in terms of driver access to backseat passengers, however, is the Easy Speak system, which uses a hands-free microphone to send audio to the speakers in the rear. This feature is available on the XLE grade and higher and is activated by a button on the 6.1-inch touch-screen display. It will be a smooth and quiet drive, as Toyota has implemented an acoustic windshield and expanded dashboard silencer to prevent engine noise from penetrating the cabin.

 

 

Those with their eye on the big-picture of their family’s future on our planet might be pleased to know that this vehicle, like earlier models, comes with a hybrid option. In this newest gas-electric Toyota SUV, the hybrid system offers combined horsepower of 280 and an impressive combined fuel economy of 28 – the best combined MPG of any mid-size SUV.

 

Want more details and specs about the Toyota Highlander? We have you covered on the Mungenast Alton Toyota website.
Interested in bringing in a Highlander into your family? Take a look at our Highlander inventory at Mungenast Alton Toyota. Then visit us in Alton, IL, for a test drive, and you’ll be toting your own family of Muppets around in your new Highlander before you know it.

 

Mungenast Alton Toyota is a part of the Mungenast Automotive Family. Learn more about our Alton, IL, and St. Louis, MO car dealerships on our website

Scion Announces Details Surrounding Limited Production ‘10 Series’ Models

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Today, Scion released pricing and more specific information on all of the forthcoming Scion10 Series models to commemorate the brand’s 10th anniversary.  Each example will come standard with   In all, only 10,000 Scion to Series vehicles will be produced and will arrive in dealerships in June.

Scion 10 Series 2014 tC – Comes with premium stitching on the steering wheel and seats, projector headlights, LED accent lighting, 18-inch gloss dark gray allow wheels, an electroluminescent panel about the radio, and front and rear locator badges (which illuminate once the vehicle is unlocked).  The tC also comes with the all-new Scion Standard Display Audio, featuring a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen, Bluetooth® compatibility, HD Radio™ technology and steering wheel-mounted controls.  Other exclusive features include logo-stamped Scion side skirts, illuminated shift knob, and Scion floor mats.

Scion 10 Series 2014 iQ – Comes with projector-beam headlights, 16-inch graphite gray alloy wheels, two electroluminescent panels on the center console, front and rear illuminated locater badges, illuminated shift knob and logo floor mats.

Scion 10 Series 2013 FR-S – Comes with dual zone automatic climate control, HID headlights, LED DRL accent lights, 17-inch wheels (the same ones that come on the standard car), a frameless rearview mirror, a dashboard electroluminescent panel, front and rear locator badges, illuminated shift knob (A/T models only), and Scion-logo cargo mat.

Scion 10 Series 2013 xB – Comes with projector beam halogen headlights, LED accent lighting, 16-inch graphite alloy wheels, a dashboard electroluminescent panel, front and rear locator badges, illuminated shift knob and Scion floor mats.

Scion 10 Series 2013 xD – Comes with premium stitching on the seats, halogen headlights, 16-inch graphite gray alloy wheels, electroluminescent panel above the radio, a rear locator badge, illuminated shift knob and Scion logo floor and cargo mats.

All Scion 10 Series models will be painted in a premium color, Silver Ignition, with silver seat belts to match.

 

Source: Scion Newsroom

Review – 2013 Toyota RAV4

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As Toyota continues their product blitz, let’s take a moment to discuss what making “Fun to drive, again” means for the RAV4.  Originally created to bridge the gap between compacts and midsize SUVs, the Toyota RAV4 was the market’s first true compact crossover when it debuted in the late 1990’s. Since then, a lot has changed – not only is the market flooded with competition, Toyota’s “little ute that could” is no longer leading the sales pack.  Something needed to be done to turn the nameplate around, and they’ve done it.  The 2013 Toyota RAV4 not only gives consumers more of what they want at a price they can afford, it’s elegantly packaged in a stylish design that will stand the test of time.

Completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, gone are many of the oddities found on features unique to its predecessor, including a swing-style rear door with posterior-mounted spare tire and available third-row seating.  Given the size of the vehicle and the way that market trends have progressed, none of those attributes made the previous RAV4 particularly appealing to consumers as the years went on.  Not to worry: All has been addressed, and even more valuable features have been added, including a Standard Display Audio System, standard rear backup camera, available power liftgate (on Limited models), available rear cross-traffic alert, and available blind spot monitoring.

RAV4 only comes available with a single engine choice this year – a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower.  Toyota has added two more cogs to the transmission for a total of six forward ratios versus the outgoing model’s four.  Although a number of customers chose the previous RAV4 because of its available V6, it’s notable to point out that for every five four-cylinder models Toyota sold, they only sold one V6-equipped model.  Buyers of the new RAV4 shouldn’t be disappointed with power delivery – it builds evenly and smoothly, due in part both to the light chassis and the silky-smooth six-speed automatic transmission.  AWD is also available.  And if that’s not enough, there’s even a “Sport” button for a more spirited driving characteristic, adjusting both the steering ratio and throttle response for when you want it.  Likewise, there’s an “Eco” button that delays throttle response ever so lightly (you’ll probably never even know) along with tuning the climate control to give you the best mileage possible.

The RAV4’s cabin beautifully crafted and is among the most quiet in the segment – almost Lexus-like, especially at cruising speeds.  The front seats are very supportive, even on longer journeys and the rear 60/40-split folding seatbacks are adjustable and can partially recline.  Overall, the RAV4’s taut suspension delivers a comfortable ride without sacrificing handling.  There’s less body-roll than expected and it turns like a champ.

Check out our walkaround video featuring the all-new Toyota RAV4:

Toyota Reigns Supreme in 2012 Reliability Rankings

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Credit: Toyota

Japanese automakers have been known for years for producing vehicles exhibiting overall superior reliability and below-average cost to repair, and this year, Toyota, Scion, and Lexus have earned the top three spots among “Most Reliable Automakers.”  The highest ranked vehicle of all is the all-new Toyota Prius c.

This year’s report was compiled using data comprised of nearly 1.2 million surveys that show how many issues were reported among vehicles out of a scale of 0-100 per model.  The fewer issues per 100 vehicles-per-model in the survey, the higher the model’s reliability ranking – impacting the manufacturer’s score across an entire vehicle lineup.

Source – Autoblog

Next Toyota Corolla to Share Global Auris Styling?

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Last week, Toyota revealed their new 2013 Auris five-door hatchback aimed at global (read: not for the U.S.) markets and it’s quite a looker, not to mention all of the research and development time and money going into creating a new model.  That said, the styling of the JDM (Japan Domestic Market) Corolla Fielder/Axio is rather mute, bulbous, and places an emphasis on luxury, features, and overall interior volume rather than competitive styling.  It certainly wouldn’t work here in North America.  The Auris, on the other hand, would look great on our roads, except for one thing: It’s a hatchback.  Although there are more and more hatches returning to the land of the free, yanks have not completely warmed up to them enough to warrant Toyota executing a full profile change from sedan to hatchback on the Corolla we get here in the States.  Nevertheless, the Corolla we will see here in North America may end up looking very similar to the Auris in profile and overall styling, more or less from the vehicle’s B-pillar on forward.  How can we tell?  Pictures speak a thousand words.

Firstly, take a look at the front fascia.  Now, it’s not the spitting image of the Auris, but from what we can tell from the spy shots, we’re looking at foglights, possible HID headlamps, and a prominent nose with the proportions of the JDM Auris model.

Similarities in side profile are nearly spot-on as well, especially when you look at the mirrors.  Not only is the mirror shape identical, so are the aero fins (the same kind we’ve seen on many new Lexus models lately).  Proportionally, the front fenders seem to share the same overall shape and proportion on each side of the wheel well, and the similarities between both cars don’t seem to stop until you get behind the B-pillar.  Again, this is because the vehicle shown in the spy photos is a Corolla sedan, and with the departure of the Matrix in Toyota’s lineup, it would make sense for Toyota to bring back the Corolla five-door – possibly leaving the door wide open for Toyota to slap a Corolla badge on the back of an Auris and put it on a boat bound for Long Beach.  Although that whole situation is purely speculative, it makes perfect sense.

So, what do you think?  Would you like to see the new Auris (or something closely resembling it) in the United States soon?

Photo Credit: Autoblog