Toyota’s Automated Manufacturing Has a Human Approach

Time is of the essence when it comes to racing cars, and even more so when it comes to building them. While there are many factors in the whole process, such as supply and demand, materials, and labor cost, more time saved equals an increase in efficiency and an increase in production. While most manufacturers are turning to fully automated factories as a way to save time, Toyota is finding a balance between using man and machines.

Man Versus Machine

One would think that having a fully automated manufacturing plant would cut down production time; however, Toyota has found that notion to be quite the contrary. In fact, their automation workforce is the same as it was 15 years ago. The reason? Human efficiency. According to the Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Kentucky, “Machines are good for repetitive things, but they can’t improve the efficiency or the quality of their work. Only people can.”

Automation Leads to Efficiency

It’s easy to think that turning to automation would mean lower costs due to the ability to cut out some of the human workforce, however, Toyota leveraged the newfound efficiency by making the human workforce maintain and upkeep the automated machines, thus maintaining a number of jobs available. Employees are more likely to stay at these manufacturing jobs as well, since robots now do the once-tedious and physically intensive jobs.

Will the Robots Take Over?

For now, automation in the Toyota plant makes up for about 10 percent of the manufacturing workforce, with humans maintaining and innovating new ideas to assist in the whole process. While the automation will continue to grow, there will still be plenty of jobs in assisting these robots, as well as other areas, for people to strive for.

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8 Major Strengths of the 2018 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has been an ever-present part of the auto world for decades. The latest Camry models have continued to carry on the original’s classic style and performance, but the 2018 Toyota Camry upgrades this vehicle with new features and functions and you can check it out at Royal Palm Toyota today!

LED Lights

The 2018 Camry offers trendy LED headlights and taillights. Also available are efficient Bi-LED combination headlights and LED Daytime Running headlights.

8-Way Seats

With the 2018 Camry, you can enjoy redesigned 8-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats that boast lovely leather trims and contrast stitching.

Rear Seat Vents and Heated Front Seats

The front seats can also come with convenient heating, and individual rear-seat vents are also available for passenger comfort.

Panoramic Roof and Sunshade

The 2018 Camry comes with a panoramic glass roof with a front power tilt and slide moonroof.

8-Speed Automatic Transmission

With a new Direct Shift 8-speed automatic transmission, the 2018 Camry delivers smoother riding at faster speeds, more fuel efficiency, and better acceleration from a stop.

3-Mode Drive Switch

More control over how you drive is possible with three available drive modes: ECO for maximum efficiency, Normal for a combination of optimum performance and fuel economy, and Sport for sharper acceleration.

New Engines

2018 Toyota Camry engine choices include an all-new 2.5L Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine and a 3.5L V6 engine, both of which are designed to deliver high-performance and efficiency.

Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)

This robust suite of safety features provides a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alerts, and radar cruise control.

Experience the 2018 Toyota Camry Today

As phenomenal as these features of the Toyota Camry sound, you can’t really appreciate their value until you try them out yourself. Get up close and personal with the 2018 Toyota Camry at Royal Palm Toyota, where you can take it for a test drive.

2017 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2017 Honda Ridgeline

The mid-size pickup truck class is hotly contested these days. While the Toyota Tacoma ruled the roost for years without serious competition, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is quite the contender, with a comfortable cabin and a car-like ride. Can the Ridgeline keep up? We at Royal Palm Toyota will take a look at how they stack up against each other.

On or Off-Road?

The Tacoma is a conventional body-on-frame pickup truck, while the Ridgeline uses unibody construction. Although Tacoma gets the nod on the toughest off-road trails, the Ridgeline almost keeps up off the beaten path. On paved roads, the Tacoma again excels where it delivers superior ride and handling.

Horsepower

The Tacoma is offered with a 159 horsepower 2.7-liter inline four-cylinder or a 278 horsepower 3.5-liter V6. All Ridgelines are equipped with a 280 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, giving them a two-horsepower advantage.

Fuel Economy

The most fuel efficient 2017 Tacoma is EPA rated at 19 city/24 highway miles per gallon when equipped with two-wheel-drive and the 3.5-liter V6 engine. The Ridgeline delivers a slightly higher level of efficiency out on the open road, with the front-wheel-drive model rated at 19 city/26 highway.

Cargo Bed

The Tacoma’s cargo bed is work-oriented, with a handy optional sliding tie-down system. The Ridgeline gets the job done, but it’s all about the Tacoma’s party, with a cooler-like space below the cargo floor (complete with drain plug), optional speakers stealthily built into the cargo bed walls, and an innovative two-way tailgate. The Tacoma takes the reigns on this one.

If you are looking for a truck, the 2017 Tacoma is the way to go. Stop by Royal Palm Toyota to check out all the cool features and take a test drive today!

Toyota Contributes $5 Million Dollars to Autonomous Vehicle Test Facility

Self-driving cars are coming – there’s no denying it. At the forefront of automated vehicle technology is the American Center for Mobility (ACM). The ACM is a non-profit facility dedicated to testing and developing autonomous and connected cars. Recently, Toyota announced it will contribute $5 million dollars to the ACM.

The ACM Vision

The ACM is being built in Ypsilanti, Michigan on the site of a factory that originally built B-24 bombers in World War II. Later in its existence, the site became home to a Chevrolet Corvair plant.

Fortunately, the Corvairs, which were known to detonate when hit from behind, are all gone. In their place will stand a home for the latest transportation technologies. It’s here that researchers and companies will create and test advanced autonomous technologies. In addition to what’s on site, the Michigan Department of Transportation is working towards repurposing some of the nearby roads as part of the testing facility.

Toyota Doing Its Part

Toyota is already involved in autonomous technology development in Michigan. The company does testing in the Ann Arbor area and on the University of Michigan Campus.

By contributing to the ACM, Toyota will be a member of a government-industry team which supports ACM initiatives. Toyota believes the ACM will play a key role in autonomous and connected vehicle development.

Jeff Makarewicz, group vice president of Safety and Vehicle Performance at Toyota, says that “together with industry and government partners, we would like to set a direction to realize connected and automated vehicles to help improve safety and mobility.”

Toyota is confident that autonomous and connected vehicle technology will pave the way for a safer future, one for which we at Royal Palm Toyota couldn’t be more excited. To learn more about the safety technology featured in current Toyota models, stop by Royal Palm Toyota today.

Will Toyota’s Domination of the U.S. Sedan market Continue With the All-New Camry?

Toyota Motor Corp recently acknowledged the dwindling U.S. sedan market and expressed its hope that the new Camry model will help boost sales in this particular segment. While dropping gasoline prices in the United States have prompted many buyers to trade in their smaller vehicles for pick-up trucks and SUVs, Toyota Motor Corp highly doubts that mid-size sedans will disappear completely anytime soon. Come see the all-new Camry today at Royal Palm Toyota.

While other automakers have focused on meeting the growing demand for larger vehicles and pickups, sedan production has been pushed to the back burner. Sedans now make up just 38 percent of the U.S. market for new car sales, as opposed to 44 percent in 2015. Toyota sees this as a potential benefit and has expressed confidence that lack of competition from other automakers in the sedan market will allow the automaker to boost its presence in the segment.

At the launch of the new Camry model in Japan, Masato Katsumata (Camry’s chief engineer), expressed optimism that the automaker will have an opportunity to gain greater control of the sedan market “If other automakers left the sedan market to focus more on SUVs.”

Rehabilitating a Fading Segment

Toyota has a strong presence in the sedan market. In the first half of 2017 alone, smaller models like the Camry brought in over 43.5 percent of the total sales for the renowned automaker. The redesign of the Toyota will help boost consumer confidence in the brand.

Once the new Camry goes on sale in August, Toyota is shooting for 30,000 sales of the new vehicle each month in the United States. The Camry is ready to be the leading sedan with its high performing engine and sleek design. Get yourself a first look this month at Royal Palm Toyota!

2017 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2017 Honda Ridgeline

The mid-size pickup truck class is hotly contested these days. While the Toyota Tacoma ruled the roost for years without serious competition, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is quite the contender, with a comfortable cabin and a car-like ride. Can the Ridgeline keep up? Take a look as we Royal Palm Toyota examine how they stack up against each other.

On or Off-Road?

The Tacoma is a conventional body-on-frame pickup truck, while the Ridgeline uses unibody construction. Although Tacoma gets the nod on the toughest off-road trails, the Ridgeline almost keeps up off the beaten path. On paved roads, the Tacoma again excels where it delivers superior ride and handling.

Horsepower

The Tacoma is offered with a 159 horsepower 2.7-liter inline four cylinder or a 278 horsepower 3.5-liter V6. All Ridgelines are equipped with a 280 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, giving them a two-horsepower advantage.

Fuel Economy

The most fuel efficient 2017 Tacoma is EPA rated at 19 city/24 highway miles per gallon when equipped with two-wheel-drive and the 3.5-liter V6 engine. The Ridgeline delivers a slightly higher level of efficiency out on the open road, with the front-wheel-drive model rated at 19 city/26 highway.

Cargo Bed

The Tacoma’s cargo bed is work-oriented, with a handy optional sliding tie-down system. The Ridgeline gets the job done, but it’s all about the Tacoma’s party, with a cooler-like space below the cargo floor (complete with drain plug), optional speakers stealthily built into the cargo bed walls, and an innovative two-way tailgate. The Tacoma takes the reigns on this one. 

If you are looking for a truck, the 2017 Tacoma is the way to go. Stop by Royal Palm Toyota to check out all the cool features and take a test drive today!

Toyota Highlander XLE: A Great Choice for Families

The Toyota Highlander has been enhanced for 2017 with changes inside and out that are sure to please your family. A new 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 295 horsepower and the front and rear exterior fascias have been freshened up for a crisp, premium appearance. The big bold grille features available LED daytime running lamps.

One of America’s Safest SUVs

The 2017 Highlander earned the coveted Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), with the Toyota’s Safety Sense™ (TSS) technology suite standard on all models. TSS includes lane departure warning with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

Solid Fuel Economy

The 2017 Highlander is EPA rated at 20 city/26 highway/22 combined miles per gallon. The Highlander Hybrid takes it to the next level with 34 city/30 highway. If you do a lot of stop and go driving, the savings will add up. While gasoline prices are relatively inexpensive now, you never know what the future will bring.

Everyone Stays Connected

The Highlander’s Entune™ Infotainment system includes a slew of cool features, including support for your favorite smartphone apps. With five USB ports (three up front and two in the back), everyone stays connected and charged up.

Feature Packed Cabin

The three-row Highlander is comfortable and nicely appointed. Access to the third row is made easier by the addition of second-row seats that tilt and slide. There are eight trim levels in all. The mid-level XLE features leather upholstery, heated seats, push-button start, second-row sunshades, the Entune infotainment system, and a power moonroof. If you hanker for a panoramic moonroof, you may want to upgrade to the range-topping Highlander Limited Platinum.

With seating for up to eight, there’s room for everyone. Stop into Royal Palm Toyota with the family to check out the 2017 Highlander! We at Royal Palm Toyota have always loved the Highlander and we know that you’ll love the latest model!

Everything You Need to Know About Your Toyota Car Payments

One of the most frequent questions a car shopper has is, “How much will it cost?” Unfortunately, the answer is often “it depends” as there a host of factors that play into calculating the monthly cost of your vehicle. Among these factors are your credit, how much of a down payment you make, and the model vehicle and packages you choose.

Considering that you choose as a down payment, be it 25 percent, 10 percent or no down payment at all, it can really affect your monthly costs. Here are a few more tips for you, so you can maximize your vehicle potential while keeping to your budget:

 – Maximize Your Down Payment - An up-front deposit will never accrue interest, and even paying 10 percent of the vehicle price up front can drastically reduce your monthly payments;

 – Lower Your APR –  Hunt around for the best deals and go that extra mile, you may find that an extra hour of searching now may save hundred over the course of your car payments;

 – Pay Attention to Your Credit - Better credit leads to better terms, including better APRs and lengths of the deal;

 – Buy What You’ll Use – By being smart about the features and options you want in your vehicle, you can get the best bang for your buck.

Also remember that while a longer payment plan will reduce your monthly payments, it will increase the overall amount you pay for the vehicle over those extra years, so weigh your options and discuss them with your family as well as our financing department.

At Royal Palm Toyota, our financing department is happy to help you with your vehicle financing issues, and we know how to work with all ranges of financial situations. Don’t be discouraged because a different dealer offers poor terms or no terms at all, we’re willing to chat with you and find out how we can make your next car a Toyota from Royal Palm Toyota.

The Toyota Lineup Abounds with Top Safety Pick+ Award Winners

Seven 2017 Toyota models have earned Top Safety Pick awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the most of all automakers to receive the coveted Top Safety Pick accolades. This marks the third consecutive year that Toyota has come out on top of the pack.

“At Toyota, our focus remains on the safety and peace of mind of our customers” said Dino Triantafyllos, Toyota’s North American Chief Quality Officer. “We are proud that our commitment to developing safe and reliable vehicles resulted in such a strong showing in 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards.”

A model must earn a “good” rating in all five of the IIHS’ crash tests, a “superior” or “advanced” rating for a car”s front crash prevention system, and quality headlights to earn a Top Safety Pick+ rating. The 2017 Toyota Prius, Corolla, Camry, Prius v, and RAV4 met these requirements to surpass the competition.

Additionally, the Toyota Yaris iA and Avalon each received Top Safety Pick ratings for their safety features and amenities.

If you’d like to look at any of these award-winning models, stop by Royal Palm Toyota today and we’ll be happy to show you our extensive collection.

Toyota Has Introduced Entune 3.0

Toyota has introduced its newest multimedia system: the Entune 3.0. With a plethora of new features, the Entune 3.0 includes Wi-Fi hotspot by Verizon. The models equipped with this multimedia system will allow for five devices to be connected at a time, and the system will receive real-time map updates.

Entune 3.0 is also equipped with a mobility feature that includes remote start, remote locking, remote unlocking of the car, and the option to set parameters for drivers. If the driver exceeds the parameter, the owner is notified on his or her phone.

One final and exciting feature of the Entune 3.0 units is that they offer a slew of useful, entertaining apps like iHeartRadio, Yelp, Pandora, and Slacker.

This new multimedia system will be featured in some of Toyota’s new models starting at the end of this year.