Toyota of the Black Hills 2014 Sienna with Bobby Willert
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Toyota has long been championing hybrid vehicles. From the popular Prius liftback to the nimble Prius c, Toyota has become synonymous with hybrid fuel efficiency over the years thanks to the brand’s commitment to various hybrid technologies and its litany of appealing hybrid models.
Not content with resting on its laurels, the Japanese automaker recently announced plans to increase efficiency in its hybrid vehicles by a further 10 percent, thanks to the development of new silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors for use in power control units (PCUs).
The new PCU, which will begin testing on Japanese roads sometime next year, utilize a new silicon carbide compound and suffer less electrical resistance, which improves efficiency when passing electrical current between the vehicle’s battery and electric motor. Additionally, the new PCU units lose less power once shutting off, and can operate at a higher frequency than existing models.
Toyota says that the net power loss of the new PCU measures in at one-tenth of the current silicone versions, which equates to a roughly five-percent increase in fuel economy, with the potential of a further ten-percent increase once the new silicon carbide models actually come to market.
Additionally, the new PCU is smaller (roughly 80 percent smaller), which when coupled with improvements to other key areas such as enhanced engine technology, aerodynamics, and lighter materials, should prove a boon to overall MPG in future Toyota hybrids.
Toyota says it aims to have the technology up, running, and implemented by 2020. And while the future looks bright (and green) for Toyota, potential owners don't have to wait years to drive an incredibly fuel-efficient hybrid. for more information, or to test drive a Toyota hybrid, be sure to contact your local Toyota dealer and schedule a test drive today.
The 2014 Toyota Sienna is already recognized as one of the most versatile, family-friendly vehicles on the market. Now, the Sienna minivan is gathering even more acclaim after recently being named one of the “12 Best Family Cars” for 2014 by Kelly Blue Book’s KBB.com.
With so much to love about the 2014 Sienna, it’s no wonder KBB.com editors were so impressed. In particular, praise has been given to the Sienna’s attention to family comfort. And with more varied configurations than any other minivan on the market, the trusted folks at KBB.com view the Sienna as “the perfect family-car for more than 100,000 families each year.”
And while awards are great, what makes KBB.com’s recognition truly special is the input actual families have had in the process. The “Best Family Cars 2014” was compiled by recruiting families to assist nine Kelley Blue Book editors in comparison testing of eligible vehicles after editors narrowed more than 300 vehicles down to 21 semi-finalists. Testing focused on areas of safety, comfort, driving performance, room for child seats, cargo space, rear-seat entertainment, and other family-friendly features, with the final goal to determine the “most functional new cars for families.”
Without a doubt the 2014 Toyota Sienna truly puts the “fun” in functional. With a number of trims to choose from, including base L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited, drivers would be hard pressed to find a Sienna that doesn’t meet their needs.
So, if you’re looking for a versatile minivan that will please the entire family, be sure to contact your local Toyota dealer and schedule a test drive today!
Find out where the local fireworks are located around Rapid City this weekend
Two, four, six, eight, why exactly do we celebrate? The Continental Congress actually declared independence from England on July 2, 1776, and the first public celebration was held on July 8. The Fourth of July was the day the Congress officially adopted the Declaration.
Okay, ’fess up. Who broke the Liberty Bell? The famous bell helped chime in freedom in that historic July of 1776. But it wasn’t always cracked. Sadly, there’s no record of what caused the bell to break. It rang for the last time in February of 1846 in honor of George Washington’s birthday.
Even the Founding Fathers had to deal with red tape! Back in the day, everything had to go through committees as it does today-- even the Declaration of Independence. Once Jefferson completed the original draft, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin made their edits-- and it still wasn’t done. Congress argued about every line, making over eighty changes and working until the wee hours of the morning.
The events surrounding the Fourth of July and the writing of the Declaration of Independence were immortalized in song in the 1969 Tony Award winning Broadway musical “1776.” Although not 100 percent historically accurate, Franklin, Adams and Jefferson were never so much fun! Okay, Franklin maybe.
Put your John Hancock right here. John Hancock was the President of the Congress and supposedly the first to sign. He bogarted the best spot and his signature is at least three times as big as any other signature. Save some room for somebody else, John!
Of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration, there’s one notable name missing: George Washington. Once again, George was off fighting, preparing to defend Manhattan against the British.
Okay, that’s freaky. Three U.S. Presidents died on the Fourth of July. James Monroe died on July 4, 1831. In addition, the great duo of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, lifelong political adversaries and dear friends, died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826.
Explorers Lewis and Clark celebrated the first Fourth of July west of the Mississippi by firing a canon on their keel-boat and naming the waterway Independence Creek. They also gave themselves an extra ration of whiskey. I’ll drink to that!
"Oooh! Ahhh!" What’s the Fourth of July without a fireworks celebration? According to Fireworks Guide, the nation’s biggest fireworks display is courtesy of The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. Somewhere over the Hudson River, more than 40,000 shells explode at the staggering rate of 1,500 per minute!
How many hot dogs will you eat at your Independence Day cook out? We all throw back a few dogs every Fourth of July. But how about eating 54 dogs? In ten minutes? That’s what Joey Chestnut did. He set the record at the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. Buns too. Pass the antacid!
Underneath your car’s hood you will find an internal combustion engine. As the name suggests, internal combustion engines produce heat. While car manufacturers are increasingly making this process more and more efficient, the fact remains that this process still wastes and loses a lot of heat. Modern car engines remain somewhere between 22 and 38 percent efficient.
While this heat is an essential by-product of powering your car, the reality is that the materials used to manufacturer the engine and parts can only cope up to a certain temperature. As such, the engine cooling system ensures that the temperature of these parts does not exceed a certain level, maintaining effective operation of the engine. Although modern engines are made from materials that are generally more resistant to heat, they are still vulnerable to damage if things get too hot.
Overheating can cause serious damage to the engine parts in your car. In the event of excessive temperatures, the gasoline engine will start to deteriorate. The car will lose power, as the combination of heat and pressure will start to exceed the octane rating of the fuel. This can damage the rings, pistons, or rod bearings. Hot spots can also develop inside the combustion chamber that will ignite the fuel. This can also cause damage to the engine or run-on in older models (that have carburetors).
Other damage caused by an overheating engine can include burst hoses or radiators, pistons can seize and fail to operate, or a blown head gasket. If the head gasket is damaged, coolant and combustion leaks can occur when the head cools and the cost of repair can be significant.
Most modern cars now alert drivers to any problems with a hot warning lamp on the driver’s display. In the event that the lamp is illuminated, you should seek help from the service department at our dealership as soon as possible. While moderate overheating may not cause immediate damage, if the problem worsens then you risk much more serious damage and even complete mechanical failure. The sooner the problem is treated, the lower your repair cost is likely to be.
Overheating can result from a number of different things. Anything that decreases the cooling system’s capability to operate effectively can cause problems with overheating. This could include a coolant leak or low coolant, deposits inside the water jackets in the cooling system, a problem of fault with the thermostat, a problem with the radiator, a broken cooling fan and other mechanical failure, or damage to parts of the engine. In the event that you car shows signs of overheating, the service department at our dealership should be able to diagnose the problem for you.
In the event that your car overheats, stop as soon as it is safe to do so. Turn the engine off and allow the car to cool down. If you are mechanically-minded, you may be able to find the cause of the problem yourself, but take care as the engine parts are likely to be very hot. Unless you are very confident, it is always advisable to call us and ask for professional help. Your car might be fine to drive for a short distance once it cools, but if the damage is serious enough, you might need to get it towed. Stay safe out there!
No matter how big your car is, there will always be a time when it feels as though there isn't enough room for all the cargo you want to carry. Modern cars are increasingly versatile when it comes to making the best use of your luggage space, but it also requires some sensible planning by the driver. The next time you are planning a road trip or vacation and you need to take a lot of luggage with you, consider these five tips that will help you organize your car's interior space.
Make the most of versatile seating
Whether your car has one or two rows of passenger seating, there will normally be ways to split, fold down, or remove the seats entirely to make space for luggage. This is nearly always a more efficient way to use the space than trying to pile stuff onto the spare seats, and it will also protect your upholstery. Before you start packing, split, fold down, or remove any seats that won't be needed so that you are working with the largest cabin space possible.
Keep everything in its place
You'll be surprised how much a quick tidying up can do for your car. Piles of cleaning products, music CDs, bags, boots, shoes, and more can all eat up luggage space, and chances are that you just don't need them all. Stow small items in the glove compartment or in side pockets so that the main cabin is free from clutter. Make sure that the spare tire is stowed away properly and that tools are easily accessible. Get rid of anything that you don't need for the trip before you start packing.
Explore your car
Car manufacturers are growing increasingly creative when it comes to making space in your car. Before you start packing, make sure you spot all the hiding places, compartments, and gadgets that are there to make your life easier. For example, in larger cars (particularly SUVs), there may be an under-floor compartment. Your trunk may also have hidden side compartments that you might accidentally block with luggage. Identify what your real capacity is before you try and pack up the car.
There are lots of accessories that can extend or make the most of your available luggage space. Trunk organizers keep everything nicely maintained and can make it far easier to stack items to make the most of the available space. Think about external storage, too. A cargo box on your roof can be a great way to carry more, so think carefully about whether or not you need one. You may even want to consider a trailer. Don't leave it to the last minute to think about these additional accessories.
Perhaps the best way to make the most out of your luggage space is to be picky about what you take. Does every member of the family really need his or her own suitcase? Can you easily buy cheap items at the other end that otherwise take up a lot of space? Make sure that everything you pack is absolutely necessary. The more space you have, the less frugal you’ll need to be, but remember that any additional weight will decrease your fuel efficiency. Because of this, you should always aim to take the smallest load possible.
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