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Top 10 Best Selling Cars in the World for 2015 03/08/2016

1. Toyota Corolla The Toyota Corolla did something no vehicle has ever done in history. Selling more than 1.3 million units worldwide (1,339,024), the Corolla retained its title of world's best-selling car after its sales climbed 4.7 percent in 2015. In 2014, Toyota sold 1,278,909 Corollas, showing just how strong the budget-minded compact really is. The top market for the Corolla is the U.S. with 363,332 sold followed by China with 300,641 units. In Japan, Corolla sales tallied in at 109,027.   2. Volkswagen Golf Also rising one rank to second place is the Volkswagen Golf, ending 2015 on a high note despite the ...

2016 Toyota Prius Review: Hybrids just got much cooler 03/04/2016

  If one thing has become clear regarding the look of Toyotas of late, it's that the company is really (I mean, really) tired of being known for bland and boring. Mission accomplished - the new Prius is not bland. Or boring. Far from it. While it might be a stretch to call it sexy, Toyota is certainly going for a more emotional appeal with its fourth-gen Prius, due to arrive in Canadian dealerships shortly. Led by a restyled face, framed by large boomerang-like LED headlights, the Prius has a lower hood angle (70 mm at the nose) that produces a ...

Finance vs Lease: Which is Best for you? 02/10/2016

Few people have the means to buy a new vehicle outright with their own pocket money. So rather than resorting to a life of crime to make the nut, taking out some kind of loan to afford a new car is the only real option. Loans mean repayment calendars, and being responsible to somebody more than yourself. So, to lease or finance? While leasing and financing both feature broad similarities - including being able to negotiate everything from monthly payments and down payments to interest rates, etc. - everything else differs greatly. When financing, you spread the entire cost of ...

Scion Brand to Transition to Toyota 02/05/2016

In 2003, Scion established as a separate brand in the US to explore new products and processes to attract younger customers. Brought to Canada in 2010, the brand allowed Canadians access to small cars important to the Canadian market and is now transitioning to the Toyota brand. "This is the next step to advancing the Toyota brand in Canada," said Larry Hutchinson, President and CEO, Toyota Canada Inc. "As a part of the team that established Scion in Canada, our goal was to make Toyota and our dealers stronger by learning how to better attract and engage young customers. This ...

The Top 10 New Vehicles with the Best Resale Value for 2016 01/04/2016

When buying a new vehicle, it's good to consider how your investment will weather over time - and resale value is a huge factor. While monthly payments and fuel costs may concern new car buyers, unless you're the type of owner who drives their vehicle into the ground, what your vehicle is worth when it's time to sell can either cost or save you thousands of dollars. To help, U.S.-based Kelley Blue Book's annual Best Resale Value Awards lists the vehicles priced under US$60,000 that are projected to retain the most value long after they've lost their new car smell. Here are the ...

Toyota Safety Sense - Cutting Edge Safety Systems for Toyota Vehicles 12/28/2015

Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) is a comprehensive array of vehicle safety systems, integrating a number of our existing technologies into two available packages: Toyota Safety Sense C, and Toyota Safety Sense P. Toyota Safety Sense is designed to help support your awareness, decision-making and vehicle operation through four main functions. Pre-Collision System Pre-collision System uses an in-vehicle camera and laser radar to detect objects in front of your vehicle, alerting you with audio and visual alerts to help avoid frontal collisions. If you apply the brakes, the system may provide additional "Brake Assist" force depending on how strongly the brake pedal is ...

Toyota wants to make Google's mapping technology obsolete 12/23/2015

Google did a great thing with its Maps vehicles, which scoured a great deal of roads to bring us some of the most detailed maps on the internet. But as more cars pick up on tech like built-in cameras and GPS navigation, it would make sense to utilize that, instead. That's the idea behind Toyota's latest project. At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Toyota will show off a new map-generation technology that relies on crowdsourcing to deliver maps that are constantly updated. Toyota believes one of the major issues with Google's mapping cars is that they must specifically return ...

Toyota Canada and AeroPlan announce new partnership 12/14/2015

Toyota has become the only Full Line Automotive brand to offer Aeroplan miles. Aeroplan announced it has entered into a national multi-year partnership with Toyota Canada Inc., (TCI). In the coming months, this strategic alliance will enable Aeroplan Members to earn miles across the full automotive customer journey on all Toyota and Scion vehicles in Canada.  "We're excited to partner with Toyota Canada to bring members an innovative program in automotive with one of the most well-known brands in the world," said Kevin O'Brien, Chief Business Development Officer at Aimia in Canada.  "This new partnership will further strengthen our program ...

Toyota exceeds Environmental Impact Targets in 2015 12/08/2015 New

Toyota saved more than 54 million gallons of water in North America during fiscal year 2015 through reduce, reuse and recycle efforts, according to its latest North American Environmental Report. The automaker had targeted a 6 percent reduction in water withdrawals by fiscal year 2016 from a 2010 baseline. In FY2015, Toyota surpassed this goal, achieving an 8 percent reduction. Installing additional filtration at Toyota's San Antonio, Texas, assembly plant reduced water use by 80 gallons per vehicle produced. The company's Chicago, Illinois, service training center collects rainwater and routes it to a rain garden, which, in combination with drought-tolerate native landscaping, eliminates the need for ...

TOYOTA Remains Most Valuable Global Automotive Brand 10/07/2015

  PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Riding the wave of twelve new or refreshed products introduced in 2015, Toyota once again earned the title of the most valuable automotive brand in the world, according to Interbrand's 2015 "Best Global Brands" annual report. The company's ranking jumped to number six, up two spots from the 2014 report. Interbrand estimated Toyota's 2015 brand value at $49 billion, up 16 percent, another record achievement. "Making guests our top priority, Toyota has done a better job than ever this year of delivering exciting new, ever-better products with exceptional styling, performance and value," said Jack Hollis, group vice ...

Toyota To Sell Cars That Communicate With Each Other 10/01/2015

 Toyota aims to become the first automaker to mass market talking cars-that is to say, vehicles that can receive and share data transmitted by external infrastructure and by other vehicles. So-called "vehicle-to-infrastructure" and "vehicle-to-vehicle" communications are key to enabling autonomous cars because they provide essential safety information that sensors and cameras onboard vehicles cannot pick up. Many automakers, including General Motors, are working on this technology, but Toyota is the first to announce that it will make it available to consumers.   By the end of this year, Toyota will offer an "Intelligent Transportation System" (ITS) safety package on ...

Fiat 500 09/28/2015

Swap out your cap and gown for a new set of keys and wheels with Scion's Grad Program. Get a $1000 allowance towards the purchase or approved lease of a vehicle from Scion's stellar line-up, as you enter into life's next chapter. Grads from eligible high schools, colleges, CEGEP, or universities can take advantage of these exclusive savings. Your future is bright. Want to lease or finance a Scion vehicle? Scion aims to put more approved graduates behind the wheel, even without an established credit history. Lease or finance through Toyota Financial Services (TFS), and you may also be eligible ...

Toyota Camry back on top as Canada's top-selling midsize car 08/27/2015

It's been a two-horse race for the last decade. After the Toyota Camry ended 2006, 2007, and 2008 as Canada's best-selling midsize car, the Ford Fusion began its own three-year streak. The Camry exerted control once again in 2012, after which the Ford Fusion was once again Canada's best-selling midsize car in 2013 and 2014. But it hasn't been all sunshine and roses for the second-generation Fusion of late. Like Canada's overall midsize category, Fusion sales declined in 2014. Despite its 11% year-over-year drop, the Fusion held on to its best-selling status last year as most rivals - including the ...

rice-toyota-is-proud-to-announce-adam-gilchrist-has-joined-our-team 08/06/2015

Adam Gilchrist has spent over 2 decades in the car business with various local automotive dealerships. He has a wealth of experience in vehicle sales having managed local dealerships and owning Island Style Motors, a Pre-owned import dealership here in the Comox Valley. Adam returns to Automotive sales as a Product Advisor at Rice Toyota. Come by and say Hi!

Rice Toyota is Proud to Welcome Scion to the Comox Valley 06/30/2015

Rice Toyota is proud to welcome the Scion Brand of Cars to the Comox Valley starting early July. Scion vehicles are very popular among both the young and the young at heart for their style, performance and safety rating. Scion started selling vehicles in North America in 2005 and have increased market share ever since with a combination of fun and flashy. They are quality cars with unique body styles and fully customizable from the inside out. Toyota is the parent company of the Scion brand and it was only a matter of time before these exclusive vehicles made their 

Toyota Canada Recognized As One Of Canada's Greenest Employers 05/12/2015

Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) has been recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2015. TCI was awarded the distinction based on an array of commitments that demonstrate positive environmental impact, including: A broad portfolio of products demonstrating environmental powertrain innovation, including a Canadian lineup of 12 Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles. Toyota has sold more than 100,000 hybrids in Canada, saving Canadians almost 260 million litres of fuel and avoiding over 600,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions; TCI facilities (including head office, zone offices, parts distribution and vehicle processing centres) that operate under an ISO 14001 compliant management system - ...

May Ask A Professional 05/05/2015

Derek Rice, Fixed Operations Mgr Question: What do I need to do to get my car ready for spring? Answer: Winter is over, and even though we didnt get much of a winter, there are still some important things you need to do to get your car ready for spring. Road trip season is ahead! First step, you need to put on your summer tires. While the wheels are off, its recommended you get your brakes serviced, as a lot of water and dirt have washed over your brake calipers, and most of the grease lubricating the slider pins have ...

Back to Back Pinnacle Awards for Courtenay Toyota 04/22/2015

Comox Valley Car Dealership wins prestigious award for 2nd time in 2 years After celebrating their 32nd birthday, Courtenay Toyota received a very special present from the folks at Toyota Canada. They received news the Dealership won the prestigious Pinnacle Award for the 2nd year in a row for Overall Customer Service and Satisfaction as well as individual awards for the Service Department and for Glenice Neal, who was one of only 5 product advisors in all of Canada to win an individual award. Results are collected through JD Power & Associates through surveying Toyota customers about the Sales and ...

Toyota Canada wins more Canadian Residual Value Awards than anyone! 04/17/2015

Toyota Canada Wins More ALG Canadian Residual Value Awards And More Canadianblackbook.Com Best Retained Value Awards Than Any Other Auto Manufacturer     Toyota Canada also led the way in the ALG 2015 Canadian Residual Value Awards, with 10 winners. That's twice as many as the next closest manufacturer.   Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) has captured seven 2015 Best Retained Value Awards from CanadianBlackBook.com, four more than any other auto manufacturer. These awards follow a number of other major accolades TCI received recently:   Reader's Digest Most Trusted Brand award for the seventh straight year, and the Most Trusted Hybrid ...

April Ask A Professional 04/02/2015

April 2015 - Ask A Professional by: Derek Rice Question: Why is my Check Engine Light on? Answer: Got that annoying yellow light on your dash that says Check Engine? That is your check engine light. Better get it checked out! The Check Engine Light (or Malfunction Indicator Light) comes on when one of your vehicle's many electronic sensors picks up a fault. This could be as simple as leaving your fuel cap off or something terribly wrong going on inside your vehicles engine. While the vehicle may still run fine, it is not running to its optimum potential. In ...