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AI Assistant Replaces Toyota Sienna Owner’s Manual
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AI Assistant Replaces Toyota Sienna Owner’s Manual

When you want to learn how to use a new technology or need to consult your car’s recommended service schedule, traditionally you would have to flip through an owner’s manual. Now, Toyota is changing the game for 2021 Sienna owners by offering the new Toyota Driver’s Companion feature in the Toyota App. This feature gives you access to Joya, a voice-activated virtual assistant. Joya can provide the information you need without requiring you to search through an owner’s manual. It can help with anything from learning about different features and technologies, identifying buttons, finding out what a dashboard light means, and setting up your driving settings. The Toyota Driver’s Companion was made with Google Cloud Dialogflow®, allowing you to ask questions and get assistance in re...
Louisiana Road Trip Destinations
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Louisiana Road Trip Destinations

PC: junglegardens.org Looking for some summer fun? Louisiana offers plenty of exciting, family-friendly road trip destinations. Here’s a look at a few of our favorites. Tabasco Factory Tour Spice up your summer with a trip to the Tabasco sauce factory on Avery Island. At this engaging tour, you can see how this Louisiana classic is crafted, from where the peppers are grown to the barrels where the sauce is brewed to perfection. You can even grab a meal at the official Tabasco restaurant, which features famously spicy fare and even a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Jungle Gardens Also located on Avery Island, Jungle Gardens features a stunning array of subtropical flora and abundant wildlife. This 170-acre refuge hosts a bamboo grove, stunning azaleas, and a variety of nativ...
Toyota Announces Two All-New Electrified SUVs
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Toyota Announces Two All-New Electrified SUVs

PC: Toyota.com Toyota recently revealed plans to release two all-new electrified three-row SUVs. In order to bring these new vehicles to market, the automaker is investing $803 million in its Princeton, Indiana facility and hiring 1,400 employees to help get these new models rolling off the assembly line. So far, Toyota hasn’t said much about whether these models will be resurrected classics, new nameplates, or the next-gen versions of current models. All the automaker is saying is that the models will be “designed with the active Gen Y American Family in mind.” While there haven’t been many details released about these upcoming SUVs, Toyota states that they’ll debut with a new semi-automated driving system that enables you to enjoy a hands-free ride under specific conditions. Pl...
Toyota Launches New Car Seat App for Parents
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Toyota Launches New Car Seat App for Parents

Installing child car seats can be such a challenge that it has become a popular baby shower game. Toyota has launched an app that can provide help with that. Available on Sienna minivan The car seat installation function has been added to the Toyota Owners App, which is available through ToyotaOwners.com. Currently limited to the new 2021 Sienna minivan, Toyota plans to expand coverage to other vehicles in the coming years. Step-by-step guide To use the app, parents enter the VIN and are then asked to choose where the child seat will be installed, what kind of seat it is and if it will face front or back. The app can also help parents choose a seat based on their child’s weight and age. Custom video After the information is entered, the app creates and plays video in...
Toyota Reveals Next-Gen GR 86 Sports Car
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Toyota Reveals Next-Gen GR 86 Sports Car

PC: caranddriver.com A new generation of Toyota’s GR 86 sports car will be available in Japan in late 2021. The newest model in the GR series was developed in coordination with Subaru. A Toyota+Subaru product The Toyota 86 was originally launched in 2012 and has become popular in motorsports with over 200,000 models sold around the world. It has always been built in partnership with Subaru, and the two companies began to develop a new platform in 2019 to use for the next-gen GR 86 and Subaru BRZ. Responsive and exhilarating drive GR 86 focuses on responsive handling in concert with functional beauty. The 86 presents a distinctive horizontally oriented instrument panel. A new 2.4-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine delivers an acceleration rate of 0-62 mph in onl...
Spring Car Care Tips
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Spring Car Care Tips

Now that the spring season is beginning in Opelousas, Louisiana, it’s important that you adjust your car care routine accordingly. Follow these easy spring car care tips to prepare your Toyota for warmer weather and more frequent rain showers.   Wash your car Spring is the perfect time to wash and wax your car. Doing so will get rid of the debris and road grime that your car accrued over the winter and improve your car’s appearance. It’s also a good idea to clean the inside of your car by getting rid of trash and disinfecting high-touch areas. Check the wiper blades Give your wiper blades a once-over, looking for any cracks or other signs of wear. If you notice any issues with the blades or find that they’re not clearing away water as effectively as they once were, be sure...
Top 5 Signs of Tire Wear
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Top 5 Signs of Tire Wear

It’s important that you properly care for and replace your tires when needed to make sure you have optimal traction and handling on the road. If you notice any of the following signs of tire wear, your Toyota is likely due for maintenance or a tire replacement. Overinflation and underinflation You need to keep your tires properly inflated at all times. If they’re overinflated, the center of the tire can wear down. If they’re underinflated, the edges of the tire tread can wear down. Either way, it’s a good idea to address the issue and adjust the air pressure quickly. Disproportional wear If one edge of your tires has more wear and tear than the others, this is a good indication that your wheels are misaligned and should be looked at by a service technician. Inconsistent...
Toyota Earns Autotrader Best New Automotive Technology for 2021 Awards
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Toyota Earns Autotrader Best New Automotive Technology for 2021 Awards

Autotrader released its Best New Automotive Technology for 2021 list to let car buyers know about the latest and greatest vehicle innovations. In the list, Autotrader praised Toyota for its impressive hybrid and electric vehicle offerings. Specifically, Autotrader honored the new 2021 Toyota Venza and Sienna hybrid models along with the plug-in hybrid RAV4 Prime. Each of these models is incredibly efficient and more eco-friendly than comparable gas-powered vehicles, while still being affordably priced. In total, Toyota has 11 hybrids in its lineup, including the intelligent and stylish Highlander Hybrid. The automaker has also recently debuted the new 2021 Mirai fuel cell vehicle, which utilizes three hydrogen tanks and has a class-leading driving range. So far, the automaker ha...
Toyota 2020 North American Environmental Report
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Toyota 2020 North American Environmental Report

The Toyota 2020 North American Environmental Report details the automaker’s efforts to address environmental issues during 2020. Toyota specifically focused on problems related to biodiversity, carbon, materials, outreach, and water. One of the automaker’s greatest achievements was that it had nine percent less absolute greenhouse gas emissions in Fiscal Year 2020 than in FY19. Toyota accomplished this by investing in renewable energy, improving its energy efficiency, and adjusting its model mix and production volumes. At two locations, Toyota made water stewardship efforts. And, in 2021, Toyota plans to further address water quality, water conservation, local water conditions, and outreach activities with both local communities and suppliers. Toyota also launched some exciti...
Texas Auto Writers Honor Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road
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Texas Auto Writers Honor Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road

Picture Credit: toyota.com For your next big adventure, Courvelle Toyota recommends the rugged 2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road. Our neighbors in the Texas Auto Writers Association agree with our choice — in fact, it was their pick for 2021’s Compact SUV of Texas. The RAV4 TRD Off-Road comes equipped with an array of tough, capable features for driving in the dirt and mud or taking on rocky paths. The TRD-tuned suspension ensures control on rough terrain, and it’s aided by TRD alloy wheels and Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail all-terrain tires with special treads. A TRD-stamped stainless steel front skid plate protects the vehicle’s underside from damage. The interior of the RAV4 TRD Off-Road presents a fun, comfortable environment for when you’re traveling far from the beaten path. The SofTex® s...