Anderson Toyota and Lexus of Rockford have been awarded a 2015 DealerRater Consumer Satisfaction Award, a recognition auto dealerships can earn by delivering outstanding customer service as rated by online consumer reviews. DealerRater, the car dealer review site for consumers, created the Consumer Satisfaction Awards to enable online car shoppers to instantly spot car dealerships that provide high-quality customer service.
Consumer Satisfaction Awards will be given annually to the top 10 percent of U.S. new-car dealers based on their PowerScore, as well as all U.S. used-car and Canadian (new and used) car dealerships that meet DealerRater’s Dealer of the Year criteria—receiving at least 25 annual reviews and maintaining an average PowerScore rating of 4.0 out of 5.0.
Dealers can increase their PowerScore ratings by getting more reviews, and improving consumer feedback on the dealership’s customer service, quality of work, friendliness, pricing and overall experience.
“We’d like to congratulate Anderson Toyota and Lexus of Rockford and all of our Consumer Satisfaction Award winners,” said DealerRater CEO Gary Tucker. “DealerRater is where car shoppers learn from their peers regarding which dealers offer top-notch customer service, and now they can quickly identify that Anderson Toyota and Lexus of Rockford is one of the best in Rockford, Illinois.”
Anderson Toyota and Lexus of Rockford have achieved consistently high marks on the DealerRater website, placing it among the top dealerships nationwide. Online shoppers visiting Anderson’s dealer review page on DealerRater.com will find a “2015 Consumer Satisfaction Award winner” designation.
“It’s an honor to receive this award and reflects the attention that we give to each and every customer” said Anderson Toyota / Lexus of Rockford general manager Randy Alex. “Our entire staff is so dedicated. I’m proud of them and want to thank our sales and service customers that took the time to use DealerRater to post about their experiences here”.
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• All-New Bold, Athletic Design
• Six-speed automatic with Sequential Shift and Sport and Eco Modes
• Class-leading cargo capacity; class-leading eight standard airbags
• Available All-wheel drive with Dynamic Torque Control
• Available Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 28, 2012) –The all-new 2013 RAV4 crossover SUV made its world
debut today at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Toyota’s fourth-generation
RAV4, the world’s original crossover sport utility vehicle, arrives early next year.
With a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, new six-speed transmission, two-row seating
for five, and a host of available in-cabin technologies, RAV4 offers a nuanced balance of
performance and all-around capability, including class-leading cargo capacity, striking design,
class-leading eight standard airbags, and a compelling array of standard features. RAV4 will be
available in three well-equipped grades: LE, XLE, and Limited.
Performance, Handling, and Efficiency
For 2013, RAV4 will provide a number of powertrain technologies that help deliver an
engaging driving experience. It will feature Toyota’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which will produce 176 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 172 ft. lbs. of torque at 4,100 rpm. The optional V6 of the previous-generation RAV4 will be discontinued.
Replacing the previous four-speed automatic will be a six-speed transmission with
Sequential Shift. First and second gear ratios will be optimized for around-town performance.
To keep engine revs lower at highway speeds and enhance fuel mileage, fifth and sixth gears
will be overdrives.
RAV4 front-wheel-drive models have received EPA- estimated fuel efficiency ratings of
24 mpg city/31 highway, while all-wheel-drive models are EPA-estimated at 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway. A new Eco mode is designed to promote more efficient driving thus helping to
enhance fuel efficiency.
The new RAV4 will provide its active owners a more dynamic drive, with new
technologies like a Sport Mode, enhancements in suspension performance, and optimized
electric power steering. The spring rates have been enhanced, and the shock absorbers have
been optimally tuned to help the vehicles handling characteristics.
RAV4 has a MacPherson strut front suspension, double-wishbone rear suspension and
four-wheel disc brakes. The LE will ride on 17-inch steel wheels, XLE will feature 17-inch
alloys, and Limited will be equipped with 18-inch alloys.
In both front- and all-wheel drive RAV4’s, driver-selectable Sport Mode sharpens
transmission shift timing and action, and throttle response. Calibration of the Electric Power
Steering assist is also modified in Sport Mode, providing a firmer feel and sharper response to
input. When down shifting the RAV4 six-speed automatic transmission in “S” Mode, engine revs
rise with a clearly audible “blip,” adding to the driving experience.
A Toyota first, 2013 RAV4’s with All-Wheel Drive (AWD) will have Dynamic Torque
Control, a system that automatically shifts from front-wheel drive (FWD) to AWD when
accelerating or when sensors detect wheel slippage.
Dynamic Torque Control has three different drive modes: Auto, Lock and Sport. In Auto
Mode, RAV4 delivers power primarily to the front wheels under most driving conditions,
switching automatically to AWD only when needed. By only engaging the rear axle and
delivering power to the rear wheels when needed, Auto Mode helps enhance fuel efficiency and
reduce drivetrain wear.
In Lock Mode at lower speeds, RAV4 essentially has a full-time AWD system with power
delivered to all four wheels. At speeds below approximately 25 mph in Lock Mode, up to 50
percent of engine power is sent to the rear wheels, enhancing traction and helping RAV4 “dig”
through sandy or muddy conditions. Lock Mode reverts to Auto Mode when vehicle speed
passes approximately 25 mph.
As on the front-drive RAV4’s, Sport Mode sharpens shift timing, throttle response, and
steering response. In RAV4 with AWD, Sport Mode has additional benefits. It can provide
smooth and nearly instantaneous torque transfers between the front and rear wheels to help
enhance cornering performance. Under certain conditions, Sport Mode can automatically
deliver up to 50 percent of engine power to the rear wheels.
In Sport Mode, the AWD system also can apportion power based on input from the
steering angle and yaw rate sensors of the Vehicle Stability Control system. When turning into
and through a corner, power is sent to the rear wheels to maximize traction available at each of the four corners of the vehicle. Under braking in a straight line in Sport Mode, power delivery to the rear wheels can be momentarily suspended to best leverage the benefits of ABS and VSC.
Exterior Design & Body Structure
The new RAV4’s design achieves strong proportions while conveying the agile and fun
character. Sophisticated and dynamic, the exterior features a progressive silhouette, with a
sleek-sloping roofline and an aggressive character line. The new RAV4’s interior has a
premium, sophisticated look with soft-touch accents and driver-centric controls.
RAV4 pursues the design goals defined by Toyota President Akio Toyoda, with
aggressively sculpted front and rear fenders and boldly proportioned taillights that define
RAV4’s athletic presence.
In a significant break with its heritage, RAV4 will switch from its side-hinged rear door to
a convenient roof-hinged liftgate with a space-saver spare tire will be stored under the cargo
floor. Standard on the Limited grade will be a one-touch power rear liftgate with driver selectable memory height settings.
As on other recently introduced Toyotas, RAV4 engineers paid special attention to
aerodynamics, the most obvious detail being small vortex generators molded into the taillight
cases and near the base of the A-pillars. Less obvious are the aerodynamic undertrays
beneath the passenger cabin that help smooth and control airflow.
Following body-engineering principles debuted in the 2012 Camry and 2013 Avalon,
RAV4’s body structure will include high-strength steel to help achieve several significant goals, including a robust and stiff platform that enhances steering and handling precision, and a body structure that is both strong and light. RAV4 engineers used several grades of high-strength steel to form key structural components in the roof, rocker sills, floor, engine compartment and door frames. The weight savings were in part invested in sound deadening materials and an acoustic windshield, helping to create a quiet passenger cabin.
Interior Design & Packaging
The new RAV4’s dash panel is driver-centric and asymmetrical, with primary and
secondary controls all within easy reach. On the passenger side, the sculpted dash panel
creates a sense of airy spaciousness.
RAV4’s dash panel and gauges all feature Clear Blue illumination, which provides crisp
visibility in most ambient light conditions, and a unified, coherent appearance at night.
RAV4 will come standard with a manual tilt/telescope steering column, with the LE and
XLE featuring a urethane steering wheel. The Limited grade will have a leather-wrapped
steering wheel. All RAV4 steering wheels will have controls for audio, Bluetooth® hands-free
phone and audio, and the Multi-Information Display (MID).
All RAV4’s will have driver and front passenger seats with high seatbacks and a slim
back, enhancing rear-passenger knee room. The RAV4 LE driver’s seat is six-way adjustable,
including seat height.
The RAV4 XLE driver and front passenger will ride in premium bucket seats with sport
bolstering, providing ample support of the lower hips, lower torso and shoulders during
cornering. The XLE will have premium fabric with French stitching on the seats and portions of
the dash panels.
The Limited will have the same premium driver and front-passenger bucket seats found
in the XLE but will also come equipped with an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with
memory, plus heaters in the front seat bottoms and seatbacks with two temperature settings
and driver power lumbar. All RAV4 Limited seats are trimmed in high-quality, breathable
SofTex with French stitching. SofTex also covers the center armrest, and portions of the door
and dash panels.
All RAV4’s will feature 60/40 split/fold second-row seats that recline several degrees to
enhance passenger comfort.
In contrast to 2013 RAV4’s compact exterior dimensions, the cargo area is deeper,
larger and easier to access than in the previous generation, with just over 38.4 cu. ft. of cargo capacity behind the rear seats. With rear seats folded, RAV4 class-leading maximum cargo
capacity of 73.4 cu. ft.
Privacy glass, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), cruise control, power side mirrors, power
door locks and power windows are standard on all RAV4s. RAV4 XLE and Limited feature dualzone automatic climate control, integrated fog lights, power moonroof with sliding sunshade, and heated outside mirror with turn signal indicators.
In-Cabin Technology, Audio
Standard on all RAV4 models is a Display Audio with a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen.
Significant for this market, RAV4’s Display Audio includes a standard backup camera and
Bluetooth connectivity. When shifted into reverse, the audio display will show the image of what the backup camera captures. The image will include an overlay of positioning lines representing the parking space and approximate distance to obstacles.
XLE and Limited will offer an available GPS Navigation and Entune™ multimedia system
with satellite radio and advanced voice recognition. The Limited grade will also offer an
available JBL® GreenEdge™ Premium Audio with 576-Watts of maximum power, 11 speakers,
and GPS Navigation and Entune.
The Limited grade will offer an available Blind Spot Monitor system (BSM) that operates
when RAV4 is traveling at approximately 25 mph or above. It can be turned off with a
dashboard switch. When the system detects a vehicle in the adjacent lane, it alerts the driver
with a blinking light indicator in the side mirrors. If the turn signal is on when there is a vehicle in the blind spot of the driver’s intended lane, the indicator on the corresponding mirror will warn the driver with a solid light.
The available Blind Spot Monitor incorporates Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which
uses the Blind Spot Monitor radar sensors at the lower rear bodywork of the vehicle. The RCTA
works at speeds between 0 and 15 mph and activates when the vehicle is in Reverse. When
backing up, the RCTA senses vehicles approaching from either direction and provides an
audible warning combined with a flashing indicator in the appropriate outside mirror.
All 2013 RAV4s will have a class-leading eight standard airbags. Like every Toyota,
RAV4 will feature the Star Safety System, which includes Traction Control, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Brake Assist, an Anti-lock Braking
System, and Smart Stop Technology.
Driving in unsafe conditions due to inclement weather can be stressful and scary. A quick review of these tips for safe driving will prepare you to confidently face some of the most common conditions that can otherwise give cause for alarm to motorists.
Preventative Safety Tips for Any Driving Conditions
- Always carry a first-aid and medical kit
- Keep jumper cables and flashlights in your vehicle
- Stay up-to-date on your regular maintenance to ensure tires have good tread and are properly inflated
- Regularly check that lights and turning signals operate properly
- Ensure that your fuel tank stays above the halfway mark is a good general rule of thumb because you will be less likely to run out of gas if caught in sudden, unsafe conditions. There’s an added benefit in the winter as it facilitates easier starts in cold weather due to reduced condensation.
General Safety Tips for Driving in Unsafe Conditions
- Slow down! Whether it is rain, snow, ice or even heavy winds causing tricky conditions, it will take longer to stop and respond to what is going on around you. Slow down and allow more space between you and other motorists.
- Always turn your headlights on when driving in any type of precipitation, regardless of the time of day. It may increase your own visibility and more importantly it will definitely help other drivers see you.
- Minimize, if not avoid, using your brakes and instead decrease speed by taking your foot off the accelerator (Another reason to slow down!).
- Leave your cruise control off and keep both hands on the steering wheel with gentle use of all the main controls – steering, clutch, brake and accelerator.
- Stay home if at all possible. If travel can be avoided in snow, ice, rain, heavy thunderstorm or high winds, stay home. You will ensure your own safety while also reducing the number of vehicles battling the elements and thus reducing the chance accidents might occur.
Tips for Driving Safely In Rainy Conditions
- Drive in the tracks of cars in front of you for better traction and stay in middle lane as water tends to pool in outside lanes.
- Don’t attempt to cross moving water or large puddles. If you do end up hydroplaning don’t press the brakes and attempt to turn, rather let your foot off the gas slowly and attempt to steer straight until the tires regain traction.
- Check your wipers (and replace roughly once a year) to ensure they adequately remove water from the windshield.
- If your wheels start skidding, turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid and ease up on the gas or gently pump the brakes.
- If rain becomes so heavy that you cannot see other vehicles or the edges of the road pull over and wait it out. Be sure to pull off the road as far as you safely can and keep headlights as well as hazard lights on so other motorists can easily see you.
Tips for Driving Safely in Snow or Ice
- Don’t idle a cold engine for a longer period to warm it up, the best way to warm the engine is by driving. If you’re driving a manual transmission, starting in second gear can also help reduce tire spinning.
- Snow (or rain) can quickly cause windows to mist up inside the car. Use the defrosters with the A/C switched on to get the air moving which will cut down on condensation and improve visibility.
- Use generous amounts of wiper fluid to keep the windshield clean and clear, and if driving in snow often enough switch to a low temperature fluid which will not freeze.
- If you know you will be driving in snowy weather ahead of time, consider packing tire chains, a long tow rope, reflective triangles, a mobile charging kit and even a kit containing warm clothing plus spare food and water.
- If your climate yields frequent snowfalls, consider investing in a good set of snow or winter tires as they will provide more traction than all-purpose tires, which may suffice only for the occasional or light snow.
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Toyota has three models in the top 10 Most American Made category. According to Chris Woodyard of USA TODAY this is the 4th year in a row that the Toyota Camry has made the top of the list. Click here for the full article.
Once again,Cars.com has come to the counter-intuitive conclusion that the Toyota Camry is the most American of all cars — more U.S. sourced parts, U.S. production and U.S. sales.
It was the fourth-straight year that the Camry came in tops in the “American-made” survey. This year, the Ford F-150, the nation’s best-selling vehicle, almost beat it. But in the end, Toyota, Honda and General Motors combined for eight of the 10 vehicles on the list.
“When people think about buying an ‘American’ car, they might just think automatically of the Detroit Three,” said Patrick Olsen, editor in chief at Cars.com. “In reality, this classification isn’t as cut and dry as it used to be.”
He points out that Italy’s Fiat owns a majority stake in Chrysler, despite its status as a Big 3 Detroit maker. More foreign makers are building their vehicle in the U.S. as a way to hedge against a strong dollar.
“U.S. sales are a component of our index for a number of reasons,” said Olsen. “For one thing, it’s safe to say that the more a vehicle sells, the more U.S. workers are involved in production and delivery of the vehicle and the more U.S. dealers are profiting. Additionally, we think it’s valid to give credit for how American buyers embrace a vehicle.”
Here are the 10 most American vehicles and where they’re made:
- Toyota Camry, Georgetown, Ky., and Lafayette, Ind.
- Ford F-150, Dearborn, Mich., and Claycomo, Mo.
- Honda Accord, Marysville, Ohio
- Toyota Sienna, Princeton, Ind.
- Honda Pilot, Lincoln, Ala.
- Chevrolet Traverse, Lansing, Mich.
- Toyota Tundra, San Antonio
- Jeep Liberty, Toledo, Ohio
- GMC Acadia, Lansing
- Buick Enclave, Lansing
Very interesting! This article from Lexus Magazine is a discussion on how a concept car comes about. For the full article and issue please go to: http://secure.drivers.lexus.com/lexusdrivers/magazine/articles/Vehicle-Insider/Fluid-Precision
A chat with the designers behind the next Lexus concept car
We’re right in the middle of a great time—auto show season. And this week, at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Lexus just revealed another concept vehicle—the LF-LC coupe.
This intriguing project, which began, design-wise, in August 2010, was entrusted to Lexus’ Calty design studio, the same group that brought you the CT Hybrid’s concept and many others. There’s a talented team behind this vehicle, and two of its key designers, Edward Lee, senior creative designer for the exterior, and Ben Chang, senior designer for the interior, were more than happy to share some concept-creation insights with Lexus fans:
Lexus: We know that Calty is pretty familiar with the Lexus concept work, but Edward, weren’t you also one of the LF-Ch designers?
Edward: That’s correct, I was the interior designer for the LF-Ch, which became the CT. This time I designed the exterior of the LF-LC coupe.
Tell us about the project’s objectives—what’s been the overall design mission?
Edward: Basically, the goal was to design a luxury sport coupe that shows Lexus’ future L-finesse design language. We also aimed to spark strong interest in a new emotional and expressive Lexus design.
This being a new concept vehicle, did you take any design cues from current Lexus production models?
Edward: As far as cues go, we integrated a new interpretation of the spindle grill—we wanted to be consistent there but refine the evolving design identity. But as far as the rest of the car, we were challenged to be as original as possible, so although we implemented the spindle grille, everything else is brand new, and we wanted to execute something absolutely fresh.
Ben: The same goes for the interior. The contrast in the design language is completely new, sort of a new design philosophy.
With the early CT prototype, being a hybrid, the design team took some inspiration from natural forms. What would you say are your inspirations for this new vehicle?
Edward: We also drew from natural forms for this car, but what’s completely new is that we took a totally different approach with the proportions, and even the structure and the architecture of the car, which really shows that natural-form language we’re going for. Before we even started the car’s design, we took thin pieces of acrylic and bent them over different shapes to create these really interesting surfaces from one big surface.
We then took the same approach when designing the car’s exterior—it really feels like it’s designed from one piece of material, but you also have these sharp, precise lines that control the surface direction, tension, and dynamics. The surfaces flow freely within the lines—we call this “fluid precision.”
Lexus fans will now get a good look at the exterior, mostly via photos, but what are some intriguing details that we may not notice at first but should look for?
Ben: For the interior, there’s this unique feature with the center display. We have two 12.3-inch screens that are bonded together and face the driver and the front passenger. It’s executed so you feel like you’re seeing a really huge screen instead of two, and it’s like a beautiful sculpture.
Edward: As for the exterior, I’d like to draw focus first to the bold proportion of the car, then the flowing surfaces. It’s a completely new surface execution that is both expressive and precise. Finally, one area that highlights our intent is the front corner.
If you look at the headlamp areas, there are these Lexus brand identity “L” shapes, which are the daytime running lights. They draw your eyes into the three main lamps, then get washed out slowly as you descend into the fog lamps. This is “motion with technology”—an expressiveness intended to really provoke emotion when people look at this area of the car.
If a Lexus owner—somebody who knows Lexus vehicles well—were to sit down in the concept car driver’s seat for the first time, which interior design elements do you think he or she would be most struck by?
Ben: Well, with the interior, we wanted to do everything with a modern approach, but in an even more artistic way. So when a Lexus driver sits down in the car, they’re going to notice how artful the cabin feels. It’s got a hand-made look, like a master craftsman put it together—but it’s all, of course, supported by the latest technology.
There’s lots of beautiful materials, too—the leather, the suede, the brushed metal trim. We used those materials not in a traditional arrangement; instead we created something futuristic, fresh, and modern.
Can you tell us how the design has evolved—how and where did the car’s look change the most during the process?
Edward: As far as the exterior goes, we started with what you might consider a more elegant approach to the vehicle, but as we advanced forward, we applied a concept called “avant-garde beauty”—a bolder direction with bigger-stroked shapes. We still maintained the beauty aspect of the vehicle, but we really tried to make breakthroughs in the futuristic, technological, and modern sense. The car comes across as both artistic and technologically advanced.
Are there any aspects of this car that you’re personally most proud of?
Ben: This may sound kind of strange, but I’m actually very proud of the exterior, even though I was the interior designer. It turned out amazing. This car’s exterior made me feel very connected to the whole vehicle as I designed the interior.
Edward: Not to just give the ball back to Ben, but a lot inspirational energy was drawn from the interior design. And I have to say, I’m really proud of the team—all the clay modelers, the CAD support, everybody. How we feel really matters with these concept projects. It’s a passion we have, and I really believe that this passion will be evident when this car is revealed.
It’s that time of year! GRADUATION. Here are some great tips if you’re thinking of buying your student a car as a graduation gift.
(published by RoseAlexis on Yahoo!, April 18th, 2008)
Three: Purchase a vehicle for more than its good looks. Sure, most graduates would love a brand new Mustang for a gift but other factors must be taken into consideration, such as what type of weather will the car operate in (Winter is never a good season for a Mustang or many other brands or types of cars), how many passengers will be in it regularly, what type of trips will be made (long-term or short hauls), if you will be purchasing a conventional or hybrid model (taking into consideration the applicable tax breaks that come with the latter), how much storage is need in the actual vehicle itself, etc.
Four: Make sure that you check both the heater and the air conditioner in the car prior to purchasing it, if it is a used car. Replacing or repairing either of these items can be very costly, more costly than most brand new graduates can comfortably afford, and driving without them can prove quite uncomfortable and even downright dangerous.
Five: If the owner of the car lives in a cold climate, make sure to have the dealer rust proof it. This can be done prior to pick-up or you can have it done separately at a place such as Ziebart. The job is warrantied and guaranteed to prevent the car from rusting in inclement weather. It is a wise investment, well worth the relatively small amount that is charged for the service.
Other factors that you may want to take into consideration, or not, depending on your personality, responsibility towards the gift and graduate that you want to take, and cost are what the insurance costs are going to be and who will pay them initially, how much it will be to purchase the tag and title, and what type of warranties are purchased (GAP insurance is a wonderful investment above and beyond a typical warranty, and often charged separately, that more than pays for itself should an accident of unthinkable proportion occur). You might also want to consider how many miles per gallon the vehicle takes in gas; this is especially true right now with the price of fuel rising steadily.
Purchasing a vehicle for your graduate can be the perfect gift for introducing them to their new adult life but exercising caution is always advised when doing so. Make sure the driver knows the responsibilities that come along with owning a vehicle (oil changes, engine maintenance, the aforementioned insurance costs, etc.) and that they must be aware of when these actions are needed and take prompt measures towards them to ensure the longevity of the life of the vehicle. Also, if the graduate is to live at home still, and rules will be in place for curfew, despite their newfound freedoms, be sure those are discussed well in advance to the gift giving as well.”
This is awesome news that was announced by Toyota on May 8th, 2012: