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Toyota Donates $1 Million to the Detroit Institute of Arts

 

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As times change and technology, fashion and industry roll forward at an ever-faster clip, it’s easy to forget about yesterday and how far we’ve come as a society. That’s why museums and community events are so important to our lives and personal development — they remind us of the things we’ve chosen to forget and warn us about things we’ve chosen to do. That’s why Toyota was happy to donate one million dollars to the Detroit Institute of Arts and help preserve one of the nation’s greatest art museums.

The once-great city of Detroit, Michigan has been in dire financial straits for some time now, currently burdened with $18 billion of exit bankruptcy and debt. To help the situation, some city creditors are calling for the Detroit Institute of Arts to sell its incredible art collection worth billions of dollars. Instead, the institute has agreed to raise $100 million for the federally mediated “grand bargain” plan to aid the struggling city.

That’s where Toyota comes in. Despite being headquartered in the country of Japan — not in the Michigan area like America’s biggest automakers — the corporation is contributing $1 million to the institute’s campaign. Toyota Motor Corporation has always been committed to bettering the lives of the customers it serves, whether through its dependable, high-value line of vehicles (including the environmentally friendly Prius c), its research into robotics and elderly care or its donations to community-betterment projects. This is just the latest example of how much Toyota cares!

If you’re interested in the Detroit Institute of Arts and the city of Detroit in general, you can help the staff reach their goal by visiting their website to donate to the institute’s Annual Fund, which supports educational programs, special exhibits and general operating expenses. You can aid Detroit in exiting bankruptcy — every little bit helps!

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KBB Names the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic One of the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars

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As the month of August winds down, we all begin the inevitable march toward the shorter days and longer sleeves that signal autumn’s arrival. Soon it will be time to stop thinking about sunny three-day weekends and ice-cold lemonade and start focusing on five-paragraph essays and nice, hot apple cider. So, just in time for the beginning of a new school year, Kelley Blue Book released a list of the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2014 for teens heading into a new semester. The funky-cool Chevrolet Sonic stood out from the rest of the dense small car market in a big way!

When putting together the 10-best list, the editors at KBB.com looked long and hard at a vast amount of new vehicles of all sorts and shapes, including SUVs, hybrids, sedans and more. Then, they hand-picked 10 standout cars that scored high marks for practicality and affordability, recommending them as great purchases for teens heading back to class. The judges were highly impressed by the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic and its jack-of-all-trades design. The well-rounded vehicle received praise for its distinction of being the most affordable car on KBB’s entire list, and one of the first cars to offer the cutting-edge Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration system. The editors also considered it to be one of the most fun-to-drive subcompact cars on the road today, earning the No. 7 spot on KBB’s list.

Anyone who knows what the 2014 Chevy Sonic is capable of will agree with the vehicle’s placement on the list. Available in hatchback and sedan styles, the new Sonic can return up to 40 highway mpg and comes in nearly every color of the rainbow. No matter which model you select, your vehicle will bear the distinction of being the first-ever car in its class to receive a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety from the NHTSA. And with the great driving dynamics and cool design features — check out the hidden passenger door handles in the hatchback model — you’ll be the envy of your friends and the talk of the town in your new Chevrolet Sonic. Make sure to visit Central Maine Chevrolet Buick today to see this praiseworthy car up close and personal!

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Buick Adds Hands-Free Tech to All 2015 Models

Buick 4G LTENow more than ever, cars need to be multifaceted devices capable of staying on-pace with current technological trends. Car buyers — especially younger ones — are heavily influenced by the compatibility of their vehicles with their other devices, and parents are increasingly facing the challenge of teaching their teens how to safely integrate (and separate) their driving time with their digital lives.

This past week, Buick has been demonstrating that it is in tune with the needs of modern-day car shoppers.  Parents and teens alike will appreciate the slew of mobile integration features in all 2015 Buick models that promote driver safety and will be made standard. Such features include Apple’s Siri Eyes Free and text message alerts, both of which discourages the driver from taking his or her eyes off the road. The text message alert functionality allows all Bluetooth-enabled phones to transmit incoming text messages to the car to be read aloud through its speakers, while the Siri Eyes Free feature can compose messages, get driving directions, and make phone calls, all without the driver ever having to lift a finger off the wheel.

At the same time, 2015 Buick models will also feature built-in wireless OnStar 4G LTE, meaning that even in the most remote of areas you never have to worry about being out of the loop. It also means that the OnStar system will be more reliable than ever; should the driver get into trouble, he or she will have access to the service no matter where they are. The 4G hub capability is free for three months and can then be added to your OnStar subscription for just $5/month for 200 MB or purchased separately from OnStar for $10/month for 200 MB. More data can be added at any time — up to 5 gigabytes of streaming service are available.

Our Waterville Buick dealership is thrilled to offer these cars that are on the forefront of innovative technologies and digital integration. Want to stream movies during your family road trip or ensure your teen won’t pick up that phone while behind the wheel? Come test-drive a Buick today and see this amazing suite of features for yourself!

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The 2015 Toyota Sienna Makes It Easier Than Ever to Get Your Kids to Quiet Down

2015 Toyota Sienna LTDThe Sienna has always been Toyota’s go-to family minivan, promoted through ad campaigns centered on what it’s like to be a parent in the modern world. But one new feature on the 2015 Toyota Sienna in particular suggests that Toyota understands what it’s like to be a parent better than any other automaker. The 2015 Sienna will offer an optional one-way microphone system called Driver Easy Speak. This feature will allow the driver to speak into a microphone and have their voice amplified to those in the back seats.

Or, to put it simply, you will be able to yell at your kids without craning your head around the front headrests (or even raising your voice). And no, they will not be able to shout back through the speakers, though they may very well try. Driver Easy Speak is only available on Sienna minivans that also include the optional Entune audio system.

Shoppers interested in the2015 Toyota Sienna will also have the option to include what Toyota calls a “pull-down conversation mirror,” which lets the driver peek in on what’s going on in the back seat without having to turn around. This, combined with Driver Easy Speak, could prevent, say, your five- and seven-year-old children from taking their shirts off as you drive down the highway and tossing them out the window before you could see what they were up to, which we assure you is a true story (though we’re certain most parents have equally ridiculous tales). After all, no one said parenting was easy. That’s why the 2015 Toyota Sienna is here to help.

The new Sienna makes your life easier in many ways, offering helpful available features like a Blu-Ray entertainment system, two more latches for easily attaching child safety seats (doubling the number in the previous model) and even more airbags to keep your little ones safe.

If you’re a mom or dad whose back is sore from all the creative in-car maneuvering required to get your kids to pay attention, come down to our Central Maine Toyota dealership today to check out and test-drive the 2015 Toyota Sienna — and bring the kids!

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Toyota Taps Social Media-Savvy Families to Debut Its 2015 Sienna

The refreshed 2015 Toyota Sienna will offer a number of family-friendly technologies when it goes on sale later this year, so it made a lot of sense for the minivan to debut with the help of some prominent tech-savvy families. Enlisting parents and children from the “Action Movie Kid” and “Convos with My 2-Year-Old” on YouTube and the “Eh Bee Family” from Vine, Toyota carried out its first-ever online-only vehicle unveiling last week, releasing a series of humorous videos featuring the 2015 Sienna that can be viewed above and at www.youtube.com/user/ToyotaUSA.

Along the exterior, the 2015 Toyota Sienna receives a redesigned front grille with a new hexagonal mesh insert and deepened creases along its flanks, while LED daytime running lights and headlamps will be newly available. The interior of the 2015 Sienna boasts new instrumental-panel gauges and more soft-touch materials to complement its abundance of tech features, including a new Driver Easy Speak system that can amplify a parent’s voice through the rear speakers so that they don’t have to yell back to their kids in the third row.

“The 2015 Toyota Sienna is designed for connected parents who want a vehicle that not only makes their daily duties easier and more enjoyable, but also keeps their kids comfortable and safe,” said Jeff Leclerc, general sales manager of Central Maine Toyota, a dealer of new and used minivans in Maine. “Even if you aren’t a social media superstar, you’ll still be able to fully appreciate the advanced technologies in the new Sienna because they will become second nature to you, just like driving itself.”

For the 2015 model year, the Sienna’s panoramic backup camera will become a standard feature, while an available 4.2-inch color multi-information display will make turn-by-turn directions easier to follow by showing them right in the instrument panel. On the center stack, an optional seven-inch capacitive touchscreen will allow drivers to customize their home screen with their favorite features and perform functions with a swiping motion. Yet another clever touch is the available pull-down conversation mirror, which lets parent drivers speak face-to-face with their children in the rear seats without having to turn their head away from the road.