Wednesday, October 31, 2012
• redirecting billing statements;
• and arranging phone or on-line payments. Toyota Financial customers with questions about their account should call (800) 874-8822. Lexus Financial customers with questions about their account should call (800) 874-7050. Qualified residents residing in FEMA-designated areas (of the above-mentioned states and the District) needing to purchase a vehicle may also take advantage of a 90 Day Deferred First Payment Program designed to assist customers with their transportation needs as they work through the recovery process. This program is for a limited time and only available through participating Toyota and Lexus dealers and TFS/LFS. Toyota Operations
Toyota continues to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to its operations on the East Coast and reports no known injuries to associates, family members and dealer employees. The storm had the biggest impact on company operations and dealerships in the New Jersey area. Some regional/branch offices, as well as Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships, were affected by flooding and power outages. Toyota Logistics Services operations at the Port of Newark (N.J.) sustained water damage to its buildings and a number of vehicles.
Courtesy of Toyota Pressroom
In a game riddled with explosive plays, not one but two kickoffs were returned by Quincy McDuffie for touchdowns, and Latavius Murray played a central role in igniting the offense, finding his way into the end zone four times.
McDuffie accounted for the only points put on the board in the first quarter of the game for UCF, returning a 97 yard kickoff for a touchdown in response to a Marshall 43 yard field goal.
The offense got rolling in the second quarter after a 29 yard bomb to J.J. Worton set up a Latavius Murray rushing touchdown from the 2 yard line. Bortles looked impressive on the offense’s first scoring drive, completing 4 passes for 76 yards, moving down the field in only 3 minutes and 22 seconds.
After that initial second quarter score the proverbial floodgates opened, and UCF was able to head into halftime with a comfortable 27-10 lead.
The momentum kept up in the third quarter, when McDuffie returned the opening half kick for a touchdown to put the Knights up 34-10, seemingly putting the game out of reach for the Thundering Herd. Marshall was silenced in the quarter, gaining only 56 total yards, turning the ball over on downs on their first drive and punting it away with their second.
The offense was relentless in their two possessions during the third quarter, marching down the field for a Latavius Murray rushing and receiving touchdown.
A highly successful rushing game took over in the fourth quarter to eat up the clock and bring the Knights their sixth win of the season on a 15 play, 99 yard drive that ate up over ten minutes of the clock and culminated in a 21 yard Brynn Harvey touchdown.
Bortles ended his day with 277 yards through the air, two touchdowns and two interceptions, continuing his solid first season as starting quarterback. The story of the day however, was the monster day Latavius Murray had in the backfield, racking up 194 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns, once as a receiver and three times on the ground.
UCF heads the Eastern Division of Conference USA after the victory, holding a slight edge over East Carolina, who is 4-1 in division play. The next game for the Knights will be their homecoming game against Southern Methodist University at 7 PM on Saturday, November 3 rd.
Courtesy of Knight News
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
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With the all new GS, ES and a refreshed RX that introduced a bold new look and attitude for the future, 2013 has been a year of launches for Lexus. But before the year is over, the LS launch will solidify the brand’s new direction. Airing today, the campaign’s two general market spots target those looking to live life to the fullest with experiences that matter. A third spot, “Everything” is geared to the African-American audience and will also air at launch. “Flashbulbs” boils life down to a series of moments, loud moments, both literally and figuratively. A day-in-the-life of high-end and exclusive experiences for one couple includes front-row seats at a fashion show, a passport stamp leading to an exotic vacation, a modern home in the hills, a swanky jazz club and a glamorous red carpet arrival. The pop of a camera flash transitions through each scene and captures each photo-worthy experience. The LS, considered to be one of the world’s quietest cars, still comforts its occupants but announces its presence in a confident, bold manner. The second spot, “Paddle Shifters,” features the all-new LS F SPORT and shows that people who don’t go quietly constantly seek bigger, better experiences. They're not happy with the conventional. They do things faster, louder and more uniquely. Each time the LS F SPORT paddle shifter is hit the scene transitions and the music, sound and scenery gets louder and faster: a speed boat racing across the water, a stylish couple’s night out, friends cheering on their favorite team. By the end the action reaches a frenetic pace with people living life in 8th gear. The LS F SPORT is the car for those who enjoy a life well-lived, and don’t mind being noticed in the process.
To engage the target audience, the campaign’s media extensions will focus around four pillars to highlight an emotionally exciting, upscale lifestyle: fashion, entertainment, epicurean and travel. A first-ever sponsorship of the GQ “Men of the Year” celebrates the men who define cultural relevance, taking an aspirational approach in talking to our target. The sponsorship includes a three-page spread, digital homepage takeovers and an exclusive automotive presence at the Men of the Year and GQ Nights events. An exclusive, 360 degree partnership with USA’s “Suits” includes vehicle integration and custom on-air vignettes. Combining broadcast, digital and social channels, an interactive game component will offer digital narrative, custom videos, Facebook and Twitter posts along with a character chatter page that will include a live season finale fan chat. In the epicurean and travel worlds, Lexus will be the presenting sponsor of a new editorial platform from Travel + Leisure and CNN called “100 Places to Eat Like a Local.” This special series of print, digital and broadcast content will uncover the best authentic, under-the-radar places to eat around the globe. “100 Places to Eat Like a Local” will encourage consumers to submit videos, photos, and reviews of their favorite local spots that may be featured on-air, online or in print. The final list of the top “100 Places to Eat Like a Local” will appear in the April 2013 issue of Travel + Leisure. Elevating travel experiences to a new level, a partnership with Condé Nast Traveler will allow a reader to win the chance to “travel with Traveler.” The winner will report back via social and digital media for the world to see, creating new, engaging content as the campaign goes on. The digital initiatives will also have a heavy prominence with standard web executions, including banners and Full Episode Players. Print executions will feature the LS and include a strong lifestyle focus in publications such as Wired and Architectural Digest, as well as in new luxury publications DuJour and Black Card Mag. In addition to out-of-home focused billboards, and high-impact units in New York City’s Times Square and Washington D.C., placements in private airports and executive lounges will target exclusive business, corporate and private jet travelers. Both broadcast spots will have a prominent presence in high-profile sports properties such as the NFL, including NBC Sunday Night Football, ESPN Monday Night Football, the NFL on Fox, and NFL network. They’ll also have heavy coverage on ESPN College Football and NCAA basketball on CBS. These placements will be bolstered with Halftime sponsorships on NFL Network Thursday Night Football and ESPN College Football. In addition, the campaign will align with more than 25 cable networks, including CNN, USA, E!, TNT, Food Network, ESPN, Style and others.
Courtesy of Toyota Pressroom
Friday, October 26, 2012
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Courtesy of Lexus Magazine
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we donated some pink Lexus items to be raffled off at the Windermere Art Festival. Check out the photos below!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
TSSC’s Sylvester DuPree, who has worked closely with Rebuild Joplin since the onset, points to another success. “One of our main goals coming into Rebuild Joplin was to reduce the amount of time it took from when a home owner applied to when construction began on their house,” he said. “Couple that with reducing the amount of construction time and we are getting people back into their homes faster.”New Orleans Connection
Rebuild Joplin is the first affiliate of the St. Bernard Project (SBP), a non-profit organization that was founded in 2006 by Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney, an attorney and teacher, respectively, from Washington D.C., after they saw the tremendous needs in the New Orleans region following Hurricane Katrina. Following a month of service in the area, the pair started the nonprofit, focusing on finding a solution to fulfilling the needs expressed by community members. SBP believes that by sharing lessons learned and best practices, disaster recovery in America will be more effective in reducing human toll. Through St. Bernard Project’s Disaster Recovery Lab, a community hit by a natural disaster can get a head start by using these lessons learned and utilized in New Orleans, and, now, Joplin. “We have seen the toll of delay in post-disaster recovery; clients have died waiting, seniors have had their ‘golden years’ irreparably tarnished, and young people have spent their formative years in untenable living situations,” Rosenburg said. “Understanding the urgent need for a new model – recognizing that disaster recovery in America is broken and that families in other parts of the country impacted by disaster yearn for home as strongly as families in New Orleans – St. Bernard Project decided to share its model with other disaster-impacted communities.” Developed in collaboration with skill-based corporate partners, Disaster Recovery Lab is an answer to reduce recovery time and minimize the devastating impact of delayed recovery on businesses, government and the social and civic fabric of a community. Communities at-risk will be trained to develop resilience by understanding and mitigating risks, by learning SBP’s model, understanding challenges that they will face and by developing an initial recovery plan. Disaster-struck communities will learn SBP’s model, receive a playbook/framework for action and will benefit from technical and on-the-ground support. “We are a one-year-old organization operating with four-plus years of experience,” said Hogan. “It makes an enormous impact on our ability to serve families.”
Courtesy of Toyota Pressroom
Monday, October 22, 2012
With its opal blue exterior inspired by the semi-precious opal stone from outback Australia, the Lexus LF-LC Blue appeared this week at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show. It’s the second version of an LF-LC model that first debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.
“The concept hints at what’s to come from Lexus, while the reality has us actively studying how we can engineer and build a vehicle like this in the future,” Tony Cramb, chief executive of Lexus Australia, said in a statement.
The sleek car runs on a combination of traditional gasoline and an improved, smaller battery pack. To save on weight, the LF-LC Blue uses more carbon fiber than its previous hybrid models. As the most powerful Lexus hybrid to date, it sports a 500-horsepower Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive.
The concept also features a remote touch-screen device that allows the driver to operate controls and two 12.3-inch LCD screens, which provide information and navigation display.
But don’t get your hopes up too much. This beautiful concept car isn’t coming to market anytime soon — it only teases what we might expect from Lexus in the future.
Courtesy of Mashable.com
Friday, October 19, 2012
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Who’d have thought it?
After all, the Lexus LS’ trademark qualities since day one—serenity, smoothness, genius tech features designed to anticipate your needs—are what the LS is iconically known for. To infuse the Lexus LS with some F SPORT attitude goes against the LS heritage, right?
“When you think of the word ‘sport,’ a macho image comes to mind, but that is not what we wanted,” he says. “Throughout development, we thought about balance. The result is a car with commanding sportiness but also comfort, convenience, and safety levels that befit the flagship profile. Think ‘exhilarating luxury.’”
The exhilaration comes from features that create the look and, more important, driving “feel” of the car. They include paddle-shifters, ride height lowered by almost half an inch, 19-inch wheels, a TORSEN limited slip differential that distributes torque between the rear wheels to help enhance traction, and high-performance Brembo six-piston caliper brakes.
Thus speaks the meister, man of “feel,” but what about the balance of sporting sensuality and flagship luxury?
With guiding hands, Ozaki and his fellow meisters have felt their way through it all, giving shape to a dynamic vision of the Lexus flagship that few would have thought possible when the first model was launched in 1989.
Courtesy of Lexus Magazine
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Fact: The handwriting's not on the wall--the tire sidewall, that is. Molded into the sidewall is the tire's maximum inflation pressure, not the manufacturer-recommended pressure. For normal operation, follow inflation pressure recommendations in the owner's manual or on the vehicle placard located in the glovebox or on the door post.
Myth: A tread pattern is needed to provide great traction on dry roads.
Fact: A racing slick--a tire without any tread--provides the ultimate in dry traction due to the maximum amount of rubber touching the road. A tread pattern, with its groove voids, actually compromises this adhesion capability on dry roads. The role of tire tread is to act as a squeegee on wet roads to remove water from under the tire and channel it through the grooves for improved wet traction.
Fact: Performance tires may wear out faster than conventional family-car tires; however, tread rubber polymers aren't the culprits. In fact, new polymers and ultratensile steel constructions make performance tires last longer than ever. Industrywide, performance tires average about 45,000 miles in tread life, similar to the figures for family-car passenger tires. Fast wear usually is due to high-horsepower vehicles fitted with the tires and aggressive driving. Jackrabbit starts and quick stops can shorten the life of any tire.
Fact: The opposite is actually true. Wide tires tend to "float" on deep snow, and the tread lugs never have a chance to "dig" through to the road surface to gain traction. Narrow tires are a better option in deep snow. The tire acts similarly to a knife cutting through butter; the blade works best when using the narrow edge to push through the butter rather than the wide flat side of the blade.
Fact: In some parts of the country, this may be true, but if you live in the northernmost states or in Canada, the traction provided by winter tires can't be beat. Winter tires reign supreme in rural areas where snow remains on the road for days. They provide 25-percent-improved traction in deep snow over all-season tires. Metal-studded tires deliver up to 40 percent greater traction on hard-packed snow and ice over all-season tires, but many locales have restrictions regarding the use of studs.
Fact: Radial tires can be crossed from side to side in the rotation pattern. The old front-to-back rule applied to bias ply tires. Regular tire rotation--every 6000 to 8000 miles--promotes more uniform wear for all tires on a vehicle. (Goodyear recently designed a light-truck tire system that requires no rotation; the Wrangler RF-A provides a rear tire with a different tread design from the front tire).
Myth: Put your new tires on the drive-wheel position to get the most traction.
Fact: This is only true on a rear-drive vehicle. In all cases, install new tires on the rear axle. Most tire buyers purchase new rubber for the drive-wheel position to get the most traction; however, by doing so they transfer most of their traction capabilities from the rear and make it susceptible to oversteer. The vehicle's rear will fishtail and swing out in fast cornering or emergency maneuvers.
Fact: It's sort of like kicking the tire, but with another part of your anatomy. Tread compounds only tell part of a tire's story. Tread pattern, tire shape, and tire footprint shape on the pavement provide clues to its adhesion capabilities. Don't rely on the fingernail test.
Fact: Uniform Tire Quality Grading is a federal law that requires tire manufacturers to grade their own tires for treadwear, traction, and temperature resistance. Tire manufacturers, not the government, test tires and assign their own grades. Unfortunately, the government has not prescribed a formula for converting the manufacturer test results into universal grades; therefore, the numbers are not objective. According to the Federal Trade Commission, treadwear grades are for comparison purposes only and are not intended to be converted into anticipated or promised tire mileage.
Fact: An undulation is created where materials overlap each other in the tire carcass, and it actually is the strongest part of the tire. Still, motorists perceive a "wave" on the sidewall as a defect. Goodyear's new ultratensile steel reinforcement eliminates this material splice and overlap. Ultratensile steel should reduce sidewall undulation in polyester-reinforced tires.
Fact: It might not tell you much about the vehicle or tires, but it could tell you whether your shoe padding is adequate.
Friday, October 12, 2012
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A big thank you to the author of this amazing review! Welcome to the team Chris and keep up the great work!
- I just purchased a new Lexus at Lexus of Orlando and was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with sales specialist, Chris Yurocko. Chris personifies the extraordinary customer service when you walk into a quality dealership. His professional approach and product knowledge was extraordinary. Chris took his time in explaining all the quality features of the RX 350 and the benefits of purchasing a vehicle form Lexus of Orlando. Even after the purchase, Chris answered all our questions about the features and assisted in synching our IPhone to the vehicle.
Thank you chris! -Jrooth