Chicago’s Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21

What Time Will the Solar Eclipse Appear in Chicago?

Partial Eclipse begins at 11:54 am when the Moon touches the Sun’s edge.

Maximum Eclipse at 1:19 pm when the Moon is closest to the center of the Sun.

Partial Eclipse ends at 2:42 pm when the Moon leaves the Sun’s edge.

Will Chicago see the total eclipse?

Chicago is not in the path of totality. You will still need to use eye protection for the entire partial eclipse. The far southern portion of Illinois is the only part that sees totality.

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Toyota 86 860 Edition

Motor Trend recently took the Toyota 86 860 Edition out on the road and writer Stefan Ogbac’s analysis can be distilled into two words: PURIST PERFECTION! 

On the road, the Toyota 86 reveals itself as a thoroughbred driver’s car—razor sharp and seriously fun to drive. The car’s chassis shines on the winding roads where you can explore its handling capabilities without the risk of losing your driver’s license. Through the twisting mountain roads of Southern California, the 86 stays planted and flat, and when combined with its precise steering, it feels like a scalpel slicing through the road with pinpoint precision. Along with its twin, the Subaru BRZ, the Toyota 86 gives the driver so much confidence that on twisty roads, you’ll find yourself taking corners at higher-than-normal speeds. Unlike the Mazda MX-5 Miata, there’s minimal body roll, but you still know exactly what the car is doing as it communicates with you.

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Toyota FT-4X Concept Vehicle

What is the Toyota FT-4X?

The Toyota FT-4X Concept – or, “Future Toyota”-Four-Wheel Drive Crossover is the latest SUV concept vehicle from Toyota. Utility at its best. From designated “warm” and “cool” storage boxes to door handles that serve as impromptu water bottles, the FT-4X pairs function with fun

Tip the work-life balance scale in your favor. Introducing the revolutionary Toyota FT-4X Concept, designed by Toyota’s CALTY Design Research to answer the growing urge to escape. This 4-door 4WD crossover displays generous approach and departure angles that add to the Toyota FT-4X’s prowess on a variety of roads—paved or not. Wide over-fenders and beefy tires add to the simplistic rugged exterior, while inside, it’s a toolbox for all your things. Fold the rear seats flat and secure cargo with topside tracks, slide out the rear cargo floor to reveal more storage, and access the Multi-Hatch rear door that splits to swing open or functions as a one-piece lift-gate—whatever your getaway, it’s ready to take you there.

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2018 Toyota Camry Wi-Fi Connect

I am obsessed with the next generation Entune 3.0 system with a Wi-Fi hotspot in the new Toyota Camry! This is a game-changer. It allows you the opportunity to hook up to the internet and read up on the day’s news or stream your favorite episode of that show you missed last night (raise your hand if you haven’t seen last night’s episode of Game of Thrones yet). Obviously, you would do this as a passenger and not as the driver. However, there’s nothing wrong with pulling over to the side of the road and responding to that work email you forgot to get to before you left the house. 

Enjoy your complimentary Wi-Fi hotspot trial for 6 months/2 GB of data (whichever comes first) in your new Camry. Connect up to 5 devices to the internet at the speed of 4G LTE.

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Toyota Helps U.S. Army Veteran with Human Support Robot

Toyota Helps U.S. Army Veteran with Human Support Robot

Summary: Romy Camargo was shot in the back of the neck while fighting in Afghanistan in 2008. Instead of asking “why me”, he and his wife, Gaby, opened the nonprofit Stay In Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center, a recovery center that provides treatment, rehabilitation and support services to veterans and civilians with spinal-cord injuries. Camargo continues to serve his country, just not in the way he originally planned. He and his family took an unimaginable tragedy and said: how can we help others? Toyota teamed with Camargo to test out their new support robot technology. Continue reading for the full story.

On September 16, 2008, while fighting in Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer-3 Romulo Camargo (Romy) and his 7th Special Forces Group were ambushed by Taliban forces spraying bullets and rocket grenades at the American soldiers. Camargo was shot in the back of the neck, causing paralysis from the neck down. The next years would be a challenge for Romy and his loved ones, but a fight the Camargo family was willing to take on. 

Romy and Toyota completed their first in-home trial of Toyota’s Human Support Robot, or HSR at the Camargo family home in Daytona, Florida. The HSR is the first of its kind for personal use. Toyota has committed to bettering the lives of individuals on and off the road with such advancements like “partner robots” which aim to assist people with everyday activities. These significant advancements in applied advanced technologies will help people with limited mobility, including seniors and those who are disabled. 

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One Step Closer to the 2018 Toyota Camry

2018 Toyota Camry Kentucky Production Launch

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., (TMMK) celebrated the production launch of the 2018 Toyota Camry. The excitement has been building for months and culminated with the assembly of the first next-generation Camry. “The launch of the next-generation Camry is important for Toyota in America, and expands the company’s footprint in and commitment to Kentucky,” said Wil James, president, TMMK. “We are proud to be the first in North America to produce a vehicle with TNGA. It’s a testament to the skill and dedication of our team members.”

The 2018 Camry will set the benchmark in the mid-size sedan segment. It is the first vehicle in North America designed and manufactured with Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), a completely new strategy to the way the company designs, engineers, and manufactures its vehicles. TNGA will improve performance of all models, including increased fuel efficiency, more responsive handling, and a more stable, comfortable feel while driving.

The next-generation Camry has a sleeker profile that offers improved aerodynamics, a lower center of gravity, and a more rigid body, allowing for a more comfortable and stable ride. In addition, engineers incorporated a number of new noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) countermeasures that were previously found exclusively on luxury models such as sound-absorbing insulation in the hood and upper and lower fender separator, as well as foam/vibration dampening materials throughout the vehicle. The driver-focused design also features the highest grade of soft touch and premium materials on all surfaces of the cabin – dashboard, instrument panel, center console, door trim, etc. Vehicles will begin arriving at dealers in late summer.

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2018 Toyota Camry Review

2018 Toyota Camry Review

Read Motor Trend’s full review of the 2018 Toyota Camry here

Mark Buehrle Day at Gauranteed Rate Field

Mark Buehrle Day

On June 24, 2017, the Chicago White Sox retired Mark Buehrle’s #56 jersey. We had the distinct honor to witness that ceremony and revel at one of the best pitchers in recent memory.

During the ceremony, the Chicago White Sox presented Buehrle with a Toyota Tundra, and emblazoned across the back: 27 Up. 27 Down. This, of course, in reference to Buehrle’s perfect game in 2009.

Congratulations, Mark Buehrle! Thank you for the memories.

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What Is the Toyota 86?

Originally branded as the Scion FR-S, the Toyota 86 is the same vehicle (with updates–see below–in 2017!) but proudly wearing the Toyota name. 

The Toyota 86 is Toyota’s only two-door, rear-drive sports car. 

Handling and Braking
86’s advanced chassis has been engineered to optimize the center of gravity, plus front and rear weight balance, for optimal performance.
Exterior Design
Long hood. Short rear deck. The standard in sports car design. With its blend of form and function, 86 flaunts its pedigree from every angle.
Sporty Interior
86 shows off its sophisticated side with all-new Granlux trim accents on the door panels, upper-seat bolsters and dash.
860 Special Edition
An elite sports car. Crafted for the select few. Each special edition will come with a 4.2-inch multi-information display that features a G-force meter and stop watch, and displays vital information such as horsepower and torque curves, engine coolant and oil temperatures and MPG. Additional premium features include Smart key with push-button start and touch-activated door unlock, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control.
Each special edition will come with a 4.2-inch multi-information display that features a G-force meter and stop watch, and displays vital information such as horsepower and torque curves, engine coolant and oil temperatures and MPG.

860 Special Edition