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

Illinois Construction Projects: Summer 2017

Summer is a busy season for travelers, and yet, it’s an even busier season for road work/repair/construction. So what’s a road warrior to do? Prepare. Schedule your trips with plenty of time to spare as a result of construction and the usual traffic we experience daily. 

Watch out for these construction projects on Illinois tollways this summer:

 

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Flying Car by 2020

Toyota is working overtime to create a flying car by 2020. Toyota is investing resources in the startup, Cartivator, by “chipping in 40 million yen ($353,000) and offering the expertise of its mechanical engineers.”  

According to Engadget: 

Thedrone-like vehicle would soar 10 meters (33 feet) above the ground at speeds up to 100 km/h (62 mph). The “Skydrive” is being developed by Cartivator, a startup with around 30 young volunteers working with drone expert Masafumi Miwa from Tokushima University. The aim is to get the car flying by next year and have it commercialized in time to light the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games torch.

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Chicago’s Rising Gas Prices

As the warmer months creep up on us, gas prices rise as we switch over from winter to summer gasoline. Yes, that’s right, there’s a difference between winter & summer gasoline. 

According to our friends at How Stuff Works, Gas prices often go up during the summer, starting around Memorial Day [Source: EPA]. There are many reasons behind the increase in summer fuel prices, and some are fairly logical. More people traveling, increases demand. Also, in the spring months, energy companies conduct maintenance on their refineries, shutting them down and limiting capacity until late May. Because of these disruptions, oil supplies can become stretched.

Summer-blended gas contains more costly compounds that burn cleaner, working to reduce smog during the hot summer months, said Gregg Laskoski, a senior petroleum analyst from GasBuddy [Source: Accuweather].

But there’s more, gas prices soared to a 19-month high in Illinois for a specific reason.  

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Joy Restored

SUNSHINE IS COMING!!!!

Can you tell how excited I am for sunshine and warmer weather? I think it’s safe to say that most Chicagoans are eagerly awaiting better weather and lucky for us, it’s coming this weekend.

After you visit us for a little sunny weather car shopping, here are a few other fun things to do in Chicago this weekend!

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