Toyota news roundup: Week of August 31

August 31st, 2020 by

Here at Toyota of Orlando, we like to stay on top of what our favorite automaker is up to in the world. That’s why we’re bringing you a Toyota news roundup for this week (Aug.31 – Sept. 4) – get the scoop on what Toyota has in the works.

Flying taxis: Toyotas are pretty exceptional cars, but things are about to move to a whole new level… literally. Toyota is backing SkyDrive, a startup company that’s focused on taking road travel to the open air in the future. Their goal? To potentially create a solution that could alleviate road traffic in overcrowded cities. This week the SD-03 – their first electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) vehicle took a test drive with a pilot behind the wheel. It cruised the Toyota Test Field at Toyota City and the run was considered successful. SkyDrive is hoping to approve actual flights by the end of this year and a two-seater commercial vehicle by 2023 that could act as an Uber or taxi of sorts.

Lunar rover: Flying taxis are pretty cool, but Toyotas on the moon – yup, the actual moon – are even cooler. Toyota recently partnered up with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to develop a fuel-cell vehicle that can be used on the moon. And it just got named – the Lunar Cruiser, ushering a whole new level of exploration that was first introduced by the iconic Land Cruiser SUV. The Lunar Cruiser is still in development, but plans indicate that it’ll be pressurized so a crew can man it. In 2024 actually engineering and design will begin, with a public unveiling in 2029 and hopefully its first moon exploration taking place in 2030.

Toyota Yaris Cross: A new Toyota Yaris crossover – the Yaris Cross – is about to be unveiled by Gazoo Racing and will be on sale this fall in Japan (and in Europe next fall). This special model of the popular Toyota GR Yaris will offer mudflaps, black 18″ alloy wheels, a dual-tipped sport exhaust, tinted windows, and body enhancements on the front bumper and side doors. Additionally, it’ll include necessities like a cargo mat for the rear cargo area and a sunshade to protect the interior. Performance specifics are still up in the air.

Toyota payment relief: Toyota is doing its part to help assist those affected by recent natural disasters including Hurricanes Laura and Isaias, the recent Midwestern dericho storm, and the California wildfires. Toyota Financial Services and Lexus Financial Services are offering their impacted customers assistance by providing extensions and deferred payments on leases, redirected billing statements, and arranging payments online or by phone at no cost. If you or someone you know was affected by these recent natural disasters, call (800) 874-8822 to see how Toyota can help you.

That’s it for our Toyota news roundup for this week! If you’d like to schedule service, take a test drive, check out our inventory, or need assistance with anything and everything automotive, call Toyota of Orlando today. We’re open seven days a week at (407) 298-4500 and we’re conveniently located just off I-4 across from Millenia Mall at 3575 Vineland Road.