Toyota to Provide Free Safety Software Starting Early Next Year

Toyota to Provide Free Safety Software Starting Early Next Year | Dixon, IL
Toyota to Provide Free Safety Software Starting Early Next Year | Dixon, IL

Starting in January 2021, Toyota will provide its Total Human Model for Safety software free for users worldwide.

Understanding THUMS

Toyota first launched this software system, often referred to by the acronym THUMS, in 2000. It was the world’s first software to simulate a virtual human body and analyze crash injuries.

Since that time, Toyota has updated THUMS to include human models of different ages, genders, and physical attributes. The company has also increased the fidelity of the software’s bone structure, musculature, internal organ, and brain simulations. This means that THUMS can now analyze potential injuries to both car occupants and pedestrians.

Representatives from Toyota claim that THUMS is a massive leap forward over physical test dummies, as the virtual simulations more accurately depict the particular shapes and strengths of different human body parts during an impact.

Influential tech for all

THUMS is currently in use at over 100 universities, suppliers, vehicle manufacturers and research institutes globally, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety considering making THUMS a part of their assessments.

Seigo Kuzumaki, Toyota’s head of advanced R&D and engineering, says the decision to make THUMS freely available is an attempt “to further enhance vehicle safety across the entire automotive industry and to help reduce traffic injuries and fatalities.” Toyota hopes making THUMS freely available will both further vehicle safety research and enable users to improve the system’s human models.

Celebrate the brand’s progressive technologies when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to test-drive a shiny new Toyota model.

The 2021 Toyota Sienna Gets Stunning Efficiency

2021 Toyota Sienna | Dixon, IL
2021 Toyota Sienna | Dixon, IL

The all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna comes with a refined design and exceptional gas mileage thanks to the Toyota Hybrid System II. This model achieves a manufacturer-estimated 33 mpg combined, making it a gratifying choice for your family’s transportation.*

Interestingly enough, the 2021 Sienna the hybrid powertrain is the only option for the new model year. This system has a 2.5-liter gasoline engine that’s paired with two electric motors. This powertrain will generate an impressive 243 horsepower, and it naturally increases fuel economy and reduces your carbon footprint.

Other features that will make drivers happy include features such as a four-zone climate-control system, seven USB ports around the cabin, and an entertainment system for backseat passengers. You’ll also find an optional JBL premium audio system, and you can opt for an onboard vacuum cleaner to make cleanup easier than ever.

Additionally, the suite of safety features on the 2021 Sienna keeps you safe on the road. The Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 system has automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and more. You won’t want to leave the driver’s seat of the 2021 Toyota Sienna thanks to its exceptional fuel economy, interior amenities, and intelligent safety.

Test-drive this model today here at Ken Nelson Toyota. You’re bound to fall in love with this minivan’s efficiency and it’s bevy of family-friendly amenities.

*EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

DIY Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

DIY Gift Ideas for Father’s Day - Dixon, IL
DIY Gift Ideas for Father’s Day – Dixon, IL

Father’s Day is just around the bend. Here are some DIY gift ideas that are easy enough for the kids to make for dad, if you want to give him something more unique than a store-bought gift.

Homemade Coasters

Country Living suggests two different types of coasters you can create. The first uses Mason jar lids lined with cork shelf liner. Use a stamp and acrylic paint to personalize them with a pattern or monogram. Or you can make DIY agate coasters with just some polymer clay and acrylic paint.

Lego Cufflinks

These Lego-themed accessories are perfect for the geeky dad that enjoys building masterpieces. Just spray paint similarly-sized Lego pieces and glue them to cufflinks.

Pre-Shave Oil

If you have essential oils on hand, you’ll only need two more ingredients to make homemade shaving oil. Simply mix the essential oil of your choice with grapeseed and olive oils to make an all-natural shaving product for dad.

Eyeglass Carrier

Transform an old neck ties into a cloth case for reading glasses with a just a few steps. It’s a great way to help preserve your dad’s eyewear in an attractive way.

Book Cover Boxes

Have those old Reader Digest books hanging around? Repurpose them into boxes he can use to keep desk items organized. (Use one book for the cover and cut up another book to make the box.)

Another way you can show appreciate to dad is to take his car in to Ken Nelson Toyota for a seasonal checkup. Call us to schedule an appointment with our Service Department.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle | Dixon, IL
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle | Dixon, IL

Warmer weather is the perfect time to give your vehicle the refresh that it needs. Here are some spring cleaning tips for the exterior and interior of your ride.

Get rid of the junk. It’s easy to let fast food wrappers, water bottles, and other debris accumulate in your car during the colder months. Grab a trash bag and fill it with non-recyclable garbage from your car; make sure to recycle any objects that are recyclable.

Wash the outside. It’s likely that your vehicle’s exterior is coated with salt and dirt from the winter. Wash it with carwash soap and water, then use a hose to rinse off the suds. Dry the exterior with microfiber towels.

Scrub your floor mats clean. Your floor mats protect your floors from all of the dirt and salt that you track in with your shoes. Remove the floor mats then either scrub or hose them off, depending on if they are carpeted or vinyl.

Wipe everything down and vacuum. Use a vacuum to get the crumbs out of the cracks and wipe the cabin surfaces with a microfiber cloth to remove dust and grime.

Replace items like windshield wipers and tires. After a long winter, some auto parts display signs of damage. Consider replacing your windshield wipers and your tires to ensure that you stay safe on future drives.

For more ways to take care of your vehicle this spring, contact us at Ken Nelson Toyota. You can also schedule a service appointment if your ride is in need of any repairs.

Study Finds Toyota Has Most Reliable Hybrid Vehicles

Toyota Has Most Reliable Hybrid Vehicles - Dixon, IL
Toyota Has Most Reliable Hybrid Vehicles – Dixon, IL

Over the years, hybrids have become less of a niche vehicle. In fact, Toyota has many hybrid variants of its most popular nameplates available. A recent study from iSeeCars.com also confirmed that many Toyota nameplates are the most reliable hybrid vehicles on the road. They last longer than most of the competition.

The iSeeCars.com study looked at more like 15.8 million used cars on the road. Their verdict? The longest-lasting hybrid of all time is actually the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. 4.2 percent of them are still running even at the 200,000-mile mark. The Highlander Hybrid was also in the top five four longest-lasting vehicles overall, not just hybrids.

The next two most reliable hybrid vehicles after the Highlander were the Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry Hybrid. Toyota has a monopoly on the top three longest-lasting hybrids on the market.

Having a reliable hybrid vehicle that lasts a long time means the amount of fuel emissions saved by your vehicle greatly outweighs the increased energy it takes to manufacture them. And with options on the road like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, families have better access to a more sustainable, fuel-efficient hybrid model that won’t break down in a few years.

Stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to test drive one of these models today!