San Diego International Auto Show

The San Diego International Auto Show is going on right now at the Convention Center in downtown San Diego and Toyota was of course present showing of their new 2013 models.

The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof, featuring over 400 vehicles from 36 global manufacturers. The 2013 model-year vehicles showcase the newest levels of technology that enhance the driving experience, packaged in luxurious interiors and wrapped in cutting edge designs. When not captivated by the cars, show visitors can participate in exciting, fun new features, family entertainment, and interactive activities.
San Diego International Auto Show

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Check out our Facebook Photo Album to see all the pictures from the first day at the auto show.

The San Diego International Auto Show is open Thursday, December 27, 2012 and run through Sunday, Dec 30, 2012. For more information visit the official San Diego International Auto Show website.

SHOW DATES SHOW TIMES
12/27/12 Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
12/28/12 Friday 10 am – 9 pm
12/29/12 Saturday 10 am – 9 pm
12/30/12 Sunday 10 am – 7 pm

Sandy Hook Snowflakes

As a way of paying our respect, we decided to make paper snowflakes for the children and teachers who were killed in the terrible shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school a week ago.
The snowflakes will be used in decorating the new facilities to look like a Winter Wonderland for when the children come back from Winter break.

“Like our children, no two snowflakes are alike. We invite you to create snowflakes to decorate Sandy Hook School’s new home. Be creative! All colors and designs are welcome. We know that children will enjoy creating art that can adorn the walls of SHS’s new elementary school.” – Sandy Hook PTA & Connecticut PTSA

We all helped to make our own special paper snowflake, all with different patterns, shapes and decorations. Check out our Snowflakes for Sandy Hook photo album to see all the pictures.

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Bear vs. Sequoia

ATT00001There are no scratches on the outside of this car, but the vehicle was completely destroyed !
A man in Waterton Park  in Alberta , Canada, came out to find the inside of his 18 month old Toyota Sequoia trashed.
A grizzly bear had somehow got a door open and once inside it got trapped when the door shut behind him, probably by the wind.

The Toyota was the Platinum edition.  All the door panels were ripped off, the head-liner torn to pieces, all headrests, the leather seats, the dash shredded, and the steering column was twisted Sideways. Two of the six airbags went off and the other four the bear ripped to pieces.
Can you imagine a trapped grizzly being hit with an airbag in an enclosed space ? He must have figured he was in for the fight of his life, and by the looks of this car he definitely won the fight.
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When the bear ripped off the door panels he also clawed all the wiring harnesses out before breaking out the rear window. Toyota figures every wire he pulled or clawed at resulted in alarm bells, voices or sparks.
The head mechanic at Calgary Toyota doubted they had the expertise to put this vehicle back together, even if they had enough parts to do it.  This Toyota Sequoia had seen it’s last day.
Fish and wildlife officers have inspected the damage and figure it was a 3 year old Grizzly bear who accidentally ended up inside the car.
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photo (5)The vehicle has been written off by the insurance company, the cost of this fully optioned vehicle new was over $70,000, and they stopped count-ing the repair costs at $60,000 plus.

Lesson learned! Do not leave your car doors open when there are Grizzly bears in the neighborhood…
Instead come in to Toyota of El Cajon and get your very own TEDDY bear with the purchase of a new Toyota.

2013 Avalon is HERE

When the all-new, North American designed and engineered 2013 Avalon goes on sale later this year, consumers can choose between a powerful V6 gasoline powertrain and Toyota’s proven Hybrid Synergy Drive. The efficiency offered by the new hybrid model will help the all-new premium mid-size sedan achieve excellent fuel economy with an EPA-rating of 40 mpg combined.
In addition to offering a hybrid powertrain, the new Avalon features a stunning design, improved dynamic performance, a greater degree of refinement, and a highly spacious, comfortable interior experience with an abundance of outstanding convenience technologies.

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Get a Teddy with your New Car

What is better than a big hug from a cuddly friend…?
Until the end of the year, we are giving away a huge human size Teddy Bear with the purchase of your new car here at Toyota of El Cajon. The bears come in different shades of brown and beige and make for a perfect Christmas present to anyone.
So, come on in to Toyota of El Cajon today to get a new cuddly friend to snuggle up with during the Holidays!
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Customer Testimonial – Mary East

Mary East is a driving school operator and one of Toyota of El Cajon’s many happy customers. She recently bought her third car here at our dealership, a new 2013 Toyota Corolla, and was kind enough to share her thoughts and experiences with us in a short testimonial. Check out the video below to see what she said!

Welcoming Christmas Season

‘Tis the season… to decorate and get into a festive Christmas holiday mood.
Here at Toyota of El Cajon we all helped out to decorate our lobby with Christmas trees and Santa’s workshop, and some of the cars in the showroom with ribbons and reindeer gear.
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Visit our Facebook Photo Album to see all the pictures!