Kirobo the Robot earns two Guinness World Records!

Kirobo the RobotThe main mission of a joint organization between the University of Tokyo, Toyota, and the Japan Aerospace Organization Agency (JAXA) was to send a robot into space. They did it, and it earned the robot two Guinness World Records.

Kirobo the robot arrived in space on August 10,2013 at the International Space Station. He spent 18 months aboard the space station, and in that time he managed to break two World Records.

According to Guinness, he was “The first companion robot in space” and “The highest altitude for a robot to have a conversation is 414.2 km above mean sea level and was achieved by Kirobo.”

Some of the main features Kirobo possesses are voice recognition, speech synthesis, telecommunications functions, a facial recognition camera, and a recording camera.

Kirobo is one example of Toyota technology blazing the trail for new developments. Toyota vehicles do the same thing! Stop by Haddad Toyota to find out how!

Toyota’s Global Street Band Competition – Feeling the Street

Global Street Band You’ve probably experienced it before – you’re walking into a professional sports game, like the Bruins or Red Sox, and you hear an energetic beat coming from near the arena. A man is thumping on a drum and you can’t help but get pumped up for the game.

This man, and so many others like him, is a street musician, also known as a busker. Buskers perform all around the world, and Toyota wants to recognize their talent with a global competition.

At the official campaign website, www.feelingthestreet.com, musicians can enter the competition by submitting a video. Audiences will then be able to choose their 6 favorite musicians, who will be joined together to form a global street band that will perform in New Zealand.

If you know someone who would make a great nominee for this competition, be sure to spread the word! All of the competition’s social media channels are listed below:

Facebook: facebook.com/FeelingTheStreet
Twitter: twitter.com/FeelingTheSt
Instagram: instagram.com/FeelingTheStreet/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeNp1JEL95ex3XKtZgcAHSw
Official Hashtag: #feelingthestreet

Not a musician but still love music? Our new Toyota vehicles have great sound systems that allow you to dance to the beat of your own drum! Come check them out today at Haddad Toyota in Pittsfield.

Spring Car Maintenance Tips from Haddad Toyota

spring car maintenance tips
Make sure to check your tire treads. Use a penny – if you can see the top of Abraham Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires.

All of us at Haddad Auto Group are excited that spring officially starts this Friday. While we may not have spring weather yet, we still want to make sure that we are starting to think about how to take the best care of our cars with the changing of the season. So, here are our spring car maintenance tips to help get you started off in the right direction this coming season.

  1. Be sure to check your battery. Winter’s harsh weather can take a toll on your battery, so be sure to stop by your local mechanic’s shop to get the battery tested for the months ahead.
  2. Check your tires for normal wear and tear and if you have winter tires, it’s time to switch to your all-season tires.
  3. Replace old wiper blades to keep up with the spring rains.
  4. Inspect your air conditioning system to make sure it’s working before you need it.
  5. Wash and wax your vehicle to get all of winter’s grime off your car and protect it for the future.
  6. Check the belts and hoses on your car to help prevent a break and major mechanical issues down the line.

The End of the Toyota Venza

The End of the Toyota Venza
The Toyota Venza will still be made for the US market until June of this year when production will cease.

Toyota just announced that the Toyota Venza, Toyota’s sporty wagon based on the Toyota Camry, will no longer be made. This decision comes after the Venza’s sales numbers have been declining in the last few years.

The Venza was introduced in 2008. In 2009, this sporty wagon had its best sales year ever, selling 54,410 models. Last year, however, only 29,991 Venzas were sold in the United States. To put this in perspective, this is about the number of Camrys that Toyota sells in a 30 day time span.

“After careful consideration, Toyota has decided to wind down production of the Venza at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK). No jobs will be lost at TMMK as a result of this move,” said Rick Bourgoise, Toyota Midwest spokesman, in a statement to Cars.com.

If you want to drive this new model, you don’t have to worry yet about the end of the Toyota Venza. We still have plenty in stock for you to choose from. Just make your way over to Haddad Toyota to take a test drive of this crossover/wagon hybrid today before someone else decides to drive off in this endangered model.

Creativity at Work – Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

Toyota Dream Car Art Contest
Toyota’s Dream Car Art Contest is designed to help inspire future generations to be creative and become future engineers and auto designers.

Whether you’ve always wanted a tough-offing pick up, a speed racecar, a classic car, or even just the latest sedan at its highest trim level, we’ve all got that one car that we see when close our eyes at night. Well, Toyota wanted to figure out just what sorts of cars kids, their future buyers, were dreaming about so they decided to have an international Dream Car Art Contest.

This art contest has three categories: under 8 years old, 8-11 years old, and 12-15 years old. The entries for all three categories were judged based on artistry, individuality, and execution.

“These are genuine works of art,” said Cheech Marin, actor and art collector. “I can easily imagine these Dream Cars on the walls of a gallery or someone’s home. To see such talent coming from our nation’s children is truly an inspiration, and I look forward to seeing what these artists will create in the future.”

Check out the artwork produced by the United States Winners who are moving onto the final rounds of the contest in Toyota’s flickr album and check back with us at Haddad Toyota to keep up to date with all the latest Toyota news!