Toyota Named Best Automotive Brand in 2012 Kelly Blue Book Resale Value Awards

Kelly Blue Book’s kbb.com Best Resale Value Awards recognizes current and forthcoming vehicles for their projected resale value throughout the first five years of ownership. And for 2012, Toyota topped its competition and was named the top brand.

The awards are based on projections from the Kelly Blue Book Official Residual Value Guide, which is determined by a skilled staff of automotive analysts. The projections are based on current vehicle data, sales data, market conditions for each vehicle, competition within vehicle segments, expectations of the future economy and the combined experience of Kelly Blue Book’s residual analysts. The awards honour vehicles expected to maintain the greatest proportion of their original list price after five years of ownership.

The Toyota Camry, the best-selling car in America for nine consecutive years and 13 of the past 14 years, took the honour of Best Resale Value in the mid-size car segment. The Toyota Tacoma compact pickup truck and FJ Cruiser mid-size sport utility (SUV) were named Best Resale Value award winners in their respective vehicle categories and were also among the top 10 vehicles for Best Resale Value.

“Winning the top brand in the Kelly Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards is a very significant honour as it reflects Toyota’s commitment to quality, dependability, and reliability, which ultimately adds up to great value,” said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. “Toyota will continue to deliver the finest cars and trucks consumers have come to expect for over half a century.”

So come in and test drive one of these award winners and experience these vehicles for yourself.

2012 Scion iQ Out-SMARTs the Competition

How much car do you really need? At just a tenth of an inch over 10 feet long, the Scion iQ is a little more than a foot longer than the SMART ForTwo and a full 20 inches shorter than the Fiat 500. Available in Japan and Europe for several years, this micro-compact has finally arrived in Canada. The 2012 Scion iQ will be the car for the trendy urban dweller.

While it’s not the lowest priced on the market, starting at $16,760, the iQ is very well equipped and well built. When compared to the SMART ForTwo and the Fiat 500, it is the only one where air conditioning comes standard. Other standard features include vehicle stability control, electric power steering, keyless entry, and Bluetooth connectivity. Like all Scions, you will have a plethora of accessories available to customize and personalize your iQ.

As for safety, the iQ comes with 11 airbags which is a record for any car and impressive considering the iQ’s minuscule size. There are separate airbags for the head and knees of both the driver and front passenger, side-curtain airbags, seat-cushion airbags, and, a first, a rear curtain airbag that covers the rear glass area to protect the passengers in the rear in the case of a rear end collision.

While technically a four-seater, the Scion iQ is really a 3+1 as only the smallest people will be able to sit behind the driver. The front passenger seat can be slid very far forward, allowing an adult to occupy the back seat immediately behind it without sacrificing leg room for either passenger. Scion bought extra room by relocating things that normally occupy the area in and around the front seat passenger. The glove compartment has been moved under the seat and the heat/air conditioner unit has been miniaturized and moved to the centre console. Also, the fuel tank is located under the passenger floor and the engine and transmission have been engineered to push the front wheels as far forward as possible to eliminate wheel well intrusion into the cabin.

The iQ is powered by a 1.3-litre inline four with output at 94 horsepower and 89 lb-ft of torque. Although actual 0 to 60 comes in at around 10 seconds, the car feels much zippier than that. With that little size and weight, as well as the tiny engine, fuel economy is very, very impressive. Mated with the only transmission option, the Toyota CVT, it is rated at 36 mpg (6.5 L/100km) city, 37 mpg (6.4 L/100km) highway, and 37 mph (6.4 L/100km) combined.

Contact us today to speak to one of our sales consultants if you have any further questions. We’ve started taking deposits from eager enthusiasts and would be happy to order an iQ for you. Or simply contact us to have us contact you as soon as the car arrives in our showrooms. Continue to follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook community to stay in the loop of the latest news.