Kelley Blue Book kbb.com- (February 8th, 2013)
The Best Brand and Best Luxury Brand trophies are the most coveted awards handed out at the Best Resale Value Awards presentation held annually in Los Angeles on the eve of the LA Auto Show.
The award recognize automakers' outstanding achievements in producing vehicles that best retain their value over the first five years (60 months) of new-vehicle ownership. Awards are presented to top vehicles in 22 vehicle categories and to the Overall Top 10 vehicles across all categories. In addition, the luxury and non-luxury brands that demonstrate the best resale value receive coveted Best Brand and Best Luxury Brand awards. Our resale value 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 Kelley Blue Book's team of market and pricing analysts.
And now let's move on to the Best Resale Value Award winners for 2013, starting
with the two prestigious Best Brands Awards.
On the strength of 10 individual wins ? six segment winners and four top 10 entries ? this is the third time in four years that Toyota has taken home our Best Resale Value Award for Best Brand. With an unyielding commitment to quality, safety and value, Toyota has become an obvious choice for buyers focused on the practical considerations of car ownership. With that solid foundation in place, Toyota has recently begun increasing the emotional quotient with more expressive styling and richer interiors. If Toyota can make their cars even more appealing to even more people, we foresee many more Best Brand awards in its future.
Lexus took home Kelley Blue Book's first Best Resale Value Award for top
luxury brand in 2010, and now it's won the award three of the four years we've
presented it. Using the same triple-layer foundation as mainstream sister brand
Toyota ? quality, safety and value ? Lexus has built a reputation as the
trouble-free choice of luxury buyers. And Lexus, too, has been dialing up the
emotional aspect recently, with bolder designs, an increased focus on
performance and lusher interiors. The Lexus dealership experience is also part
of the appeal, regularly cited as the best in the business and a key reason for
second, third and fourth Lexus purchases.
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TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 15, 2013 - Toyota Financial
Services (TFS) / Lexus Financial
Services (LFS) is continuing to do its part for the environment, all while
supporting the Boys & Girls
Clubs of America (BGCA) and improving the overall experience of its own
TFS/LFS is kicking off its second annual "GoGreen" campaign, encouraging customers to sign up for paperless billing statements; allowing them to receive monthly emails when their bill is due, rather than traditional paper statements sent through the mail. Between Jan. 15 and March 31, 2013, for every customer that signs up to "GoGreen," TFS/LFS will donate $5 to the BGCA (up to a total of $100,000).
Every day, BGCA members across the nation participate in numerous "green" activities, such as recycling projects and community clean-ups. By choosing to "GoGreen," TFS/LFS customers are not only helping provide much needed funds to BGCA, they are helping to greatly reduce the volume of paper statements that TFS/LFS sends each month. The "GoGreen" campaign protects the environment, while supporting after-school and life-skills programs that teach young people how to better care for their neighborhoods? and for their planet.
"Last year's 'GoGreen' campaign was a great success," says Karen Ideno, vice president of Product & Marketing. "It took place less than a year after TFS/LFS launched paperless billing, and a record 239,450 customers signed up for the program during this first drive. The environment-friendly campaign helped the company surpass its targeted goal."
DENVER, CO, Jan. 13th,2013- The Denver Zoo served more than 2 million people in 2012, marking the first time it has reached that milestone in its 117-year history, officials announced Friday.
In 2012, the zoo served 2,065,410 people: 1,988,593 visitors and 76,817 participants in the zoo's outreach education programs.
The programs reach people in schools, libraries and community centers throughout Colorado and Wyoming.
The zoo also reached another record for membership: 68,450 member households.
"Certainly the opening of our groundbreaking new exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage, played a large role in our 2012 success," said zoo president Craig Piper in a released statement. "In addition to maintaining our local audiences, our work with our partners at Visit Denver also helped attract more tourists interested in seeing the new exhibit."
The previous high in the number of visitors was set in 1995, with 1,958,842 ? many to say goodbye to the famous Klondike and Snow polar bears just before they were moved to Florida.
This year, some zoo visitors also had a chance to say goodbye to Mimi, an elephant who had been at the Denver Zoo since 1961 before she was put down when her health declined.
In the statement, Piper thanked supporters of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, which helps fund the zoo programs.
"This outstanding community support helps us in our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding here in Colorado and throughout the world," Piper said.
TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 7, 2013- Kaley Cuoco, star of the award-winning CBS show "The Big Bang Theory," has a busy roster this year, including a debut in Super Bowl XLVII commercial for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Sweetening the pot for fans of Kaley and Super Bowl fans alike, the public will be offered a chance to "Get In The Big Game" and have their picture appear in the Toyota spot. From Jan. 4 until Jan. 12, fans can submit photos of themselves to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #wishgranted for a chance for their image to appear in Toyota's Super Bowl commercial on Feb. 3. One photo will be selected and placed in the reveal of the commercial during the first quarter of the game.