June 2017
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The 2017 Toyota Corolla is a celebration of half a century of automotive excellence, and a continuation of an original concept that changed the car building industry – that of a small fuel efficient car, of high quality, that many could afford.

         When the very first Toyota Corolla rolled off the production line, Lyndon Johnson was the President, a US spaceship had just orbited the moon and miniskirts became the fashion statement – that was 1966.

        Now 50 years later the peculiar foreign car is still going strong, and still surpassing expectations year after year.

        Toyota founders were looking for something specific in the first Corolla: a vehicle appealing to customers, inexpensive to maintain but with many of the features of more expensive cars. They also wanted a comfortable ride, an element of sportiness, and for it to possess the latest in technology.

       The original Corolla was designed from that concept and after 50 years, much hasn’t changed.

        But the 2017 Toyota Corolla has expanded those categories in ways that the first designers couldn’t have imagined. The 2017 version is not only sporty looking but loaded with attitude. A newly designed front fascia highlights a fresh but familiar look.

            The 2017 Toyota Corolla is flush with the latest technology as well. Bluetooth®, rear view back up camera and voice recognition steering wheel command are standard. Available is the Toyota Entune™ Premium Audio and Audio Plus with Navigation and App suite with 7” touchscreen.

     As for safety, the 2017 Toyota Corolla takes it up a notch. It has 8 airbags, TPMS, Whiplash-Injury-Lessening seats and LATCH: Low Anchors and Tethers for Children. It also comes with Star Safety System™ and Standard Toyota Safety Sense™. Both of which offers a host of features: enhanced traction and braking, Pre-Collison and Pedestrian Detection and Lane Departure Alert.

     So, if it is a car you want, Toyota says, it is a car you shall have. For 50 years, the Toyota Corolla has lived up to and exemplified that. Pouring more and more into its original concept for half a century has resulted into something truly special: the 2017 Toyota Corolla.

     Visit South Hills Toyota dealership and see what 50 years of excellence looks like in the 2017 Toyota Corolla. Tesla’s Elon Musk is on pace to achieve more than all auto manufacturers combined. And years quicker. See what he has been up to.        

Elon Musk just won’t stop

Elon Musk. What’s with this guy? First, it was a car company based on the electric drive train in Tesla. Then it was the development of reusable rockets with his company SpaceX, and just a few days ago, he released footage of a contraption that catapults cars 125 miles an hour on a sled through a tunnel.

Makes you think of what new goals you've accomplished lately. Train the dog, organize the finances, talk more to the neighbors.

His most recent project? A technology that explores ways to connect the human brain with computers. Neuralink is the company’s name and making a human-computer hybrid is the game. Say what?

But before his company commences to digitize our domes, the start-up with Musk overseeing, hopes first to create computer implants that treat diseases – just a minor detour along the way to total technology take over.

Parkinson’s, epilepsy, prosthetics, and mental illness are the targets. Seems more like it. But anything meaningful in that area he says is 4 to 5 years away. As far as an era of artificial intelligence? When are those driverless cars coming?

Now, back to that 125 mile an hour sled. Musk hates traffic. To reduce it, he is planning on spelunking underneath the strata of L.A. in the form of an enormously long tunnel.

And going inside the tunnel is a system that lowers cars from street level onto sleds that travel at breakneck speed, bypassing the suckers er, uh, those stuck in traffic above.

Rocketing for miles, inside your own vehicle, underground on top of a sled, sounds both alluring and outlandish. Like the way we once thought of the all-electric vehicle.

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