Toyota Safety Sense demonstrations in Phoenix

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Posted 26 Jan 2017 — by Sam Haymart
Category Events, Scrap Book

During our fabled Auction Week here in Phoenix, our friends at Allison Partners and Toyota invited working media out to a special evening program to demonstrate their Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) systems.

The event held at Wildhorse Motorsports Park started with a detailed presentation by Toyota sales training representatives to outline the various systems that come on all Toyota models starting for the 2017 model year.

Presenter Derek Huff who teaches Toyota dealer sales how to sell and demonstrate the products, explained to our members in detail how the various elements of TSS operate and which Toyota models come with each set of safety features.

TSS comes in two forms, TSS-C for compact and entry level models and TSS-P for larger and more upscale vehicles.

TSS-C includes an array of camera based passive and active safety features and driver assistance programs. There is a pre-collision functionality that uses a forward looking camera to detect the car moving up on vehicles ahead. It can first alert the driver then take action to brake if the driver doesn’t.

Also included is a lane departure alert that will give auditory and visual warnings to the driver if they are crossing over lane lines. TSS-C also includes automatic high-beam headlamps.

On more premium and larger class models Toyota now has standard TSS-P. It takes the feature set of TSS-C and adds a millimeter wave radar capability that enables a finer set of skills for its pre-collision system and automatic braking.

It can detect pedestrians and other objects above and beyond another vehicle and as such offers additional capability to help prevent accidents. TSS-P also has a more elaborate lane keeping function that adds steering assist that can also help nudge a driver back into the lane if they are crossing visible lines.

Added here is also dynamic radar cruise control which can maintain your car at a set speed and at a set distance to traffic ahead. As demonstrated on site at the event, this can enable the car to adjust speed based on vehicles in front of it at a set distance and even come to a complete stop, then continue on.

Toyota stressed that TSS is an enhancement to safety and not a substitute for driver awareness and interaction. They pointed out clearly that some road conditions including surfaces, weather and traffic may preclude the systems from being able to operate.

During the presentation phase there was a healthy question and answer session followed by in-car demonstrations of the pre-collision systems, the dynamic radar cruise control and the parking assistive programs available on Toyota models.

Special thanks to Allison Partners and Toyota Motor Sales USA for providing this window into the new safety systems and how sales representatives are trained to present them to customers.

PAPA at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance

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Posted 18 Dec 2016 — by Sam Haymart
Category Events

2016 Arizona Concours d'Elegance

The Arizona Biltmore Resort will again host the Arizona Concours d’Elegance where we have a number of opportunities to get an inside track on the the cars and the people who make it happen.

The Legends: Pioneer Women in Racing,” discussion on Saturday, January 14, is one of three panel discussions taking place on the eve of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. Starting at 10 am will be the annual Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA) preview of the collector car auctions happening that week, then the Legends panel at noon, followed at 2 pm by “Drive: The Passion Driving Race Team Owners,” also moderated by Lyn St. James with featured guest Bobby Rahal.

The fourth annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance, January 15, 2017, hosts more than 90 exceptional vintage automobiles competing for awards in 17 classes as well as coveted Best-of-Show. Besides Lincolns of the Classic Era, featured classes for 2017 honor the Cars of Ettore and Jean Bugatti, and Coachwork by Vignale.

If you wish to participate as media, you must register by December 31st. Media registration: http://arizonaconcours.com/media-registration-2016

Photo: Arizona Concours d’Elegance

Happy Holidays and on to 2017!

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Posted 07 Dec 2016 — by Sam Haymart
Category PAPA News

It’s that magical time of year when we’re all busy looking forward to the holidays and the new year beyond. We’re hoping your 2016 was a successful one and wish you the best for the season and forward to 2017.

In that way, we welcome a number of new faces that have come to join our local journalist and blogger group this year as we look to another. Who would have thought Phoenix a hotbed of automotive scribes?

Fact is we are growing in numbers each year and the future is looking brighter than ever.

We invite all working media and bloggers who are members and those who may think about joining to consider what the Phoenix Automotive Press Association can offer.

Membership in our group gives us opportunities to network with one another but as important with the auto manufacturers. Throughout the year, events we participate in and organize bring us closer to personalities and news makers all around us here in Phoenix.

As we look to calendar year 2017 you are invited to give us some input and thoughts for coming events we might engage in. If you have an idea, hit the Contact Us link and let us know.

Also it’s that time of year for membership renewals. Annual membership is $25 and takes you though the entire year. If you are renewing please do by January 31st.

Next up in January, we have the Arizona Concours d’Elegance at the Biltmore and all the collector car auctions in Scottsdale. Stay tuned for more!

Photo credit: Mark Elias