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7 ideas for a great summer in the all-new Taos

The sun is shining, outdoor activities are returning across the country, and everyone’s eager to start making summer memories once again. Need another reason to get outside? Volkswagen has introduced the all-new 2022 Taos compact SUV. It offers all the style, roominess, and exciting tech to make this summer—and every season—an unforgettable one. Here are…

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The sun is shining, outdoor activities are returning across the country, and everyone’s eager to start making summer memories once again.

Need another reason to get outside? Volkswagen has introduced the all-new 2022 Taos compact SUV. It offers all the style, roominess, and exciting tech to make this summer—and every season—an unforgettable one.

Here are seven enticing warm-weather events, destinations, and attractions to check out,1 along with seven reasons why the Taos is the ideal vehicle to get you there.

Take a kayak journey to a pristine island.

Jewell Island Kayak Trip

Portland, Maine

Got kayaking experience? Head to Portland Harbor and join Portland Paddle for a two-day excursion by sea kayak to the unspoiled paradise of Jewell Island. Enjoy the 221-acre island’s rugged coastline, extensive network of hiking trails, and ideal camping spots. Multiple trips are scheduled through early September.

Pursuing summer adventures means bringing along friends and gear. You’ll find a surprising amount of roominess and cargo space in the all-new Taos: The second row comfortably seats three; the FWD version offers 27.9 cubic feet of cargo space, increasing to 65.9 cubic feet with the second row folded.

Watch colorful balloons fill the sky.

Adirondack Balloon Festival

Queensbury, New York

There’s nothing quite like the sight of giant hot air balloons in vivid colors floating across the horizon. On September 24-26, head to New York’s Warren County and experience the magic of ballooning at the annual Adirondack Balloon Festival, a free, nonprofit event benefiting local charitable causes.

Inside the Taos, open the available panoramic sunroof to get a unique perspective on the balloons. Then step outside and admire the vehicle’s clean, modern design, including its bold profile, unique square wheel arches, LED headlights, and available illuminated grille.

Help keep the coast beautiful.

Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup

Tampa, Florida

Become a “scientist for a day” at this coastal cleanup hosted by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. During the event, which takes place September 18 at locations throughout Florida’s Hillsborough County, volunteers collect debris items and record the data for use in optimizing future cleanup efforts.

Research and science also play key roles in the advanced driver-assistance systems for the Taos. Its available IQ.DRIVE® suite of driver-assistance technology helps monitor blind spots, assists in warning of potential front collisions, and more.2

Celebrate all things shrimp.

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

Galveston, Texas

Feast on shrimp at this family-friendly event, taking place September 24-25 in Galveston’s Historic Strand District, around an hour’s drive southeast of Houston. Highlights include gumbo cook-offs and tastings, a fried shrimp dinner, live music, the Shrimp Scamper 5K Fun Run, and the Lil Shrimps Parade.

Along with all the great sights you’ll be seeing this summer, you’ll see important vehicle information inside the Taos, thanks to the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. It replaces the traditional instrument cluster with a modern, high-resolution digital display.

Hike while gazing at the Pacific.

Point Mugu State Park

Malibu, California

Located around an hour’s drive up the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica, this quiet and secluded park in the Santa Monica Mountains offers more than 70 miles of hiking trails, and five miles of ocean shoreline with rocky bluffs, river canyons, and other natural attractions. After your hike, hit the beach for an ocean swim.

The Taos can help keep you sure-footed on the road, especially with available 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive, which is designed to distribute power between the front and rear wheels as needed to assist with traction and stability.

Take surf lessons from the pros.

Richard Schmidt Surf School

Santa Cruz, California

Capture the exhilarating feeling of riding an ocean wave at this long-established surf school run by former pro surfer Richard Schmidt. Set along an idyllic coastline within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the school offers a guarantee that, no matter your abilities, you’ll be able to stand up and ride down the face of a wave in your first lesson.

You can experience exhilaration on the road, too. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the Taos uses a Variable Turbine Geometry turbocharger and other advanced engineering to produce 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, as well as impressive fuel economy.3

Dance to leading-edge sounds.

North Coast Music Festival

Bridgeview, Illinois

Move to scintillating live performances in electronic music, including techno, house, trance, and bass, at this Labor Day weekend festival, which this year takes place at a newly renovated stadium site just southwest of Chicago. Explore art installations, food vendors, and more.

Fans of music and tech will find a host of innovations in the Taos. It offers Volkswagen Car-Net® Remote Access4 at no additional cost, along with standard features such as touchscreen infotainment and Volkswagen App-Connect.5 Available features include wireless charging for compatible devices and an 8-inch touch screen with voice control, which can link to an available BeatsAudio® sound system.

Get ready for new adventures in every season: Learn more about the all-new Volkswagen Taos.

1 Event/attraction descriptions are based on information provided by third parties and are accurate as of the date of publication. Volkswagen is not responsible for event cancellations or ticket availability. Always follow all health and safety protocols established by event organizers and/or local authorities.

2 Driver Assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.

3 28 city/36 highway mpg (2022 Taos 1.5L, 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

4 Available on most MY20 and newer vehicles. Always pay careful attention to the road and do not drive while distracted. Certain services require trial or paid subscriptions, which may have their own terms and conditions. VW Car-Net requires cellular connectivity, availability of vehicle GPS signal, and acceptance of Terms of Service. Not all services and features are available on all vehicles. Certain Car-Net services, such as Roadside Call Assist, connect out to 3rd party providers that may require additional payment. Standard text and data rates may apply for app and web features. Certain services may collect location and vehicle information. See Terms of Service, Privacy Statement, and other important information at www.vw.com/carnet.

5 Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted. Not all features available on all operating systems. Standard text and data usage rates apply. App-Connect features require compatible device, operating system, and mobile apps. See mobile device and app providers for terms and privacy.

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2023 Toyota Corolla reviews: the first media drives

The finishing touches are currently being applied to the 2023 Toyota Corolla, which among many other changes will debut the fifth-generation of our world-leading, full hybrid petrol-electric powertrain. Members of the national motoring press were recently invited to test pre-production prototypes in both Hatchback and Touring Sports guise, including back-to-back comparisons with current 1.8-litre models.…

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The finishing touches are currently being applied to the 2023 Toyota Corolla, which among many other changes will debut the fifth-generation of our world-leading, full hybrid petrol-electric powertrain. Members of the national motoring press were recently invited to test pre-production prototypes in both Hatchback and Touring Sports guise, including back-to-back comparisons with current 1.8-litre models. What did they think of this thoroughly refreshed model? What were their 2023 Toyota Corolla reviews?

Below is a selection of excerpts from their online reviews, which include a numerical rating where applicable. To read the full reports, simply click on the emboldened links.

2023 Toyota Corolla reviews:

“The latest refinement benefits… particularly the 1.8 Hybrid. For 2023, it’s getting a 24bhp boost to 138bhp, for a 0-62mph sprint of 9.2sec. The point of the exercise is not so much to make the entry-level Corolla a fast car, but more to improve drivability.

“Toyota has also recalibrated the drive modes. [In Eco mode] the updated car… makes better use of the increased potency of the electric motor and waits for longer before it has the engine working. That makes the car feel more relaxed without noticeably compromising performance. At anything less than full throttle, the gearbox will build in some shift points and avoid holding maximum revs wherever possible. It helps that the 1.8 engine is a refined one, so when it pipes up, it’s not grating. Economy remains impressive: at the end of our test route, the car was indicating 57.7mpg.

This is a successful update of an already well-rounded family car

“Just as valuable in daily usage… are the improvements to the brakes. The pedal is now more progressive and allows clean limo-drive stops. The new car also uses the radar for the adaptive cruise control to judge how much regenerative braking it should apply when you lift off the throttle.”

“Exterior changes include a new mesh pattern for the front grille, fresh alloy wheel designs, and on some trim grades, new bi-LED headlights. [Inside] there are embossed patterns aimed at giving trim pieces and upholstery a ‘three-dimensional depth’, a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster (on mid-range trim and upwards) and a 10.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

“The biggest changes of all concern the powertrain. The updated Corolla’s redesigned lithium-ion battery pack is smaller yet more powerful, and the same goes for the motor unit. The 1.8-litre car… has a total system power of 138bhp, an increase of 14%. This is immediately obvious the first time you apply a generous amount of throttle. This isn’t only down to the power increase – Toyota’s hybrid and CVT tweaks have worked wonders. Toyota’s intention is for the response of the set-up to be more closely aligned with throttle inputs.

The Corolla does a remarkable job of replicating an EV-like driving experience

“At cruising speeds, the engine revs sit around 500rpm lower than before, making the Corolla more relaxing over longer distances. At lower speeds, the Corolla does a remarkable job of replicating an EV-like driving experience… making stop/start traffic a far more relaxing experience. It remains an efficient set-up – we achieved around 57mpg despite driving in an often less than sympathetic way to test the recalibrated powertrain.”

2023 Toyota Corolla reviews:

“This revised Corolla features the fifth-generation version of Toyota’s hybrid system, bringing a big boost in performance to the 1.8-litre model in particular, as well claiming improved refinement and response. The safety and infotainment tech gets an upgrade, too. Fundamentally, this remains a sharp-looking, comfort-orientated family car, with… a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain line-up that… shouldn’t be sniffed at as a stop-gap to going full EV.

“The lithium-ion battery pack has a 14% greater output, a 14% (18kg) lower weight and is more compact. The control electronics are more efficient and quieter. And the electric motors are more powerful. Put this together with a substantial amount of recalibration and the additional torque-fill now available from the gutsier e-motors… [and] the new 1.8-litre Corolla is more of a surprising transition than the overall increase might lead you to suspect.

Over a mixed driving route… the car was reporting it had been in EV mode 72% of the time. Toyota’s hybrid tech has really come of age

“The updated car is immediately more brisk. A lot of work has gone into remapping the accelerator response so it better matches driver intentions, dialling back the revs the CVT requires for a given amount of progress. It is also quieter at speed.

“The car can [also] use the adaptive cruise control gear to automatically vary the amount of deceleration you get when you lift off the throttle. This… simply means it maintains a safe distance from the car in front without you having to intervene with the friction brakes, even when slowing almost to a stop. This is so unexpectedly polished that it turns [the Corolla] into a one-pedal driving experience much of the time – something that’s usually the reserve of pure EVs.”

“Updates to the Toyota Corolla’s hybrid system mean that the latest version of the entry-level 1.8-litre engine has 138bhp at its disposal. [That’s] more than enough performance for everyday driving and getting up to motorway speeds without needing to mash the accelerator into the carpet.

“Fancy a bit of pampering? Well, forget the spa and buy yourself a Corolla instead because… it’s one of the most comfortable cars in the family car class. It has softer suspension than [some other rivals], which means it smooths off the rough edges of road ridges better and fidgets less on patchy sections of motorway.

The Toyota Corolla is a brilliant family car. It’s comfortable, well made, well equipped and remarkably frugal in real-world driving

“When you’re driving normally, you’ll find that the Corolla is a fine handling car. The steering is precise and its weight builds in a progressive manner, starting light for city driving and ending up with a heft that’s reassuring. There’s even a reasonable amount of feedback streaming to your fingertips [and] a decent feeling of composure at faster speeds.”

Learn more: 2023 Toyota Corolla revealed

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Sales, Production, and Export Results for May 2022 | Sales, Production, and Export Results | Profile | Company

Toyota Motor Corporation works to develop and manufacture innovative, safe and high-quality products and services that create happiness by providing mobility for all. We believe that true achievement comes from supporting our customers, partners, employees, and the communities in which we operate. Since our founding over 80 years ago in 1937, we have applied our…

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Toyota Motor Corporation works to develop and manufacture innovative, safe and high-quality products and services that create happiness by providing mobility for all. We believe that true achievement comes from supporting our customers, partners, employees, and the communities in which we operate. Since our founding over 80 years ago in 1937, we have applied our Guiding Principles in pursuit of a safer, greener and more inclusive society. Today, as we transform into a mobility company developing connected, automated, shared and electrified technologies, we also remain true to our Guiding Principles and many of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to help realize an ever-better world, where everyone is free to move.

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What insurance groups does the Aygo X sit in?

Since its launch in 2005, the Toyota Aygo has been widely regarded as our most accessible car. Affordable to buy and frugal to run, it meets the demands of urban and suburban life with a fun, youthful character. These qualities remain core strengths of the new Aygo X, enhanced further with crossover styling that stands…

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Since its launch in 2005, the Toyota Aygo has been widely regarded as our most accessible car. Affordable to buy and frugal to run, it meets the demands of urban and suburban life with a fun, youthful character. These qualities remain core strengths of the new Aygo X, enhanced further with crossover styling that stands out within the segment. But have such changes affected the model’s affordability in other areas, such as the cost of Aygo X insurance?

Aygo X insurance: What can Toyota offer me?

Toyota Insurance Services has launched a competitive fixed price insurance product for the Aygo X. It arrives at a time when cost of living expenses are rising and there is a growing demand for stability in the price of essential outgoings.

Affordable, fully comprehensive Aygo X insurance from Toyota Insurance Services is fixed for the first year. Providing customers continue to meet the eligibility criteria, the premium is then capped at a maximum of £30 per month or £360 per year for the second and third year of cover. From year four onwards, qualifying customers can continue to be covered by a capped premium, though that cap will increase by up to one percent of the retail price index measured from 2022.

This product has a specific set of eligibility criteria, plus terms and conditions that customers will need to meet in order to qualify for this product. Click here to explore this offer more closely.

Aygo X insurance: official group ratings

Depending on grade and transmission choice, the new Toyota Aygo X has been given an insurance group rating of five, six or seven out of 50. The specific insurance group for each model is itemised below.

MODEL  TRANSMISSION  INSURANCE GROUP 
Aygo X Pure  Manual 
Aygo X Pure  Automatic 
Aygo X Edge  Manual 
Aygo X Edge  Automatic 
Aygo X Exclusive  Manual 
Aygo X Exclusive  Automatic 
Aygo X Limited Edition  Manual 
Aygo X Limited Edition  Automatic 

How do car insurance groups work?

Insurance group ratings were first introduced in the 1970s to help consumers get a basic understanding of the relative cost of an insurance premium for any specific vehicle. These numbers are applied based on repair or replacement costs, the level of passive and active safety equipment, as well as the statistical likelihood of each vehicle being involved in an accident based on its power and performance. Essentially, the higher the number, the more expensive that vehicle is to insure.

Today, the number rating for insurance groups extends from a minimum of one to a maximum of 50. These insurance groups are decided by the Group Rating panel, which is an adjudicating body administered by Thatcham Research. Its members include the likes of the Association of British Insurers and Lloyds Market Association.

What else can affect your insurance premium?

Insurance providers take a wide range of additional factors into account when calculating the cost of your premium. They will ask multiple questions about you, your driving history, occupation, where you live and how you plan to use your car. This information will help them calculate your individual risk and therefore provide a figure for your insurance premium.

Learn more: Aygo X media reviews

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