Celebrate Earth Day with Us

On Earth Day, April 22nd, Longo will host its 9th Annual Earth Day Celebration, along with our community partners, City of El Monte and San Gabriel Valley Water Company.  This event is free and open to the public.
City of El Monte representatives will have an array of recyclable giveaways, as well as a “What Goes Where?” trash sorting game.  The City is also hosting a Smart Gardening Workshop on Saturday, April 23rd at Arceo Park from 10:30am- 12:00pm. The event address is 3125 N. Tyler Ave in El Monte.
The San Gabriel Valley Water Company will be handing out recycle bags with a useful energy-saving item for your home and helpful energy efficient information.
Join this fun and informative day with us.

Check out these energy efficient programs and cost saving ideas from Energy Star.
Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that assists businesses as well as individuals in saving money and protecting our climate through superior energy efficiency.  Their website is a valuable source of extensive information regarding energy savings for your home and energy efficient products.  Fun energy strategies for your garden is also available.
Here are two tips to keep energy use low at home.

1.    Use Motion Sensors
Reducing usage of any light source can result in significant savings, especially the outdoor post or porch lamp, which is one of the highest used light fixtures in a home. The average daily exterior lighting usage in 5 hours per day. Installing motion sensors will reduce energy usage by automatically turning off the porch lights during hours of inactivity.

2.   Install a Door Sweep
As you may already know, door sweeps, or weather stops, seal the gap between the bottom of the door and threshold, preventing cold air from coming in and warm air from escaping. A common place where air leaks occur is under the door leading to the garage, which is often not as well sealed as the doors leading directly to the outside.

For more information, please visit Energy Star’s website,


Team Longo Comes Together At the Nautica Malibu Triathlon 

While this past weekend marked the last official weekend of summer, Team Longo made it count by participating in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon at Zuma Beach. The two-day event held on Saturday, Sept. 19th and Sunday, Sept. 20th featured 58 competitors sporting dynamic yellow and black jerseys.

For many weeks leading up to the big race, Longo team members vigorously trained with Team Captain/Wellness Coach Alyssa DePompa to physically prepare themselves. Our team competed in the half-mile ocean swim, 18-mile bike ride, and 4-mile run.

In addition to our team members competing in the triathlon, Longo was featured in the sponsor expo area, where guests stopped by our two Longo booths and partook in games, won prizes, and received health tips from Alyssa DePompa. Team Longo raised $22,747 for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, while the triathlon conjointly raised over $1.31 million for this terrific cause.

Congratulations to everyone who competed in the 2015 Nautica Malibu Triathlon and a sincere thank you to all of our athletes for your involvement. Now it’s time to start training for Day at the Beach in Hermosa next month! 

Toyota Changes Its Ways On The 2016 Prius 

There comes a time when something needs to be reborn. For Toyota, that something is the all-new 2016 Prius. Bolder, lighter, and sportier, the Prius is new again.

The redesigned hybrid was unveiled by descending from the night sky of Las Vegas last week.  The dramatic outdoor reveal was staged for more than 350 journalists, guests, and hybrid enthusiasts who enjoyed music, food, and thrilling special effects.

Here are some key highlights for the 2016 Prius:

• Completely new exterior design
• New platform and rear double wishbone suspension that produces a better connection to the road, providing greater control and feedback in all driving conditions.
• Ten percent fuel economy improvement on core models; highest MPG without a plug
• Toyota Safety Sense system - a new multi-feature advanced safety package anchored by automated pre-collision braking. 

The 2016 Prius lands at Longo Toyota in early 2016. We will be providing updates as we count down to its arrival. Stay tuned!

Visit the Toyota Pressroom for more details on the 2016 Prius.

Midnight Mission 5K

The Midnight Mission hosted their 3rd Annual 5K/10K on June 14, 2015.  What a picture perfect day it was for this community event filled with fun and family-friendly activities!  Although most participated in the run, others enjoyed a scenic walk through Hahamonga Watershed Park in La Canada Flintridge. 
There was a lot of energy at the Longo booth with giveaways and a gas card raffle. This is where we met the Panda Express, Kung Pao Team (pictured below).   We enjoyed this grand opportunity for community engagement.  

Approximately 400 participants raced on a flat easy course and received a unique finisher’s medals at the finish line. A delicious breakfast and pre-race activities were provided by the Midnight Mission.  Post-race events had runners/walkers enjoying lunch hosted by Farmer John’s as well as entertainment.

Thank you Midnight Mission for making a positive difference and building a stronger community. Click here ( to learn more about how the Mission changes lives.


When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Hydrogen Fuel

Turn lemonade into hydrogen fuel? Say what?

“Fueled by Lemonade” is the third online video in Toyota’s “Fueled by Everything” series intended at educating consumers about the potential of hydrogen fuel. The campaign is leading up to the arrival of the 2016 Mirai in select California dealerships this October. Longo Toyota is one of the select dealerships.

The latest video comically centers on several kids struggling with selling homemade lemonade. When a Mirai expert makes her way over to their lemonade stands, she enlightens them on putting the unused quantity to better use. The idea of turning lemonade into a fuel source is a sweet one. Pun intended.

When the Mirai arrives, it will be priced at $58,325, including an $825 destination charge. The five-passenger Mirai is also available for lease at $499 per month with $3,649 due at signing. The lease option runs for 36 months.

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