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.

The original article was posted on Edmunds.com


Toyota Makes The Cut On Fortune Magazine's Change The World List

Toyota’s forthcoming revolutionary car the Mirai is gaining a reputation as a product that may propel the world into a new era of alternative fuel.
Toyota earned even more praise for the Mirai, coming in at No. 3 on Fortune Magazine’s Change the World list, which recognizes 51 companies “that have made significant progress in addressing major social problems as a part of their core business strategy.”
In the accompanying article, after praising Toyota’s success with the Prius, Fortune lauds the Mirai. 

“In September, Toyota speeds into the unknown once again as it launches the Toyota Mirai, the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle,” the magazine writes. “Powered by hydrogen and emitting nothing but drops of water, it could be even more eco-friendly than its electric vehicle peers.”
Toyota ranks highest of just three automakers on the list. Ford was No. 42, while Chinese automaker BYD came in at No. 15. The only companies ranking ahead of Toyota are Vodafone and Safaricom at No. 1 and Google at No. 2. 
To see the entire list, just click here. You won’t have to scroll down too far to find Toyota’s entry.


Temple City's Sizzlin' Summer Concerts in the Park

As a Temple City resident, I found some interesting facts about the Temple City Concerts in the Park Series.

The Temple City Concert Series started relatively small in the mid-1980’s featuring the San Gabriel Valley Concert Band using the parking lot adjacent to City Hall.   Estimated attendance was 25 – 50.  

The Performing Arts Pavilion located in Temple City Park is the current home of the Concert in the Park series was dedicated in September 1996 honoring those that made the dream into a reality.  Since then, the Concerts in the Park series has welcomed a variety of solo performers, tribute bands that span the decades.  Pre-concert activities and weekly giveaways all set in a true hometown atmosphere sets the TC CONCERTS IN THE PARK series as a true Temple City tradition.  In 2013, Temple City welcomed sponsorships to help support the series and also introduced Beats & Eats Food Trucks during the series.  Their 11 week series begins mid-June through August each summer and draws crowds up to 1,800.

Beach Boys, Elvis, Chicago, Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac…will not be playing here. But tribute bands honoring their greatness will. Another plus, the concerts are free!

What:      City of Temple City’s Concerts in the Park 2015

Where:   Temple City Park
               9701 Las Tunas Drive
               Temple City

When:    Wednesday evenings
               June 17 – August 26
Time:      6:30pm -Pre-concert activities
               7:00pm – Concert

We are excited to support Temple City’s Summer tradition.

Stop by and visit our Longo booth on July 1st, July 8th, and August 12th.   We will be raffling gas card gift cards.

We look forward to seeing you there. Let’s enjoy the summer together.



Toyota Demonstrates Ingenuity in America’s Rally Series 

This past May, at the Monster Energy Supercross Championship finale in Las Vegas, Nevada, Toyota showcased the brand new RAV4 rally car. This entry is a modified version of the 2015 Toyota RAV4 LE. 

What’s unique about the unibody-constructed RAV4 is how it will be utilized within a professional racing series. Typically, rally cars are based upon manufactured hatchbacks, but Toyota is shaking the racing industry up by going with a SUV inspired vehicle. The lighter and leaner design will undoubtedly become quite alluring for off-road drivers as it will be immensely effective in handling all outdoor racing expeditions.
Son of off-road legend Rod Millen and the winner of the 2014 Baja 1000, Ryan Millen will be in the RAV4 driver’s seat in various rally races including several events associated with the 2015 Rally America 2WD-Open Class season. Ryan is also a Longo Toyota guest. (Thanks Ryan!)

“I’ve driven just about everything Toyota has to offer,” said Millen. “And I’ve been very impressed with the RAV4’s tight, compact body and smooth handling. I’m looking forward to putting it through the paces this season.” This won’t be Ryan’s first time behind a Toyota vehicle either. As previously stated above, Ryan took home the top prize at last year’s Baja 1000 in a Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. With Ryan back at the helm for Toyota’s RAV4, all eyes will be on car and driver throughout the Rally America West Series.  

For more details about the RAV4 rally car, click here. 



Covina Summer Evenings - Free Entertainment!

There are many amazing free summer concerts being hosted in the Greater Los Angeles area, and locally, Covina is one of them.  

Dance the night away on Mondays and Thursdays, enjoy a family film on Tuesdays, or relax and listen to soothing music on Wednesdays.

We suggest arriving early for preferred parking. The address is Covina Park, 301 N. Fourth Ave, Covina.

Summer Evening Entertainment:

Monday – 7:30pm Starlight Concert Series
June 22   Stone Soul (Soul, Motown, R&B)
June 29   Film at Eleven (60s, 70s, Disco)
July 6      Creedence Relived (Tribute to CCR)
July 13    Thief (Classic Rock)
July 20    Sgt. Pepper (Music of the Beatles)
July 27    The Smiths (Country, Top 40, Classic Rock)

Tuesday – 6:30pm Kids’ Night Out
June 23   Penguins of Madagascar
June 30   Rio 2
July 7      How to Train Your Dragon 2
July 14    Spongebob – Sponge Out of Water
July 21    Big Hero 6
July 28    Planes: Fire & Rescue

Wednesday – 7:30pm – Celebration Series
July 1     Covina United Methodist Church
July 8     First Presbyterian Church of Covina
July 15   Foothill Vineyard Church
July 22   Christ Church of the Valley (CCV)
July 29   Covina Assembly of God Church

Thursday – 7:30pm Covina Concert Band Series
July 2       Americana
July 9       Travel – Where are We?
July 16     Tribute of Leroy Anderson
July 23     Let’s Dance with a Twist of Orange
July 30     Movie Music
August 6  Audience Favorites

On Saturday, August 1st, a charity event will be held to support Covina Yellow Ribbon and local food banks. There will be great music, good food, and a classic car show for Covina’s Summer End Concert and Car Show.
4:00pm-5:00pm     2nd Avenue (Oldies, Classic Rock)
5:30pm-6:30pm     California Sun (Surf Music)
7:00pm-8:30pm     City Beat (High-energy Dance Band)                                    

Join Longo at Covina’s Summer Months of Fun. Visit our booth on Monday nights and enter into a raffle for some great prizes.