Toyota Offers Payment Relief
Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced yesterday it is offering payment relief options to its customers affected by the federal government shutdown. This broad outreach includes any Toyota Financial Services (TFS) or Lexus Financial Services (LFS) customer financially burdened by the government shutdown, including furloughed workers, businesses and employees of businesses directly affected by the shutdown, government contractors, and suppliers. TFS or LFS customers in good standing with their accounts may be eligible to defer up to three months of payments.
“The government shutdown has placed an unanticipated financial strain on many individuals and families,” said Al Smith, Toyota Financial Services Group Vice President of Service Operations. “Toyota Financial Services and Lexus Financial Services remain committed to making the lives of our customers easier, so we are pleased to be able to provide some flexibility to our customers affected by this situation.”
Toyota is also interested in its teeming customers out there who have been affected by the shutdown and would like to discuss their accounts options. Such customers are encouraged to contact TFS at (800) 874-8822 or log into toyotafinancial.com. The equivalent of Lexus are (800) 874-7050 and lexusfinancial.com.
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Named CUV of Texas
The all-new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has been named the 2013 “CUV of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA). Issued at the 21th annual Texas Truck Rodeo near San Antonio, the win complements the Santa Fe Sport’s victory as “Compact CUV of Texas” in last-year’s competition.
“We are very pleased the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has been named ‘CUV of Texas’ and proud to see that the Santa Fe family continues its winning streak at the Truck Rodeo,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Given the fact that Santa Fe Sport was named Compact Crossover at last year’s Rodeo, TAWA members have further confirmed the amazing versatility of this crossover with its five, six or seven passenger configurations.”
Comprised of active TAWA media members, the 2013 Texas Truck Rodeo evaluated some of the industry’s leading trucks, SUVs and crossover utilities. In order to put each vehicle through its paces, the famed Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, Texas served as the event’s proving grounds. With driving surfaces varying from bumpy pavement, loose gravel, slick mud, steep hills, jagged rocks and water crossings, each candidate stayed busy throughout the two days of testing.
“TAWA members overwhelmingly selected the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe as the Crossover of Texas,” said Michael Marrs, TAWA President. “Crossovers are important to Texans as they need vehicles that deliver on comfort, functionality and reliability. Hyundai exceeded those expectations and had the best product in the category.”
This result (or victory) should delight those looking to buy a crossover and are unsure about yardstick to base their choice.
Audi’s Got Big Goals at the DTM Finale
DTM fans can expect an exciting season finale at Hockenheim.
Although Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller has prematurely secured the drivers’ title already in the ninth race at Zandvoort, the Team and Manufacturers’ Championship promises to the starting position a thrilling three-way battle: Audi Sport Team Phoenix is just three points ahead of BMW’s best team and the best ten points ahead of Mercedes team. In the manufacturer’s standings Audi leads with seven points ahead of BMW.
Winning all three titles, Audi’s last successful comeback at the factory was in 2004. For the Audi drivers, Hockenheim has traditionally been a happy hunting ground. The current squad has Mattias Ekström, Timo Scheider and Jamie Green on the course.
The 4.574 km long Hockenheimring is one of the favorite courses of many DTM drivers because, in addition to the unique atmosphere in the stadium like Motodrome also a characteristic of the route, which is considered technically challenging, there’s a mix of fast corners and slow sections that make for electrifying racing. The long Parabolika followed by hairpin offers one of the best overtaking opportunities throughout the DTM calendar. The long straight is also an ideal area for the use of the ‘Drag Reduction System’ (DRS), with which the driver can adjust the rear wing by pressing a button on the steering wheel.
DTM Hockenheim finale holds weekend October 18 through 20. Tickets are available here.