Toyota Motor Corporation

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Is Your Chevy on Some Drug Gang's Radar?

    When the Houston Police Department releases its monthly list of the most stolen vehicles, the makes and models rarely change. What does move the needle a bit, however, is the total number of vehicles stolen each year. According to police, there were just over 13,500 thefts last year, a 4 percent inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    6 Websites to Use for Researching a New Vehicle Purchase

    Say you've decided to buy a new car. Say you haven't done this in a REALLY long time. Say you have NO idea what you are going to buy or even what to look for. Welcome to my world about a month ago. My truck was totaled by a driver who ran a red light. I had been driving that Toyota truck for 14 year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    How to Buy a New Car in 45 Minutes or Less

    For nearly 15 years, I drove the same vehicle, a Toyota pickup truck. I purchased it new in 2000 and it was still going strong thanks to a very sturdy make and the fact that I drove it less than 10,000 miles per year. With only just over 170,000 miles on it, I assumed I'd drive it at least another f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Soccer Fan Bets His House AND LOSES! (Also, My Weekend Best Bets)

    There's an old saying that when people feel strongly about a sports betting premonition that they should "bet the farm." The phrase is never uttered with the thought that anyone anywhere would literally do that, though. However, apparently Iganga, Uganda is not part of "anywhere." (And internationa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Waiting for Beyoncé: From Afterparty to Eternity

    photos by Marco TorresQueen Cora Dunham (center) with Les Twins at the Mrs. Carter Show Afterparty.Houston loves Beyoncé. Monday, July 15th, 2013 will forever be remembered as the night she owned H-Town, performing a monster 24-song set at a sold-out Toyota Center show. Fans lined up from early in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    The Top 10 Car Models in Desperate Need of a Redesign

    Car years are like dog years. They age much faster than we do. The average life cycle of a car is getting shorter and shorter as automakers compete to have the latest and greatest redesign on the block. In between redesigns, many automakers try to trick you into thinking that a car is "all-new" when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Top 10 Coolest Cars under $25,000

    Believe it or not, the average transaction price for new cars is more than $30,000 these days. That's a lot of money. But just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you have to settle for something boring. What you drive says a lot about you, and your average economy car doesn't say much at all. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Texas Joins In $29 Million Settlement With Toyota Over Sudden Acceleration, AG Announces

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced today that Texans will be part of a $29 settlement with Toyota over its actions after claims that various models had sudden, unexplained accelerations that endangered drivers. Texas and 27 other states "investigated whether Toyota adequately and promptly ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 7, 2013
  • News

    October 11, 2012

    The Ten Most Corrupt Tax Loopholes

    If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will.

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Ailene Lander: If You See This 15-Year-Old In Houston Today, She's Been Kidnapped

    The FBI thinks an Alabama girl who was allegedly kidnapped by her stepfather this week will be moving through the Houston area on the way to Mexico. Ailene Lander was at a doctor's office Septmeber 17 in Dothan, Alabama when she was taken by Charles Partin, investigators say. "There is a concern t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    This Guy Picked The Wrong Person To Snatch A Purse From

    Purse-snatching is hardly the most manly of crimes -- you pick a feeble-looking victim you're sure you can outrun, make a grab and then run for the hills. Sometimes, though, you misjudge your prey. That's what the guy pictured here did, and although he got away Crime Stoppers and the Webster polic ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    When Car Commercials And Rock And Roll Collide

    This weekend is the big Houston Art Car Parade, where children and adults of all ages can gander at their fellow Houstonians' labors of car love. Each car is a marvel to the ingenuity and the insanity of this race known as the modern Texan. The Art Car festivities have cars on our brains. Rock a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Enrique Iglesias & Jennifer Lopez Heading To Houston August 26

    Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Wisin Y Yandel are heading to Houston's Toyota Center on August 26. This marks the third time that Iglesias has been in Houston in the past year, logging a RodeoHouston date this spring and a Toyota show last fall. Does he own land here or something? From the l ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Melvins + Scion = ???

    Are corporate-sponsored free records a good move?

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Chef Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of Blu Loves Race Car Driving

    Executive Chef Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of the new Blu Restaurant and Lounge (2248 Texas Dr; in Sugar Land's Town Square, couldn't stop smiling when I was taking pictures of him in the kitchen. "In New York, the photographers didn't want me to smile," he says, but for me he smil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Before We Cared: 10 Bit Players Who Became Superstars

    On this day in 1965, British songstress Petula Clark reached number one on the charts with "Downtown," a pop classic with an unforgettable hook that has become a mainstay of oldies radio, film soundtracks and TV advertisements in the years since. The song even served as a plot point in an episode o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Mediocrity Is Served at the South Fork Ranch on Top Chef: Texas

    O HAI GUYS DID WE MENTION WE'RE STILL IN DALLAS?​I have one thing to say in advance of tonight's episode: Dean Fucking Fearing. Thank God. An honest-to-Christ Texas chef as a judge on this show for a change. That out of the way, on to the Quickfire Round! Fearing, as mentioned, is the guest judg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Yodani Cruz-Rojas, 29, Shot at Work By Her Children's Father, Bayou Body Count No. 168

    Photo by HPDNoel Sosa-Ruiz: On the run with a CHL.​A domestic dispute ended in murder when a man gunned down a woman at her dentist-office job Thursday evening, Houston police say. Yodani Cruz-Rojas, 29, was killed in a flurry of gunshots from Noel Sosa-Ruiz, 41, with whom police say she was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    The Luckiest Good Samaritan Ever?

    Luck be a lady tonight....​The Houston police are telling us about an incident involving what might be the luckiest Good Samaritan ever. It unfortunately involves a fatal accident on the Gulf Freeway. The driver of a red GMC pickup truck died in a crash about 12:30 a.m. today on the Gulf Free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Buy American, Buy Toyota

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Get That Damn Toyota Out Of Texas, Son

    ​From Reddit (via the Bayou Blog) comes this note, apparently left on a car parked at the AMC Gulf Pointe 30 on the Gulf Freeway. We thought Toyota had a bunch of U.S. plants, but we bow to this writer's more sophisticated understanding of the subtleties of world economics.

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Toyota's Unintended Acceleration Problems Not Caused by Electronics, Feds Say

    ​The problem some Toyota drivers have had with unintended acceleration of their vehicles -- a problem we first wrote about last April -- is not caused by any electronic flaws in the cars, a lengthy federal study has determined. The lengthy federal study could not determine, however, just what ... More >>

  • News

    August 12, 2010

    Passionate Prius Drivers

    A Facebook page for the victims

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Giving Pledge: How Three Houston Billionaires Should Help

    Houston billionaires haven't joined Bill Gates' and Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge. Yet. ​One of the big stories this week is Bill Gates' and Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge, where the super-billionaires have promised to donate half their money to charity. Even better, they've convinced 38 other ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Prius Is Looking For Passionate Fans On Facebook; We Deliver

    Toyota launches its Prius Facebook competition; we launch our Prius Facebook page.​To celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the Prius, Toyota is launching a Facebook competition to find "the most passionate Prius fan in the United States." From Toyota's press release:As a result, this car with the si ... More >>

  • Music

    June 10, 2010

    Church for Thugs

    50 Cent decides to be a little more selfish on upcoming LP Black Magic.

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Tobi Oyedeji: Tragedy Hits Bellaire High

    Photo courtesy FacebookOyedeji had a good academic record at Bellaire​A kid with a shining future, one who worked hard in class, who seemed to have everything before him, died this weekend, and Bellaire High is grieving.Tobi Oyedeji, 17, was set to play basketball for Texas A&M next year, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Shakira, Tool, Kings Of Leon, Roger Waters All On Sale Within A Week

    ​This morning, Live Nation announced more huge roadshows hitting Houston soon (enough), adding Shakira and prog-rockers Tool to Toyota Center's 2010 roster. On-sale information for Kings Of Leon and Roger Water's in-concert production of Pink Floyd's The Wall was also released; see the end of this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Dan Pastorini Fender-Benders His Way Into A DWI

    Photo courtesy Brazos County SOPastorini, looking like he did after they called the Renfro pass incomplete in the title game​Houston Oiler quarterback Dan Pastorini, the man who led the team to within a blown call of the Super Bowl, was arrested this morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    "Safety Deaf" Toyota to Pay Record Fine

    ​Toyota announced today that it would pay the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration $16 million to settle allegations that it kept quiet about safety defects on its cars. The penalty is the largest that the federal government has collected from a car company."Toyota could have contested t ... More >>

  • News

    February 11, 2010

    More Fallout for Toyota

    Plus: Why are Mormons annoyed with Houston?

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Toyota And Unintended Acceleration: A Lawsuit And A Car Show

    ​Toyota has announced during the last several months a series of recalls to fix the problem of its cars accelerating out of control. Last week, in perhaps the most dramatic move, the company said it would stop selling eight models of cars and trucks. Each of those fixes involved floor mats or gas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    The 10 Biggest Non-Bummers Of The Decade In Houston

    ​We recently took a look at the 10 Biggest Bummers of Houston's Decade; in the spirit of equal time (and the season), we now offer the 10 Biggest Non-Bummers of the Oughts.This being Houston, some of these happy developments have a not-so-happy side, but that's to be expected, we suppose.Are we mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Aftermath: Nitzer Ebb at Meridian, Joel Osteen With a Trouserful of Funky Cold Medina

    Photos by Groovehouse / Click here for a slideshow​Aftermath was running late on Saturday night after trying to get a teething baby to sleep. We drove our little Toyota as fast as we dared through a fog that on television would have contained dead pirates, eldritch horrors or Michael Jackson ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Yet Another Explanation From Toyota On Unintended Acceleration

    ​Toyota made big news today, with a press release titled "Toyota Announces Details of Remedy to Address Potential Accelerator Pedal Entrapment," by announcing the details of a recall that will apparently stop all those problems of Toyota's accelerating wildly out of control, as detailed in a Houst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Los Angeles Times Takes On Toyota's Acceleration Problems

    ​The Los Angeles Times published a lengthy story this weekend about unintended acceleration in Toyotas, something the Houston Press and Hair Balls have written about from time to time, starting with a cover story in April.The Times wrote the story in response to a highly publicized crash this summ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Feds Not So Sure About Toyota's Claims That Floor Mats Are The Problem With Priuses

    ​The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a statement yesterday indicating that problems of unintended acceleration in Toyotas might be caused by something more than faulty floor mats. The statement from the federal agency was a response to Toyota's claims, released on Tuesday, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Bayou Beat: Method Man on His Pellet-Gun Aim, The Debut of HUSH, Local Bands Vying for ACL Spot, Thee Armada MySpace Finalist, etc.

    Above, Method Man talks about his pellet-gun accuracy, which was a little off the night he allegedly shot Houstonian Mary Anderson, who is now suing him on several counts including assault. Besides playing House of Blues Friday with Redman and Ghostface, looks like Meth will spend some time in Hous ... More >>

  • News

    May 7, 2009

    Car Trouble

    Readers respond to "Wild Ride"

  • News

    April 23, 2009

    Wild Rides

    Between serious safety and environmental concerns, the Toyota Prius isn't the angel that everyone thinks it is.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    The AG Vs. Don McGill Toyota: Those Wily Salespeople

    Lesson Number One if you're dealing with Don McGill Toyota in West Houston, especially if you're not really fluent in English: Read all the fine print, even the parts where salespeople have folded the contract over so you can't see it.Texas AG Greg Abbott announced today a $78,000 settlement with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Rental-Car Tip: Ask "By Any Chance, Is This Car Listed As Stolen?"

    When the police pulled over Malcolm Riles earlier this week and told him he was driving a stolen car, the 29-year-old TSU grad student didn’t know what to think. Initially, he said, one HPD car was behind him, but by the time he pulled into his apartment complex’s parking lot, he and his passen ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 15, 2008
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    March 8, 2007
  • Calendar

    July 21, 2005

    Going for the Gold

    See how your luck pans out at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Music

    October 16, 2003

    Hype This

    Fleetwood Mac opens the Toyota Center, the Chron hyperventilates, and a city grumbles

  • News

    April 21, 1994

    The Policy That Won't Die

    Despite five deaths in recent weeks, HPD stands by its car chases

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