Toyota eLOT Mobile Application To Aid Car Purchase

Last month, Toyota filed a trademark application for ‘eLOT‘. Probing into the filing offers some interesting insights into some of the future strategies for the company. The application describes eLOT as,

“Computer application software for mobile devices, namely, software to provide information and assistance to consumers about the purchase or lease of vehicles; Downloadable software in the nature of a mobile application for consumer use to provide information and assistance in the purchase or lease of vehicles”

I must confess that I do not follow the automotive segment to a great deal and subsequently I am not sure if eLOT is already out (I googled it, and could not find any relevant information). Nevertheless, the description does indicate a possible mobile app for the iPhone, Android and other platforms which will enable people to make surf through the company’s list of vehicles to purchase or lease cars.

Is it already out, people? Sound off in the comments.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Features And Technical Specifications

The New York Auto Show saw Hyundai unveil the wraps on its new Sonata Hybrid Sedan model. This will get the popular sedan model Hyundai’s Blue Drive hybrid system thus offering better mileage and improved efficiency.

Here are some tech specs that you will need to know

  • Engine Cylinder : 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder (Atkinson cycle)
  • Power : 209 HP and 195 Pound-feet torque
  • Max Speed (at Electric only) : 62 Mph
  • Fuel Economy : 37 MPG (City) and 39 MPG (Highway)
  • Gearset : Six speed automatic transmission with electric motor
  • Batteries : Lithium Polymer

While the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid scores over other hybrid models in some aspects, there are some areas where it needs improvement. For instance, the lithium polymer batteries are a better deal than the conventional nickel metal hydride batteries that can be found on hybrids from Toyota and Ford. However the fuel economy is not as good as that offered by Toyoto Prius.

[via CNET]