I love baseball. The hot dogs, the open-air, the nostalgia, the crowd.
“Field of Dreams” is probably one of my favorite movies. Mild mannered farmer meets ghosts from the Chicago Black Sox asking him to “build it and they will come”. He heeds their request and gets a front row seat to great baseball. Stars of the show, Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, and James Earl Jones make two hours fly by.
I have to say that when I saw Kevin on the big screen again, but this time at the Toyota booth at SEMA, I was intrigued and wondered if baseball was on the menu.
Nope, he was endorsing Toyota, and the three-minute video of he and his children on his ranch using their Toyota for family adventures instead of cornfields and grounders was a treat. His ride was stacked. He loaned it for display at SEMA and what a surprise. I’ll have to say that Toyota had some creativity up its sleeve during this press conference.
Pizza anyone? Well if so, the Tundra truck on display fits the bill. In cooperation with Pizza Hut, this oven-equipped robotic wonder baked a perfect slice for willing media members right in front of our eyes. Kind of klitchy, but creative, it was a novelty that made all of us go ooh.
The Toyota Tundra Pie Pro is a one-of-a-kind zero-emissions pizza production machine. Its hydrogen fuel-cell electric power unit was modeled after the Toyota Mirai‘s and built by Toyota’s Motorsports Technical Center. Nachi Robotics added the robotic engineering. If this is the future of hydrogen propulsion, then I know some teenagers who are going to be very, very happy.
If racing is your thing, dot the “i” and cross the “t”. The Supra. Shown in a generational display, the ever popular Toyota product will re-emerge. Give the sign at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale on January 19th, 2019, and the first all-new 2020 Supra will be yours. Once again, a one-of-a-kind, this Supra will preview what consumers will have available for purchase in the first quarter of 2019.
Stay tuned for the World Premier of the all-new 2020 Toyota on January 14, 2019 as it is officially introduced at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI. The event will be livestreamed for an international audience.
*NOTE: This will be the last time you have to pack your long-johns to attend the Detroit Auto Show. Starting in 2020, the show will be held in June at the Cobo Center.
Toyota’s trail of blazing ideology will continue as it has for the last 80 years, revealing new technology as well as revivals of old.
Always a leader, hopefully the CUBS will follow suit on April 8th at Wrigley.