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Hyundai Motor America Takes Home Two 2017 Ruedas ESPN Awards

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The leading Spanish-language automotive radio show, Ruedas ESPN, named the 2018 Hyundai Sonata best midsize sedan and the 2018 Elantra GT best hatchback, both leading vehicles within the Hyundai lineup for Hispanics.  The Ruedas ESPN executive committee was responsible for generating the nominations. Their industry expert group of jurors selected the winners in fourteen categories.  The Ruedas ESPN Awards were presented this year at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

“The stylish, value-oriented 2018 Hyundai Sonata and 2018 Elantra GT are affordable, versatile, and fun to drive with fresh exterior designs, enhanced infotainment, convenience and safety technologies,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “It’s an honor for the Hyundai brand to receive this recognition from Ruedas ESPN, reflecting how we are delivering on both the practical and lifestyle needs of our Hispanic customers.”

Adds Jaime Florez, director and host of Ruedas ESPN, “Hyundai continues to deliver an appealing combination of bold design, comfort, functionality and advanced safety technologies. The 2018 Sonata and Elantra GT offer competitive safety features which are important to Hispanic consumers.” 

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Defining the benchmark for mid-sized sedans, the redesigned 2018 Sonata builds on the success of previous generations while introducing a number of dramatic design changes, resulting in a bolder, more sophisticated exterior, segment leading interior space and standard safety features including blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert.  The 2018 Hyundai Sonata earned the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s highest accolade for safety, receiving a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award when equipped with optional front crash prevention and dynamic bending headlights.

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The all-new 2018 Elantra GT adds a more aggressive stance, an attention-grabbing new cascading grille design and interior volume to its clean European style and driving dynamics. Excellent functionality in terms of roominess, visibility and comfort is complemented by a sensuous and confident design expression and fun to drive element.

RUEDAS ESPN AWARDS

Ruedas ESPN is the leading automotive radio show in Spanish in the United States, broadcast live on ESPN Deportes Radio, a network of 44 radio stations in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as SIRIUS and XM Channel 157. For two hours every Sunday, from 12 to 2 PM EST, thousands of Hispanics all over the country tune their radios on ESPN Deportes Radio, to listen to Jaime Florez, Niky Pauli and Sergio Rodriguez and share with them their common passions: cars, engines, anything on wheels and the latest information on automotive sports.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

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Mazda Reports November Sales

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IRVINE, California, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported total November U.S. sales of 21,469 vehicles, representing a decrease of 2.6 percent versus November of last year. Year-to-date (YTD) sales through November are down 2.4 percent versus last year, with 262,577 vehicles sold.

Key November sales notes:

  • The all-new Mazda CX-5 continued its record-breaking sales momentum in November, posting its best-ever November and its ninth best-ever month of CY2017, with 10,610 vehicles sold. This number represents an increase of 19.7 percent versus November of last year.
  • Sales of Mazda’s two-seat roadster, the MX-5 Miata, rose 25.8 percent year-over-year (YOY), with 487 vehicles sold in the month of November. This number includes both the MX-5 soft top and MX-5 RF.
  • Mazda CX-3 recorded an increase of 11.7 percent YOY in the month of November, with 1,514 vehicles sold.
  • Sales of the seven-passenger Mazda CX-9 rose 25.3 percent YOY with 2,499 vehicles sold in the month of November.
  • As crossover SUVs continue to dominate the market, sales of Mazda’s CX-line remain strong, with CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9 collectively reaching 14,623 vehicles sold in the month of November. This number represents an increase of 19.7 percent YOY, and a YTD increase of 15.4 percent.
  • As most of the country prepares for snow in the coming months, the i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive option continues to be a favorite among Mazda CX-line buyers, with 64.4 percent of customers choosing the AWD option in November.
  • Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales of 3,721 vehicles, marking an increase of 44.6 percent YOY.

Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) recorded its best-ever November, with 5,957 vehicles sold, marking an increase of 15.2 percent versus November of last year.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 600 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at InsideMazda.MazdaUSA.com/Newsroom.

 

Month-To-Date

Year-To-Date

November

November

%

% MTD

November

November

%

% YTD

2017

2016

Change

DSR

2017

2016

Change

DSR

Mazda3

4,708

6,388

(26.3)%

(26.3)%

69,349

87,465

(20.7)%

(21.3)%

Mazda5

6

(100.0)%

(100.0)%

10

373

(97.3)%

(97.3)%

Mazda6

1,651

3,046

(45.8)%

(45.8)%

31,626

41,832

(24.4)%

(24.9)%

MX-5 Miata

487

387

25.8%

25.8%

10,801

8,732

23.7%

22.8%

CX-3

1,514

1,355

11.7%

11.7%

14,773

16,912

(12.6)%

(13.3)%

CX-5

10,610

8,865

19.7%

19.7%

113,466

100,246

13.2%

12.4%

CX-9

2,499

1,994

25.3%

25.3%

22,552

13,457

67.6%

66.4%

Total Vehicles

CARS

6,846

9,827

(30.3)%

(30.3)%

111,786

138,405

(19.2)%

(19.8)%

TRUCKS

14,623

12,214

19.7%

19.7%

150,791

130,615

15.4%

14.6%

TOTAL

21,469

22,041

(2.6)%

(2.6)%

262,577

269,019

(2.4)%

(3.1)%

Selling Days

25

25

280

278

 

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FIBRA Prologis Acquires 143,400 Square Feet of Class-A Facilities

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MEXICO CITY, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — FIBRA Prologis (BMV: FIBRAPL14), a leading owner and operator of Class-A logistics real estate in Mexico, today announced the acquisition of a new 143,400 square foot Class-A building for a total investment of US$10.5 million, including closing costs.

The property is a new development by sponsor Prologis and is in Prologis Park Toluca in Mexico City’s Toluca submarket.

“This property is a state-of-the-art facility located in Prologis Park Toluca. With little vacancy in Mexico City, Toluca represents a natural alternative for tenants focused on the Greater Mexico City area,” said Luis Gutierrez, CEO, Prologis Property Mexico. “The property is 100-percent leased to a tenant in the automotive distribution sector.”

As of September 30, 2017, FIBRA Prologis owned 12.3 million of logistics and distribution space in the Mexico City market and 34.2 million square feet throughout Mexico.

ABOUT FIBRA PROLOGIS

FIBRA Prologis is a leading owner and operator of Class-A logistics real estate in Mexico. As of September 30, 2017, FIBRA Prologis comprised 194 logistics and manufacturing facilities in six industrial markets in Mexico totaling 34.2 million square feet (3.2 million square meters) of gross leasable area.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

The statements in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the industry and markets in which FIBRA Prologis operates, management’s beliefs and assumptions made by management.  Such statements involve uncertainties that could significantly impact FIBRA Prologis financial results. Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature.  All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future — including statements relating to rent and occupancy growth, acquisition activity, development activity, disposition activity, general conditions in the geographic areas where we operate, our debt and financial position, are forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Although we believe the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained and therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that may affect outcomes and results include, but are not limited to: (i) national, international, regional and local economic climates, (ii) changes in financial markets, interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates, (iii) increased or unanticipated competition for our properties, (iv) risks associated with acquisitions, dispositions and development of properties, (v) maintenance of real estate investment trust (“FIBRA”) status and tax structuring, (vi) availability of financing and capital, the levels of debt that we maintain and our credit ratings, (vii) risks related to our investments (viii) environmental uncertainties, including risks of natural disasters, and (ix) those additional factors discussed in reports filed with the “Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores” and  the Mexican Stock Exchange by FIBRA Prologis under the heading “Risk Factors.” FIBRA Prologis undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements appearing in this release.

Non-Solicitation – Any securities discussed herein or in the accompanying presentations, if any, have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 or the securities laws of any state and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements under the Securities Act and any applicable state securities laws. Any such announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities discussed herein or in the presentations, if and as applicable.

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World AIDS Day: Food Safety is Important for People with HIV or AIDS

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SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to remind those living with HIV or AIDS about our resource guide on protecting yourself from foodborne illness and safely handling food.

You can get a free copy of the booklet Food Safety for People with HIV/AIDS at: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/PeopleAtRisk/ucm312669.htm. Or, order a copy by calling 1-888-MPHOTLINE (1-888-674-6854) or emailing mphotline.fsis@usda.gov.

Practicing food safety is critical because Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) can damage or destroy the body’s immune system, making that person more susceptible to foodborne illness or  “food poisoning.” A person with HIV or AIDS that contracts a foodborne illness is more likely to have a lengthier illness, undergo hospitalization, or even die.

Know the Food Risks

Some foods are more risky for people with HIV or AIDS because they are more likely to contain harmful bacteria or viruses. In general, these foods fall into two categories:

  • Uncooked fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Certain animal products, such as unpasteurized (raw) milk; soft cheeses made with raw milk; and raw or undercooked eggs, raw meat, raw poultry, raw fish, raw shellfish and their juices; luncheon meats and deli-type salads (without added preservatives) prepared on site in a deli-type establishment.

Follow the Four Steps to Food Safety

Anyone preparing food should also follow these steps to reduce their risk for foodborne illness:

  1. CLEAN: Wash hands and surfaces often. Bacteria can be spread throughout the kitchen and get onto hands, cutting boards, utensils, counter tops, and food.
  2. SEPARATE: Keep raw meat, poultry, eggs, and seafood and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods.
  3. COOK to the right temperatures. Use a food thermometer to ensure meat, poultry, seafood, and egg products are cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature to destroy any harmful bacteria. Refer to the chart at http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/UCM462491.pdf
  4. CHILL foods promptly. Cold temperatures slow the growth of harmful bacteria. Use an appliance thermometer to be sure the refrigerator temperature is 40 degrees F or below and the freezer temperature is 0 degrees F or below.

Know the Symptoms

Consuming dangerous foodborne bacteria will usually cause illness within 1 to 3 days of eating the contaminated food. However, sickness can also occur within 20 minutes or up to 6 weeks later. Symptoms of foodborne illness include: vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and flu-like symptoms (such as fever, headache, and body ache). These symptoms can be worse for someone with a weakened immune system and lead to long term health effects or even death.

Take Action

If you think that you have a foodborne illness, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Also, report this to the FDA by:

No one has to reveal their HIV status to the FDA when submitting a complaint. 

Contact:  Media: 1-301-796-4540 Consumers: 1-888-SAFEFOOD (toll free)

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HITN Presents AVANZA, A New Video On Demand Service

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BROOKLYN, New York, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that brings smart television to Hispanic families in more than 44 million households across the United States, announced the launch of AVANZA, a service that gives HITN subscribers free access to all of the network’s content wherever and whenever they want, on the device of their choice. The new service also offers access to AVANZA Kids, the United States’ first educational SVOD platform in Spanish that features Premium entertainment content.

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AVANZA puts our company at the forefront of the market with an innovative digital option that offers the quality content for which our network is known free to subscribers, as well as a subscription-based Premium service with educational children’s programming, all on a top-level technological platform,” says Mike Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “The new service expands our mission by offering our viewers relevant programming designed to help improve their quality of life, available on any screen, anytime. At the same time, it strengthens the offering of our distributors and the Pay TV system as a whole,” added Mr. Nieves.

“We created AVANZA in response to demand from Hispanic parents in the United States who are looking for smart programming for the entire family. Younger generations already consume most of their content on digital platforms, and HITN is staying in the vanguard by offering a service that allows users to access content from any device, wherever they are,” added Maximiliano Vaccaro, HITN’s Director of Digital Services.

AVANZA gives Hispanic audiences the option to enjoy a wide variety of HITN content, ranging from nature programming to science and technology, lifestyle and health, current events and preschool education. The service will be available initially as an app for IOS and Android phones and tablets, as well as Apple TV. AVANZA is a free service for HITN subscribers, pending authentication with their cable operators.

Once registered through their cable / satellite or provider, AVANZA users will have the option to add AVANZA Kids, the first SVOD service in the United States providing premium children’s content for a monthly fee of $3.99. The service will also feature articles and teaching guides, making AVANZA a powerful tool for parents and educators. Users will be able to share segments from their favorite programs in real time with their friends on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information about HITN, please visit: www.hitn.tv

ABOUT HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family.  It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Cablevision.  For more information, please visit www.hitn.org.

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Latino Impact Summit to be held at the United Nations for the second time; Thalía to receive the event’s main prize

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NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Latino Impact Summit, organized by the PVBLIC and Ismael Cala foundations, is taking place today and tomorrow at the United Nations. The event discusses alliances for achieving progress in Latin America that are centered on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and is one of the few forums held in Spanish at UN headquarters.

Mexican singer, actress and entrepreneur Thalía will receive the 2017 Latin Impact Summit Award, in recognition of her humanitarian work in support of children, women, and health campaigns throughout her 35+ year career.

Other personalities from the region who will also be honored include:

  • Celia Daniel de Mizrahi – Latino Philanthropist of the Year Award
  • Facundo Garreton – Millennium Latino Leader of the Year Award
  • Bettina Bulgheroni – Latin American Social Leadership Award
  • Palmas de Ixan – Latin American Sustainability Award
  • Cementos Progreso – Business Product Innovation Award
  • Marcos Galperín – Latin American Businessman of the Year Award
  • Carlos Gutiérrez – Latin American Excellence Award

The summit brings together dozens of leaders from different sectors in search of new opportunities and solutions for the region. Among this year’s attendees are Angélica Fuentes, President of the Angélica Fuentes Foundation; Marcos Galperín, Founder of Mercado Libre; Raúl de Molina, Host of the El Gordo and La Flaca TV show; Carlos Bremer, President of Value Grupo Financiero; Margarita Herdocia, President of Génesis Desarrolladores; and Estrella Flores, CEO of Grupo Montaigne.

“Hosting the Latino Impact Summit is a clear manifestation of our commitment to create awareness in Latin America in view of the challenges the world is facing and our potential to achieve change. Through the new agenda, the 193 participating countries and the UN can make a greater impact by using our combined resources and connecting with each other through media and advanced technology,” said Sergio Fernández de Córdova, President of the PVBLIC Foundation.

Ismael Cala, President of the Ismael Cala Foundation, added: “With three root problems on our shoulders −selfishness, greed, and apathy−, the world is torn between poverty, climate change, social inequality and the poor quality of education. Let’s call upon leaders in all areas to promote life and peace, in order to guarantee a better future for new generations.”

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call for action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

ABOUT PVBLIC

An innovative, non-profit organization that harnesses the power of the media to drive social change, PVBLIC aggregates media on all platforms and works in partnership with the United Nations, as well as other IGOs and NGOs, to create awareness and activate citizens all over the world around the Sustainable Development Goals.

ABOUT THE ISMAEL CALA FOUNDATION

A non-profit organization that seeks to impact communities in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Ismael Cala Foundation promotes leadership and entrepreneurship training for adolescents, fosters social development organizations serving children and adolescents with cognitive disabilities, and connects youth with our allies to advance their education and training.

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Jam City Brings the Grinch to Mobile Gaming for the First Time Ever with Panda Pop “Grinchmas” Takeover

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch… Unless you’re bringing gamers holiday gifts! Leading mobile game maker, Jam City, in collaboration with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and White Space Entertainment, is bringing one of the world’s most popular characters, Dr. Seuss’s the Grinch, to mobile gaming for the first time ever this holiday season.

Panda Pop, the world’s most popular bubble shooter game with over 100 million downloads, is featuring a complete “Grinchmas” holiday takeover from now until January. The title, in which players pop bubbles to save baby pandas, is getting Who-ified game artwork and levels, major Grinch in-game events with prizes, Grinch Gifts, a brand new Grinch costume for Mama Panda, a Grinch starter pack for all new players, and, last but not least, a Grinch Global Save the Babies event where players will team up to save 600 million panda babies and win prizes!

“It is a unique honor to be working with such a wonderfully nostalgic and iconic brand.  When you combine the massive worldwide appeal of Dr. Seuss’s Grinch with one of the most delightful, creative puzzle games in the world, you have a recipe for holiday gaming magic,” said Josh Yguado, Co-Founder, President and COO of Jam City. “Our entire Panda Pop team’s hearts have grown three sizes at the chance to make this a special holiday season for our millions of players.”

Dr. Seuss is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time having written and illustrated 45 children’s books, including the holiday classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! This year marks the 60th anniversary of this perennial favorite story which has been translated to a TV special, film and stage.

“The Grinch’s whimsical tale has been a part of holiday traditions for sixty years now,” said Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “By organically featuring the Grinch in a compelling, interactive mobile game like Panda Pop, we can bring this familiar tale to fans in a completely new way.”

“Jam City and Panda Pop were at the top of our list when looking for a strong gaming partner to bring the Grinch to mobile platforms for the first time,” said Stephanie Sperber, CEO of White Space.  Sean Haran, COO and Head of Games at White Space Entertainment, adds, “The game experience seamlessly integrates the Grinch in the Panda Pop world for a fun holiday celebration.”

Grinchmas Calendar in Panda Pop

  • Grinch PvP Events (Dec 1–4, 11–15, and 22–25): Players compete with a group of 10 other players and the Grinch to beat the most levels and earn prizes.
  • Grinch Solo Save the Babies Event (Dec 4–7): Compete against the Grinch to win prizes.
  • Grinch Boss Events (Dec 7–11 and 25–29): Compete against the Grinch to win prizes.
  • Grinch Global Save the Babies Events (Dec 15–18 and Dec 29–Jan 1): Players team up in co-op event to save 600 million babies and win prizes.
  • Grinch Rush Event (Dec 18–22): Help Mama Panda beat 220 levels and win a huge reward!
  • Grinch Daily Gifts Event (Dec 19–25): Play Panda Pop each day to unlock new prizes in this advent calendar style event.

Panda Pop is free to play and is available on mobile devices via the App Store and Google Play.

About Jam City
Jam City is a Los Angeles-based mobile game maker with global reach.  The company was co-founded in 2010 by former MySpace co-founders Chris DeWolfe, Aber Whitcomb, and former 20th Century Fox executive Josh Yguado. Its portfolio of titles–which includes Cookie Jam, Panda Pop, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff and Marvel Avengers Academy–has been downloaded more than 800 million times and is regularly played by nearly 50 million people monthly. Jam City has studios in Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego and Buenos Aires.

About Dr. Seuss
Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books for children. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.
The primary focus of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is to protect the integrity of the Dr. Seuss books while expanding beyond books into ancillary areas. This effort is a strategic part of the overall mission to nurture and safeguard the relationship people have with Dr. Seuss characters. Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges.” That is one of the guiding philosophies of Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

About White Space Entertainment
White Space Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based brand management and licensing entertainment agency.  Founded in 2015, White Space works with clients to unleash the full potential of their properties by unlocking and monetizing embedded value. White Space provides clients with deep expertise and insights in licensing, digital gaming, retail, strategic alliances and franchise management.

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Grinch Comes to Jam City's Panda Pop (www.jamcity.com)

 

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Future Toyota Adventure Concept (FT-AC) Takes Outdoor Fun to New Levels at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Future Toyota Adventure Concept (FT-AC) Takes Outdoor Fun to New Levels at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Long live new adventures! With the Future Toyota Adventure Concept, or FT-AC, comes the ideal versatility for living an active lifestyle, allowing deeper exploration to take life’s journeys even further.  FT-AC is a catalyst – it’s both the invitation and the medium for breaking day-to-day routines and embracing the unexpected.

Future Toyota Adventure Concept (FT-AC) Takes Outdoor Fun to New Levels at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

It’s no coincidence then that FT-AC makes its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, in a city where much of the population escapes to the hills, deserts, or beaches for their much-needed weekend recharges after a long week of work.

“FT-AC is perfect for those outdoor enthusiasts who want to dial up the adventure on their weekend getaways,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. “No matter the roads, the activities, or the people, FT-AC sparks authentic fun and conversation.”

Representing the next level in Toyota’s adventure-loving lineup of concept vehicles, FT-AC provides the right instrument for a wide mix of excursions, be they on paved roads or not.

Fun on the Journey

FT-AC reminds adventurers of all skill levels how remarkable the trip – not just the destination – can be. Going for a paddle on the river. Climbing a favorite rock face. Hitting a trail on a mountain bike. FT-AC is experience-centric. It compels. Any wheel time in FT-AC brings genuine facetime with the friends aboard.

It puts versatility at the forefront of its ethos and, in doing so, invites passengers to personalize – and accentuate – each trip. Acknowledging that adventures vary in scope and scale, FT-AC’s innate versatility is a strength that caters to various lifestyles, preferences, and even generations.

One-of-a-Kind Adventure

At first glance, it is evident that FT-AC’s bold and daring design reflects the confident spirit of Toyota’s existing SUVs and trucks.

The pronounced, wide, black front grille is flanked with bright LED headlights. Fog lights brighten the road ahead during foul weather or poor conditions and can even be taken out from their pods and used as portable lights. The fog lights can be attached to a mountain bike for occasional night rides. Below, FT-AC has twin hooks for vehicle recovery. Skid plates help protect the short front and rear overhangs, so rocks, ruts, and just about anything else will have trouble slowing down the rig.

FT-AC was designed around a long wheelbase and wide track to help emphasize its powerful stance. Extra wide fender flares provide body shielding and look as if they float above the 20-inch wheels and beefier all-terrain tires, both of which help accentuate its commanding look. Its impressive footwear and generous ground clearance provide drivers with more options as to where FT-AC can go and play.

The safari-style cargo roof rack system can haul all types of adventure gear. LED marker lights at its front corners can provide ambient lighting around the vehicle, brighten the trail ahead or, if desired, act as a flash for the side mirrors’ embedded cameras.

The infrared cameras on the side mirrors can record trail runs and, like the fog lights, can be removed and mounted off-vehicle so that no fun goes undocumented. An integrated Wi-Fi hotspot automatically uploads footage to cloud-based storage where real-time editing and posting can be accessed via mobile device. The Wi-Fi connectivity even gives adventure-goers the ability to livestream the fun to fans and followers.

The roof rack’s rear-facing LED lights also aid nighttime visibility and can be controlled via mobile device as well. Also at the rear is an innovative integrated bike rack that retracts, making for a highly useful feature that can be securely hidden in only a few seconds. Lastly, drivers and passengers can utilize FT-AC’s geolocation capabilities for directions back to basecamp.

FT-AC’s contrasting colors combine Prospect Green with Fortress Gray accents to highlight its go-anywhere brashness.

Envisioned Capabilities

Although currently a design experiment, FT-AC has been imagined as a thoroughly capable gasoline-powered vehicle with an advanced torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. This enables power to be routed, as needed, for excellent controllability and maximum traction. Variable terrain-response settings and 4-wheel lock functionality build on its capability by managing traction control and throttle response to maximize grip at each wheel for a more dynamic driving experience.

And who says a hybrid vehicle can only play on pavement? FT-AC could offer a next-generation hybrid powertrain that blends fuel efficiency with rugged all-wheel-drive grunt, giving drivers better power, responsiveness, and impressive fuel economy – all without compromise.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.  

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com

Toyota Product Communications

Nate Martinez
+1 (469) 292-5753
nate.martinez@toyota.com

Josh Burns
+1 (469) 292-6449
joshua.burns@toyota.com

 

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Whitefish Energy Completes Work On Major Transmission Line That Should Bring Power To More Parts Of San Juan In Coming Days

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Whitefish Energy today announced that its crews have completed their repair work on the important south-to-north 50900 transmission line on the island of Puerto Rico, allowing for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to soon deliver power to many of the neighborhoods in the greater San Juan metropolitan area that have been without electricity since Hurricane Maria hit the island on Sep. 20.

Line 50900 is a major artery of the Puerto Rico electrical grid, running from power generating stations in the southern part of the island, over The Central Range (La Cardillera Central) to the populated areas of the north, most notably greater San Juan.  The line was heavily damaged by Hurricane Maria and required major repairs and reconstruction of both transmission lines and towers.  Whitefish Energy has led a team of linemen, pilots and engineers to clear right-of-ways, assess damage, develop construction plans and airlift crews and equipment to restore its portion of the line that will bring more power to northern Puerto Rico.

“The completion of this work is a major milestone in the recovery efforts on Puerto Rico and it represents of collaborative effort across Whitefish Energy and a number of our subcontractor partners who have done some remarkable work under extreme and challenging conditions,” said Andy Techmanski, CEO of Whitefish Energy.  “With our transmission work now complete, PREPA will now take the final steps to verify switch and distribution capabilities so that electric power can be delivered to the residents and businesses in greater San Juan that have been without electricity for two months.”

Techmanski said that based on the amount of power that is generated from the south and the importance of the 50900 line, it is reasonable to assume that once PREPA completes its work, power generation and delivery on the island, which is currently at 61.6 percent, should be significantly higher and getting closer to the 95 percent goal for December 15 established by Governor Rosselló. “Our two months of work on the island has allowed the pace of power restoration to support the goals established by Governor Rosselló, and the great crews that have worked with us since October deserve tremendous credit for their dedication to this mission.”

Media Contact:
Chris Chiames
Chris.Chiames@ldwwgroup.com

 

SOURCE Whitefish Energy Holdings, LLC

Honda Accord and Civic Named to Car and Driver Magazine 10Best

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Honda Accord and Civic Named to Car and Driver Magazine 10Best (PRNewsFoto/American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

America’s first and second best retail selling cars* receive Car and Driver 10Best awards, Civic in Hatchback Sport, Si and Type R variants and Accord for a record 32nd time

TORRANCE, California, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The all-new 2018 Honda Accord and the 2018 Civic Hatchback Sport, Si and Type R have been named to Car and Driver magazine’s 10Best list for 2018. This marks the 32nd time that Accord has made the prestigious 10Best list, a feat unmatched by any other vehicle. It is the sixth time Civic has made the 10Best list.

Honda Accord and Civic Named to Car and Driver Magazine 10Best (PRNewsFoto/American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

The 10th generation Accord, dubbed by the experts at Car and Driver as “America’s Best Sedan” (November 2017 issue), benefits from the most radical redesign in the model’s 41-year history, including dramatic new styling, a more sophisticated and spacious interior and two all-new turbocharged powerplants. The Accord 1.5T launched on Oct. 18 and was joined earlier this month by the Accord 2.0T. The all-new 2018 Accord Hybrid will launch next year.

The Civic Sport Hatchback, Si and Type R are the latest editions to the 10th generation Civic lineup, America’s best-selling car. The 306-horsepower1 Civic Type R is the first Honda Type R sold in America and the fastest front-wheel drive production car around the famed Nürburgring circuit. The 10th generation Civic Si Coupe, Si Sedan and Hatchback siblings also benefit from a completely reengineered body and chassis and new turbocharged engines, offering customers class-leading interior space and driving fun.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 95% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

For More Information
Consumer information about Accord is available at https://automobiles.honda.com/accord and information about the Civic is available at https://automobiles.honda.com/civic. To join the Accord community on Facebook visit https://www.facebook.com/hondacivic/ and to join the Civic community on Facebook visit https://www.facebook.com/hondaaccord/. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the Honda Accord and Civic available at http://hondanews.com.

Based on Urban Science retail sales data among all car models in the industry for each 2016CY-end and 2017CYTD October.

1 306 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm (SAE net)

Honda Logo. (PRNewsFoto/American Honda Motor Co., Inc. )

 

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Telemundo Deportes Unveils More Than 1,500 Hours Of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Coverage Across All Platforms

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Andres Cantor, commentator for Telemundo Deportes

500+ hours of World Cup-related programming across Telemundo and Universo and 1,000+ hours of original content across Telemundo Deportes’ digital platforms

Live broadcast of all 64 matches, including 56 games on Telemundo and eight on Universo

Soccer legends join Telemundo Deportes’ renowned team of commentators

First ever daily special prime-time show exclusively dedicated to World Cup, live on Telemundo

MIAMI, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In anticipation of the Final Draw to be broadcast on Telemundo and Universo this Friday, December 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET, Telemundo Deportes unveils its coverage plans for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ taking place next June 14 – July 15. As the exclusive Spanish-language home of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Telemundo Deportes will provide extensive multimedia coverage including more than 500 hours of World Cup-related programming across Telemundo Network and its sister cable network Universo, and more than 1,000 hours of original content across Telemundo Deportes’ digital platforms. Telemundo and its cable network Universo will broadcast all 64 games live; 56 airing on Telemundo and eight on Universo. In addition, all the matches will stream live via the Telemundo Deportes’ En Vivo app and TelemundoDeportes.com.

Andres Cantor, commentator for Telemundo Deportes

“We have been looking forward to Russia 2018 since 2011 when Telemundo, with the support of NBCUniversal, became the new Spanish-language home of the FIFA World Cup,” said Ray Warren, president of Telemundo Deportes. “As we approach the World Cup Draw this Friday and the World Cup Finals next June, we at Telemundo and NBCUniversal renew our commitment to deliver the highest quality, most consumed, and most talked about FIFA World Cup coverage in the event’s history.”

Telemundo’s historic multimedia coverage plans announced today include:

TELEVISION

Telemundo and Universo will provide more than 500 hours of World Cup-related programming throughout the tournament. Coverage includes 250+ live hours of game coverage including pre and post shows on each matchday and more than 170 hours of programming on Universo. In addition, Telemundo’s regular daily programming will supplement the coverage with more than 100 hours of content during the month-long event, covering all angles of the tournament.

To complement the live action coverage with analysis and the latest news around the event, Telemundo Deportes will launch a one-hour prime time show exclusively dedicated to the World Cup, airing nightly at 7 p.m. ET on Telemundo, throughout the duration of the tournament. The show marks the first time ever a U.S. broadcaster of the World Cup produces a prime time show solely dedicated to the World Cup.

DIGITAL

Telemundo Deportes’ digital platforms will provide more than 1,000 hours of content including a live stream of all Telemundo Deportes’ programming, exclusive short- and long-form content, highlights and more.

All 64 matches, in addition to the pre/post programming, will stream live via the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app and TelemundoDeportes.com available on desktops, tablets, and connected TV’s — including Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

For the first time ever, a full-service virtual reality app will be available for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The VR app enables fans to enjoy select content from a virtual VIP suite through a super wide angle feed, experiencing the best of both worlds: feeling like being at the stadium, while watching the high-quality TV signal. A wide variety of VR content produced for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will be available in the VR app: 2D feeds, 180° views, 360° short-form video content and near-live multi-angle clips.

The digital coverage will be supplemented by extensive social media content on YouTube, SnapChat, Instagram, Facebook and other platforms.

PRODUCTION

Telemundo will be covering all angles of the event with production sites across Russia’s most iconic locations. Red Square, Moscow’s historic plaza, will be the home of Telemundo Deportes’ programming, including the production of all the pre, post and halftime shows while Telemundo’s daytime programming will also originate from Moscow. In addition, Telemundo will have support studios at the World Cup International Broadcast Center and unique integrations from Telemundo Center, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises’ new, state-of-the-art headquarters Miami, FL.

With the entire team of play-by-play commentators and expert analysts in Russia throughout the tournament, Telemundo Deportes will produce all 64 matches from Russia with commentators calling the action from the respective venues, for the vast majority of games. In addition, there will be dedicated crews following the teams with special emphasis on the most relevant teams for the Hispanic audience.

Telemundo Deportes’ award-winning team of on-air talent will be led by the internationally renowned commentator Andres Cantor.  A 4-time Emmy Award winner, recipient of the Sportscaster of the Year award from the American Sports Broadcasters Association, a Hispanic Heritage Award recipient, and author of “GOOOAL! A Celebration of Soccer.” This will be Cantor’s 10th World Cup and his 8th as a play-by-play announcer.  Cantor will be accompanied by a stellar group of talent, including National Emmy Award-nominee, Sammy Sadovnik, Miguel Gurwitz, Ana Jurka, Carlos Hermosillo, Karim Mendiburu, Copan Alvarez, Manuel Sol, among others. The team will also be joined by a group of diverse soccer personalities with an unmatched depth and breadth of expertise around all angles of the game, representing the most relevant countries participating in the World Cup.  

Telemundo Deportes’ on-air team will be supplemented by the following renowned group of iconic soccer personalities, among others to be announced in the near future:

Carlos Hermosillo: Hermosillo is a Mexican soccer legend who has gone on to a successful career in television sports. He is part of the Telemundo Deportes’ on-air team and one of the top all-time goal scorers for the Mexican National Team and Cruz Azul.

Juan Pablo Sorín: Former Argentine player who participated in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups – and was captain of the team for the 2006 event. He also participated in two editions of Copa America and the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. Sorin also had a successful club career having played for renowned teams such as Barcelona, River Plate, Lazio and Paris Saint-Germain. 

Claudio Borghi: After a stellar performance as guest analyst for Telemundo’s coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup, the Chilean-Argentine manager and former soccer attacking midfielder returns to join the team for Russia 2018. Borghi is a World Cup champion having played alongside Maradona when the Argentina team won the 1986 FIFA World Cup. He also played for several clubs in Argentina and Chile and spent time in Italy with A.C. Milan. After retiring, Borghi has been coaching club teams in Argentina and Chile and served as head coach for the Chile National Team between 2011 and 2012.

Sebastián “El Loco” Abreu: Former Uruguayan striker who represented his country in the 2002 and 2010 FIFA World Cup and several Copa Americas (1997, 2007 and 2011.) He also played in a number of clubs throughout Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil.

Rolando Fonseca: Costa Rica’s national team’s all-time top goal scorer who’s also widely known among Mexican soccer fans for ending Mexico’s 20-year undefeated streak at Azteca stadium in international play back in 2001, after scoring a penalty kick. He also played for Liga MX’s Pachuca.

Manuel Sol: Sol is analyst commentator for Telemundo Deportes and a former Chivas and Mexican National Team midfielder star who became a household name for Mexican soccer fans during his 15-year soccer career. He made his professional debut with Pumas in 1992, then played with several league teams and as part of the Mexico National Team roster for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the 1998 Gold Cup and FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for the 1998 FIFA World Cup™.

Juan Pablo Ángel: Ángel is retired soccer star from Colombia who spent most of his career playing with popular clubs around the world including Premier League’s Aston Villa, Atletico Nacional, River Plate and Red Bulls. He was also part of Colombia’s National Team during the qualifiers for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Horacio Elizondo: Former international football referee from Argentina who is best known for his officiation throughout the 2006 FIFA World Cup including the epic final where he gave Zidane a red card after he head-butted Materazzi in the chest following a verbal dispute.

MARKETING

During Telemundo and Universo’s exclusive broadcast of the Final FIFA World Cup Draw this Friday, December 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET, the network will unveil a new spot as part of the World Cup marketing campaign to be used through the kickoff of the tournament next year. The campaign reflects how soccer viewers live the World Cup together, aiming to create a cultural movement for Telemundo’s most unique, exciting, authentic World Cup coverage among all Hispanics across every platform, regardless of language, ever. The campaign will debut with a new promo to air across Telemundo, Universo and several NBCUniversal platforms.

In celebration of the Draw, Telemundo will also showcase the creation of an artwork mural, live at the iconic Wynwood Art District in Miami, FL. The mural will be crafted by the renowned Miami artist Lebo who’s known for his compelling visual work, and will feature the countries participating in the World Cup.  The artwork will be unveiled on December 1, following the Draw results.  

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Vallarta Supermarkets Opens Its Latest Store In Pasadena, California

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PASADENA, California, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Vallarta Supermarkets, one of the nation’s largest Hispanic supermarket chains has announced the grand opening of its 50th store today located in Pasadena, California.  The new supermarket, located at the Renaissance Plaza Shopping Center on the southwest corner of North Fair Oaks Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard was previously occupied by a Vons Supermarket. The totally remodeled 50,000 square-foot facility was built with an investment of $8 million, and will maintain the services of a Wells Fargo bank branch as well as a pharmacy.

With the opening of its new store in Pasadena, Vallarta Supermarkets has launched into a new multicultural market with the creation of a new design style of its stores and new offerings in the food and beverage shopping experience. The store will also improve the quality of life for local residents with convenient one-stop shopping and access to traditional and healthy food options.

“The opening of our 50th store located in Pasadena, provides us with an opportunity to expand into a new arena and expand the Vallarta brand,” said Rick Castillo, Marketing Director of Vallarta Supermarkets. “Our motto is that we are a supermarket for all families, so we do not necessarily differentiate between consumer profiles.  However, we are confident that the products we offer in our stores satisfy the tastes and needs of all ethnic groups.”

To attract Pasadena clientele, Vallarta spared no effort in giving their store a new look.  In order to create this bold new contemporary design, the Vallarta management team hired the services of the renowned interior design firm of DL English Design which has extensive experience in the design of grocery stores in the US, Mexico and Europe.

“The result of our investment was a new supermarket with a contemporary style and very colorful patterns in vibrant pastels,” said Castillo.  “With 32 years of grocery success under our belt, the company wanted to introduce an image that looked and felt more contemporary for our customers.”

The new Vallarta Supermarket will provide local residents with a wide-range and variety of food products and services including: “La Cocina” (Authentic Mexican Kitchen) with traditional recipes serving authentic meals ready to eat and enjoy, as well as a hot and cold food island with fresh salads, enchiladas, build your own taco bowls, hot soups and stews, and new to Vallarta Supermarkets, Latin-infused sushi prepared daily by an in-house sushi chef.  Customers will also be offered a full service floral department and an expanded wine selection.

Vallarta Supermarkets “Home of the Original Carne Asada” will also have a full-service meat and seafood department including a wide variety of fish, beef, pork and chicken along with grass fed and organic selections.  The Bakery Department (Panaderia) will be producing items made from scratch including pan dulce, bolillos, savory cakes, pastries, and more.  The Tortilleria will produce freshly made tortillas and masa for customer’s holiday tamale making needs.  The Cremeria (Deli) will offer a wide selection of fresh Latin-style cheeses, cremas, store prepared chorizos, salsas, guacamole, and pico de gallo while “La Isla” (The Island) will provide refreshing made-to-order fruit beverages and ice cream.

The opening of the Vallarta supermarket will not only provide new and varied options for buying groceries for Pasadena residents, but will have a positive economic impact in this area of the city with the creation of 330 local jobs.

About Vallarta Supermarkets: Since 1985, Vallarta Supermarkets has grown to a total of 50 stores throughout different counties in California (Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Kern, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Tulare, Orange and Fresno). The Gonzalez family has adhered to their strong work ethic and has made it part of their company culture ensuring that all their team members, more than 8,000, strive for excellence.

Contact:

Rick Castillo
(818) 966-6942  

 

SOURCE Vallarta Supermarkets

Toyota Expanding Its Industry-Leading Safety Technology Package With Second Generation Toyota Safety Sense™

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Toyota Pre-Collision System (updated) with enhanced deceleration capabilities and the ability to help detect a collision with a pedestrian in front of the vehicle during the day and at night, and bicyclist in front of the vehicle during the day.

PLANO, Texas, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) today announced that the second generation of its Toyota Safety Sense™ (TSS) package of active safety features will begin rolling out as standard equipment on certain Toyota vehicles beginning in mid-2018.  The updated safety package will add new technologies and capabilities that enhance protection for drivers, passengers, and others who share the road, while helping to provide peace of mind in even more driving situations.

“At Toyota, we are committed to making high-level driver assistance systems more widely available and even more affordable across a broader range of our vehicles,” said Chris Nielsen, executive vice president of product support and chief quality officer of Toyota Motor North America. “The second generation of Toyota Safety Sense™ takes our industry-leading suite of safety technologies to the next level, delivering new advanced and intuitive protections that are another step toward a future without traffic injuries or fatalities.”

The second generation TSS reflects Toyota’s ongoing efforts to reduce the cost of advanced safety technologies and make them accessible to a wider range of new car buyers. The initial version of TSS, along with Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+), brought Toyota’s Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and other advanced safety systems to more than five million Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in North America, Japan, and Europe. By the end of 2017, TSS and LSS+ will be standard on almost every model in the Toyota and Lexus lineups.

As with the first generation TSS, the upgraded system is designed to support driver awareness, decision making and vehicle operation over a wide range of speeds under certain conditions. Packaged together into an integrated system, it helps to address three key areas of accident protection: preventing or mitigating frontal collisions, keeping drivers within their lanes, and enhancing road safety during nighttime driving.

The second generation TSS has been expanded to help improve driver situational awareness while providing additional protections for a pedestrian or bicyclist in front of the vehicle. New or updated technologies will include: 

  • Pre-Collision System (updated) with enhanced deceleration capabilities and the ability to help detect a collision with a pedestrian in front of the vehicle during the day and at night, and bicyclist in front of the vehicle during the day.
  • Lane Departure Alert (updated) enhanced with “road edge detection” to increase the vehicle’s ability to help drivers stay in their lane
  • Road Sign Assist (new), which is designed to display road sign information in an easy-to-understand format on the dashboard meter display and Head-Up Display if equipped. The vehicle’s onboard camera can detect and recognize certain common road signs in the U.S., Japan and Europe (road sign type varies by market).
  • Lane Tracing Assist (new), which provides steering support to help the driver keep the vehicle centered in its lane when Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is in operation.
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (updated) with enhanced forward recognition and acceleration/deceleration performance across a wide range of speeds. (Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control not available on vehicles equipped with manual transmissions)

With the introduction of second generation TSS beginning in mid-2018, the list of Toyota Safety Sense™ packages in the United States is as follows:

TSS-C (Certain current models)

TSS-P (Certain current models)

TSS (Beginning mid-2018 in
certain models)

  • Pre-Collision System
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • Auto High Beams
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function
  • Lane Departure Alert (available with Steering Assist function on certain models)
  • Auto High Beams
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range available on certain models)
  • Pre-Collision System with Day/Night Pedestrian Detection function and Day Bicycle Detection function
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Auto High Beams
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (excluding manual transmission vehicles) with enhanced forward recognition and acceleration/deceleration

Toyota plans to continue expanding the capabilities of Toyota Safety Sense™ with a broader range of automated safety systems and technology as research and development progresses. This proven approach to technology development helps speed the introduction of advanced systems designed to help improve safety, reduce accidents and ease traffic congestion.

Media Contacts
TMNA Corporate Communications
Brian Lyons
469-292-3573
brian.lyons@toyota.com

Ming-Jou Chen
469-292-3799
ming-jou.chen@toyota.com

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.  

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com

Toyota Pre-Collision System (updated) with enhanced deceleration capabilities and the ability to help detect a collision with a pedestrian in front of the vehicle during the day and at night, and bicyclist in front of the vehicle during the day.

 

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The Gentle Barn Partners with Twentieth Century Fox Film and Zevia

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Gentle Barn, in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox and Zevia, have adopted a bull calf named “Ferdinand” in honor of the upcoming film FERDINAND, in theaters December 15, 2017. Ferdinand has been welcomed with open arms by The Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita, CA., where he will join the family of animals who teach children to have compassion for all living beings. 

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FERDINAND tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he’s captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.  Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.  The animated comedy adventure has an all-star cast including John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more.

“The Gentle Barn is a place of healing, where children learn that although we might look different on the outside, we’re all the same inside. The Story of Ferdinand is so important,” says Ellie Laks, Founder of The Gentle Barn, “because it represents the universal idea that each one of us deserves a chance to be who we really are.”

“Zevia’s partnership with FERDINAND creates a positive message that families can share with their children, and we are excited to extend it even further through this special adoption with The Gentle Barn.” – Paddy Spence, Zevia CEO

Follow the life of Ferdinand in real-time via ongoing social posts from 20th Century Fox (https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/ferdinand) and The Gentle Barn (http://www.gentlebarn.org/ferdinand).

About The Gentle Barn | www.gentlebarn.org
A national nonprofit organization, founded as a safe haven and place of recovery for severely abused animals, offering their unique philosophy of rehabilitating and connecting their stories of survival and healing to the personal experiences of at-risk and special needs children. You can visit Ferdinand on Sundays at the CA Gentle Barn location.

About Twentieth Century Fox Film
One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world.  

About Zevia
The first beverage brand exclusively focused on offering naturally sweetened, zero calorie beverages, at more than 40,000 grocery, natural and specialty food stores in the United States and Canada.  

 

SOURCE The Gentle Barn

Adventurers Get More Cargo Space with Lexus’ New Two-Row Version of LX 570

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Until now, the LX has been offered exclusively as a three-row luxury utility vehicle with seating for up to eight. Less will certainly mean more to some Lexus LX 570 customers for 2018, as the brand augments the traditional three-row model with a new two-row version designed to carry more cargo for any adventure while pampering five people onboard.

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Less will certainly mean more to some Lexus LX 570 customers for 2018, as the brand augments the traditional three-row model with a new two-row version designed to carry more cargo for any adventure while pampering five people onboard. With a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $84,980*, a new mono-spec trim level gives customers added value and the luxury of simply choosing exterior and interior colors.

Until now, the LX has been offered exclusively as a three-row luxury utility vehicle with seating for up to eight. Less will certainly mean more to some Lexus LX 570 customers for 2018, as the brand augments the traditional three-row model with a new two-row version designed to carry more cargo for any adventure while pampering five people onboard.

For more than two decades, the full-capability Lexus LX has excelled at combining authentic, rugged go-anywhere capability and high towing capacity with the brand’s renowned luxury and smooth on-road demeanor. Until now, the LX has been offered exclusively as a three-row luxury utility vehicle with seating for up to eight. When some customers indicated they did not use the third row and expressed a preference for more interior cargo space, Lexus responded.

Such customers, including smaller families, empty nesters and multiple-vehicle households, are more likely to travel with fewer passengers but more carry-on gear. Among the activities they enjoy are skiing, cycling, kayaking and golf, along with such hobbies as nature photography and antique collecting. Some also wanted more versatility for carrying their dogs.

Without the third row seat, the new LX 570 two-row model offers 50.5 cu. ft. of carrying space behind the middle row, versus 44.7 cu. ft. for the three-row model. For added versatility, the LX 570 two-row features a standard roof rack with rails.

One Comprehensive Trim Level

Lexus will offer the new 2018 LX 570 two-row model in a mono-spec trim level, a change that enhances customer value by making ordering a vehicle as easy as choosing the exterior and interior colors. The two-row model features the same standard luxury equipment as in the three-row model, including leather-trimmed interior, four-zone automatic climate control, power tailgate, moonroof and 20-inch wheels.

Standard Intuitive Park Assist and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert helps to enhance visibility in a variety of situations where the driver might not be able to see potential hazards. The standard Panoramic View Monitor gives the driver “extra eyes” where it’s impossible to see, viewing the surrounding terrain when off-roading and helping view the area around the vehicle (sides, front and rear) when maneuvering in tight spaces. The camera projects the image to the 12.3-inch Navigation screen, which can show several view combinations to help aid the driver. The system makes an invaluable assistant when hitching and maneuvering a trailer.

With Lexus Enform Remote (complimentary for the first year of ownership), the LX 570 owner can remotely view and control certain aspects of the vehicle using a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The app can lock or unlock the doors, remote-start or stop the engine or climate control, locate the vehicle in a parking lot, set up guest driver monitor and more.

For peace of mind on every drive, Lexus Enform Safety Connect (complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership) provides emergency calling capability to Lexus Enform response centers, which are available 24/7/365. Lexus Service Connect (complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership) can relay the vehicle’s service needs, allowing the customer set up push reminders and alerts.

The standard subscription-free Lexus Enform App Suite provides voice-enabled apps that let you search the internet for local listings, stream music, check fuel prices and much more. Lexus Enform Destination Assist (complimentary for the first year of ownership) offers convenient 24-hour access to live destination assist.

Powerful Style, Powerful Performance

In all other respects, the 2018 Lexus LX 570 two-row remains the same stylish, highly capable, impeccably luxurious SUV as its three-row sibling. Wearing the bold Lexus signature spindle grille that’s framed by elegant satin chrome trim and flanked by triple-beam LED headlamps, the LX 570 makes an unforgettable entrance in any setting. A three-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel is a classic touch. Modern meets timeless in the analog clock, which sits in a housing carved from a single ingot of aluminum and featuring LED indicators. GPS functionality adjusts the time zone.

The LX 570 can also make an unforgettable exit, too, thanks to a 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 383 horsepower and 403 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The 8-speed automatic transmission shifts with famous Lexus refinement. This is a hard-working team, helping to equip the LX 570 with a 7,000 lb. towing capacity using the standard integrated tow hitch receiver. Critically, the powerhouse V8 produces 90 percent of its peak torque at a low 2,200 rpm, further burnishing the vehicle’s towing capability.

The LX 570 also gives the driver the luxury of prioritizing comfort or agility simply by turning the Drive Mode Select dial on the center console. The system settings affect powertrain and suspension responses, including the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), which continually adjusts shock absorber damping rates while driving, ensuring optimal comfort even as the road surface changes.

Standard Lexus Safety System+

The 2018 LX 570 two-row features the same safety technology as the three-row model, including 10 airbags and the Lexus Safety System+ with Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Intelligent High-Beam headlamps and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The latter uses a combination of millimeter-wave radar and a front-facing camera to maintain a preset distance from a vehicle traveling ahead. PCS is designed to warn the driver of a possible collision and is designed to initiate automatic braking with Brake Assist if necessary.

LDA uses a camera to monitor visible lane markings, and if it senses the vehicle is drifting from the lane, it is designed to convey audio-visual alerts and vibrate the steering wheel to attract the driver’s attention. IHB adjusts high-and low-beam illumination automatically when it detects oncoming traffic or the taillights of a vehicle traveling in front.

Ready for Anything

Incorporating decades of expertise in full-capability chassis engineering, the Lexus LX 570 is built by attaching a robust welded unitized body to a separate box-section ladder frame. This construction allows the LX 570 to take a pounding off-road and yet also sets the foundation for a poised and smooth on-pavement ride. A Torsen® limited-slip locking center differential provides full-time four-wheel drive, splitting torque 40:60 under normal driving conditions. The differential responds on the move to changing conditions, automatically adjusting the torque distribution as necessary. For driving over challenging off-road surfaces, the driver can lock the center differential.

The four-wheel Active Traction Control system (A-TRAC) helps to control wheel slip, and, using the Multi-Terrain Select system, the driver can match A-TRAC’s performance to the prevailing conditions. Selectable modes include Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock, and Mud and Sand. The transmission’s driver-selectable low range provides low-speed crawling capability for handling steep off-road hills and uneven terrain. Low-range capability gets support from Crawl Control with Turn Assist, Hill-start Assist Control and Variable Gear Ratio Steering.

Multimedia Maven

The LX 570 is an ideal vehicle for getting away from it all while still remaining informed, entertained and connected. A 12.3-inch display with Remote Touch Interface heads a list of multimedia and connectivity features. Navigation offers full-screen map capability and can be split into three sections to display different functions, such as navigation, audio and climate control information.

The Remote Touch Interface controller operates climate control, audio, phone, navigation and more. iPhone® users enjoy the convenience of using Siri® Eyes Free Mode, which enables song selection from iTunes®, provides turn-by-turn navigation through Apple Maps, and much more. No matter the source or genre, music will sound powerful and clean through the standard nine-speaker Lexus Premium Audio system. Play from iPod®/USB connectivity, HD Radio with iTunes® tagging, streamed music via Bluetooth® and, yes, even CDs.

Vehicle Details
Engine/Transmission/Drivetrain/Performance

  • 5.7-liter V8 produces 383 horsepower and 403 lb.-ft. peak torque.
  • Electronically controlled 8-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift technology.
  • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) helps provide additional control for off-road driving by helping to keep the vehicle from rolling back when transitioning from the brake to the gas pedal on a steep incline or slippery surface.

Chassis/Body/Suspension/Tires/Brakes

  • Body-on-frame construction provides ruggedness and durability for challenging driving conditions, along with impressive ride isolation characteristics and 7,000 lbs. maximum towing capability.
  • Active Height Control (AHC) system lowers the chassis by about three inches for easy vehicle entry and exit and returns automatically to its normal height when the vehicle begins to accelerate.
  • 20-inch alloy wheels and 285/50R20 tires.
  • Multi-terrain Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) determines road-surface conditions and automatically optimizes lock-up control, selecting the suitable ABS profile for on- and off-road driving surfaces.
  • Brake Assist (BA) provides auxiliary force to assist driver during emergency braking.
  • Crawl Control feature provides optimum throttle and brake modulation when maneuvering over rough, uneven or difficult terrain.
  • Turn Assist helps tighten the vehicle’s turning circle by adding more brake force to the inside rear wheel.

Safety/Security

  • 10 standard airbags, including driver- and front-passenger knee airbags, front and second-row seat-mounted side airbags in the outboard seating positions, and roll-sensing side curtain airbags that cover both seating rows.
  • Active Front Headrests move upward and forward in the event of certain low speed rear-end  collisions when the force of the occupant’s body is applied to the seat back.

Luxury/Comfort/Convenience

  • 14-way power adjustable driver’s seat includes dual-function lumbar and cushion extender; 12-way power front passenger’s seat features lumbar adjustment.
  • Easy Access system automatically retracts the steering wheel and moves the driver’s seat rearward when the ignition is switched off; both return to their preset memory positions the next time the driver is seated and starts the ignition. 
  • The 40/20/40 split, power-sliding second-row seat slides forward and aft 3.5 inches for passenger comfort and cargo storage versatility. Folding the seatbacks increases total cargo space to 50.5 cu. ft.
  • Split rear tailgate design features a power upper door, while the bottom section raises and lowers with minimal effort.

Connected Technologies

The 2018 Lexus “Model” offers five available Enform services for enhanced convenience: 

  • Complimentary now for the first ten years, Lexus Enform Safety Connect includes an Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, and Stolen Vehicle Notification.  The Lexus Enform response center operates 24/7/365.
  • Lexus Enform Service Connect (complimentary 10-year subscription now included), enables the LS to send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance, simultaneously alerting a preferred Lexus retailer.
  • With Lexus Enform Remote (one-year trial subscription included), the customer can remotely view and control certain aspects of the vehicle using a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Once registered, the app can operate remote door lock/unlock; remote stop/start for the engine and climate control; vehicle finder, guest driver monitor, and more.
  • The complimentary Lexus Enform App Suite app offer access to favorite mobile applications through the vehicle’s center console display, including Pandora®, iHeartRadio, Slacker and Yelp.
  • Lexus Enform Destination Assist (complimentary for one year) acts as an in-car personal concierge, providing directions and destinations delivered by a live agent.

Warranty

  • 48 months/50,000 miles basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
  • 72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
  • 72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.

*MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $1,195.

About Lexus
Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 238 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F performance models.

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Lexus RX Drivers Now Have the Power of Three (Rows)

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Lexus drivers will now have the option of a third row without compromising the sleek styling and easy maneuverability that they have long valued of the RX. Access to the third row is made easy with the touch of a lever that slides and folds the second seat forward. The available six-seat configuration features second-row captain’s chairs that make third-row ingress/egress easier with “walk-in” convenience in the RX L.

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Families will now be able to enjoy more space with their luxury utility vehicle thanks to the new three-row Lexus RX L models. The RX created the luxury crossover segment 20 years ago and has reigned supreme as the most popular luxury utility vehicle on the market. The 2018 RX 350L and RX 450hL models retain their stylish figures, but now offer the choice of six or seven-passenger capability.

Lexus drivers will now have the option of a third row without compromising the sleek styling and easy maneuverability that they have long valued of the RX. Access to the third row is made easy with the touch of a lever that slides and folds the second seat forward. The available six-seat configuration features second-row captain’s chairs that make third-row ingress/egress easier with “walk-in” convenience in the RX L.

Once in dealerships, the RX 350L will have a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $47,670* (FWD) and $49,070* (AWD).

Function and Fashion

With the new RX L models, Lexus drivers will now have the option of a third row without compromising the sleek styling and easy maneuverability that they have long valued. With help through the mastery of vehicle packaging, Lexus extended the body length 4.3 inches (110 mm) at the rear and used a steeper tailgate window angle than on the two-row models – ensuring good headroom for third-row passengers.

The standard seven-seat version uses a 40/20/40 split bench-type second row seat. Access to the third row is made easy with the touch of a lever that slides and folds the second seat forward. The available six-seat configuration features second-row captain’s chairs that make third-row ingress/egress easier with “walk-in” convenience.

Lexus designed the third row of the RX L models to offer the same comfort and luxury as in the middle row. The positioning of the second row is slightly higher than the third row, creating more foot room for rear passengers. Standard leather-trimmed upholstery is standard for the first and second rows, in the choice of Black, Stratus Gray, Parchment or Noble Brown. A tri-zone climate control system gives third-row passengers separate heating and air conditioning vents, and for convenience, a power-folding third-row seat and power tailgate are both standard on the RX L models.

Details that enhance three-row versatility in the RX L models include a flat load floor behind the folded third-row, two third-row cupholders, an easily stowable tonneau and covered slide rails.

Lexus Signature Design

The 2018 RX L models offer the same award-winning safety, style, luxury and performance as the two-row versions. The LUV trend-setting combination of SUV versatility and luxury sedan-like comfort comes packaged in the brand’s dramatic mix of sharp creases and curves. The Lexus signature spindle grille, a focal point, is set off by an elegant chrome-plated surround and standard Bi-LED headlights. Available premium LED headlights use three unique L-shaped elements per side.

The RX L models’ elegantly blacked-out C-pillars create a floating-roof effect. The spindle theme repeats at the rear, with L-shaped LED taillights enveloping the tailgate and wrapping into the rear fenders. Available 20-inch wheel designs enhance the powerful-looking stance. All ten RX L paint colors feature a scratch-resistant self-restoring coat, using a high-performance macromolecular polymer.

Lexus Safety

In the 2018 RX L models, the full-length side curtain airbags cover all three rows. The standard Lexus Safety System+ includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent High Beams and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Blind Spot Monitor with Intuitive Parking Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking are also available. Panoramic View Monitor is an optional feature.

RX 350L: 290-Horsepower V6

The 2018 Lexus RX 350L offers plenty of power to go with its six- or seven- passenger cabin and added cargo capacity. The 3.5-liter V6 employs the advanced D-4S fuel injection system, which combines direct and port fuel injection systems. To maximize efficiency, Variable Valve Timing – Intelligent Wide (VVT-iW) is used on the intake camshaft, along with VVT-i on the exhaust camshaft, allowing the engine to switch between Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles.

The result is 290 hp and 263 lb.-ft. of torque, with performance and efficiency optimized by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Use of regular-grade gasoline is a boon to customer value. Using Drive Mode Select, the RX 350L driver can exert more control by choosing from among three driving modes. Normal provides an ideal everyday balance of performance and energy conservation, Sport puts an edge on powertrain responsiveness and Eco mode operates the powertrain at its most efficient level.

As on the two-row RX 350, the RX 350L is available with front-wheel drive or available Dynamic Torque Control All Wheel Drive. Under normal cruising conditions, the system engages front-wheel drive to help reduce fuel consumption.

Continuously taking input from various sensors (such as wheel speed, engine RPM, steering angle, throttle opening angle and yaw rate), Dynamic Torque Control AWD actively governs torque distribution to the rear wheels using an electromagnetically controlled coupling in the rear differential. When the vehicle is accelerating, the system automatically shifts to AWD to help prevent front-wheel slippage. While cruising, the system reverts to FWD, and when sensors detect wheel slippage, it can vary front to rear torque distribution from 100:0 to 50:50. The 4.2″ TFT multi-information display conveys torque-distribution status (front to rear, and side to side).

RX 450hL Hybrid with AWD

Luxury buyers seeking an eco-advanced family three-row vehicle will find the ideal travel mate in the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL. The Lexus Hybrid Drive system pairs the D4-S injection 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two high-torque electric drive motor-generators, producing 308 combined system horsepower for strong acceleration and passing performance.

The standard AWD system is unique. Instead of transfer gears and a driveshaft to the rear wheels used on the RX 350 AWD models, an independent rear-mounted electric motor drives the rear wheels when needed to help maintain optimal traction.

In the RX 450hL, the Drive Mode Select system adds a fourth mode, EV, that enables the vehicle to drive under electric power at lower speeds for short distances. It’s an excellent way to navigate a large parking lot or garage, or to run a local errand.

Ride and Handling

All onboard the 6- or 7-passenger 2018 Lexus RX L models will experience the same luxuriously smooth, quiet ride as the two-row models offer. Front strut and rear double-wishbone type suspension systems ensure agility and exemplary ride compliance over all types of surfaces. Electric Power Steering (EPS) yields a light and comfortable steering feel with excellent feedback.

Impeccable Cabin Design and Luxury

The RX L cabin is designed with impeccable details, including form-fitting seats, and the available richly finished wood trim (Premium and Luxury Packages) that curves gently up from the center console toward the glove box.

Available interior ornamentation includes Matte Bamboo, Espresso Walnut, Matte Linear Dark Mocha Wood, Striated Black Trim (standard) and laser-etched Gray Sapele Wood with Aluminum. For the Striated Black Trim on the base model, a glossy black three-dimensional embossed pattern is applied to create a high-quality film design with a sense of depth.

An available full-color Heads-Up Display (HUD) incorporated into the design of the instrument panel can project key information on the windshield to help the driver focus on the road.

Multimedia Powerhouse

From powerful audio to cutting-edge displays, the multimedia choices available for the 2018 Lexus RX L models cover all needs. The standard Display Audio system includes an eight-inch screen, HD Radio™, Scout GPS Link, Bluetooth® audio, voice recognition, an AUX mini jack, two USB ports and nine speakers. The driver will find frequently used switches placed close at hand for convenience. Middle-row USB ports enable passengers to use and charge their own multimedia devices.

The Navigation Package upgrades to a 12-speaker premium audio system. Also included, the 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display offers a full-screen navigation map or can provide simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and various systems; as well as the mouse-like Remote Touch Interface.

The 2018 RX L models offer audiophile-quality mobile sound with the available 835-watt, 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround System in conjunction with the navigation system. Advanced Clari-Fi™ compressed music restoration technology instills new life into digital music files.

The new three-row RX L models join the two-row, five-seat RX versions that continue for 2018. All RX models now offer Enform Safety Connect and Enform Service Connect complimentary for the first 10 years of vehicle ownership. Both were previously offered with a one-year trial.

With the new RX 450hL Hybrid, the most powerful and most fuel-efficient RX model, owners will still reap the benefits of the two-row model, such as optional heated/ventilated front seats and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

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Vehicle Details

Engine/Transmission/Drivetrain/Performance

RX 350L:

  • 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine.
  • 8-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i).
  • Available Active Torque Control AWD system uses an electronically controlled coupling ahead of the rear differential to vary torque distribution anywhere from 100:0 to 50:50 front to rear, depending on driving dynamics and road conditions.

RX 450hL:

  • Lexus Hybrid Drive with 3.5-liter V6 engine, Motor Generator 1, Motor Generator 2 and a planetary-type electronic continuously variable transmission.
  • 308 total system horsepower.
  • Standard AWD with independent rear electric motor-generator.
  • 37 kW nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) hybrid battery.

Chassis/Body/Suspension/ Brakes/Tires

  • A number of cutting-edge technologies enhance structural rigidity, including high-tech body adhesives and laser screw welding; liberal use of high-tensile strength steel throughout the vehicle, and annular frame construction for strengthened frame sections around the front and rear doors.
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/65R18 tires.
  • Two 20-inch wheel options: Split-Five-Spoke Alloy Wheels with Dark Silver and Machined Finish;  Split-Five-Spoke Alloy Wheels with SuperChrome and Machined Finish and Interchangeable Painted Inserts (requires Luxury Package).

Safety/Security

  • Lexus Safety System+ includes Pre-Collision System, Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.  
  • Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Braking.
  • For 2018, all RX and RX L models offer Enform Safety Connect and Enform Service Connect complimentary for the first 10 years of vehicle ownership.
  • 10 SRS airbags including dual-stage and dual-chamber driver’s and front passenger airbags; driver’s and front passenger knee airbags; front side airbags; rear side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags for all three seat rows.
  • 4-sensor, 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill-start Assist Control.
  • Additionally, Smart Stop Technology automatically reduces engine power when there is simultaneous application of the brake pedal and accelerator pedal under certain conditions.
  • Active front headrests help to reduce the severity of a whiplash injury in the event of certain types of lower speed rear collisions.
  • Panoramic View Monitor (optional).

Luxury/Comfort/Convenience (Highlights)

  • 10-way power front leather seats with power lumbar adjustment.
  • Memory settings standard (mirror, seat, steering wheel).
  • Aluminum roof rails.
  • Power-folding autodimming mirrors with memory.
  • Rear armrest with storage box with two USB ports.
  • Acoustic glass windshield.
  • Customizable vehicle settings, including personal door-lock preferences, interior/exterior light adjustments, driver’s seat Easy Exit, and window-closure settings.
  • Tri-Zone automatic climate control with interior air filter.
  • Leather seating surfaces (first and second row).
  • Leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel with integrated audio controls.
  • Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch color multimedia display and 9 speakers.
  • Power liftgate with optional hands-free operation.
  • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column.
  • SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop.
  • Subscription-free Traffic and Weather updates via HD Radio™.

The RX 450hL enjoys the same standard equipment as the 350L, with the added feature of Captain’s Chairs as standard.

Luxury Options (Highlights)

  • Premium Package with moonroof and wood trim.
  • Luxury Package includes contents of Premium Package plus 20-inch super chrome wheels, heated maple steering wheel, semi-aniline leather trimmed seating, manual rear door sun shades, LED ambient illumination, four-way power lumbar, cushion extender, laser-cut gray Sapele wood with aluminum and LED illuminated door sills.
  • Navigation Package with 12.3-inch display, Remote Touch Interface, advanced voice control, Lexus Enform®App Suite, Lexus Enform® Destination Assist, HD Radio with iTunes® Tagging and more.
  • 15-speaker Mark Levinson® Surround Sound system (with Navigation Package).

Connected Technologies

The 2018 Lexus “Model” offers five available Enform services for enhanced convenience: 

  • Complimentary now for the first ten years, Lexus Enform Safety Connect includes an Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, and Stolen Vehicle Notification.  The Lexus Enform response center operates 24/7/365.
  • Lexus Enform Service Connect (complimentary 10-year subscription now included), enables the LS to send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance, simultaneously alerting a preferred Lexus retailer.
  • With Lexus Enform Remote (one-year trial subscription included), the customer can remotely view and control certain aspects of the vehicle using a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Once registered, the app can operate remote door lock/unlock; remote stop/start for the engine and climate control; vehicle finder, guest driver monitor, and more.
  • The complimentary Lexus Enform App Suite app offer access to favorite mobile applications through the vehicle’s center console display, including Pandora®, iHeartRadio, Slacker and Yelp (with Navigation Package). 
  • Lexus Enform Destination Assist (complimentary for one year) acts as an in-car personal concierge, providing directions and destinations delivered by a live agent (with Navigation Package).

Warranty

  • 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles. 
  • 72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
  • 72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage. 
  • Hybrid System Warranty coverage is for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever occurs first, and covers the following components: hybrid control module, hybrid battery control module, hybrid battery and inverter with converter.

*MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $995.

About Lexus
Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 238 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F performance models.

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USHCC Foundation Names Elva Lima as Interim Executive Director

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation has named Elva Lima, former Global Diversity and Inclusion Director for Verizon Communications, as its interim Executive Director effective Monday, November 27, 2017.  Lima will oversee all Foundation operations on an interim basis until the Foundation concludes its search for an executive to fill the role permanently.   

“The USHCC Foundation is proud to welcome Elva Lima to our team,” said USHCC Foundation Board Chairman Nina Vaca. “She brings a wealth of experience in advocacy and governance to this role both from the corporate and nonprofit sectors.  I have the highest trust in her ability to oversee the Foundation’s operations and to deliver the outstanding programs and services for which the Foundation is known.”

Lima served in several key positions during her tenure with Verizon Communications that made her an ideal candidate for this role.  Recently, as Global Diversity and Inclusion Director, she oversaw a multimillion dollar budget and partnered with the Verizon Foundation to help increase the Foundation’s focus on diverse and underrepresented communities.  Previously, while serving as External and Government Affairs Director she managed and invested nearly $9 million in annual charitable giving and played a key role in developing strong relationships with minority organizations and leaders. 

 “I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue the growth and expansion of the Foundation and its many programs and services,” said Lima. “I have long admired the Foundation and its accomplishments.  It is an honor to lead the efforts of an organization that champions Hispanic businesses and entrepreneurs.”

Lima’s primary focus is to ensure that the Foundation continues supporting the next generation of Hispanic businesses and entrepreneurs. To this extent, Lima has been working with the Foundation’s board to put processes and a transition plan in place and coordinating with staff from the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on the plan.  Lima is also working with the board and leading the search committee to find a permanent Executive Director for the Foundation.

Lima holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management.

About the USHCC Foundation

The USHCC Foundation is the philanthropic and educational arm of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The mission of the USHCC Foundation is to enrich experiences of current and future leaders in the world of business through life-long learning and support. The Foundation’s initiatives awaken and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit, support business growth, strengthen local chambers and foster leaders. Major Foundation programs include At the Table: Women in Business and Leadership; BizVenture Collegiate Entrepreneurship Program; the Chamber Training Institute (for local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce); the Local Chamber Grant Program; National Day of Service; and USHCC Foundation Scholarships.  For more information, visit www.ushccfoundation.org.

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¡Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® Brings Needed Services and Day of Family Fun to Southeast Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — This Saturday, December 2, 2017, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation present the 11th Annual ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® in Cudahy, California. The event promotes physical activity and good nutrition in the Hispanic family for better health and wellness for people of all ages and sizes.

“For eleven years, ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!, has provided nutrition education, free health screenings and wellness activities to communities across the nation,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group. “We are grateful and proud of the work and energy of all our partners and hundreds of volunteers that make these events such a success and celebration of family, culture, and health.”

“MAOF President and CEO, Martin Castro extends thanks to our partner National Alliance for Hispanic Health for their support and contribution to this event, which provides the public valuable health screenings, a wealth of health information on diet and nutrition, and for their promotion of exercise for better health, all at no cost to all in attendance. This event shall mark MAOF’s 11th year promoting health and wellness, offering nutritional information, health screenings and offering an array of exercise activities and MAOF hope our communities come out for a day of enjoyment and fun-filled activities.”

What:     ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® event featuring —

  • Health Screenings: Cholesterol, Glucose, Blood Pressure, Vision, Dental
  • Fitness: 5K Run/Walk (9:00 am – 11:00am), in addition to Zumba and Crossfit classes
  • Health Information: Information on MediCal and Covered California, Financial Planning
  • Nutrition: fresh fruits, healthy snacks and educational resources
  • Family fun: carnival games and rides, music, dancing, raffles, giveaways, photos with Laker Girls and much more.

Where: 4835 Clara Street, City of Cudahy, CA 90201
When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE!

“The National Alliance for Hispanic Health has a longstanding commitment to help create healthier communities. We are proud to contribute to their efforts through our continued support of ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! events,” said Robert Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation. The Foundation is marking its 8th year as a national sponsor of the ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! event series.

The events are also supported nationally by the Healthy Americas Foundation. This is the 11th anniversary of the ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! event series that in its first decade has been attended by over 175,000 people and provided over 85,000 free health screenings.

 

SOURCE National Alliance for Hispanic Health

NAIC Study Shows Diverse-Owned Private Equity Firms Continue to Outperform Benchmarks

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Institutional investors looking to generate greater returns should consider allocating capital with diverse-owned private equity firms. Examining the Returns: The Financial Returns of Diverse Private Equity Firms is a report by the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) that quantifies the degree to which these diverse-owned firms consistently outperform their respective benchmarks and generate alpha to limited partners.

Written by Meredith Jones of AON Hewitt and compiled with assistance from KPMG LLC., the report’s findings are a testament to the skill of diverse managers in sourcing and executing their investment strategies:

  • Diverse-owned firms generated a net of fee Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 16.15% for the ten-year reporting period ending in December 2015, compared to 11.3% (IRR) for the Cambridge US Buyout benchmark for the same period.
  • Diverse PE Funds included in the NAIC Diverse Private Equity Index outperformed the median Cambridge U.S. Private Equity funds during most vintage years.
  • On an IRR and Multiple on Invested Capital (MOIC) basis, Diverse PE Funds outperformed 62.5% of the time.
  • On a Distributed to Paid-in capital (DPI) basis, Diverse PE Funds outperformed 56.3% of the time.
  • Over longer time horizons, Diverse PE Funds included in the NAIC Private Equity Index consistently outperformed both median and upper quartile funds in the Cambridge U.S. Private Equity and the Cambridge U.S. Buyout cohorts.

Examining the Returns updates a similar study conducted in 2012 and it confirms that prior report’s similar findings of outperformance from the often-overlooked segment of the private equity industry. Both conclude that superior performance has led to increased capital flowing into these firms, led by New York Common, Texas Teachers Retirement System, Texas Employees Retirement System, New York Teachers Retirement System, CalPERS, CalSTRS, Verizon, Exelon Corporation and the Virginia Retirement System.

While these and other investors have recognized the talent within the diverse manager space and have become proponents for emerging/diverse managers, the total invested with diverse-owned managers remains a disproportionately small amount of the whole. In many cases, the AUM allocated to diverse asset managers represents 10% or less of an investor’s total investable assets. One goal of this report and other related NAIC efforts is to eliminate that disparity.

The full report is available on the NAIC Website.

About the NAIC: The National Association of Investment Companies (www.naicpe.com) was founded in 1971 to serve as the industry association for diverse-owned and emerging managers, a number of which rank among the best performing private equity firms and hedge funds in the United States. With more than 40 member firms representing over $85 billion in assets managed, the NAIC is a recognized thought leader on the U.S. Emerging Domestic Market (EDM).

MEDIA CONTACT:
Alan Hughes
917-993-3842
ahughes@naicpe.com

SOURCE National Association of Investment Companies

Sacramento Burns with Sexual Harassment Hearings While State Senator Scott Wiener Fiddles Again with 4 A.M. Last Call

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SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA), and Alcohol Justice are not surprised by Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) latest attempt to push the legislature in the direction of increasing profits for the late night industry at public  expense. They are however puzzled by the timing of Wiener’s announcement on the day that the California state legislature began hearings on sexual harassment in the Capital.

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“Senator Wiener is tone deaf to the important matters of the day,” stated Sara Cooley Broschart, Alcohol Justice Advocacy Manager. “As he talks about the importance of late night alcohol revenue, women in Sacramento are testifying about sexual misconduct by legislators at bars or fundraisers serving alcohol. The costs of this legislation to women, commuters, and neighbors far outweigh the benefits to a few bar owners. Senator Wiener needs to get his priorities straight.”

The unintended consequences of extending alcohol last call include:

  • quality of life deterioration for adjacent neighborhoods
  • drinkers driving from areas where bars close earlier to bars with later last calls
  • late night drinkers sharing the road with early morning commuters
  • increased DUI accidents and fatalities
  • limited budgets and personnel to deal effectively with the extra service calls

There is also vast peer-reviewed evidence that shows that two more hours of alcohol sales will nearly double alcohol-related violence, crime, police calls, emergency visits, etc.

“The Journal of the American Medical Association found that over 90% of domestic abusers were abusing alcohol not just regularly but at the time of the incident,” stated Margot Bennett, Executive Director Women Against Gun Violence. “To protect families and communities at large, we must not only provide reasonable regulation of guns but also provide reasonable regulation of alcohol that includes restrictions on the hours it can be sold. A 4 a.m. last call is far from reasonable and will only push incidents of alcohol-related violence further into the early morning hours.”

“The idea of bringing forward a bill to allow bars to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., especially in light of all the recent claims of sexual assault is unconscionable,” said Patty Hoyt, Alcohol Policy Coordinator at Discovery Counseling Center. “Serving alcohol until 4 a.m. will only increase the opportunities for unwanted advances and possible assaults as it will increase the amount of time people can consume and end up intoxicated.”

Wiener’s failed first attempt this year (SB 384) was a dangerous piece of legislation that would have stripped away the standard protections of a normal 2 a.m. closing time. SB 384 drew the ire of local health, prevention, and recovery groups as well as MADD and law enforcement organizations that rallied at every opportunity to express strong opposition. They drew the attention and support of a steadily growing chorus of elected representatives, determined to call out the damage their constituents would suffer from an ostensible “local control” bill.

“The cost of extending hours for California’s ‘nightlife industry’ is not factored into their 6-billion-dollar economy: drunk driving, sexual assault or damage to personal property impact lives and public costs but not bar owners’ balance sheets,” said Lisa Bridges, Co-Chair of CAPA – California Alcohol Policy Alliance.  “Senator Wiener should know that CAPA, a diverse statewide coalition, is deeply committed to defeating any new attempt to keep bars, restaurants and clubs open past 2 a.m.

For More Information go to: www.AlcoholJustice.org or www.alcoholpolicyalliance.org/

CONTACT:
Michael Scippa 415 548-0492
Jorge Castillo 213 840-3336

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SOURCE Alcohol Justice; California Alcohol Policy Alliance

ScamAwareness.org Consumer Alert: Scam Artists Don’t take Holidays

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DALLAS, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The holiday season is traditionally a time for giving, but for scam artists it’s also a good time for taking money from unsuspecting consumers. ScamAwareness.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about financial fraud, is warning consumers about scams that typically increase during the holiday season.

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Online Shopping

Approximately 60% of holiday shoppers plan to do some or all of their shopping online this year.* These shoppers are prime targets for fraudsters offering merchandise, gift cards and even pets at a steep discount. Some criminals actually create fake websites that tout bargain buys. Before clicking, consumers should carefully read the website address and look for missing or extra letters of a retailer’s name and words like “deals,” “sales” or “discounts” as part of the URL. Shoppers should also avoid offers that require payment by wire transfer or prepaid debit cards. 

Fake Charities

Shoppers aren’t the only targets on the fraudsters holiday list! Scam artists also take advantage of consumers’ goodwill during the holidays. As legitimate charities increase their solicitations for donations during the season, many scammers devise fake charities to try to steal money via phone, email and social media.

Before donating, consumers should verify that the charity and its web address are legitimate at Charity Navigator or through a state agency that regulates charities. Donations should be sent via check or credit card instead of a wire transfer or cash. 

“Our organization works year-round to help spread the word about common scams and our hope is that all consumers will use ScamAwareness.org as a resource to learn how to spot scams and protect themselves and their family members,” said Joann Chatfield, head of ScamAwareness.org.  

Consumers who think they’ve been scammed should contact their local police immediately.

*National Retail Federation

About ScamAwareness.org  

ScamAwareness.org is a non-profit organization founded by MoneyGram. The organization provides tips and information to educate people to recognize potential scams, and provide them with information that they can use to protect themselves and their loved ones. 

Media Contact:
Michelle Buckalew
mbuckalew@moneygram.com
214-979-1418

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SOURCE ScamAwareness.org

FieldEdge Announces A New Integration With Nearby Now

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ATLANTA, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — FieldEdge, the leading provider of field service management software, today announced a new integration with Nearby Now, a mobile-enabled cloud platform helping businesses improve local rankings everywhere they service.

Field service businesses share the challenge of building local rankings across service areas that can encompass many more cities than they have business locations. Nearby Now’s unique solution enables businesses to easily create checkins describing their great work, and to secure more reviews at an industry-leading 40% rate. This content will be integrated directly into a client’s website and search engines give each client direct reputation and ranking benefit. 

The FieldEdge and Nearby Now integration will make this even easier for businesses. Field technicians will be able to create those valuable checkins and request customer reviews right from the FieldEdge mobile app they are already using to manage their jobs. The integration will give clients the ability to build reputation and rankings without any changes to their daily workflow.

“Service-area businesses want to rank in local search everywhere they work, and everywhere they would like to work, not just where they park their trucks at night,” said Billy Coover, CEO and co-founder of Nearby Now. “This integration makes it simple for them to rank better locally and build local reputation based on all they places they work every day, not just where they have offices.”

“FieldEdge helps contractors improve customer service, efficiency, and profitability every day,” said Rameez Ansari, CEO at FieldEdge. “Integrating with Nearby Now will help them use the great work they are already doing to bring in more leads and build a stronger reputation at the local level.”

The integration is now available to any client using both Nearby Now and FieldEdge. To learn more, contact Nearby Now (info@nearbynow.co) or FieldEdge (800-226-7529).

About Nearby Now 

Nearby Now’s unique solution enables business to boost rankings across their entire service areas powered by an industry-leading 40% review response rate. Nearby Now is all about delivering value directly to the client — better rankings for their own site, more reviews for their business, lasting organic ranking value, a better online reputation, and ultimately more leads and more business. Founded in 2011, Nearby Now is a privately held company based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Our team is distributed across the US, and our current clients hail from the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. For more information, visit https://www.nearbynow.co.

About FieldEdge 

FieldEdge is the leading developer of innovative service management software for the service industry. With offices in Atlanta, GA, and Fort Myers, FL, FieldEdge serves more than 30 service verticals, both nationally and internationally. FieldEdge’s flagship products, FieldEdge and Electronic Service Control (ESC), are comprehensive service management solutions that enable home service contractor companies to easily manage customers, work, and finances. FieldEdge and ESC provide the tools and features growing and profitable service companies need for success. For more information, visit http://www.fieldedge.com or contact us at 800-226-7529.

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SOURCE FieldEdge

Flor de Caña named #1 Rum Producer in the World

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#1 Rum Producer in the World

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Flor de Caña, the premium rum brand from Nicaragua, was named Global Rum Producer of the Year by the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London. The IWSC is the most respected organization focused on awarding excellence to spirits worldwide, with over 400 global experts judging products from more than 90 countries.

#1 Rum Producer in the World

This distinction, the highest within the global spirits industry, is the most powerful endorsement of Flor de Caña’s quality and excellence. Flor de Caña, a 5th generation single family estate rum, is naturally aged without sugar, additives or artificial ingredients, enriched by an active volcano and distilled with 100% renewable energy.

About Flor de Caña Rum

Flor de Caña, Nicaragua’s #1 exported brand, is present in over 40 countries worldwide and is one of the fastest growing premium rum brands in the United States. With more than 125 years and 5 generations of family tradition, Flor de Caña has been recognized as the world’s best rum in prestigious international competitions in London, Madrid, San Francisco and Chicago. Flor de Caña, the leading premium rum in Central America, is manufactured and distributed by Compañía Licorera de Nicaragua, S.A. (CLNSA).

CONTACT: corporatecommunications@flordecana.com

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SOURCE Flor de Caña

As Temperatures Drop, Check Tire Pressure More Often

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BETHESDA, Maryland, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — You may notice when the weather turns colder, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light on your dashboard lights up more frequently. The Car Care Council recommends checking your tire pressure regularly during the winter to help keep the TPMS light off and your vehicle safe.

“It’s typical at this time of year for motorists to get TPMS warnings and then get worried about their tires,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Often drivers will see this in the morning when it’s coldest. If the temperature warms, the light could turn off but it’s likely that tires will still be a few PSI under inflated. This is why it’s important to check tire pressure regularly.”

According to the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, for every 10 degree drop in temperature, tire pressure decreases one to two pounds per square inch (PSI). Checking the tire pressure is important for vehicle safety, tire life and gas mileage.

Incorrect tire pressure can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every one PSI drop in pressure of all four tires and improve fuel efficiency by up to 3.3 percent when the correct tire pressure is maintained.

“Tire pressure should be checked at least monthly. It is important to note that newer cars with tire pressure monitoring systems may not alert you until the tire is significantly under-inflated, so you may want to check it more frequently,” said White. “It is important to check tire pressure whenever there is a significant weather change and more often during the winter months.”

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.

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SOURCE Car Care Council

Mazda Celebrates #GivingTuesday Through Recommitment to Mazda Drive for Good®

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IRVINE, California, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/– Building on four years of donations and over 30 years’ worth of volunteer hours completed, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced they will recommit to their annual charity program, Mazda Drive for Good®, in 2018. In its fifth year, MNAO will provide monetary donations to four national charities and 42 local charities, meeting a $5 million commitment to the communities in which it does business. Additionally, in 2018, MNAO employees and dealers will spend 50,000 hours of time volunteering in their local communities.

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“Our Mazda Drive for Good program started in 2013, as a way to unify Mazda owners, dealerships and employees around causes that are important to them,” said Masahiro Moro, president and CEO of MNAO. “What started as a winter charity event evolved into a true way-of-life for many of our dealer partners and employees. We are proud to announce our recommitment to our local communities, and the non-profits that truly make a difference in peoples’ lives, each and every day.”  

In its fifth year of the Mazda Drive for Good program, Mazda will collaborate with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc. on a national level, and 42 community non-profit organizations across the country. See below for a complete list of partner organizations. In addition to the monetary donations, MNAO employees and dealer partners will continue to provide hands-on assistance to individual charities and causes they feel passionate about, in their local communities.

Mazda established the Mazda Drive for Good charitable program as a way to give back to the communities in which it does business. Since its launch in 2013, the Mazda Drive for Good program has donated more than $18.4 million, has pledged more than 263,000 charitable service hours and continues to provide monetary donations and community service throughout the year. You can learn more about the Mazda Drive for Good program on Inside Mazda

Follow the conversation at #MazdaDrive4Good or MazdaUSA.com/Drive4Good.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 600 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at InsideMazda.MazdaUSA.com/Newsroom.

Follow MNAO’s social media channels through Twitter and Instagram at @MazdaUSA and Facebook at Facebook.com/Mazda

NATIONAL

American Heart Association

American Red Cross

Mazda Foundation

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

GULF REGION

Albuquerque

Ronald McDonald House

Austin

Austin Humane Society

Dallas & Fort Worth

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Denver

JDRF

Harlingen

Boys and Girls Club of Edinburg RGV

Houston

JDRF

Kansas City

Children’s Mercy Hospital

New Orleans

Covenant House New Orleans

Omaha

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation

MIDWEST REGION

Chicago

Ronald McDonald House of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana

Cincinnati

Friar’s Club of Cincinnati

Cleveland

Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland

Ronald McDonald House of Akron

Columbus

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Detroit

Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Lexington

Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Louisville

Children’s Hospital Foundation

Milwaukee

Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund

Minneapolis 

Ronald McDonald House – Upper Midwest

NORTHEAST REGION

Baltimore

American Cancer Society

Boston

The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

Hartford & New Haven

Autism Speaks

New York

Autism Speaks

Philadelphia

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Autism Society of Pittsburgh

Washington, D.C.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Washington DC

SOUTHEAST REGION

Atlanta

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Charlotte

Charlotte Family Housing

Ft. Myers & Naples

Golisano Children’s Hospital

Raleigh

UNC Children’s Hospital (The Medical Foundation of NC, Inc)

Richmond & Petersburg

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond

West Palm Beach

Place of Hope

WESTERN REGION

Los Angeles

Local chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Phoenix

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation

Portland

Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation

Sacramento, Stockton & Modesto

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area

San Diego

Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation

San Francisco, Oakland & San Jose

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Seattle & Tacoma

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Salt Lake City

Prevent Child Abuse Utah

 

SOURCE Mazda North American Operations