Do you enjoy talking with Amazon Alexa at your home or office? People are asking her all kinds of questions these days and soon she will be riding along side of you in your Toyota or Lexus vehicles. What will be the most asked question? My bet is on, “Are we there yet?”

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2018 – Toyota announced today it will introduce Amazon Alexa, Amazon’s intelligent cloud based voice service, within select Toyota and Lexus vehicles with Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 in 2018. Additional models will be available in 2019. This feature will allow Toyota and Lexus customers in the United States to interact with Alexa in the car.

Alexa can help customers with thousands of things and connects to more than a thousand third-party smart home products for added convenience and ease of use. With Alexa, customers can simply ask for directions, control entertainment, get the news, add items to a shopping list, control their smart home while on the road, and more.

“Voice services are rapidly becoming more popular and through our integration with Amazon Alexa, Toyota and Lexus customers will soon be able to easily speak to Alexa in their cars while on-the-go,” said Zack Hicks, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Toyota Motor North America and Chief Executive Officer and President of Toyota Connected.

“We’re thrilled that Toyota and Lexus will bring Alexa to customers on the road,” said John Scumniotales, Head of Product for Amazon Alexa Automotive. “Our vision for Alexa is that she should be everywhere a customer might need her – at home, in the office, on phones – and in cars. This integration means that customers can interact with Alexa, virtually anywhere they drive.”

Once Alexa is enabled, just ask her to do things like adjust your smart home’s temperature so it’s comfortable when you get there, add milk to your shopping list on your way to the store, or listen to your audiobook from Audible.

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HOUSTON (Dec. 5, 2018) – Texans don’t play it small, and neither is the Houston Auto Show in celebrating its 35th anniversary. More than 700 of the latest model year imports and domestic vehicles will cover the entire 700,000 square feet of the NRG Center January 24-28, 2018. Experience the anticipation of concept cars, the nostalgia of classics and ultra-luxuries, and test drive nearly 80 different vehicle models at the Houston Auto Show.
The 35th Houston Auto Show, presented by the Houston Chronicle, is the only place where you can see, hear, touch, and even drive, the latest cars and trucks from nearly 40 of the world’s top automakers in one location.
The Houston Auto Show, produced by the Houston Automobile Dealers Association includes manufacturer participants such as Acura, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Genesis, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, JEEP, Kia, Land Rover, Lamborghini, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Maserati, Mercedes Benz, MINI, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Toyota, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo.
“As the city continues to replace the more than 300,000 vehicles lost to the devastating Hurricane Harvey, we’re excited to bring the Auto Show back to its January dates,” said RoShelle Salinas, vice president of the Houston Auto Dealers Association. “This is a great time of year for car buyers to comparison shop more than 700 vehicles in one place, and later benefit from sales incentives at local dealerships.”
The 2018 show includes highlights such as additional test drive opportunities inside and outside of NRG Center and it welcomes back CAMP JEEP. Manufacturers often include engaging activities in their displays like photo booths, games and many giveaways. Guests will also experience the unveil of vehicles brand new to the market, like the all-new Jeep Wrangler, the Texas debut of the Nissan Leaf and see the reveal of a new truck model – yet to be named. Nissan will also display their Star Wars: The Last Jedi inspired concept vehicles, the Titan AT-M6 and the Captain Phasma Maxima.
To commend the brave and honorable work of Houston’s first responders, the Houston Auto Show and Houston Automobile Dealers Association will host a First Responders Day on Thursday, January 25, 2018. First Responders with a valid I.D. will have the opportunity to enter the Houston Auto Show for just $1. Various first responder agencies will be honored with a special ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in the lobby of NRG Center before doors open to the public.
New exhibitors will fill an expanded Aftermarket Expo with everything that takes automobiles to the extreme. Displays include innovative companies that convert vehicles into fresh eye-candy with car wraps, lift kits, tires and rims, and even bed-liners. Finally, for the automotive purist, the Houston Auto Show will also exhibit more than 50 classic vehicles throughout the lobby of NRG Center and in a specialty classic car sections.
The 2018 Houston Auto Show at the NRG Center is open daily, Wednesday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 28. Show hours are:
Wed. – Fri. Noon – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Adult tickets are $12 and $5 for children six to 12 years old when accompanied by an adult, kids under six are free. From Wednesday to Friday, coupons for $2 off are available online and at participating Houston area new car dealerships. For more information, visit
-That Car Lady, Lynn Beckwith
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