What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Everything, if you ask these car enthusiasts

February 21, 2017

How do we love our cars? We let you count the ways, and they were plentiful.


When it comes to passion for our people movers, we’ve got an expressive bunch. We asked you to share your stories about your Toyota or Lexus and, boy, did you ever.


Without further ado, here is Part 2 of our three-part Love My Car series.


Dressing Room on Wheels -- Finance Manager Rubin Kim and his family love the spacious interior of the Sienna, which is often “a dressing room on wheels” for his two daughters between school and the dance studio. His wife shuttles the girls to numerous activities and it’s great for weekly Costco runs and family road trips.

Scenic Surroundings -- Whenever he’s out on an outdoor adventure, Raul Avila snaps a photo of his 2012 FJ Cruiser as a reminder that it takes him and his family to some of the most beautiful places in this country.” The Toyota Financial Services administrative specialist snapped this photo at Red Rock, Nevada, which he visited to lose some of the extra pounds he gained “eating hot tamales during the Christmas season.”

Need for Speed -- Senior Technician Joshua Fannin, who works in TEMA’s R&D Prototype Division, was able to push his 2015 Lexus IS 350 F Sport to the limit. He and team member Allan Portman (Camry owner) visited the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Ky., and had a blast opening it up on the road course.

Daddy’s Big Truck -- TEMA Engineering Manager Daniel Lessing owns a 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser HJ61 Turbo Diesel that he imported from Japan four years ago. He added a 7-inch lift on it as well as 35-inch tires. He loves his truck “because it always starts, can’t be stopped and it looks mean.” His boys, Carter, 8, and Bennett, 3, always ask to go 4-wheelin’ in daddy’s big truck.

Car & Coffee -- Service and Parts Manager Ben Roget works in the Lexus Eastern Area Office and brings Lexus vehicles to local car and coffee and other automotive events in the Northeast. “We love sharing the Lexus brand,” says Roget.

Just in Time -- Engineer Dave Smith took this photo of his wife and daughter the day he brought their new 2016 Sienna home from the dealer. Even before they had children, Smith’s wife raved about how much she would love a Sienna due to their roominess and practicality. After their daughter was born and it came time to get another vehicle, he took her Prius V and promised her a Sienna.  She picked the color gray and he got to pick the SE trim level. He’s happy they got the Sienna because shortly after they found out his wife is expecting twin boys.

Royal Restoration -- Janet Fujimoto and her husband transformed this 1970 Toyota pro-touring Crown to its former glory. The Organizational Strategy and Continuity consultant for the Lexus Division competes in numerous car shows and the Crown is always a show stopper.

Michigan Explorer -- Nate Warner, senior manager in Product Regulatory Affairs, is an avid geocacher. Each year, he and his 2012 RAV4 V6 AWD participate in an annual 24-hour road rally in the upper part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to find about 50 geocaches on a drive of 180-plus miles. Warner also takes the ORaV (his off-roading nickname) up north with friends to play in the sand and on the trails. Sometimes he needs to make quick on-the-road adjustments under the RAV4, in a ditch for easy access.


Camping Companion -- Los Angeles Parts and Distribution Center Logistics Leader David Guandique had no problem pulling this 29-foot trailer with his 2015 Tundra 5.7L 4X4 to South Carlsbad State Beach over the Thanksgiving break.


Count the Ways -- TFS Digital Marketing Planner LJ Jennings gave us 10 reasons to love the 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser. Here are a few of them: “Fun to drive, you sit soooo high and it’s soooo open (no blind spots). Receives admiration on the road (many thumbs-up from SoCal drivers). Highly desired by others (approached with offers to purchase it). My dog enjoys riding in the back."


Road Trippin' -- Albert Carter is a new engineer at Toyota, moving from Hawaii to Michigan about a year ago. He’s been driving a 1985 Toyota MR2 for eight years, and recently added a Scion FRS, not pictured, to his garage. He’s been driving the FRS all over – New York, Canada and Chicago to name a few – and is planning a road trip to California this summer.


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