Thursday, October 8, 2015

The S-FR Concept

Today at the Tokyo Auto Show Toyota debuted a vehicle that could very well be an attempt to corner the niche market currently occupied by the Mazda MX-5 Miata.  The new concept, dubbed the S-FR for Small Front Engine Rear Wheel Drive.  The new vehicle is not to be confused with the Toyota 86, known here in the States as the Scion FR-S.

We couldn't be happier with the announcement and are hoping that the new S-FR is going to find it's way to American roads.  The 1.5L engine announced as being the beating heart of the new vehicle brings back memories of the very attractive Japanese sports cars of the 1960s and 1970s such as the Toyota 800, and Datsun Fairlady.

America has always had an attraction to the larger beefier American muscle cars and missed the boat with the nimble and reliable sports cars coming out of Japan during the time of the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro.  But in an age where what were once very accessible sports cars are now costing as much as many luxury vehicles, the American consumer might want something that is going to be nimble, reliable and economic.

What makes this announcement more exciting is the apparent desire by Toyota to once again start making dedicated sports cars.  The Scion FR-S and now this new S-FR might be Toyota once again re-entering a section of the market that they have been absent from ever since the last MR-2 and Celica rolled off the lot in 2005.

But the main reason we are excited, is that this might finally mean we can expect the arrival of the much teased Supra successor, the production model of the FT-1 concept.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hendrick Careers

Have you found yourself in that ever changing job market without a place to call home? There are thousands of careers available to you but none seem like the right "fit". We have some exciting news here at Hendrick Toyota Wilmington for you! There are several jobs available right here in Wilmington, North Carolina.

We are growing in leaps and bounds and have found ourself needing to keep up with our huge demand. Therefore we need to hire some more career minded individuals to take on the challenge of continuining our dealership in our undertaking of keeping us number ONE!

Just go to and apply today! Some of the positions available include:
Full Time Service Technician
Part Time Service Porter
Part Time Guest Services Representative
Part Time Service Business Development Representative

But, there are hundreds of other careers available at Hendrick dealerships all over the Country. So don't wait and apply today!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Are you getting ready to graduate from College?

Great news! For those of you getting ready to graduate from College or those that just did; not only are your families proud of you, Toyota is too! They are so proud of your accomplishments that Southeast Toyota Financial has offered to provide a fantastic extra incentive for anyone graduating within the next 6 months or that has graduated in the last two years, they are offering $750 off the lease or purchase of a NEW Toyota.

Not only will you get that extra $750 off but you can also get no payments for up to 90 days! For more details click HERE

To qualify: Proof of graduation in the past 2 years or in the next 6 months and proof of current employment.

This offer is valid from April 1, 2014 to July 7, 2014. 

Start your new life in a Toyota!

*For those local graduates, Go SeaHawks and go Sea Devils!! We're so proud of you. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Would you buy a Prius if it had a sleeker design, 60 mpg, or e-4wd?

Recently Motortrend conducted a secret interview with an engineer of the Prius at Toyota and he divulged some secrets of the up and coming 2015 Prius. In an effort to expand our global reach, Toyota engineers are doing all three of the above. They have enhanced the performance of the Prius to attain a staggering and definite cost savings 60 MPG engine. They are also making it a much sleeker design which will increase our aerodynamics and efficiency! Lastly, they are creating an e-4WD which will make the 2015 Prius excellent during snowy driving conditions.

That all being said, which would make you more interested in the Prius?
Sleeker Design
60 Combined MPG

Check out our great selection of new Prius' we have in stock right now with up to $2,800 OFF MSRP on the new 2012 Prius (model 1223).

New Prius options click HERE
Pre-owned Prius options click HERE
Check out all of our new car specials HERE

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Toyota and Scion take the top two places in Reliability Study

Consumer Reports recently announced that Scion and Toyota took the top two spots in their annual reliability study. The study was based on consumer experiences with 1.2 million vehicles. Consumer Reports then uses the data to predict how well each new car model will hold up. Several brands that in the past few years have taken top spots found themselves on the bottom of the list now. We are so thrilled with the results. We have some fantastic new models and redesigns for the 2012 and 2013 year! We look forward to next year's study so we can show how we are able to stay on top!

Check out the Prius C which was found to be the MOST RELIABLE vehicle of ALL! Here at Hendrick Toyota Wilmington we have several Prius C's in stock as well as more than 50 of the Prius Liftbacks and Prius V (larger model Prius.) Right now our new Prius Liftbacks start at only $21,990. Check out our new vehicle specials including this one by clicking HERE.

Check out the article by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

We are so excited and have waited so seems.
Customers are emailing in and calling each and every day.
November is right around the corner and then we will be so fortunate to get the 2013 Toyota Avalon.
All new re-design and re-launch of such a classic Toyota product that radiates elegance and endurance!

We are also very excited that along the side of the Avalon model will be the BRAND NEW 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid (pictured above.)

With these models along with all of our other products getting ready to make way for the 2013 model years, we are having our NATIONWIDE CLEARANCE EVENT through Toyota. This event is providing fantastic discounts right now including leases on new 2012 Camry's as low as $149/month, Prius models starting as low as $21,990 and Corolla's for only $13,990.

Check out our new vehicle specials HERE.
Check out our finance specials HERE.
For more information and pictures on the 2013 Avalon's click HERE.
For our current inventory of Avalon's that are have some great discounts available, click HERE.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Scion’s 2013 FR-S sports car succeeds on the most important level: It’s fun to drive.
The design represents a revisiting of the past for Toyota, evoking a time when the company turned out affordable, rear-wheel-drive performance cars like the 1980s enthusiast-favorite AE86 Corolla. Toyota’s 1960s Sports 800 and 2000 GT are also cited as ancestors. The FR-S, which starts at $24,930, is also Scion’s first proper sports car, augmenting the less expensive, sporty tC.
The FR-S (“front-engine, rear-drive, sport”) was reportedly drawn up to appease Toyota president Akio Toyoda, who asked, “Where is the passion in our lineup?”

Scion’s emphasis here is on driving character.
So absent was the passion that Toyota looked outside its corporate boundaries and developed the FR-S in cooperation with Subaru. As a result, most of the FR-S’ engineering and mechanicals — like its FA20 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine — come from Subaru.
The car’s styling is determined by functional elements under the sheetmetal. For example, the engine is a flat, horizontally opposed four-cylinder, enabling a low hood line that highlights the front wheel arches. From the driver’s seat, the benefits are a low cowl and the ability to place the car visually using those bulging arches. Also, the gaping grille is flanked by intakes with integrated fog lamps, ensuring adequate engine and brake cooling with minimal aerodynamic penalty. With these low-slung curves, the Scion’s silhouette is vaguely Toyota 2000-esque. Its trapezoid-shaped rear incorporates a diffuser, dual exhaust and 12-element LED tail lamps.

This functional approach continues in the cockpit, where the black instrument panel is dominated by a big tachometer, a relatively simple center stack and a flat glovebox area. Imagine the central satnav/audio display pulled out, wires casually hanging, and it smacks of a stripped-out race car interior. The fabric seats are comfortable and bolstered enough for serious track work with attractive double-stitching. The steering wheel is, appropriately, Toyota’s smallest, measuring just 14 inches in diameter.
A standard 300-watt Pioneer audio system can be upgraded to Toyota’s 340-watt BeSpoke app-based multimedia system, whose 5-inch display can be used to call up Pandora, Facebook or Twitter, and includes points-of-interest and routing functions through satellite navigation. There are also the usual USB inputs and extra RCA outputs for external amps.
The FR-S’ sporting intent is signaled by a refreshingly light curb weight (between 2,700 and 2,800 pounds, depending on options) with a 53/47 percent front/rear weight distribution, a rigid chassis, and an independent suspension with MacPherson struts up front and double wishbones in the rear. Add a reasonable 200 horsepower, put power down at the rear wheels, and you’ve got a zippy handler.
Scion’s emphasis here is on driving character, not big performance numbers. The direct-injected 2.0-liter boxer keeps the FR-S’ center of gravity lower than a Porsche Cayman’s, and power delivery is linear up to the 7,400-rpm redline. The FA20 engine is also tuned for sound: A “Sound Creator” channels audio from the engine’s air intake into the cabin. Unfortunately, the note isn’t that appealing, and my guess is that aftermarket exhaust makers will step in profitably.
The engine mates with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift mode. Manual shift throws are direct and definitive. I never mis-shifted during a day at the track, and clutch take-up is not too heavy or light. The automatic pops off quick, rev-matched downshifts with surprisingly clever anticipation. The steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters earn a minor demerit, since they’re too small for easy use when the wheel is turned beyond 90 degrees.

Given the FR-S’ power-to-weight ratio, I’d guess the zero-to-60 time to fall somewhere in the mid-six-second range. Not blazing, but stoplight drags aren’t its mission. Backroad twisties, hot-lapping and drifting are.
Those strengths are abetted by some quick steering. Working in concert with the suspension, it allows you to easily adjust yaw. Jump off the throttle mid-corner and the FR-S oversteers like a front-drive car. Catching the tail is easy and fun. Drifting simply requires a little practice. The three selectable driving modes (“normal,” “sport,” and a third setting that disables the traction and stability controls) allow for progressively less intervention in that regard.
Stoplight drags aren’t its mission. Backroad twisties, hot-lapping and drifting are.
The 2.0-liter Boxer is light on torque (151 pound-feet) which you do notice on the street. Conversely, the lack of twist gives you a certain freedom on the track. Rather than wait anxiously to pick up the throttle as you would in a big power sports/muscle-car, you can simply slap the gas pedal past a corner apex. It makes you smile.

There’s a lot of good stuff, including ventilated front and rear brake rotors that stopped the car without fade during my four successive lap stints. The light overall weight aids braking performance and agility, even on the FR-S’ hard compound tires. Enthusiasts will likely go for grippier rubber once the first set wears down. Scion embraces customization, and the company will offer a range of appearance and performance accessories after launching the car.
Toyota has rediscovered accessible rear-drive performance in a market where, until recently, only Mazda’s MX-5 has played. This unique quality — and its extended possibilities — brings a lot of driving fun to the table.

2013 Scion FR-S
BASE PRICE$25,000 (est)
VEHICLE LAYOUTFront-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door, coupe
ENGINE ENGINES2.0L/200-hp/151-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve flat-4
TRANSMISSIONS6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT2700 lb (est)
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT166.7 x 69.9 x 50.6 in
0-60 MPH6.2 sec (MT est)
ON SALE IN U.S.Currently Available

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a test drive please give us a call at 910-791-9735. We look forward to hearing from you!