New D$W 2016 Meet at Andrew Toyota 3-5-16

Discussion in 'Events and Gatherings' started by bradlee, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. bradlee

    bradlee Drive Less When You can - Drive $mart When You Do

    New D$W Meet: Saturday March 5, 2016

    Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing
    that we see too late the one that is open.

    Alexander Graham Bell

    As Drive $mart Wisconsin enters it's eleventh year of promoting alternative fuel vehicles and teaching drivers to drive fuel efficiently, we're at an unusual time in the world. Not since 2003 have gas prices been this low and I'm sure we're all enjoying that fact. But keep this in the perspective that we are still consuming a limited earth resource and price volatility can be just around the corner...again. So as we enjoy this brief respite, remember that this door is closing and look ahead to the door that has been opening since the first hybrid vehicle came out in 2000.

    Despite these short-term low fuel costs, the door to alternative fuel transportation has been opened and getting wider every year. D$W and it’s members have been sharing the wisdom on driving $marter and the knowledge on choosing vehicles that can lower emissions and increase mileage through technology. New and better technology has made traditional vehicles cleaner and smarter and now we have more choices than ever, of the alternative fuel vehicles such as HEV’s, PHEV’s and EV’s than ever. So now we actually have the best of both worlds; cheaper fuel and more options, but the hope is that the first does not kill the second.

    So with that in mind, our first D$W Meet of 2016 with look at an updated old friend, the 2016 Toyota Prius and a new friend, the 2016 Toyota Rav4 hybrid. This Meet will be held at Andrew Toyota, arranged by friend and D$W member Steve Butcher. Steve has arranged to have his senior HSD technician Jim Hahn to also be available to give insight and answer any questions on the new mechanics of both vehicles.

    Two of D$W most knowledgeable members, Wayne Gerdes and Wayne Mitchell will be presenting at this Meet as well. Wayne Mitchell, our in house D$W Prius expert, will be presenting a review of the Toyota Prius through each of the 4 generations and how in each, Toyota has up the ante for lower emissions and better fuel economy. And Wayne Gerdes, the world class fuel efficient driver and writer, will give us a behind the scenes segment on these newest hybrids in the Toyota family as well as what a trained driver could expect in performance on both vehicles.

    Andrew Toyota will be welcoming their hybrid owners to this Meet as well, so they’ll have a chance to not only hear about these new vehicles and driving experiences from both Wayne’s, but also to learn about who D$W is and what D$W does.

    Also don’t forget about the Milwaukee Auto Show that starts this Saturday and runs until next Sunday. No we won’t be there this year, but it’s a great chance to see a lot of new vehicles in one place but, as Justin and I know, be careful on what the sales people tell you. Hold your questions for this Meet or if you can’t attend, we’ll be able to answer them at our annual “Coming Down the Road” Meet sometime in May.

    Some links to review prior to coming to the Meet:

    2016 Toyota Prius

    2016 Rav4 Hybrid

    Marie, Justin and I thank all our members for their support over the years and look forward to their participation in our 47th D$W Meet and 1st of 2016. We look forward to another great year and hope to see you at this Meet.

    Bradlee, Justin and Marie Fons
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  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Does anyone know what time this starts ? I would like to attend. Their website shows no event on this date.
  3. bradlee

    bradlee Drive Less When You can - Drive $mart When You Do

    Hey Edwin and sorry for the delay, we start gathering about 9 am at the dealership, have registration at 9:30 and will start the Meet at 10 am.

    Send me your email at and I'll send you particulars.

    You may want to check in with either Wayne's or Tony Schaefer who should be coming if they want to carpool.

    It would be great to see you.
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  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Here are the vids! :)

    DriveSmart America - Wayne Gerdes - 2016 Prius Technical Presentation

    DriveSmart America - Wayne Mitchell - Prius - To Go Before in 4 Generations

  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Another Prius vid...


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