North American Toyota Sales Hits Record in 2013

Many people are proud Toyota owners. In fact, the company has long enjoyed record sales and has been a leader in the industry for automobile sales in the United States for several years. Toyota again topped the sales category in 2013 with record sales in North America. This is something the company has become quite accustomed to and it is also something that they are likely to continue to experience, as there are a number of proud Toyota owners that are driving cars today.

It is easy to understand why there were Toyota record sales 2013. Few other car companies are able to make a car that will last as long as those made by Toyota. Many customers who purchased a Toyota, 10 or even 15 years ago are still driving the same automobile today. Moreover, they are still happy with the car and report few problems. This is a major portion of the company’s ability to become a mainstay in North America and to enjoy the sales that they have been able to enjoy for several years.

In addition to Toyota’s reputation for overall quality and dedication to its customers, there are a number of specific reasons that the company has managed to outsell its competitors year after year. The biggest reason is that its automobiles are simply leaders in their categories time and time again. According to Toyota’s USE Newsroom, the Camry, Toyota’s leading midsize four door sedan, is the best-selling car in America for the 12th straight year in a row. This is huge because the automotive industry is so competitive that it is extremely difficult to enjoy that type of popularity for such a long period of time. Even Toyota’s recent bouts with issues concerning the accelerator in some of their automobiles has not destroyed their ability to remain strong as a sales leader.

In addition, Toyota sells a number of other vehicles that are also leaders in their class. The Toyota Corolla is one of the best-selling automobiles for entry level buyers who want a great car that offers great looks and reliability and without costing too much money. The car is able to deliver on all counts and Corolla owners often continue to buy new Corolla’s or graduate to the slightly larger and more expensive Camry. Toyota has cornered the market in the hybrid and electric car sales with its Prius. It was essentially the frontrunner in creating a car of this type as it was the first car company that was able to manufacture a car that could operate as a hybrid and remain popular. It has now forged the way for other car companies to do the same.

Toyota has also has seen a huge increase in sales of its trucks, with the Tundra and the Tacoma, gaining popularity every year. Essentially, Toyota has a vehicle for each and every individual and is able to construct a vehicle for virtually any type of circumstance. Regardless whether a customer is looking for an inexpensive car that can get them from point “a” to point “b” in style or a large four door truck that can haul or tow virtually anything, Toyota can definitely deliver.

In closing, it is not surprising at all that Toyota has seen record sales in North America for 2013. The company has led the way for several years in a number of different classes of automobiles and it is likely to continue in the future. The great looks and reliability of their automobiles makes it easy to understand why so many customers are proud Toyota owners, and they will likely continue to purchase Toyota’s in the future.

Three Easy Ways to Fend Off a Cold and Flu

1.   Focus on healthy lifestyle habits.

  • Get plenty of sleep. This is one of the most important habits to heed since sleep is the time when our bodies heal and recharge. You can’t expect your body to fight off cold and flu viruses with an empty gas tank. It’s crucial for adults to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and for kids to get 10-12 hours.
  • Wash your hands. Although we are surrounded by bacteria and viruses year round, we tend to be more susceptible during cold and flu season due to being indoors more, poor ventilation and being in close quarters with more people. Make sure you wash your hands regularly with a gentle germ-killing soap such as Dial® (it’s an antibacterial powerhouse). This is especially important after shaking hands or touching objects like phones and keyboards. And here’s an easy trick for making sure your kids spend enough time at the sink: Teach them to wash their hands for as long as it takes them to sing “Happy Birthday” or “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Bye-bye, germs!
  • Drink plenty of fluids and remain hydrated. Stick to beverages like filtered water and herbal teas to keep the immune system running smoothly.

2.   Keep your immune system robust through healthy nutrition.

Focus on foods like leafy green vegetables and low sugar fruits like dark berries. Avoid processed foods or any foods that come out of a box as well as high sugar foods like pastries, cookies and candy. If you need to satisfy that sweet tooth, opt for raw organic honey or 70 percent (or greater) organic dark chocolate.

3.   Stock your medicine cabinet.

As the old saying goes, “an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure.” Keep some vitamin C around so that if you do get sick, you can take 1 gram per day in order to boost your immunity. Stock your house, office and purse with Scotties® tissues to help aid sniffles, sore noses and those sneezes that sneak up on you! The last thing you want is to find yourself or your child with a runny nose and nothing but an old crumpled tissue at the bottom of your purse. And since one of the top reasons for missing work is due to parents taking care of sick kids, make sure you pick up some Triaminic® products at your local drugstore. If symptoms do arise in your little ones, it can help alleviate symptoms and make them feel better while they heal so you don’t have to miss too many days of work.

With these few easy steps, you’ll be sure to breeze through this cold and flu season.

Travel to Canada, but Should You Become A Canadian Resident?

Why Become a Canadian Permanent Resident? That’s one question you may already be wondering, especially if you’ve done some research into what the process requires. It isn’t easy to become a permanent resident, after all.

Plus, there are other options available if you want to work or study in Canada. Short-term, temporary visas are issued to workers and students that allow them to live and work in Canada.

So why become a permanent resident? The answer is simple: you’ll have more rights.

When you become a permanent resident of Canada, you are entitled to most of the sam e rights and privileges as a Canadian citizen. Below is a list of a few of these rights:

  • You are entitled to equal treatment and equal protection.
  • You are entitled to certain legal rights, such as; to be presume innocent until proven guilty, to be provided with an interpreter in the courtroom, if necessary, to have a lawyer.
  • You have the right to enter and exit Canada as you see fit, plus you can move freely from province to province.
  • You can work and study anywhere you choose in Canada (you cannot hold some high-security government positions, however.)

While most of these rules also apply to temporary Canadian residents, there are some social service benefits that are only or primarily designed to help permanent residents and citizens of Canada.

These benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) – For families with children under the age of 18 who are considered to have a low-income, the Canadian government provides monthly tax-free payments to help cover expenses.
  • Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, and Canada Pension Plan – All three of these programs are designed to provide financial support to workers after they reach retirement age – currently age 65. To be eligible, you have to meet specific residency requirements and to have contributed to the system by paying taxes in Canada. However, most permanent residents will qualify for at least partial payments from these programs.
  • Universal health care – Most necessary medical expenses are covered through the Canadian universal health care program. These expenses include visits to emergency room, immunizations, yearly exams, etc.
  • Free education – All children under 18 are entitled to a free education in the Canadian public school system.
  • Maternity and parental leave – In Canada, working parents are given time off when a new baby is born or adopted. Women can take up to 12 months of maternity leave and receive 50 to 65% of their normal income. Partially paid parental leave is also available for up to 35 weeks. One parent can take all 35 weeks or both parents can split the allotment of time (i. e. one parent takes 20 weeks while the other takes 15 weeks). To be eligible for parental leave, you must have worked in Canada for at least 600 hours.

All of these benefits and more become available to you when you are a permanent resident of Canada.

Additionally, being a permanent resident gives you the opportunity to become a Canadian citizen after only three years of living and working in Canada.

Once you become a citizen, you can run for political office, become involved in political activities, and vote in elections. You can also maintain duel-citizenship, so you don’t have to give up citizenship in your home country just to enjoy the benefits of Canadian citizenship.