In 1979 Stephen D. Taylor aquired Walt Pierce Buick in Downtown Toledo and so began Taylor Automotive. In 1988 Taylor Buick was thriving and Mr. Taylor purchased the Gumpp Cadillac dealership. The growth of the Taylor Automotive Group has never stalled since, currently consisting of Taylor Cadillac, Taylor Kia of Toledo, Taylor Hyundai and most recently Taylor Kia of Findlay. He and his only son, Stephen Taylor, Jr have continued to grow their business and live by their mantra, "Locally Owned, Locally Committed". The Taylor Automotive Group is involved with many local charities and organizations and strives each day to make their community a better place. We are honored to be able to give back to the community by sponsoring events which enrich the quality of life in Toledo. Some of the many other charities and organizations that the Taylor Family contribute to and sponsor other than the Holiday Parade are The July 4th Fireworks, the I-75 Border Battle between UT and BGSU, Children's Miracle Network, Toys for Tots as well as helping local families in need.
In 2009, the Taylor Automotive Family along with Perrysburg High School began the framework for the "Driven to Succeed" program. We at Taylor feel that promoting and honoring good student behavior, academic excellence, participation in extracurricular activities and exemplary attendance will only enhance a student's desire and commitment to do a good job throughout the entire school year and carry over to future endeavors.
The program launched the 2010 school year and we were happy to award Michael Skaff a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. In 2011 we awarded Eric Delaney a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. The vehicles were awarded at the end of the school year awards ceremony. there was one grand prize winner and nine other randomly chosen qualifiers that were given gifts valued at $100 or more!
In 2011, the Taylor Automotive Family had a great opportunity to partner with the Imagination Station, sponsoring an educational program called "Forces in Motion", in which more than 2600 Toledo Public School 5th grade students were allowed to attend the Imagination Station on school field trips. This event was a concentrated effort to improve science performance in the schools.
At the end of the year the 5th grade teachers were allowed to nominate one student that demonstrated science achievement throughout the school year, addressing the following criteria: improvement in academic performance, attitude toward learning, and commitment to excellence.
Mid May, the top 5 students were awarded a brand new netbook computer and each parent a $100 gas card. Each teacher of the top five also received a $100 gas card.