Toyota ready to get dirty with new TRD Pro Series

Toyota ready to get dirty with new TRD Pro Series

February 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Chicago Auto Show , Truck , Toyota , Design/Style , Off-Road To the general public, Toyota is often thought of as a maker of bland but dependable cars, crossovers and SUVs that get their owners and a whole herd of whatever from Point A to Point B. Generally speaking, they’re fuel efficient, comfortable and affordable. What the general public may not realize, however, is that Toyota enjoys a very strong history of going off road, too. The legendary Land Cruiser arguably established the trend, helping explore remote parts of the globe, while various guerilla warfare outfits and world military branches have unwittingly joined up with the boys from Top Gear to help cement the Hilux pickup’s reputation for invincible performance. Now, though, Toyota is launching a new line of trucks and SUVs in the US that are even more explicitly targeted at hitting the trails. Meet the TRD Pro Series. Featuring the 4Runner , Tacoma and Tundra , each Pro Series vehicle features TRD-tuned springs with Bilstein shocks, a TRD front skid plate, a TRD shifter, black wheels, branded floor mats and a “TOYOTA” grille badge, the latter of which harkens back to classic models. TRD Pro Series vehicles will be offered in the new Inferno paint color shown above, as well as Black and Super White. The Tundra benefits from softer TRD springs that also provide a two-inch lift and a better ride in the rough, while the truck itself rides on 18-inch wheels with Michelin ORP tires. Each truck gains an extra two inches of wheel travel in front and 1.25 inches in back, while a TRD dual exhaust should generate a nicer sound than the trucks’s standard V8 engine.

Toyota issues stop sale on 6 key models over seat fabrics; recall possible? [UPDATE]

Toyota issues stop sale on 6 key models over seat fabrics; recall possible? [UPDATE]

January 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Minivan/Van , Sedan , Truck , Safety , Toyota , Luxury Toyota has issued a stop-sale order on six of its core models due to concerns about the flammability of certain seat fabrics. The issue rests not with the cloth and leather covers themselves, but with a piece of seat heater beneath them that fails to meet US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for flame retardancy. There have been no reports of fires or injuries from the affected cars, which include some of Toyota’s biggest volume sellers. 2013 and 2014 Camry , Camry Hybrid , Avalon and Sienna models equipped with heated seats are included in the stop-sale, as are 2014 Tundra pickups and Corolla sedans. The exact number of vehicles with the non-compliant materials are still being tabulated, according to The Detroit Free Press . According to a Toyota spokesman, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been notified, although it remains to be seen if a recall will be issued. Outside of a full recall, though, it’s unclear how Toyota will deal with vehicles equipped with the flammable materials that have already found homes. In the meantime, Toyota is reportedly developing a fix for those vehicle still sitting on dealer lots. UPDATE : John Hanson, National Manager, Environmental, Quality, and Safety Communications for Lexus, has confirmed to Autoblog that no Lexus models are affected by this seat fabric issue. We have not yet heard back from Scion, but we’ll update this post as soon as we do .

Toyota mulling more Tundra, Tacoma capacity in TX

Toyota mulling more Tundra, Tacoma capacity in TX

December 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota , Off-Road Toyota may be expanding its pickup truck production at its San Antonio, TX factory following calls from dealers for more Tacoma and Tundra models, according to a new report from Automotive News . The San Antonio plant is currently able to produce 250,000 trucks on two shifts with overtime, while a secondary facility in Tijuana, Mexico can build an extra 50,000 Tacomas. Despite this capacity, and the fact that Tundra is a slow seller relative to the full-size trucks from Ford , Ram and Chevrolet / GMC (not to mention the Tacoma being part of a segment with diminishing sales), Toyota franchisees apparently can’t get enough of the trucks. “Dealers are telling us they could sell more Tacomas and Tundras,” said Bill Fay , the general manager of the Toyota Division. “We are evaluating our footprint and capacity.” According to AN, Toyota has moved over 248,000 trucks through November. Whether the Japanese brand will expand, though, remains an open question. “We have 2008 and 2009 fresh in our minds, when the pickup market dropped from 2.5 million to 1.1 million,” Fay told AN. “But we also need to be flexible for three years down the road from now.” With the launch of the restyled Tundra resulting in 101,744 units sold so far in 2013 and Fay predicting 137,000 Tundras finding a home in 2014, Toyota faces a difficult decision – short dealers who are aching for more trucks or make a big investment and risk a low return. Toyota mulling more Tundra, Tacoma capacity in TX originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Best-selling vehicles by state show F-Series isn’t king everywhere

Best-selling vehicles by state show F-Series isn’t king everywhere

December 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Chevrolet , Ford , GMC , Honda , Nissan , Toyota The Ford F-Series is hands down the best-selling vehicle in the US, but as it turns out, there are plenty of states where the truck doesn’t reign supreme. Business Insider compiled data from Kelley Blue Book based on 2013 sales figures from January through August to create a map of the top-selling vehicles in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Looking at the map, Ford’s truck is the top vehicle in 34 states, but there are states – some surprising, some not – where other vehicles are more popular among consumers. After Ford’s pickup, it’s a battle among midsize sedans, with the Honda Accord being the most popular in Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island, while the Toyota Camry (the reigning best-selling car in the US) is the favorite among Florida and Maryland owners; the Nissan Altima is one of the surprises on the list as the most popular car in Oklahoma. The Ford Fusion is the top-selling car in Michigan, and it is also the only American-branded car on the list. Rounding out the passenger cars, Massachusetts and Connecticut favor the Honda CR-V , California buyers flock to the Honda Civic and Washington, D.C. buyers prefer the Toyota Corolla . Truck-loving buyers also reside in Maine and Indiana (choosing the Chevy Silverado ), Vermont ( GMC Sierra ) and Hawaii ( Toyota Tacoma ). Regardless of what vehicle is most popular in which state, one interesting observation for all the models on this list is that they all have at least some US production. Head on over to Business Insider to see the whole map.

Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs

Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs

November 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Recalls , Safety , Toyota When you build as many cars and trucks as Toyota does, you’re bound to run into the occasional recall . In the past month alone, the Japanese auto giant has recalled over 800,000 Camry, Avalon and Venza models over problems with the air-conditioning units, and 10,000 more before that over windshield wiper issues. Now Toyota has issued another recall notice, but this time for far fewer vehicles. The recall revolves around the engine valve springs in the 2013 and 2014 Tacoma , specifically those fitted with the standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and not the optional 4.0-liter V6. The issue is that the valve springs are prone to cracking and breaking over time, and results from improper maintenance of the manufacturing equipment used by one of the two suppliers that outfit Toyota with the components in question. All told, some 4,000 vehicles will be subject to the voluntary recall, the owners of which will receive notice by mail. If you think that could be you and want to get a jump on the problem, you can read the announcement below and call Toyota yourself. Continue reading Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs

Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs

November 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Recalls , Safety , Toyota When you build as many cars and trucks as Toyota does, you’re bound to run into the occasional recall . In the past month alone, the Japanese auto giant has recalled over 800,000 Camry, Avalon and Venza models over problems with the air-conditioning units, and 10,000 more before that over windshield wiper issues. Now Toyota has issued another recall notice, but this time for far fewer vehicles. The recall revolves around the engine valve springs in the 2013 and 2014 Tacoma , specifically those fitted with the standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and not the optional 4.0-liter V6. The issue is that the valve springs are prone to cracking and breaking over time, and results from improper maintenance of the manufacturing equipment used by one of the two suppliers that outfit Toyota with the components in question. All told, some 4,000 vehicles will be subject to the voluntary recall, the owners of which will receive notice by mail. If you think that could be you and want to get a jump on the problem, you can read the announcement below and call Toyota yourself. Continue reading Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota produces millionth truck in Texas

Toyota produces millionth truck in Texas

September 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota After going online in 2006, Toyota’s San Antonio, Texas truck plant has just built its one-millionth vehicle, the 2014 Tundra 1794 Edition you see above. The plant originally focused on just the Tundra pickup, but the smaller Tacoma started rolling off the line there in 2010, as well. Fittingly, the 1794 Edition (a new premium trim level for 2014) pays homage to the property on which the Toyota plant now resides – a ranch that was founded in 1794. Scroll down for the official press release for the plant’s milestone, and be sure to check out the full gallery of Tundra 1794 Edition images as well. Continue reading Toyota produces millionth truck in Texas Toyota produces millionth truck in Texas originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota Tacoma Debuts New SR Package and Entune® Audio for 2014

September 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 13, 2013 – The Toyota Tacoma, the best-selling compact pickup truck in the U.S. market since 2005, offers a sporty new SR appearance package for 2014, along with four levels of Entune

2014 Toyota 4Runner priced at $32,820*

2014 Toyota 4Runner priced at $32,820*

September 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , SUV , Truck , Toyota , Off-Road Toyota has announced pricing on its facelifted 2014 4Runner . The rough-and-tumble SUV will be available in three grades: base SR5, upmarket Limited and off-road-ready Trail . Depending on the trim level, buyers will have the choice of rear-drive or one of two different four-wheel drive systems. The sole engine is Toyota’s 4.0-liter, 270-horsepower V6. Entry-level buyers can get an SR5 for $32,820. That includes 17-inch wheels, fabric seats and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system. Adding four-wheel drive bumps the price by $2,920, while the Premium Package (SofTex faux leather seats, navigation, sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors and power passenger seat) adds $1,875. All model prices listed do not include $860 for destination and tax. The Trail starts at $35,725, while the Trail Premium bumps the price to $38,645, adding the same suite of equipment found on the SR5. While it boasts the same standard equipment as the SR5, the Trail is better suited for going off road.

Toyota Tacoma helps stand up to your girlfriend, mimes, magicians and the Grim Reaper

Toyota Tacoma helps stand up to your girlfriend, mimes, magicians and the Grim Reaper

August 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota , Humor It takes a lot to get a product noticed in today’s fast-paced world, but one avenue that’s always seemed to grab the eyeballs of consumers has been humor. Toyota knows this rule well, and has put together a quartet of spots called “Tacoma Wins,” in which the midsize pickup’s features and specifications best a number of seemingly worthy competitors. Whether it be sobbing girlfriends, a circus magician, a grim reaper or the scariest thing of all, a mime, the Tacoma looks well equipped to deal with it. Take a look below for all four of Toyota’s newest spots. Continue reading Toyota Tacoma helps stand up to your girlfriend, mimes, magicians and the Grim Reaper Toyota Tacoma helps stand up to your girlfriend, mimes, magicians and the Grim Reaper originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 26 Aug 2013 19:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

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