Filed under: Truck , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota There are publicity stunts, and then there’s using a Toyota Tundra to tow the 145-ton Space Shuttle Endeavour across interstate 405 in Los Angeles . That’s exactly what happened Saturday night when Toyota lent a hand pulling the retired spacecraft over a bridge en route to the California Science Center. As it turned out, the Manchester Boulevard Bridge couldn’t stand up to the weight of both the shuttle and the traditional tow vehicle, which sent organizers searching for something a little lighter to cover the five-minute drive across the bridge. As a 20-year sponsor of the science center, Toyota stepped in to help out. The company developed a special tow dolly with Sarens Group, an engineering and heavy-lifting firm, just for the effort. A bone-stock 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4×4 did the deed, though something tells us this little stunt greatly exceeded the machine’s tow rating. You can check out a video of the pull for yourself as well as the full press release below . Continue reading Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavor Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavor originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 14 Oct 2012 12:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Media Alert – UPDATE: Toyota Tundra to Tow Endeavour Space Shuttle Over 405 Freeway on Manchester Bridge
The Toyota Tundra will be towing the space shuttle Endeavour over the 405 Freeway at the Manchester Bridge.
Filed under: Truck , Etc. , Toyota The battle amongst full-size pickup trucks from Ford , Chevy and Ram is as close to a bloodsport as the auto industry has, but now it might be Toyota that gets the last laugh in the tonnage towing race. In what should prove to be the mother of all publicity stunts, a showroom-stock 2012 Toyota Tundra will tow the space shuttle Endeavour to its final resting place at the California Science Center . How exactly does a bone-stock, half-ton pickup tow almost 300,000 pounds, you ask? A quarter mile at a time using a specially designed rig. Endeavour will be towed 12 miles from Los Angeles International Airport to the museum on October 13, and the Tundra will hitch up to the shuttle for the last quarter mile of the trip. The towing rig was made specifically for this event, allowing the full-size Tundra to pull almost 30 times its regular towing capacity . Toyota says that the truck used to tow Endeavour will be a stock V8 Tundra with no enhancements or modifications. The Endeavour exhibit opens at the California Science Center on October 30, joining other airplanes and spacecraft including the capsule from the Gemini 11 mission. The Tundra that tows the shuttle will remain on display at the museum as well.
The Toyota Tundra, recognized for its value and dependability, offers changes for 2013 that enhance value and comfort in the hard-working, hard-playing full-size pickup truck.
Filed under: Truck , Auctions , Toyota If you take just a quick glance at this 2011 Toyota Tundra you might think that it’s had a pretty hard life, but a closer look reveals that the rusty appearance is actually a custom paint job from Sherwin-Williams. Built by NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer as a tribute to America’s Heartland, the truck features many classic design cues including a vertical bar grille, a wood bed floor and vintage looking 20-inch wheels. Much of the paint job is hand-painted including the white pinstripe to the lettering on the doors, and the interior has a vintage appearance as well, with a set of custom cloth seats. Toyota graciously donated the truck for the auction here at Barrett-Jackson in Orange County with the goal of raising money for the Emporia Community Foundation, a charity that benefits the citizens of Emporia, KS. Bidding for the truck started out slowly, sticking at $30,000, but after Bowyer added a driver suit and a trip to next year’s Daytona 500 the price tag skyrocketed to a final price of $100,000. You can see detailed photos of the custom 2011 Toyota Tundra at Barrett-Jackson in the gallery above. Custom Toyota Tundra pickup raises $100,000 for charity at Barrett-Jackson originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 23 Jun 2012 21:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Aftermarket , Concept Cars , SEMA Show , Sedan , Truck , Hatchback , Toyota , Specialty , Off-Road , Racing Toyota is bringing an arsenal of custom vehicles to SEMA 2011 , including three pickups and one very cool Yaris B-Spec Racer. The pint-sized bruiser is based on the 2012 Yaris SE and should be bashing fenders with the rest of the SCCA B-Spec class contenders soon. Toyota says that Jamie Bestwick, of BMX fame, will campaign the car in the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America in Elkhart, Wisconsin. The car features all of the hardware necessary to meet spec, including an eight-point SCCA roll cage, fire-suppression system, race seat, and six-point harness. Toyota also has something special for those of you who prefer to take your racing off the track. The Long Beach Racers Tacoma is inspired by the upcoming Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series, and features custom 60mm Bilstein race shocks, 35-inch BF Goodrich tires, a 50-gallon fuel cell and a big-brake kit among other goodies. All of that kit will come to bear when the truck heads to the Baja 1000 next year. DC Shoes and West Coast Customs will also show off a unique Toyota Tundra built just for the motocross crowd while Oakley crafted a special Surf Tacoma to cater to the surfers of the world. A pre-production version of the Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series pickup will also be on display as will the Camry Daytona 500 pace car. Toyota unloads bounty of SEMA rides originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:30:00 EST.
The Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck, recognized for its value and dependability, offers simplified option package selections for 2012, as well as detailed enhancements throughout the lineup.
Filed under: Etc. , Toyota 2011 Toyota Tundra – Click above for high-res image gallery The product development cycle at Toyota can be frustrating. More specifically, the process can be frustrating for North American executives who don’t have total control over vehicles specifically marketed to their country. Engineers, developers and executives all have a say, but the final decisions have been made in Japan. Until now. According to a report from Automotive News , Toyota has changed its product development process for North American vehicles. An example of such a vehicle is the Toyota Tundra . That pickup caters to the desires and needs of the U.S. car-buying public, and now Toyota USA will be given the leeway needed to make sure it meets those desires and needs. The Japanese automaker says it has always listened to its U.S.
Filed under: Truck , Safety , Chevrolet , Dodge , Ford , GMC , Nissan , Toyota IIHS Full-Size Pickup Rollover Crash Testing – Click above for high-res image gallery Like their body-on-frame SUV cousins, full-size pickup trucks are more prone to roll over than a standard passenger car. That’s exactly why it’s so important to have a vehicle that earns good marks in roof-strength tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just released the data on its recent volley of tests on full-size pickup trucks, and both the 2011 Ford F-150 and 2011 Toyota Tundra earned the coveted Top Safety Pick designation. The vehicles earned the highest possible rating of ‘good’ in the institutes crush test, where a large steel plate is pressed against one corner of the roof to calculate a strength-to-weight ratio. Meanwhile, the 2011 Nissan Titan took home an acceptable rating in the rollover evaluation while the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado , 2011 GMC Sierra and 2011 Ram 1500 netted marginal scores. IIHS says that the roof on the Toyota Tundra stood up to 4.5 times the truck’s weight while the F-150 handled 4.7 times the pressure. A vehicle must withstand 4 times its weight before five-inches of crush is detected before being awarded a Good rating. Hit the jump for the full press release. Continue reading Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Awards Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Awards originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 12 May 2011 18:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .
TOYOTA NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) – Post-Race Notes & Quotes – Darlington Raceway Toyota driver Kasey Kahne earned his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports in Saturday night’s 200-mile race at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway. The win also marked the Enumclaw, Wash.-native’s first win in a Tundra and third in the NCWTS in four starts. Kahne led 95 (of 147) laps en route to victory lane. Tundra drivers Todd Bodine (third), Timothy Peters (sixth) and David Starr (10th) earned top-10 finishes in tonight’s race at the 1.366 egg-shaped race track. Justin Lofton (13th), Travis Kvapil (17th), Max Papis (18th), Craig Goess (19th), Dusty Davis (21st), Brendan Gaughan (25th), Miguel Paludo (27th), Tayler Malsam (29th), Johanna Long (31st) and Justin Johnson (35th) were also in the field. Seven Toyota drivers are currently in the top-15 in the unofficial NCWTS points after three of 25 races — Peters (third), Bodine (seventh), Papis (ninth), Paludo (12th), Starr (13th), Goess (14th) and Lofton (15th). KASEY KAHNE, No. 18 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports Finishing Position: 1st Was winning the only goal for this weekend? “I came here this weekend wanting to win — that was the plan. This is a tough series.