Filed under: Truck , Videos , Work , Toyota Toyota has worked up a quick video detailing the brand’s involvement in the transportation of the Space Shuttle Endeavour last year. As you may recollect, the California Science Center ran into a hitch when it came to moving Endeavour from LAX to its new home. While most of the route would be covered by a robotically controlled transporter, one portion of the route directed the shuttle over an interstate. Unfortunately, the bridge across wasn’t designed to stand up to the weight of the shuttle and its motorized sled. The Science Center would have to remove Endeavour from its transporter and place it on a lighter, non-motorized sled. That’s where longtime Science Center sponsor Toyota came in. As it turns out, the automaker had to prove to the California Science Center that a Tundra could actually tow the massive shuttle, so engineers put on a little demonstration with a stock truck pulling the equivalent weight over flat ground for the same distance. Once the Science Center was satisfied that the Tundra could pull it off, the move was green lit and the rest is history . Check out the short documentary below for yourself. Continue reading Toyota mini doc chronicles Tundra towing Space Shuttle Endeavor Toyota mini doc chronicles Tundra towing Space Shuttle Endeavor originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:58:00 EST.
Filed under: New York Auto Show , Crossover , Toyota Toyota has confirmed that it will be showing off the all-new 2014 Highlander at the New York Auto Show later this month. It’s been a while since we’ve heard about the updated Highlander, but given just how long this thing has been on the market, we certainly hope that the list of changes will be more extensive than the new 2014 Toyota Tundra that debuted in Chicago last month. Currently, the Highlander is offered in both naturally aspirated and hybrid versions, with front- and all-wheel drive. We don’t expect the formula to change too much, since sales of the Japanese CUV are still steady – well in line with newer players in the segment like the Ford Explorer , Nissan Pathfinder and GM’s Lambda triplets ( Chevrolet Traverse , GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave ). We’ll have the full skinny on the new Highlander in the coming weeks. For now, scroll down to read Toyota’s incredibly brief press blast. Continue reading Toyota confirms 2014 Highlander is in a New York state of mind Toyota confirms 2014 Highlander is in a New York state of mind originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Chicago Auto Show , Truck , Work , Toyota Toyota has pulled the curtain back on its 2014 Tundra , showing a truck that has gotten its most significant refresh since its launch as a 2007 model. For better or worse, however, the changes that Toyota has made to the fullsize pickup are mostly cosmetic, with the underpinnings of the vehicle staying unchanged. The most obvious revision for 2014 is to the bluff front fascia of the truck. There’s a new, taller squared-off grille decorating the Tundra’s nose, along with a revised, three-part front bumper design. The optional black grille-frame strikes us as an acquired taste, to say the least, but other models, like the Limited above, is all clad in chrome. Fenders and wheel wells are more square than in the out-going truck, too. Perhaps most significant is the revised bed design, which Toyota calls “all-new,” with new sheet metal on the sides, a revised tailgate and a very subtle integrated spoiler. Inside, Toyota has given buyers some new seats and a new-look instrument panel. A backup camera (always handy on big trucks) is now standard equipment on all grades, as is Bluetooth connectivity. Blind spot monitoring is a new, optional feature as well.
Filed under: Chicago Auto Show , Spy Photos , Truck , Toyota When Toyota first announced that it would be bringing the 2014 Tundra pickup to next month’s Chicago Auto Show , we weren’t quite sure if the truck would fall into the “all-new” or “refreshed” category. After seeing this latest set of spy shots, we’re striking “all-new” from the record, but the enhancements do appear to be more than just a simple nip/tuck. While the overall shape and greenhouse haven’t really changed, heavy cladding found on the front fascia suggests that a totally redesigned nose is in store, with a fully reworked grille flanked by new headlamps. Smaller styling details are hidden by the big panels of camouflage, but we anticipate a few minor tweaks to the rest of the pickup’s design when all that black tape finally comes off. Mum’s the word on powertrain enhancements (if any), as well as any changes that have been made to the chassis. But with the updated 2013 Ram 1500 already on the street, the recent unveiling of the updated 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra twins, and a preview of what’s to come from the likes of Ford , we certainly hope Toyota has injected enough new blood into its 2014 model year pickup to keep it competitive in this American-dominated segment. We’ll know for sure come Chicago. Redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra spied testing in Canada originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: SUV , Etc. , Toyota , Humor , Russia The Toyota Land Cruiser is a pretty hot model around the world. But it took the Russians to make it cool. We have few hard, cold facts and only small slivers of information about these photos, but it seems the icy Toyota was part of the International Snow & Ice Festival in Perm, Russia. Artists took a huge chunk of ice and shaved it down to the temporary art installation you see here. The sub-zero SUV comes complete with a full interior accessed by the (permanently frozen open) driver’s side door. The steering wheel and seats look to be upholstered in, well, dirt. With the back seats removed, the frigid four-door is a pretty slick ride in which to chill out. Just a thought, but wouldn’t a Toyota Tundra have been more appropriate? See the gallery for more photos.
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