The History of Toyota Tundra

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The History Of Toyota Tundra

The Tundra is a full-size pickup sold by Toyota that went into production in (as a 2000 year model). The was built with an American and feel and ultimately had something the never had, a V8 engine its hood. The Tundra was nominated for the American Truck of the Year and was Motor Trend magazine’s of the Year in 2000 and 2008. As of the Tundra (now in its second holds 17% of the 1/2 ton full-size pickup beating the GMC Sierra in monthly but still behind the Ford The newest Tundra is assembled in San Texas, and Princeton, Indiana the original Tundra was solely

The first generation Tundra had similarities with the old Toyota and the smaller, more popular Tacoma. The biggest of those was the use of the 3.4 liter V6 engine which was the top of the engine in both the Tacoma and while it became the base within the Tundra. However, the new has an optional 32-valve 5.7L V8 which ultimately is the most choice, as well as a 10,000lb towing capacity.

Publicly in May 1999 as a 2000 model, the prototypes and show trucks initially known as T150s. Ford and automotive pundits that this name was too to the market-leader Ford F-150, and a lawsuit by Ford, the production was renamed the Tundra (Toyota they never truly to use the T150 name in actual Toyota then countersued regarding the name of their Lincoln LS sedan, arguing it was too to that of the Lexus LS.

The Tundra was larger than the T100, but suffered the perception of being too and carlike to pose a serious to the domestic pickup trucks. a production capacity of 120,000, were double the rate of the The Tundra also had the largest vehicle sales for Toyota in its (up until that time). It impressive honors, including Trend’s Truck of the Year for 2000 and Best Full- Truck from Consumer Built in a new Toyota plant in Indiana, with 65 percent content, the Tundra showed Toyota was serious about the gap on the Big Three.

Engine choices in the Tundra were a 24V 3.4 liter V6 that produced 190horsepower and 220 lb·ft (298 N·m) of and a 32 valve 4.7 liter V8 engine produced 245horsepower (183kW) and 315 (427 N·m) of torque. A Racing Development (TRD) supercharger was already available for the 3.4 V6 that bumped horsepower to the (190kW) range and 260 lb·ft N·m) of torque range, but TRD a supercharger for the V8 engine late its second year of production pushed the V8 numbers to the mid 300horsepower range and torque to the 400 lb·ft N·m) range. Although the V6 is still widely available, the V8 is rarer and harder to find of TRD stopping production of the device of issues of its compatibility with the

The grille was updated for 2003 and the Cab version was added to the lineup in The Double Cab model was a true cab with four normal with interior and exterior copied from the Toyota Its bed is nearly 5inches (130mm) than the competing Nissan or Ford F-150. It is also (330mm) longer and 3inches taller than the Regular and cab versions. A new engine was introduced in a 4.0 liter V6 rated at 236horsepower and 266ft·lbf (361N·m) of torque, and the 4.7 liter V8 was updated with VVT-i variable valve technology and was rated at 271horsepower and 313ft·lbf (424N·m) of torque. The manual gave way to a 6-speed and a 5-speed automatic replaced the With a towing capacity of 6,800 lb (on the Double Cabs) and a pounds towing capacity on the Cabs and Regular Cabs a V8 engine, it still did not have muscle to compete with the offerings of the Big Three and Nissan. truck aficionados still it as a 7/8 scale pickup.[citation needed]

A Tundra was introduced at the 2006 Auto Show. It had lifted of its smaller brother the Toyota along with some from the Toyota FTX concept The truck had many enhancements, as a towing capacity of up to 10,000+ lb, a capacity of over 2,000lb and a new 6-speed automatic transmission. The generation Tundra has 3 engines A new 5.7 liter V8 that produces (284kW) and 401pound-feet (544N·m) of a 4.7 liter V8 rated at 276horsepower and 313pound-feet (424N·m) of torque, and a introduced 4.0 liter V6 rated at (176kW) and 266pound-feet (361N·m) of

When the new Tundra first out in February 2007 it was available in 31 which consisted of 3 bed lengths, 3 cab 4 wheel-bases, and 2 transmissions The new Double Cab the previous generations Access and the all new Crew Max replaces the previous Double Cab, it is also to compete with the Dodge Ram Cab. The Double Cab is available a 6 and a half foot bed, bed, or an 8-foot (2.4m) bed, while the Crew Max is available with a 5 and a half short bed. The Tundra features a new 6-speed automatic with a manual shift which is standard with the 5.7 and gives it a 0-60 time of 6.3 and a quarter mile time of seconds. The 5.7 liter is a VVT-i Valve Timing with engine, which is built to power and fuel economy. The 5.7 liter 4×2’s are rated to an estimated 20miles (32km) to the on the highway.

Toyota made the new Tundra for many construction workers, by extra large door deck rail system, tow hitch, and headrests that can fit a with his hard hat on. The Tundra includes as standard: an automatic slip differential (Auto vehicle stability control traction control, electronic distribution (EBD), brake (BA), anti-lock brakes and tailgate assist. However, its starting MSRP of $22,290 it more expensive than the Silverado Work Truck $17,860) and the base Ford (MSRP $17,345).

Some changes Toyota included in the new are optional tow mirrors, a 27USgal 22imp gal) fuel available 22 inch alloy backup camera, Bluetooth, center console (big to fit a 15 inch laptop), extra-large brakes, and the aforementioned 6-speed automatic transmission.

The all new Tundra is in two different locations, both the United States; Princeton, and San Antonio, Texas. Toyota Company will assemble 150,000 Standard and Double and only 70,000 Crew in 2007.

The 2008 model 13 variations bringing the total to 44 variants. The 2008 models additional standard features at a price, also include a new Grade trim which is that the SR5 trim, and geared trades people and the price consumer.

Toyota has made E85 capability standard to 2009 equipped with the 5.7L V8 in regions. Toyota has also the TRD Sport package and added a TRD Warrior package. Prices increase 0.4% over the 2008 model year.

Toyota’s Tundra was the first pickup to have earned the Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Pick, followed by the redesigned Ford F-150. To receive award the Tundra achieved an Good score in the frontal crash test, the highest rating in the side impact test, as well as a perfect for rear crash protection, and electronic stability control.

The gives the Tundra a four out of frontal crash test for both the front driver and A four-star rating is given to when there is an 11% to 20% chance of injury, while a five rating is given when is 10% or less chance of serious

The primary difference between and NHTSA frontal crash protocol is the IIHS conducts an collision where a smaller of the vehicle’s structure absorbs the of the crash. According to the NHTSA tests are more demanding. IIHS and NHTSA frontal tests can only be compared vehicles of similar weights.

Because the Tundra’s stability is disabled when the vehicle’s system is engaged Consumer has questioned the Tundra’s Top Safety Toyota’s response is the Tundra not feature a center differential would otherwise serve as a point in the drive train. the stability control system operational at times when the is in 4×2 mode.

Standard features include dual airbags for both front This includes side airbags for head protection in front and rear rows and airbags for the abdomen region in the row. The torso type airbag is a unique feature and on many competing pickup

TRD supercharger

Toyota began a bolt-on supercharger kit for the 5.7L V8 during June 2008. output is increased to 504hp and 550pound-feet (750N·m). When the is carried out by a Toyota dealership the warranty remains intact. kit features Eaton’s Twin Series supercharger which twin four-lobe rotors, a shared with the newly C6 ZR1 and CTS-V.

MSRP for the kit is set at $5,875.

tested a TRD supercharged Tundra completed the 1/4 mile in 13.3 sec @ mph. Edmunds previously a naturally aspired 5.7L V8 which posted 14.8 sec @ time.

Motor Trend’s of the supercharged Tundra resulted in a 1/4 of 13.0 sec @ 106.3 mph. Tundra needed 4.4 seconds to run 0-60mph.

Special editions

In 2008 Toyota introduced the Ironman Stewart Signature Tundra. Three different are offered, one of which includes the TRD

Stewart has won the Baja 500 seventeen driving Toyota vehicles.


Consumer Reports the Tundra as the 2nd best full-size behind the Chevy Avalanche.

It be noted the Chevy Avalanche is an SUT or an SUV with a truck bed. The rear suspension features springs unlike traditional

Canadian Driver crowns the as Truck King, selecting it as the 1/2-ton pickup with an displacing greater than 5.0 and again as best 1/2-ton an engine less than 5.0

Trailer Boats awards the with its 2007 Tow Vehicle of the award after completing two weeks of testing.

Motor declared the Tundra its 2008 of the Year (TOTY) winner. competitors tested were the Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD, and Ford F-350 and F-450. While the Motor Trend’s 2007 was not in the competition, it defeated the Tundra in an MT comparison as noted below.

Trend performed a Head to test in April 2007 the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado and the Toyota Tundra. The Silverado was the winner.

Truck Trend (Motor magazine rates the Tundra of its GM competitor in a three round This comparison occurred the Tundra was officially on sale to the

1st Round 2nd Round Final places the Tundra 1st in 1/2-ton comparison test.

magazine awards the Tundra Max with its 2008 Truck of the award.

Peterson’s 4-wheel Off magazine gave the Tundra a 2nd finish in their 2008 of the Year competition. First went to the Toyota Landcruiser

Mechanics ranks the Tundra 2nd the Titan in a full size comparison.

In an April 2007 Car and Driver placed the Tundra 3rd in a roundup, behind the Nissan and the Chevy Silverado.

2007 year recalls

In May 2007, a spokesperson stated 20 camshaft occurred in Toyota’s all-new V-8 engine. Toyota said was the result of a flaw in the camshaft process, and the supplier of the camshafts has fixed the error. In the event of a failure Toyota will replace the engines and extend the or repurchase the truck from the Toyota originally meant to selling the 5.7L V8 equipped during the summer of 2007 but to rush the engine into in order to meet the February launch. This decision was as a result of product planners and seeking the larger V8’s at the initial launch. The 5.7 V8 belongs to the UR engine family and carries the 3UR-FE.

On December 13, 2007, Motor Corp recalled 4×4 2007 model-year in the United States because a propeller shaft joint may There is a possibility that a in the rear propeller shaft may been improperly heat resulting in insufficient hardness, said. Adding, This may a section of the rear propeller to separate at the joint. There has one reported case of abnormal in the affected vehicles. No accidents been connected to the recall. owners will be notified in late-December 2007 and are requested to their local Toyota for inspection. If the hardness is not correct the will then replace the propeller shaft.

In Consumer 2007 survey, the 4×4 had a below-average reliability rating due to problems with the four-wheel-drive However, as of November 10th, Consumer Reports’ 2008 showed that Toyota in has apparently solved the problems. the Tundra has an average reliability and the 4×4 Tundra is recommended.


During September Toyota Motor Corporation plans to add a diesel variant of the This was confirmed in January at the North American International Show. There Toyota Watanabe stated, I am happy to that a new clean-diesel V8 engine be offered in both the Tundra and the in the near future.

There is plenty of speculation as to role the new Diesel Tundra fill. Motor Trend and Car and have reported Toyota produce a heavy-duty version of the designed to compete in the 3/4-ton

However, this latest strongly indicates the Tundra’s engine will become an powertrain offering for the current Tundra needed to compete other light-duty truck offerings soon planned by GM, Chrysler, and Nissan. Still, could offer both and new 3/4-ton diesels.

At the 2007 auto show, Toyota its Tundra Diesel Dually Truck. This heavy-duty Diesel is based on a heavily Tundra Crew Max chassis. It 8.0L Hino diesel Eaton manual transmission, with an extensive list of modifications. High-resolution images are in autoblog’s gallery.

During Toyota purchased a stake of from General Motors. Duramax V8 engine design powers GM’s 3/4ton and pickups and will also GM’s future 1/2-ton needs.

The Australian version of the Land Cruiser features a diesel which the Tundra may be based on.

Considering Toyota’s with world-renowned diesel Isuzu and Hino (Toyota portions of both), as of Feb. it’s still anyone’s as to the size or origin of the Tundra’s new engine.

Hybrid Tundra

President Katsuaki Watanabe has that he would like to a hybrid electric version of the However, Toyota faces technical challenges that it overcome before it could such a vehicle to market.

to the Japanese newspaper Nihon Shimbun, Toyota is considering a gasoline electric hybrid for sale in North America 2010..

Toyota may also a diesel electric hybrid for the Tundra. In Japan, the Toyota and Hino Dutro light produced by the Toyota Motor use electric hybrid systems. The Ranger a medium to heavy cab-over truck could provide hybrid technology for the generation Tundra.

At the 2008 American International Auto Toyota USA President Jim Lentz different models require types of fuel saving may be a few [models] where hybrid doesn’t make sense. He went on to say that the Tundra and the new will not be offered with a engine in the near future, those vehicles would clean, fuel efficient engines. For now, it seems, the Hybrid has been sent to the drawing board or cancelled

GM is offering the Silverado and Sierra hybrid powertrains for the 2009 year. Batteries are sourced Panasonic which Toyota uses for their hybrids

The Toyota Tundra has sold at or under its production capacity 2000. The Indiana factory can 130,000 Tundras a year. The has been on the market for more half a decade, and has captured 17 of the full-size half-ton market. In the 2000 Toyota sold Tundras, which was a huge forward from the Toyota pickup which sold around 50,000 units. By Toyota Motor Corporation to sell 126,529 Tundras. The selling Ford F-150 756,980 units that year. With the added of the San Antonio plant, Toyota to sell around 200,000 for 2007. Toyota missed its target for 2007, selling under 200,000 vehicles.

70-80 percent of the Tundra are coming from the 5.7 liter, and 46 are coming from the Crew The Double Cabs are also well, but the Standard Cabs are much slower than

Gaining market share, sales for the month of July 23,150, out pacing the GMC Sierra for same month, although its were significantly less the Sierra’s corporate twin, the Silverado. For all of 2007, Sierra were over 12,000 than Tundra, Silverado were more than over Tundra and the F150 was again the sales leader.

US Sales

In 2004, the Tundra the NASCAR Craftsman Truck and got its first win at Michigan International on July 31 that year. In the Tundra got Toyota’s first championship winning 12 of the 25 races. The also got the driver and owner with Todd Bodine and Racing.

The Toyota Tundra was the Trend Truck of the year for the 2000 and 2008.

In November the Tundra held 10.19 of the full-size market, figure Dodge and GM 3/4 ton totals

The Toyota is the best selling foreign half-ton truck.

The second Tundra is’s most vehicle of the year, and the Editor’s Wanted Full-size truck.

prototypes of the Tundra were to racing legends Ivan

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