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Toyota Takes the Top Spot for Truck Loyalty in 2016

October 17, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

Anyone that knows a long-time truck owner probably realizes just how loyal truck owners are. According to a statistic by Edmunds, truck owners are more loyal than they’ve ever been since the company started tracking loyalty back in 2005. Currently, truck owner loyalty is as high as 75 percent depending on the model of the vehicle, which means that 3 out of 4 truck owners will continue relying on the same brand in the future. While loyalty is important to most truck owners, it’s especially important to owners of Toyota trucks. According to Edmunds Toyota earned the highest pickup truck loyalty rating out of all the brands sold in America.


Why Truck Owners are So Loyal

It’s hard to say exactly what it is that makes truck owners so loyal, but experts believe that it’s all the utility that these vehicles provide owners with. A truck can haul cargo, it can tow and it can offer traveling utility that you simply don’t get with msot other vehicles. Not only that, but trucks are heavily used in work positions and laborers rely on their vehicles to help them accomplish their jobs. Trucks are tools more than other vehicles are, and tool owners tend to be very loyal about what they rely on to get the job done.

The Tacoma Takes the Top Spot

According to Edmunds, Toyota owners are about 70% loyal overall. That’s higher than GM and Chevy owners that are at 69% and greater than Ram owners that are at 68%, but the top spot actually goes to one specific model of truck, the Toyota Tacoma. According to Edmunds, Tacoma owners are 75% loyal, or the most loyal vehicle owners in the entire country. They will continually trade in their old Tacomas for newer ones, and rarely think about moving to the Nissan Frontier, or other similar mid-sized truck models.

Nothing comes Close to Truck Owners

When you consider all the other segments of vehicles, it’s amazing how loyal truck owners really are. While the truck segment is close to 70% loyal overall, vans are second with a 52% loyalty and SUVs are third at 52%. These figures aren’t even close to truck owners, and it’s pretty surprising when you think about it. If you don’t believe the figure, just go out and talk to a serious truck owner that you know. They’ll likely swear up and down that GM, Toyota, Ford or Chevy makes the very best trucks around, depending on what they own, and give you a list of reasons why that’s the case.

Loyalty often denotes quality, and in the truck world, that means that Toyota trucks are some of the highest quality that you can get.

Prepare to Pay a Bit More for the 2017 Tundra

August 17, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

Toyota Tundra fans know that the trucks are built to last. They are rugged vehicles that handle hauling and other hard tasks unlike many other vehicles on the road. That’s exactly why so many owners are happy to pay the high sticker prices for these powerful vehicles, but owners should be forewarned that that sticker price is climbing higher for the 2017 model year. The Tundra will start at $31,215 and climb up steeply depending on the version that you want.

2017 toyota tundra

Added Standard Features

You aren’t just paying more money to say that you have the latest Tundra, the automaker is including additional features as standard for the added money that you have to pay for it. When you buy the 2017 Tundra you’ll enjoy a tow hitch receiver as standard on every single model that’s available. That means that you don’t have to worry about having one of those installed later on and you can enjoy towing immediately. If you go for a limited model you’ll enjoy power front bucket seats without having to pay extra for that feature as well. There are some other added tech improvements and minor changes made to the vehicle, but for the most part those are the enhancements that you’ll enjoy when you pick up the 2017 Tundra models.

Enjoy Some New Colors

Not only are you going to get some new features added as standard to the 2017 Tundra, but you will also have some colors to pick from as well. When you get a 2017 Tundra you can have it made in Barcelona Red Metallic, Black and Super White when you get one of the SR models of the vehicle. The Inferno color has also been made available to SR5 and Limited models of the vehicle, though it’s now discontinued on the TRD Pro model. If you want to get a Tundra, you’ll now have a slightly more difficult time picking out the color that you’re going to go with.

That price figure around $31K is just for the base 2WD version of the Tundra, and when you opt for more advanced versions of the vehicle, such as the 1794 or Platinum models, you can expect to pay upwards of $50K for the vehicle. That’s why you need to take your time and decide which features mean most to you and which you can do without. That’s the only way to really spend the right amount of money on a Tundra without regrets.

The Million Mile Tundra

May 18, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

Most people are happy to reach 200,000 miles with their vehicle before retiring it for something else. That wasn’t the case for Victor Sheppard, the previous owner of a 2007 Toyota Tundra with more than 1 million miles on the odometer. That’s right, you read that right. The truck had more than a million miles on the clock and still drove around perfectly fine.

Million Mile Tundra

That figure seems to defy all logic. Most people believe they are at least halfway through the life cycle of their vehicles when they roll over 100,000 miles, and are ready to pack it in at any point thereafter. Victor Sheppard made it very clear that you can go much farther than that if you really want to, and he didn’t do it with superhuman effort either, just regular maintenance and plenty of visits to his local service department.

Traveling for Business

It’s amazing to think that Sheppard was able to accumulate more than 1 million miles in the span of just 9 years, but travelling across country for work helped him accomplish such a figure. He put more than 125,000 miles on the vehicle during each year of use until it finally reached 999,999 on the odometer. After all this travelling around Sheppard states that his “…truck looks great, and, except for a few little dents, it’s almost like new,”

Regular Service

With so many miles on the truck Sheppard had to head in to the service department regularly. With 117 total visits to the local service center the truck was able to remain in excellent condition and even has many of the original parts that it left the factory with.

The 1 Million Mile Reward

After travelling for 1 million miles Sheppard was thrilled with the performance of his 15th Tundra, but what he didn’t know was that Toyota was prepared to trade him a brand new 2016 model for his 1 million mile truck. They offered a straight swap deal so that he could begin racking up miles all over again on his 16th Tundra, while they take a look at the vehicle that lasted for so long to try and learn as much as possible from it.

Toyota plans on stripping down the entire truck and examining every one of its components. While doing this they will learn about which parts are still original and which have been replaced, and they will likely learn how to engineer even more long-lasting trucks in the process. It’s clear that Tundra trucks are reliable, but most people probably never imagined that one could travel for over 1 million miles without issue.

Boldly Redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra Unveiled at Chicago Auto Show

February 8, 2013 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

Fans and critics alike have been anticipating the reveal of the 2014 Toyota Tundra and Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., delivered at a press conference during the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Completely redesigned by Calty Design Research centers in Newport Beach, California and Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Tundra continues to be a truck with true American roots. It was once again engineered by Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor and will continue to be assembled exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in San Antonio, Texas, the heart of truck country.

201-tundra-1794edTundra has been a quality leader with Toyota’s DNA of quality, dependability and reliability.  The industry has recognized Tundra with a myriad of awards over the last 12 years, including winning the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study for seven years running in the Full-Size Pick Up segment. Not resting on its laurels, the 2014 Tundra has been redesigned, inside and out, representing the first major change since the launch of the current generation for the 2007 model year.

Toyota prides itself on listening to its customers and the development of the 2014 American-born Tundra is a perfect example,” said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division.  “Tundra’s new exterior design and all-new interior were inspired by customer feedback requesting a more chiseled exterior and refined interior with improved driver ergonomics, and easy-to-use technology, giving customers more of what they want instead, in addition to what they need.”

There will be five different variations available including the hard-working SR, volume-leading SR5, the well-appointed Limited, along with two premium grades, “Platinum” and the all-new “1794 Edition.” The new 1794 Edition is a tribute to the ranch that was founded in 1794, upon which the Tundra plant is now situated in San Antonio. Three cab styles will be offered: two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab and four-door CrewMax which are all available in 4×2 and 4×4.

On the outside, the Calty team set up to create a bold and powerful exterior to embody the Tundra’s performance capabilities. The new front-end design integrates the hood and grilled for a chiseled and modern industrial image. The front and rear bumpers are now a three-piece design which allows for grade differentiation and less expensive replacement parts. Finally, the fenders and wheels are squared-off for a wider and sturdier stance.

The bolder design continues to the interior with the addition of more ergonomic features that provide more styling differentiation between grades as well as improving available features that are most important to truck buyers. For example, driver reach to audio and HVAC controls were reduced by 2.6 inches to provide easy access. Also, large knobs were retained so they can be easily operated with or without work gloves. Overall passenger comfort was improved with all-new front and rear seat design along with front seat ventilation.

A newly redesigned instrument panel adds to the rugged look while the meter features 3D metallic rings and individual gauges grouped in a clearly visible design with a center-mounted multi-information display screen. The console provides multiple storage areas for personal items and electronics.

Tundra continues to offer three proven powertrains.  A 4.0-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) V6 is standard on Tundra Regular and Double Cab models and produces 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. peak torque.  It is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with uphill/downhill shift logic.

The available 4.6-liter DOHC i-Force V8 offers 310 horsepower and 327 lb.-ft. of peak torque, and the 5.7-liter DOHC i-Force V8 produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of peak torque, in both gasoline and “Flex Fuel” variants.  Both V8’s come standard with a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.  All Tundra engines feature an aluminum cylinder block and DOHC heads, along with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) for a broad torque curve and optimized efficiency.

The 2014 Tundra will be the first in its segment to be equipped with a standard backup camera on all grades, and the first truck in its segment to offer a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (Platinum and 1794 Edition). All models will also feature the standard Toyota Star Safety System™ that includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop (SST) brake override technology.

Tundra will be equipped with eight standard airbags including front seat-mounted side airbags, and front and rear Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA) in all models, driver and front outboard passenger airbags with an Advanced Airbag System, and the segments only driver and front outboard passenger knee airbags. Additional safety features include manual headlamp leveling and standard LED Daytime Running Lights (Platinum and 1794 Edition).

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Toyota Tundra Tows Space Shuttle Endeavor To Final Home

October 23, 2012 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

On its 12-mile ground journey to its new home at the California Science Center, the space shuttle Endeavor encountered the Manchester Boulevard Bridge. Weighing in at nearly 300,000 pounds including the heavy towing equipment Endeavor rested on, the California Science Center knew the bridge could only handle a limited amount of additional weight. How then, did the shuttle cross the bridge?

The California Science Center called upon long-time partner Toyota and asked for the capabilities of the 2012 Toyota Tundra to pull the heavyweight space hero over the bridge that crosses the 405 Freeway. With an advertised towing capacity of 9,000 lbs., asking the 381 horsepower, 5.7-liter V8 Tundra CrewMax 4×4 to tow nearly 33 times its advertise capacity would seem like too much for the truck to handle.

However, with the help of the Sarens Group who developed a special dolly for Endeavor to be towed with, a bone-stock Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4×4 tugged the space shuttle closer to its new home.

Manufactured in San Antonio, Texas, the Toyota Tundra is a North American hero in itself, not only helping bring the space shuttle Endeavor to the California Science Center, but also in its means of bringing manufacturing jobs to the U.S. state of Texas. As an honor, the Tundra CrewMax that pulled Endeavor over the Manchester Boulevard Bridge will also be housed at the California Science Center where it will replace an older model Tundra in an exhibit that demonstrates the physics of leverage.

Though Toyota does not recommend owners exceed the towing capacity of the Toyota Tundra, this feat serves to prove that the Tundra continues to be one of the most capable trucks on the market. To see the feat in action watch the video below:

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Toyota Tundra to Tow Space Shuttle Endeavour to California Science Center

September 14, 2012 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

Ever wonder how much a Toyota Tundra is capable of towing? Well, picture it towing a space shuttle! On October 13, 2012, that image will become reality as a full-size, unmodified 2012 Toyota Tundra will tow the space shuttle Endeavour, weighing 300,000 lbs, during its final journey to the California Science Center. The Endeavour will travel a total of 12 miles from Los Angeles International Airport on city streets to the science center, with the Tundra towing the last quarter mile.

“There is no larger or more recognizable icon of the U.S. space program’s success than the shuttle, and to have it towed by the Toyota Tundra is not only an incredible example of the capabilities of the truck, but an honor to be part of history,” said Ed Laukes, TMS vice president of marketing communications. “The entire journey is something the world will be watching, and gives us a chance to prove that the ‘overbuilt’ Tundra is built to do any job – even tow the space shuttle.”

At the end of the Endeavour’s 12 mile journey from LAX to the Science Center, a “finish-line” celebration at Exposition Park is planned for the evening of October 13, as the shuttle arrives at the Science Center. So you are welcome to visit the Science Center on that special day to witness the finale of this historic voyage.

Watch the video to see how Toyota and its team of engineers prepare for the epic task:

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Toyota, Lexus and Scion Dominate J.D. Power 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study

February 16, 2012 lacarguy Lexus, Scion, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Eight Lexus, Toyota, and Scion models captured segment awards in the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study, a performance equal to all other vehicle brands combined and more than twice as many as the runner-up nameplate.

The study also found:
  • Lexus is the number one nameplate improving by 23 fewer problems/100;
  • Toyota is the highest ranked non-premium nameplate and tied for third place overall, improving by 18 fewer problems/100; and
  • Scion achieves its highest ever position at fifth place, jumping up 17 positions and improving by 55 fewer problems/100.
“We are extremely pleased that not only did we win awards in eight of the 14 model segments, but that in two segments we finished one-two and made the podium in 12 segments overall”, said Jim Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
2012 Vehicle Dependability Study performers by segment
Sub-Compact Car
Toyota Yaris
Scion xD
Compact Car
Toyota Prius
Toyota Corolla
Compact Crossover SUV
Toyota RAV4
Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle
Scion xB
Compact Sporty Car
Scion tC
Entry Premium Car
Lexus ES350
Midsize Car
Toyota Camry
Midsize Crossover SUV
Toyota Highlander
Midsize Van
Toyota Sienna
Midsize Premium Crossover SUV
Lexus RX350
Large Premium Car*
Lexus LS460
Large Car
Toyota Avalon
Large Pick Up
Toyota Tundra
Lexus Nameplate
Toyota Nameplate
3 (tie)
Premium Brands Industry Average
Non-Premium Brands Industry Average

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Toyota's NAIAS Exhibit Focuses On The Future Of Transportation

January 5, 2012 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Toyota’s 30,000-square-foot exhibit will be a blend of new products bound for dealerships and concept vehicles that could pave the way for new vehicles and promising technologies. Among the headliners at the exhibit is a pair of vehicles debuting during Media Days at NAIAS. On Jan. 10, Toyota will unveil the NS4, an advanced plug-in hybrid concept vehicle. The news conference will feature the premiere of this concept vehicle as well as the North American debut of the Prius c hybrid. The Prius c will go on sale in 2012 and is the fourth member of the Prius “family” of hybrid vehicles. All four vehicles will be on display in a special “Prius Family Zone” in the exhibit.

Along with the NS4, a pair of other concept vehicles will also be featured in the “Technology Zone” of Toyota’s exhibit, after bowing at the Tokyo Motor Show last month. They include the FCV-R and Fun-Vii. The FCV-R is a fuel cell sedan concept with the “R” standing for Reality and Revolution. The Fun-Vii has been engineered to be able to connect wirelessly with the infrastructure and surrounding roads. The “Vii” is an abbreviation for Vehicle, interactive, internet. The Technology Zone also includes a cut-away vehicle and 3D cockpit display. Both displays convey future safety and convenience technologies presently being studied by Toyota for potential use in the next decade.

Toyota’s renowned Star Safety System will also be on display in the exhibit. Toyota’s standard safety equipment can be experienced interactively via a driving Safety Simulator.

In all, Toyota will have 30 cars, trucks and SUVs on display at the auto show. Traditional window stickers have been replaced by iPads mounted near each vehicle for pricing and options exploration. Product specialists will also utilize iPads and an on-site kiosk to demonstrate the features of Toyota’s new Entune multimedia system, now available on many 2012 models.

There are a few specialty vehicles available in the display, among them a Camry pace car for the 2012 Daytona 500, a Toyota Tundra pickup emblazoned with graphics from DC comics/apparel and a Prius Project Concept Bike – engineered and constructed with Prius’ innovative qualities in mind.

“This year’s exhibit is about where we’re heading as an automaker,” said Ruslan Polinovsky, Auto Show Engagement Manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “Visitors will not only see our award-winning cars and trucks but vehicles that show our environmental and technological leadership.”

Toyota Plans for Major Hybrid Growth in U.S.

December 9, 2011 lacarguy HybridCars.com, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

by Zack McDonald – HybridCars.com

At last year’s Detroit Motor Show, Toyota vice president for U.S. sales, Bob Carter, offered a bold prediction for the direction his company plans to take in the United States over the next decade―and for the country’s vehicle market in general. “We will end the decade with Prius being the number one nameplate in the industry,” said Carter, predicting that the Prius would soon overtake the Camry as the company’s most popular model in the U.S.

Toyota plans to complete work with Ford on a brand new hybrid system for pickup trucks by the end of next year

Almost a year later, it has become increasingly clear that Toyota’s big talk about hybrids is no greenwash. After almost singlehandedly growing the hybrid market from obscurity in the United States, Toyota now sees hybrids primed to conquer the mainstream―and has no intention of ceding its dominance in the sector.

According to a report in Automotive News, Toyota plans to as much as double the number of hybrids it sells in North America by 2015, to 400,000 vehicles per year. Top executives at the company told the publication that Toyota will seek to greatly expand its manufacturing base here―particularly hybrid drivetrain components―in an effort to reduce its reliance on the Japanese supply chain. Growing the American hybrid market will do a great deal to make that shift possible, and Toyota is in the process of radically expanding its U.S. lineup to include more than a half-dozen hybrid models by the end of next year―with even more reportedly on their way.

“Hybrid technology is a trump card for fuel-economy improvement,” said Toyota global research and development head, Takeshi Uchiyamada, in the article.

Toyota also told Automotive News that it plans to complete work with Ford on a brand new hybrid system for pickup trucks by the end of next year. The first Toyota vehicle to be outfitted with the drivetrain will likely be a hybrid version of the Tundra, the carmaker’s largest and most fuel-thirsty pickup, with a combined rating of just 16 mpg.

Even a few miles-per-gallon improvement in a truck like the Tundra will pay big dividends in terms of its operating cost, which could make the car a hit among the fleets and private businesses that make up a substantial portion of the pickup market. Ford’s F-150 EcoBoost model has led all F-150 models in sales this year―accounting for 40 percent of purchases―thanks to its EPA-rated 22-mpg fuel economy.

By expanding its gas-electric offerings across more and more segments, Toyota will be able to grow production of hybrid components, allowing it to reach the economies of scale necessary to diversify its supply chain in the Americas. For hybrid buyers, the important takeaway is that Americans can expect more models and shorter waiting periods in the coming years, as the gas-electric leader seeks to broaden its hold on the market.