September 29, 2006

Toyota shows 2007 Tundra prototypes in Texas

2007 Toyota Tundra Doublecab
2007 Toyota Tundra Doublecab. Click image to enlarge

Dallas, Texas – Toyota presented the first showing of two prototypes of its 2007 Tundra pickup truck at the State Fair of Texas yesterday. The truck will be built in the company’s new plant in San Antonio.

“The State Fair is a true icon of Texas, which just happens to be the epicentre of the U.S. light truck market,” says Ernest Bastien, vice-president of vehicle operations for Toyota Motor Sales USA. “It’s easy to illustrate just how important Texas is to us. If you need more proof of how important Texas is to Toyota, all you have to do is take a look in San Antonio at our new truck plant there.”

The company has invested over US$1 billion in the plant, which will create 4,100 new jobs. The original estimate was US$850 million and 2,000 new jobs.

The new Tundra, which goes on sale in February 2007, will be available in 31 different models, with a 4.0-litre V6, 4.7-litre V8 and all-new 5.7-litre V8. The largest model will be the new Double Cab long-bed pickup, which can carry six passengers with cargo. The company also showed the new Regular Cab long bed, which the company believes will have the largest interior volume in its class. It will be available on a standard grade with heavy-duty vinyl flooring and content targeted specifically for work-related use.

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