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Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

For 2011 Toyota has simplified the Tundra line-up featuring a new V6 engine & standard electronic trailer sway control that  aligns more evenly with competitive products.2011-TOYOTA-TUNDRA-Pictures

Here are Key changes for 2011 Tundra

  • New 4.0-liter V6 base engine, replacing previous 4.0-liter V6
  • Exterior color choices down from 11 to 9; more paint sharing with Tacoma
  • 10 models deleted, including 9 with 4.6-liter V8 engine
  • Trailer sway control now standard on all models

4.0-liter V6 now has advanced technology similar to Tundra 5.7L and 4.6L V8 engines

  • Improvements designed to improve fuel efficiency, increase and broaden torque range
  • Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i) added
  • Allows independent adjustment of intake and exhaust cam timing to achieve maximum power at different RPM
    o        270 HP@ 5600 RPM
    o        278 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM  

Tundra now shares five colors with Tacoma

  • Tacoma production moving to Tundra plant in San Antonio, Texas
  • Paint sharing streamlines manufacturing, gives truck line consistent family identification
  • Dropped Colors: Tundra dropping Slate Metallic (1F9), Salsa Red Pearl (3Q3), Blue Streak (8T7) and Sandy Beach (4T8)
  • Added Colors: adding Tacoma colors Grey Metallic (1G3) and Tacoma Red Pearl (3R3)

Tundra eliminates following Tundra Grade models:

  • Regular Cab/Standard Bed 4×2 w/ 5.7L
  • Regular Cab/Long Bed 4×2 and 4×4 w/ 4.6L
  • Regular Cab/Standard Bed 4×4 w/ 4.6L
  • Double Cab/Long Bed 4×2 and 4×4 w/ 4.6L

Tundra eliminates following Limited models:

  • Double Cab/Standard Bed 4×2 and 4×4 w/ 4.6L
  • CrewMax/Short Bed 4×2 and 4×4 w/ 4.6L

Tundra adds Trailer Sway Control

  • Additional programming built upon the already standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system
  • If system detects trailer yaw or fishtailing, it takes counter measures such as activating the truck’s individual brakes and possibly reducing engine power
  • Trailer Sway Control is standard on all models, even those without factory tow package
  • Tundra’s standard Trailer Sway Control regains standard tow feature parity to Ford F150


Sunday, May 10th, 2009

The Tundra is assembled in Texas and has always been assembled in America.

Did you know that one of the requirements in NASCAR is that the vehicle brand represented on the track must be, under their rules, “American-made.” When Toyota petitioned NASCAR in 2002 to join the truck-racing series, Toyota officials had to demonstrate that the Tundra was assembled in Indiana and that Toyota as a company had a strong American presence with more than 30,000 workers employed throughout the country.

Toyota engineers based in California then developed a pushrod V8 engine with carburetor induction to satisfy the rules. In 2004, Toyota entered the Craftsman Truck Series (now called Camping World Truck Series) and the Tundra has won the manufacturer’s points championship four of the last five years.

In other words, Tundra wouldn’t be allowed to race NASCAR if the sanctioning body didn’t consider the truck to be “American–made,” under their rules.

The Tundra will no longer be produced in Indiana as production has shifted to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas (TMMTX). This 220,000-square-foot facility outside of San Antonio opened in 2006 and employs more than 2,000 workers. Another 2,000 workers are employed by numerous suppliers that set up shop on the plant grounds to produce parts specifically for the Tundra.

Besides NASCAR, Tundra is a part of many other activities with rich American heritage. The Tundra races off-road in SCORE and CORR competitions. Tundra is heavily involved in professional bass fishing by sponsoring numerous high-profile anglers at national championship events. Tundra dealers are often found sponsoring or contributing to local recreation and charity activities.

The majority of Tacomas are also assembled in the United States at the NUMMI plant in Fremont, California–which is operated under an agreement with General Motors. Tacoma’s D cab is produced in Baja, Mexico, where all the truck’s cargo beds are manufactured.