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Jason Lancaster is the editor and founder of He has nearly a decade of dealership experience buying, selling, and maintaining vehicles, and much of that time was spent working at Ford and Toyota dealerships.

Ford Drops F150 “SFE” Package

It feels good to be right about something at (since it happens so rarely). Back in September, 2008, we wrote a post about the F150 SFE (Superior Fuel Economy) package saying quote:

Todd’s Rogue 2008 Tundra Crew

Here’s a look at Todd’s “Rogue Squadron” 2008 Toyota Tundra Crewmax Limited.

Black 2008 Toyota Tundra Crew

'Rogue Squadron's' Black 2008 Toyota Tundra Crew

As you can see, it’s a TRD 4×4 with a clean-as-can-be black paint job. We really like the black rims on this truck – it looks great but it’s also a very practical off-road choice – fancy rims are too expensive to risk scuffing up on the trail.

N-Fab brush guard and Pro-Comp fog lights.

N-Fab brush guard and Pro-Comp fog lights.

Kudos to Todd for his clever exhaust setup on this truck – he added a set of Flowmaster Super 40 mufflers to the TRD exhaust system. A lot of people don’t think that the standard TRD exhaust is aggressive enough, and Todd’s modification is a simple way to get more sound out of the TRD kit while maintaining the TRD kit’s fit and finish.

Toyota Making Bio-Diesel Investment in Philippines

Toyota and the Philippine government have reached a basic memorandum of understanding in regards to creating a bio-diesel production facility (see Manila Standard). This is only the first step in a very long process, but it represents an interesting investment on behalf of Toyota. Considering that Toyota is cutting costs everywhere, investing in a bio-diesel plant in this economic climate could only be justified if it was a strategic move.

Toyota invests in bio-diesel made from jatropha curcas.

Toyota invests in bio-diesel made from jatropha curcas.

First, a little background. Toyota’s bio-diesel investment will be a small scale jatropha curcas plantation and refinery. Depending on how the trial goes, Toyota may invest in a facility capable of producing 7 to 8 million gallons of bio-diesel per year. Toyota’s bio-diesel crop of choice – jatropha curcas seeds (also known as purging seeds) – are desirable number of reasons.

Toyota Managing Tundra Inventory Supply VERY Closely

Late last week, Toyota announced that they were going to increase Tundra production. Many auto industry pundits announced that this move was nothing more than Toyota stepping back up to a “normal” level of production. At first blush, I agreed with that assessment.

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Today, after reading a news story from the Dallas Morning News, I’m not so sure. It seems like Tundra demand is starting to climb…

Toyota Tundra Cash For Clunkers Notes

As you’ve undoubtedly heard, congress is very close to passing a so-called “cash for clunkers” bill (technically known as “Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act“).

The idea behind this bill is to get older, less fuel-efficient vehicles off the road and replace them with newer cars and/or trucks. The hope is that this bill will 1) Help kick-start auto industry sales and 2) improve the environment by crushing a bunch of older vehicles that are currently polluting.

Little orange truck
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While there are a lot of very smart people who dislike this bill – either because it’s not environmentally sound or because it’s not going to work – the fact is that none of this seems to matter. The bill was passed by a healthy majority in the House of Representatives, and most analysts seem to think it will pass in the Senate and be signed into law shortly. So, with that in mind, here’s what you need to know if you’re considering buying a new Toyota Tundra using a Cash For Clunkers voucher:

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