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Toyota To Get Cummins Diesel?

First it was Ward’s Auto and AutoGuide that reported Toyota would be getting a Cummins motor, and now Car & Driver is saying the same:

Come 2016, the option list for the next-gen Tundra will include a Cummins 5.0-liter turbo diesel. That oil-burner is predicted to be rated at 300+ horsepower and, in true diesel form, more than 500 lb-ft of torque. This should make Nissan product planners sit up and mumble “rats,” as this appears to be the same engine being developed for the redesigned Titan, which debuts next year.

While there are still some reasons to wonder what Toyota is planning here (which I’ll get into below), odds are good the 2016 Tundra is a gettin’ a Cummins Diesel.

Toyota Tundra Driver Wins Back to Back NASCAR Truck Championships

For the first time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history, a team captured back to back championship titles. The winning driver, Matt Crafton did it in the ThorSport Racing No.88 Menards Toyota Tundra. The win caps off an impressive season by Tundra drivers and makes the fifth NCWTS driver’s title for a Toyota Tundra driver. Toyota also won the manufacture’s title for the seventh time.

Toyota Tundra Driver Wins Back to Back NASCAR Truck Championships

Toyota Tundra driver Matt Crafton celebrates his back to back NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship title.

2015 Toyota TRD Pro Desert Race Truck WINS Baja 1000 Race

We just received word a few hours ago that the Toyota TRD Pro not only finished the Baja 1000, it won!

Toyota Tundra TRD Pro WINS Baja 1000

The most telling photo of the bunch shows the carnage from the 36-hour race.

Toyota Begins the Score Baja 1000 Race in their 2015 Toyota TRD Pro

Sometime today, the 2015 Toyota TRD Pro will begin one of the most grueling tests of vehicle endurance – the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Over the next several days, the truck will race across the desert landscape with a team of Toyota engineers and drivers pushing the truck to its limits.

2015 Toyota TRD Pro Begins Baja 1000 Race

A 2015 Toyota TRD Pro tows the Baja race truck.

Toyota Promotes Baja Race Trucks, Directly Challenges Raptor?

Toyota seems to be finally getting pretty serious about promoting their off-road legacy, Ivan Stewart and the TRD Pro. With a Baja race team established and a large booth at the upcoming 2014 SEMA show, Toyota is directly challenging the Ford Raptor’s dominance in the segment. It is about time.

Toyota Promotes Baja Race Trucks, Directly Challenges Raptor?

Toyota held an event in LA to promote their Baja race trucks and upcoming 2014 SEMA show booth. Pictured is Baja team captain and mentor Ivan Stewart. Photo Courtesy of Pickuptrucks.com

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