Another comprehensive test by our friends over at Pickuptrucks.com has the Toyota Tundra finishing dead last. Is it the vehicle being sent to be blamed or is the truck falling that far behind?
Toyota Donates Trucks and Knowledge to Ongoing Hurricane Katrina Rebuilding Efforts Through National Disaster Recovery Non-Profit
Hurricane Katrina may have caused considerable damage more than 10 years ago, yet the New Orleans area is still working through the ramifications of the storm. Just this last year, St. Bernard’s Project, a national disaster recovery and resiliency organization, saw a 25 percent increase in request for help from homeowners in the area. In order to meet this need, Toyota stepped in ideas and a fleet of vehicles including Tundra pickups.
Auto shows, like the recent one – the 2015 L.A. show – are great places to look at new products and upgrades to existing ones. They are also great places to pick up gossip between automakers like Toyota being pissed at Ford over a failed hybrid collaboration. Like really pissed.
Note to the readers: you are going to see Toyota Tundra Chief Engineer Mike Sweers mentioned quite a bit in this article. Why? He is chief engineer and provides the direction for the truck as well as approves/turns down any ideas his team comes up with. In the past, some readers have said I refer to Sweers too much. Those readers don’t understand how much Sweers controls the direction of the Tundra. In order to understand the future of the Tundra, one must understand how Sweers thinks. I believe, after spending quite a bit of time with him, I have a fairly good idea. Again, a “fairly” good idea.
With the start of auto show “season” kicking off in LA this week, it is a good time to turn our attention to what Toyota has in store. This year, it is highly likely changes to the Toyota Tundra are coming at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. What could those changes be? Here are my best guesses.
While wandering around the 2015 SEMA show yesterday, I literally turned the corner and ran into this “Tundrasine” concept. Pictures don’t do this vehicle justice.