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Toyota Issues Tech Tip – 2014 Tundra Pickups Park Assist Issue

Toyota has issued a tech tip to make technicians aware of a possible issue with the park assist system and a steel bumper. The system is triggering a false reading if the clip isn’t installed correctly.

Toyota Issues Tech Tip - 2014 Tundra Pickups Park Assist Issue

Toyota has issued a tech tip to address false readings with the park assist system.

Atkinson Variable Displacement V8 Coming To The Tundra

When rumors of a V8 Lexus coupe with “variable displacement” hit the automotive press a few months ago, I was more than a little skeptical. Quite a few Toyota employees have said that the typical variable displacement technologies employed by GM and Chrysler-Fiat are “not in the best interests of the consumer,” which is Toyota-speak for “variable displacement is a stupid gimmick,” at least when GM and Chrysler-Fiat do it.

Considering all the problems GM trucks have had with their active fuel management systems (which can consume 1-2 quarts of oil between changes), Toyota’s stance makes sense.¬†Yet a number of sources claimed Toyota’s new V8 Lexus coupe would have variable displacement technology, and I found myself a bit dismayed. Would Toyota succumb to the allure of variable displacement systems that raises a vehicle’s EPA rating without any real-world benefits?

The Lexus RC F 5.0L with variable displacement.

Today’s announcement from Toyota about a new family of “thermally efficient” engines all but guarantees that the Tundra will be getting a variable displacement V8, similar to the system found on the new Lexus RC F 5.0L V8 (shown).

Fortunately, the answer is no. The new Lexus RC F comes with a 5.0L V8 that can operate both as a traditional Otto cycle engine and as an efficient Atkinson cycle engine, which – in a manner of speaking – means the engine is variable displacement. When you combine this news with today’s announcement from Toyota about a “new series of gas engines,” it’s safe to say that the Tundra will be getting a variable displacement V8. Probably in the next 2 years.

Toyota Tundra Tops NADA Guides Best Retained Value List – Low Sales?

The National Automotive Dealers Association has published a report stating the Toyota Tundra has the best retained value among full-size trucks. NADA claims this is because of low sales. Are you buying that?

Toyota Tundra Tops NADA Guides Best Retained Value List - Low Sales?

The Toyota Tundra tops the NADA guide for the best retained value. While that is great, the reason NADA gives is not. Photo Courtesy of Aaron Turpen.

March 2014 Truck Sales Figures – Big Month for Tundra

The sales figures are in for March and the Tundra continues to sell well. With the Tacoma slipping a bit, Toyota has to be pretty happy with the Tundra’s sales increase.

March 2014 Truck Sales Figures - Big Month for Tundra

The Toyota Tundra had a good month in March with a large increase in sales.

2014 Toyota Tundra Suppliers – Who Builds What

The folks over at Autonews.com have put together this pretty cool graphic showing the various suppliers of the 2014 Toyota Tundra.

2014 Toyota Tundra Suppliers

The suppliers of the 2014 Toyota Tundra. Source: Autonews

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