Toyota Tundra

Toyota Tundra

The 2014 truck season is in full swing, and some of the main manufacturers are launching all-new variants of their resident pickups. Chevrolet already released its new 2014 Silverado , and Ford is set to reveal its all-new 2015 F150 that will be based on the 2013 Atlas Concept .

Even SUVs are off to a good start, with the debut of the 2014 X5 and 2014 Range Rover Sport . Toyota has been waiting patiently for the pickup market to come back, and its is now set to launch the 2014 Tundra with "Truck Of The Year" aspirations.

The Tundra looks quite similar to last year’s model but if you look closer, you’ll find that it is loaded with improvements.

Toyota invited us to the woods of Georgia to test drive it and see how it does on and off the road, as well as with a trailer hitched to the back end.

Click past the jump to read what we think of it.

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The second-generation Toyota Tundra was unveiled back in 2007, but the first major update has just been unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. You shouldn’t expect any big changes though, because all the updates were limited just to the exterior and the interior. For the 2014 model year, Toyota is also adding a new "1794 Edition" - a tribute to the ranch, founded in the year 1794, on which the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio.

The most obvious choices include the addition of a new, taller squared-off grille, a revised front bumper design, squarer fenders and wheel wells, and an all-new bed design. It gets new sheet metal on the sides, a revised tailgate and an integrated spoiler in the deck. On the interior, updates are limited to new seats and a new-look instrument panel.

Everything else remains pretty much unchanged, meaning customers will still have to choose between three different engines.

What we would have really like would have seen are some improvements in the towing department, but maybe it will work on that later on.

Update 8/9/2013: Toyota has announced the full pricing details of the 2014 Tundra and it starts at $25,920. Plus it revealed more details on the standard features and towing capacity.

Hit the jump to read more about the Toyota Tundra.

The whole point of an event like SEMA is to show the industry the latest and greatest in the aftermarket world. So it’s pretty much a given that you’re going to see some out-of-this world projects getting their timeshine at the event.

Toyota is taking this to heart this year with the presentation of a concept Tundra that will make fishing aficionados faint with envy. The Toyota Tundra Ultimate Fishing Concept is just that, the most ridiculous and geared up fishing-themed vehicle you’ll see on dry land.

With the help of pro angler Brett Meyers, Toyota went about building the vehicle to make it look like an actual Bass Pro Shop on wheels. There’s a storage system on the covered truck bed that pretty much has everything an angler will need for his fishing exploits. You name it: tackles, reels, rods, and even a refrigerator. Other features of the truck’s exterior include a custom-fabricated roof rack, Rigid Industries LED lighting and grille, custom fishing rod tubes, a 3M matte gray wrap, Bushwacker fender flares, and smoked exterior lighting.

Similarly, the interior of the Tundra Ultimate Fishing Concept also comes chalk full with gear you’ll need for your fishing expeditions. It’s got a multitude of screens that can display Navionics lake-mapping options. It’s got a center console that runs from the dashboard all the way back to the rear cabin wall. About the only thing missing is the rear bench seat, which was taken out to accommodate the two fishing buckets.

Best of all though is the performance upgrade given to the Tundra, one that was accomplished with the installation of a TRD supercharger system, as well as a new exhaust system. A 12" lift kit was also installed, increasing the car’s ride height by an effective foot, and last but certainly not least, it also received a new set of 20" Mud Grappler tires and improved brakes.

It’s not your everyday fishing vehicle, but it’s certainly something every angler would want to have at their disposal.

UPDATE 11/01/12: We all know that the Toyota Tundra Ultimate Fishing Concept is a vehicle unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Now, we get a better look at what makes it so after Toyota released a number of new photos of the concept truck. Check them all out in the gallery below!

NHRA Alcohol Funny Car race car driver Alexis Dejoria is the only woman competing in the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. To make a splash in the competition, Dejoria took the challenge of building a custom-tuned vehicle using the biggest vehicle in the lot, a stock, full-sized Toyota Tundra.

Not lacking confidence one bit, Dejoria enlisted the help of Dale Dondel and his team at Racer Engineering to built the meanest vehicle at SEMA .

The first order of business was to make extensive modifications to the chassis and body of the Tundra. Dejoria and Racer Engineering made use of fabricated long A-arms, trailing arms, while also installing massive racing shocks, a new front and rear bumper, a new brush guard, fiberglass front and rear fenders, a dual spare tire carrier in the bed, and a new set of 17" Mehod racing wheels wrapped in Maxxis tires.

All told, the result is 20" of wheel travel in front and 24" in the rear, enough to allow the Tundra Pre-Runner to run roughshod over just about any navigable stretch of desert race territory.

Inside, the modifications include NRG racing seats with custom Hooker 7-point harnesses, a full leather-wrapped roll cage, and a high-powered JBL sound system.

Under its hood, the Tundra Pre-Runner received a 5.7-liter TRD-supercharged V8 engine fed by a custom rear-mounted fuel cell.

“I wanted to do the best possible off-road vehicle we could,” DeJoria said. “I think this is going to be the baddest vehicle at SEMA.”

Not one to make bold exaggerations, DeJoria could be on to something here, especially if her Tundra Pre-Runner somehow wins the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. Voting for your favorite project is now open at the Toyota Racing Facebook page until October 29, 2012. The winner will receive $50,000, money that will go to their chosen charity. In Dejoria’s case, that charity would be Safety Harbor Kids.

The Toyota PPI Trophy Trucks are often referred to as one of the most significant trucks in off-road history, and rightfully so. The partnership between Toyota and Precision Preparation Inc. (PPI) resulted in 27 wins and seven championships in the now-defunct Mickey Thompson Off-Road Stadium Series, and who can forget the fact that the best of the best in off-roading, Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, was a part of this team.

The example we have today, the 1994 Toyota PPI Trophy Truck 015, was the final truck built under the Toyota/PPI partnership. To make this truck even more desirable, Ivan Stewart himself piloted it at the Baja 2000.

This fine truck has just come off of a restoration and RK Motors Charlotte is giving you the opportunity to own this piece of off-road history. We are certain this freshly revamped off-roading legend is going to require a premium price.

To find out more about this truck and its asking price, click past the jump.

There are a lot of new car scams in the world and most of them are initiated by the new car dealer, not the buyer. A group of buyers flipped the script on several Los Angeles dealerships, by using fake identities to purchase 20 cars and were shipping them to Hong Kong and Vietnam to sell them for two to three times their U.S. value.

It was a laundry list of luxury vehicles, such as a $280,000 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia , an Audi Quattro , 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 , along with several Mercedes , Lexus , Infiniti , and BMW SUVs among others. For some reason, the thieves even threw in a Toyota Tundra .

The one that got these fraudsters busted was the Ferrari 458 Italia , as Ferrari fitted the supercar with a GPS system as standard, which Ferrari used to track the car once they found out they were defrauded. This led U.S. Customs and the California highway Patrol to conduct a full investigation and find the cars on a ship that had already pulled away from the port.

Needless to say, that ship was forced to come back and all but four of the cars were recovered. The four non-recovered cars are due to be shipped back by Vietnamese Customs.

According to the report, had the fraudsters not gone after the Ferrari, chances are they would have gotten away with this scam and made a ton of money in the process. The total amount of the vehicles seized by U.S. customs is estimated at $1.5 million, which would have pulled in around $3 million in Hong Kong and Vietnam.

We are still trying to figure out what in the world a Toyota Tundra was doing in the mix with all of these high-end luxury cars. We also wonder which thief drew the short straw and was stuck going to the Toyota dealership to pick this thing up?

The SEMA Auto Show is all about tie-ups between automakers and aftermarket tuning companies and this year’s no different. We’ve already covered more than five handfuls of vehicles that are headed to the show, but there are still tons more.

Toyota , in collaboration with DC Shoes and West Coast Customs, is introducing the Ultimate Motocross Track. The Japanese automaker used a Toyota Tundra as its platform with plenty of athlete feedback from DC Shoes, which then passed along all the information to West Coast Customs, which in turn built the go-to motocross hauler.

With all the information gathered, WCC added an array of modifications on the truck, equipping it with just about everything a Motocross rider would want to see in the vehicle. This includes a roof rack, fold-up bed sides, a suicide tailgate, a winch to load bikes, a hidden ramp, and a customized interior.

In addition to that, WCC also gave the modified Tundra some hanlding improvements with some help from some of the industry’s best aftermarket shops. For instance, Carmburg Racing worked on lifting the suspension, while Fox Racing was responsible for upgrading the shocks set-up. There’s also a custom rough-texture paint by Line-X, new bumpers and side steps from N-Fab, accessories from Matrix, new lights from KC, a head unit from Pioneer, and new amps, subs, and speakers from Diamond.

The Tundra Ultimate Motocross Truck will be showcased in a number of auto events beginning with the SEMA Auto Show. On top of that, the truck will also be featured on the reality TV show “Inside West Coast Customs” shortly thereafter.

Toyota brought the Tundra Sportsman to the SEMA Show. This is a unique show truck, inspired by the outdoor tradition of hunting. It’s based on a 2011 Tundra Double Cab 4x4 equipped with the TRD Rock Warrior Package and 5.7-liter V8 with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The exterior is painted in a muted color palette of Grays and Black, semi-gloss paint was used for the body and shell while a flat finish was applied to the trim. Other features include a three-inch suspension lift, a custom air intake and snorkel, and a custom exhaust that was created with pipes routed up through the center of the bed and exiting the roof top deck. Finishing the package is ATX 18-inch Teflon-coated wheels fitted onto 33 x 12.5-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers.

Inside, the truck was designed to be a command center for extended hunting trips as essential field electronics such as a weather station and GPS have been installed. To minimize wear, the TRD Rock Warrior bucket seats were upholstered in waterproof Black and Gray material. The black Rock Warrior carpeting is weather protected by all-weather Browning branded camouflage floor mats. The stock 10 speaker JBL sound system is supplemented by JBL all-weather outdoor speakers that are wired into the bed area to create a simple but comfortable recreation space.

Press release after the jump.

Toyota has unveiled today details on the 2011 Tundra pick-up, a model that gets a more powerful base engine and new trailer sway control standard for all models. The 2011 Tundra is offered in two grades (Tundra and Tundra Limited) and three cab styles (Regular, Double Cab and Crew Max).

The base version, 4,0 liter V6 gets a performance boost for 2011 with the adoption of Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). This results in a power increase to 270 HP and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. The 310-hp 4.6-liter and 381-hp 5.7-liter V8’s continue across the Tundra line.

For 2011, Tundra offers the SR5 upgrade package that adds popular options at a value price. A Tundra Work Truck Package, also offered at a special value, is aimed at commercial truck buyers or customers who need a tough, no-frills truck with exceptional cargo and towing capacity. The package features vinyl seating and rubber flooring and is available in Regular and Double Cab configurations with any of the Tundra’s three engine choices.

Press release after the jump.

It’s a bad time to be a Toyota owner these days. After news broke out last week that Toyota was being forced to recall over 1 million cars globally due to those sticky accelerator pedals, the Japanese-based auto giant has gone into full scale damage control, giving Toyota owners a chance to return their Toyota vehicles to a Toyota dealership where they’d undergo free repairs to fix the faulty pedals.

Mikel Valviva decided to return his recalled Toyota Tundra in one of the local dealerships in his area, but after being told that he would have to wait to get his Tundra fixed, Valvina took matters into his own hands. Instead of patiently waiting for his turn, Valvina “somehow” accelerated his Tundra straight into the dealership.

While it seems ridiculous to accuse someone of deliberately crashing his vehicle into a dealership because he felt disrespected, this whole situation involving Toyota and all these faulty accelerator pedals have left everybody in a constant state of confusion.

As far as Valvina’s supposed accidental torpedoing of the Toyota dealership, local authorities have indicated that the whole incident could very well have been unintentional. Or maybe the accelerator pedal just got stuck.

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