Toyota pickup trucks are among the best-selling trucks in the United States. The Tacoma, Toyota’s compact truck named for the City of Tacoma in Washington, was Motor Trend Magazine’s “Truck of the Year” in 2005. The Tundra, the full-size Toyota pickup, was Motor Trend magazine’s “Truck of the Year” in 2000 and 2008.
Toyota introduced the Tacoma, an Indian word for Mount Rainer, as a pickup truck to compete aggressively in the United States’ compact truck market. More than 160 countries have called the Tacoma Toyota pickup the “Best Vehicle on Earth.”
The Tacoma, the Toyota pickup introduced in 1995, was a descendent of the worldwide Hilux. The Japanese manufacturer originally marketed the Hilux in the United States under the name “Toyota Pickup.”
The Tundra is the Toyota pickup launched in 2000. It was generally considered the first full-size import truck built with a sophisticated V-8 engine and an American feel and design.
The original Tundra was extremely similar to the older Toyota T100 and the Tacoma. The chief likeness was the common use of a 3.4-liter V-6 engine, the top-of-the-line power plant in both the T100 and the Tacoma. The V-6 engine was the base engine for the Tundra, but Toyota quickly added its first 4.7-liter V-8 power plant to the mix.
In 2004, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series added the Tundra Toyota pickup and won its first race at Michigan International Speedway on July 31 that year. Two years later, the Toyota pickup won its first manufacturer’s championship by winning 12 of 25 races. The Tundra propelled Todd Bodine to the driver’s title and Germain Racing to the owner’s championship.
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