The Tundra nameplate has built a reputation of reliability within the full size truck segment in North America. Toyota has spruced up the Tundra with special editions such as the Darrell Waltrip Edition, Rock Warrior, the Ivan “Ironman” Stewart and most recently the 1794 Edition. The Tundra has come a long way from it’s humble introduction in 1999, which was the 2000 model year, and has earned its fair share of accolades along the way. Without further ado, lets take a look at five fun facts about the Toyota Tundra:
KING OF THE HILL
At it’s birth in 2000 and again in 2008 Toyota Tundra was honored as Motor Trend Magazine’s Truck of the Year. In 2000 it was also named Consumer Report’s Best Full-Size Truck.
The 2000 model year Toyota Tundra was assembled in Princeton, Indiana and contained 65% American made parts content. American assembly and a high American parts content put the Tundra in immediate competition with Ford, Chevy and Dodge full-size pickups. Toyota eventually moved assembly to a plant in San Antonio, Texas, where they have officially assembled 1 million Tundra‘s! Tundra also now contains more that 75% American made content is ranked #7 on the Cars.com American Made index for 2013.
The Tundra is built with Toyota’s STAR safety system which include anti-lock brakes, traction control, brake assist, vehicle stability control, electronic brake force distribution and smart stop technology. Tundra has also been awarded with the IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Toyota Tundra was built for performance. Toyota Racing Development (TRD) built a supercharger for the Tundra that boosts the 5.7L V8 engine from 381 horsepower and 401 ft/lbs of torque to a monstrous 504 horsepower and 550 ft/lbs of torque. It is also available in 4×4 for those who enjoy offroading. Tundra not only performs well on the road, but it has built a legacy on the track as well. In NASCAR’s truck series Toyota Tundra has won titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010 driven by Todd Bodine and Johnny Benson.
TOWED A SPACE SHUTTLE
In October of 2012 a stock (unmodified) Toyota Tundra towed the 292,500 pound Space Shuttle Endeavor to its final home, the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The publicity stunt known as the Tundra Endeavor not only was a success in terms of the Tundra surviving the tow, but it also raised over $400K for the California Science Center Foundation.
What do you find most impressive about the Toyota Tundra?
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