New Toyota pickups will be built on a single platformApril 10, 2019
This will significantly reduce development costs, as well as unify many components. The first models created in this way will be the next generation of Tundra and Tacoma.
It is about these two models mentioned in the message Automotive News, but the new platform can be universal for all Toyota pickups. The emphasis is on the American market, since it is there that generation tundra expects Tundra. There is no release date yet, but it is expected that this should not happen before 2021.
Toyota does not provide technical details about the platform, stating only that it will provide an opportunity to “reduce the time and financial costs of development.” Does this mean that generations will change more often – is unknown, but the current Tundra needs such a change: with minor modifications, the second generation of this model has been produced since the end of 2006.
The demand for Tundra is relatively stable, but at the same time it is very low, given the volume of sales in the segment. In absolute terms, the numbers may seem worthy – 118,258 cars sold for 2018. The impression will change dramatically if you compare the data with competitors: Ram in various modifications sold 536,980, and Chevrolet Silverado – 585,581. The leader in the Ford F-Series is at a height absolutely unattainable for Tundra – 909,330 cars over the past year in the US market, and taking into account the world – more than a million pickups.
It is not excluded that this is one of the reasons why Toyota is not in a hurry with the change of Tundra generations, but with the Tacoma the situation is completely different – it is the leader of the mid-size pickup segment in the US market, 245,659 cars were sold in 2018. For comparison, the Chevrolet Colorado is 134,842, and the Nissan Frontier is 79,646.
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