'08 Tundra: Damn The NRDC, Full Steam Ahead!
Is Toyota trying to piss off the NRDC or prevent Michael Karesh at TrueDelta from expanding his exhaustively excellent vehicle spec data set to pickups? Anyway, Bloomberg reports ToMoCo's hoping to pick up even more pickup sales by offering the '08 Tundra in 44 different flavors. (Triskaidekaphobics note: that's 13 more versions than the '07 model offered.) Their main push: the work truck market. The Japanese automaker (by way of Texas) hopes that offering "Tundra Grade" (decontented) versions of the DoubleCab and CrewMax will help it carve a slice of the $23 – 28K full-size pickup pie, which accounts for 25 percent of the overall market. But you have to wonder if the lower-priced Tundra will eat into Tacoma territory. Meanwhile, Tundra sales are up 58 percent so far in 2007, getting them within striking range of their goal of a 60 percent increase this year.
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