Foreign automakers have made attempts to infiltrate the compact and light-duty pickup truck markets, but those of us looking for 8-lug wheels and a 3000-lb payload (the "3/4-ton" name is a misnomer) were limited to the vehicles offered by the Big 3. Toyota might be looking to change that after they launch their all-new half-ton Tundra. Japanese truck makers have not had much success taking market share away from the domestics, but perhaps such a model could change things. Provide room in the wheelwells for 35s, and they'd have at least one convert. Some might say that Toyota lacks the experience to build such a vehicle, but that shows an ignorance of their Hino commercial-truck lineup, which builds the rather fierce-looking vehicle pictured to the right.
Posted Sep 26th 2005 10:30AM