• Jul 9, 2006
Sales of the Toyota Sequoia have been falling fast, with the big Japanese 'ute selling 38-percent less units last month than in June of 2005. With the new Toyota Tundra being readied for production at the company's new truck plant in San Antonio, Texas, there's no better time than now to start thinking about the 2008 Sequoia.

This partial pic of the next Sequoia's front end was featured on the front cover of Fenek magazine, and while no details are available, it's clear the next Sequoia will lift its look and likely most of its mechanicals directly from the new Tundra. This means the Sequoia may become a much better match for Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon and Ford's new Expedition, both of which have been substantially redesigned and are ready to rumble.

[Source: ScionLife]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      The New Tundra has an odd Ram-like look and so now the Sequoia does as well. It is not ugly, but not as good looking as say the new Chevy stuff (Avalanche, Tahoe)or any GM big rig. On the mileage, the 5.7L w/ six speed is beating the mileage (on all the reviews)despite cyl deactivation etc. So Toyota reputation, a very juicy engine and mediocre looks. Toyota is a genius at making sure they will only increase sales incrementally. If you could get the Toyota 5.7 and six speed in an Escalade, what a looker!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Too bad it has to pull it's look from the ugly Tundra.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #14

      What on earth are you smoking? Toyota is suffering from an unfortunate amount of recalls, yes, but their sales are UP once again this year (see blog posts from last week) while all American brands are down. And how can you balk at Toyota's incentives with Dr. Z practically giving cars away?

      Please, please don't post if you are just going to spew nonsense.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Part of the reason why Toyota's (CAFE defined) fleet miles per gallon is exactly equal to Ford in recent years.
      gary singh...benz luva
      toyotas suck its all about the benzamins
      • 8 Years Ago
      >Part of the reason why Toyota's (CAFE defined) fleet miles per gallon
      >is exactly equal to Ford in recent years.

      Mmmm. Good weed, eh?

      CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy), 2005 Model year
      1. Honda — 25.1 mpg
      2. Toyota — 23.5 mpg
      3. Nissan — 21.7 mpg
      4. GM — 20.3 mpg
      5. DaimlerChrysler — 19.8 mpg
      6. Ford* — 19.5 mpg
      *Includes Mazda
      Source: http://autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060627/FREE/60626007&SearchID=73250170072299

      Sequoia & rumored upcoming platform-mate Lexus JX are cheaply developed vehicles mainly to keep owners in the Toyota family. They're not the primary source of revenue, unlike the situation with GM and Ford where they gave up making competitive cars in the 1990's thanks to the profit margins on SUV's.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2, I certainly wouldn't argue that Toyota's gas-guzzling full-size SUV is any better than Chevy's gas-guzzling full-size SUV as far as efficiency goes.

      The reason Toyota doesn't get as much crap for it, though, is because they haven't been *relying* on the gas-guzzling full-size SUV to keep them in business. GM and Ford have essentially pinned their hopes on these vehicles in recent years, chasing high profit margins while letting their cars recede into mediocrity.

      Besides being more competitive, Toyota's cars are also more fuel-efficient than the Big 2's, which is what pushes their CAFE up. An automatic Corolla, for example, gets 30/38 MPG, while an automatic Cobalt gets 24/32.

      Since I'm not much for large SUVs, I'll admit that I was a little disappointed in Toyota for entering that segment to begin with. But naturally, they're going to try to make money in as many segments as they can--and that, again, is where the Big 2 could take a lesson from them. Where's Chevy's crossover SUV, for example? Their hybrid? Ford's sub-compact? A competitive minivan from either of them?

      While I think some people may have given Toyota a pass on the Sequoia and Tundra, the reason I'm more critical of GM in this regard is because Tahoes and Suburbans are supposed to be the high point of their lineup. Toyota pays more attention to, and is thus more competitive in, a wide variety of other segments.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like a Chevy HHR on 'roids.
      • 8 Years Ago

      There isn't an intelligent post on this thread. You people couldn't make an insightful or accurate auto comment in a million years. Perhaps you should all go work for Car and Driver or Motor Trend.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1 took the words from my mouth. You bastard.


      :p
      • 8 Years Ago
      starlightmica

      I was looking at the DOT web site.

      http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/cafe/FuelEconUpdates/2003/index.htm

      You may also be interested in this chart particularly.

      http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/cafe/FuelEconUpdates/2003/image003.gif

      Notice how imported light trucks are getting worse and worse mileage as time goes by.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota is staying, and everyone is hurting. The real meaning of this is that now two outside companies have offerings that actually begin to compete with the big 2. This means much lower margins for the Big 2, and I'm sure they will soon be reduced to the 2nd class status in this country that they have earned. Between gas prices and the Japanese Big 2, I think Ford and GM will be squeezed to a breaking point. Just remember, there is no place to run and hide after SUVs, Ford and GM have given up almost everything, and they're about to lose that last inch.
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