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At this year's Indiana State Fair, the lucky people of Indianapolis will not only get their fill of deep fried Oreos and Kid Rock (seriously, he's playing) but also get an exclusive look at Toyota's newest heavy-duty pickup.

The new Tundra, which made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show, will be displayed in prototype form for fair goers to gawk at, however, the pickup is still only classified as a showpiece so don't plan on seeing it transporting the petting zoo crew.

We were a bit confused as to why Toyota chose this venue, of all places, to display its new workhorse. We later found out that way back in 1998, the original Tundra came out to the public at the Indiana State Fair and Toyota saw no reason to mess with the forces of tradition this time around. Additionally, since the new Tundra will be jointly manufactured in Princeton, Indiana and San Antonio, Texas, this provides another opportunity for the Japanese manufacturer to show its wares to the consumers most likely to purchase their newest line of pickups.

Alright Indianapolisians, where's a photo?


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      • 8 Years Ago
      It might not be the best looking truck. I don't think the current Tundra is, but I can live with it. What I can't live with is the junk quality from Ford and GM. New motor at 75,000 miles, new transmission at 100,000 miles. Falls completely apart at 140,000 miles. Current Tundra has 120,000 miles and has needed one new oxygen sensor - $225. I pull around a 7,000 lbs tractor. New problems, that is what I am after.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually I live in Indy, and the big Elvis food at the fair this year is the chocolate covered deep fried strawberries. Yuck. Decent looking truck, though, if you're into that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone who rips on Ford & GM as far as their interior execution, should really have their head examined. The Tundra is a botched attempt in trying to make a contemporary interior. The thick, ugly silver plastic that houses half the dash clashes with the rest of the tones/colors. And that high gloss reflective plastic on the HVAC/Radio housing, you better keep plenty of wipes on hand to wipe the smudges off. And as far as looking tacky and cheap inside..YEP!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where is there a market for small 4-cylinder trucks? There is none.
      What market there is for small trucks is filled by the ultra cheap Ford Ranger, whose pricing no new model can compete with. There is no need for a new small truck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Rav4 vs. Tahoe! What?
      MPG depends on engine and what you're moving... A tahoe is like 21 inches bigger and a ton heavier... if you think the Tundra is getting 18/24 and has some power you're smoking some crack considering the current POS gets 15/18 2WD reg cad according to edmunds.com (4.7L V8 5A)
      Greg A.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why is the C-pillar so wide?
      • 8 Years Ago
      hahaha. i knew that "indianapolisians" sounded funny.

      i like the tundra...it looks as sexy as a truck can manage to look (which isn't saying much). it reminds me of the f-150 (not saying its a ripoff), and i have to admit i like that truck too. too bad gas is so expensive, or else i would've liked to buy either.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Poo on Toyota for thinking truck guys think specs as wheelbase and bed length... I want the meat of this truck and their website doesn't provide it.. what can it tow and what's it's payload.. .what engines, fuel economy... locakble tailgate? Seat configuration? HYPE! That's what this is! GGRRRR!! I'll take an Avalanche thank you... see ya Toyota
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, sorry #8, But the fuel economy is Toyota's larger trucks and SUVs is sub-par. Last I checked, a Tahoe got the same mileage as the much-smaller Toyota 4-Runner.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It is also interesting to note that Toyota is not rushing the production of Tundra to make sure that the ultra-rough truck will be built to last, and will be able to handle tough competition where Detroit’s automakers GM and Ford dominate. With how Toyota has managed the stiff competition among the Big Two( which at present are seeming to loose the battle) Toyota has nothing to loose this time.
      Greg A.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Since 'polis' is a Greek suffix, I believe residents of Indianapolis would be called 'Indianapolites'. Jus' sayin'.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This mighty truck will get 18/24 mpg. It must.
      Chevrolet gets 16/22 with a Vortec 5300, 320 hp!
      Truck fuel economies are improving.
      They're no worse than many Midsized SUV's anymore.
      Look at Toyota's class busting Rav4, 268 hp and 22/29!
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