• Aug 17, 2006

General Motors and Ford can breathe a sigh of relief -- the Toyota Tundra won't be hitting the market until February now, quite a bit later than the "late 2006" timeline originally promised by Toyota. The delay will no doubt mean more sales for the new pickup offerings by GM and Ford.

Toyota moved the launch to January supposedly to avoid the holiday craziness and is now talking early- to mid-February. Toyota engineering and manufacturing boss Gary Convis says the company is focusing on getting the quality right before putting the truck on the market; a good choice considering the quality problems plaguing Toyota's current Tundra pickup offering.

[Source: Wards AutoWorld via SEMA e-News]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      toyota .. honda.. missan... they dont make real trucks.. most people i see driving them look like a cross between a transvestite and an autistic moron
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nissan Armada also has those wierd door handles. Oh, and quality may be a problem, but they also have major work shortages and the plant down in Texas. Just last month they didn't even have half the work force needed to run production.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Being a general contractor, I currently own a Ford F-250 truck but I do not like the unreliability of an American made truck. I've been waiting for Toyota to offer a
      3/4 Ton version of the Tundra for some time. Come on, give the American public a real "work truck". Only then will General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler feel compelled to seriously step it up.

      Waiting ...
      • 8 Years Ago
      As a person who is somewhat in the know...I sell Tundras, I am here to say Wow! Are you all in for a surprise!!! I don't do the BLOG thing often, but is the all pervading negativity part of the deal?
      May I suggestthat when the truck comes out, we all go for a test drive? By the way, load up your truck with the heaviest trailer you can find when you come in and make the Tundra fail (or at least try).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota engineers are still busy trying to get the current Tundra's ball joints from falling off.

      Toyota's excuse that the holidays are a distraction is pure BS !

      Doesn't Toyota own a calendar that lists the holidays?

      Did they just wake up and realize that there are some Holidays on the calendar?

      Pure BS from Toyota. They can't even tell the truth.
      • 8 Years Ago
      While Toyota is at it, it can redesign that Mothra with a pickup bed - this vehicle is so flaccid that it could carry a bed full of Viagra and still look wimpish. I cannot believe Toyota is going to all this trouble with such a weak-looking pickup. Damn thing still looks like a Camry with a pickup bed. You'd think after three tries, these "geniuses" at Toyota could get a full-sized pickup truck right. There is no way in hell anyone who buys Ford or GM or Dodge Pickup trucks with regularity would consider this transvestite truck.
      Phil
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gee............same style wheels that my son has on his For Escape. What do I think of the 'new' Tundra?......I t looks like a Dodge Ram that got to hot and started to melt.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bought an 03 Tundra 4X4 TRD. Tried to put tire chains on the front wheels. No clearance to do it. I bought this to be used for a "Truck" but I guess Toyota never researched what some of us use the truck for from time to time. I don't think the 07 will be any different.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe they've realized that 5-lug wheels won't earn them any respect with people looking for a truck to actually do work, and they're frantically redesigning the axles. Every other full-size truck out there (even the current Tundra!!) has 6- or 8-lug wheels/axles (with the occasional oddball 7-lug).

      And, yeah, why don't the door handles match, again?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is this not old news.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The real core reason why production is delayed is that Toyota has had major problems staffing and equipping the San Antonio plant. This is certainly no loss to auto buyers because the Tundra is yet another copy of American design and brings nothing new to the table. Toyota, with its recent spat of quality recalls, is not the wondrous automaker some believe it to be.
      • 8 Years Ago
      " Every other full-size truck out there (even the current Tundra!!) has 6- or 8-lug wheels/axles (with the occasional oddball 7-lug).
      "

      Dodge Ram 1500 models use a 5 lug design. The actual hub is bigger than the 6 lug hubs.
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