• Jul 17, 2007
The 2007 SEMA Show in Las Vegas is not for another three and a half months, but Toyota is getting its ducks in a row preparing for what promises to be a big week in Sin City for the Japanese automaker. It's unveiling not one, not two, but three vehicles at SEMA, including the all-new 2009 Corolla. The current Corolla has been around the block a few more times than Toyota had planned, but still remains a popular vehicle for the company. The new model will include the familiar sedan body type, but also mark the return of a coupe/hatchback. We'll no doubt see a TRD version customized to the nines at SEMA, as well. If the fates are on our side, perhaps they'll show something rear-wheel drive (fingers crossed).

Also present at SEMA will reportedly be a heavy duty diesel dually Tundra pickup designed to be a monster tow machine. It's only a concept and yet to be named, but the HD Tundra will be there to gauge crowd reaction to a dedicated heavy hauler from Toyota. The diesel will likely come from Hino, Toyota's commercial truck division, but Popular Mechancs reports that most of its engines are just too big for the Tundra's bay. The size issue could force Toyota to debut a new, smaller 4.5L diesel V8 that it's been working on. We'll have to wait and see what powers the Tundra concept, but we'd bet our last slot token that this particular Toyota will most certainly not be a hybrid.

Finally, Toyota plans to introduce an FJ Cruiser Convertible concept at SEMA. Reportedly sporting a removable hardtop, sources say that the concept is likely a production prototype in disguise since going to all that trouble engineering a removable hardtop for one vehicle would be silly. To get an idea of what the FJ Cruiser Convertible will look like, take a peek at the aftermarket version.

So there you have it – Toyota's 2008 SEMA lineup. Now that the information's out there, hopefully Toyota will start releasing official pics soon, as well.

[Source: Popular Mechanics]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey kids! Trick out your new Corolla with that fart-can muffler you always wanted!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Top 3 Ugliest cars on the road:
        1. Toyota FJ
        2. Honda Element
        3. Honda Ridgeline
        All soon to be bumped down by the FJ Convertable!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm quite interested in the '09 Corolla. The current model, while calling it "outdated" would be an understatement, continues to sell well, and I have high hopes for the new model. No doubt it won't be quite as wacky as the new Scion models.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Newsflash::::: Joliet speedway Sunday Toyota finishes in the bottom ten with only four cars entered, one blown engine. Turd racing. Moving Foward.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not sure I understood that about a 4.5L Diesel in a HD when the big 3 are offering engines like the Cummins 6.7L. If you have any ideas we're discussing this very topic at http://www.toyotatundraforum.com and also the Fj at http://www.toyotafjcruiserforums.com/ and would love to hear from you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      FTA: "but the Corolla range will expand to include a sportier Corolla coupe/hatchback of some sort that will be featured at SEMA as well"

      This could be one of two things: either the next Matrix (think 5-door hatchback), or the return of the Corolla 3-door liftback (please, please, please be RWD).
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow, you better pray day and night if you want a RWD Corolla, although that would be most awesome, I have to agree.

        Still, I'm really glad to know that they're coming back with a coupe and hatch. I finally know where all that money I've been saving will go to in a year or two.

        Now please, please, please, make it European-styled, PLEASE.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #2...you are trying to be funny with the comment about the HD Blundra, right? Even if you weren't it gave me a good chuckle, thanks.

      Do you really think with all the trouble they're having trying to sell the current Blundra, they would be able to sell an even more expensive, bigger, uglier Blundra?

      Get real...they're not that stupid.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Whoa, "Blundra," you really are clever. Repeating it more often makes you seem even smarter. They aren't having trouble selling them. Sales of the new model are much larger than the old ones. If you are talking about the rebates, you could easily say the same about the other automakers. While I agree that the American automakers shouldn't worry, It will still sell, but it won't be breaking any American records yet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      http://www.motorauthority.com/news/hatchbacks/is-toyota-planning-a-v6-auriscorolla/

      This is interesting that Toyota is considering an AWD V6 corolla. The fact that Toyota has been swapping know-how with Subaru, in particular, Subaru's AWD know-how only furthers my suspicions:

      http://www.motorauthority.com/news/industry/toyota-and-subaru-swapping-know-how/

      The second they announce it im putting my deposit down.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Haha! Toyota is gonna make a Heavy Duty pickup? I ask this because, if, as I am assuming it will be, it is going to be based on the Tundra platform, will the lack of a fully boxed frame be able to compete with real HD trucks?? The Tundra has seen a lot of criticism for it's underpinnings, and I cannot imagine that the HD would have a completely different design to it.

      I also don't doubt the Toyota could make and engine as powerful/more powerful than the Duramax or even the Powerstroke. Toyota did it with the Tundra. However, Toyota has almost no expertise in building and refining large desiels. I expect that if they do build this vehicle, they will be so concerned with being the top dog in hp, that their fuel economy will be horrendous.

      As for the FJ, it's already an ugly vehicle, and who knows, maybe taking parts off the car will make it less ugly. For those of you who didn't know, the Corolla was supposed to come out last year, but Toyota didnt' realize how superior the Civic was, so they went back to the drawing board. If you truly believe that the largest automaker in the world didn't have time to fully redesign it's bread and butter compact car, your dumb.

      • 7 Years Ago
      To All the Toyo Bashers,
      Toyo is like the turtle in the Turtle & the Hare. I hope the FJ Conv. is more like the one in last year SEMA that was produced by Toyo. That's Hawt!
      • 7 Years Ago
      1) What they did to the FJ was a big mistake. They took a fine truck and made it into a pimp mobile. I hope the factory version is much nicer!!!
      2) I think Rambo has a Turkey Brain.. the FJ is cool....
      3) I am also waiting to see the new Matrix, but I think it will be based on the Blade, which is a cool car...
      http://www.caranddriver.com/carnews/12496/2009-toyota-blade.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      GAG, three more of there ugliest.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope the new 09 Matrix is just a rebadged Toyota Auris from Europe. It looks soooo much better than the current one on the streets, though the oooold looking carolla is also to blame for it's looks. finally all the cars will look new instead of having ol grandpa in the middle. The FJ droptop was a poor effort since they literally cut the top from the truck, they should've left it as a hardtop Only. Also toyota prides itself on 'superior hybrid technology' and while they have more hybrids in their lineup than pretty much anyone else, they need to make the hybrid setup an option for all their vehicles, maybe make all their small cars from the yaris to the corrolla and prius hybrid standard and only.. just something to show they are serious rather than wondering if they should use a different battery type. Yes such things can be expesnive.. But they are worth it..
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