• Sep 28, 2007
It's during moments like these that you know Toyota wishes it had a heavy-duty version of the Tundra. While the currently-available versions are capable of rescuing shipping containers in distress, and can make like the Millenium Falcon escaping from a giant space slug, they cannot haul the transporter that carries the Tundra race trucks. As our friends at Jalopnik show, at the Texas State Fair, that task is left to the maximum-cojones of a Chevy Silverado 3500 HD. Oh, what a feeling... of humiliation.
[Source: Jalopnik]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I laughed so hard I think I gave myself a hernia. How can a company that supposedly is so smart and so effecient let this one get by? Think they're missing Press?
      The Nissan dealer in Orland Park Ill uses a ford for parts delivery.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thundra, we're here to race........but Silverado are here to haul and that's what trucks are build for. Shitty Fawken Toyota.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pantywaists traitors can cry, but even their beloved ToyMoCo knows that Japtrucks can't cut it. For all of their bluster and swagger, Toy's own knows that their own ads are fake.

      Great work, Alex, you've made my weekend!
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's not why several towing companies have gone to using Hino trucks. They need something dependable to carry Fords GMs and Dodges. None of those trucks cut the mustard.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Barney...is that why I see a ton of towing companies around here with shiny new Ford, GM, Dodges, Kenworth and International tow trucks/flatbeds? If Hino was SOOOO special, everyone would be switching over.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "It's a good laugh no matter how you spin it."


      Yeah, you got the Point, HotRodzNKustoms.
      • 7 Years Ago
      isnt the duramax engine an isuzu motor? ohh the irony indeed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Its a joint operation, its just as much GM as it is isuzu.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing and had to look it up before I commented.
        I'm not defending this little incident by any stretch of the imagination. This IS funny as can be and I got a good chuckle out of it.
        I'm a Toyota fan so I have to defend the make a little on this one. In the current Toyota line-up there is no vehicle that can tow this size trailer safely. There a bunch of Hinos out there that can do the job easily so I can't really think of a reason why these people chose to use a GM.
        I'm hanging my head in shame :-(
      • 7 Years Ago
      No diesels, no heavy duties. As good as they might be, maybe they should use all that scratch they make from peddling boring Camrys and develop their truck line a bit.

      You asked for it, you got it, Toyota.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Silverado - Official Truck of the Toyota Racing Team!

      Seriously, you'd think someone organizing this would've thought about it enough to have chosen a Freightliner or something that Toyota wasn't racing AGAINST.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Silverado - Official Truck of the Toyota Racing Team!"


        lmao haaahaahhaha you can say that again!
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ahh the Turd-ra. Wrong frame, wrong interior, Korean inspired copying of other trucks, bad engines, bedbolts that stick out too far, a shaky bed, and now this. It just keeps getting better. I love my F150! =)
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        Isn't it sad where people have a loyalty to a foreign company and yet they live in and take advantage of the rest of what America has to offer as long as its not made by an American company.

        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        The Tundra is not that bad, just not one of the better ones. Most of the sales for their truck have come from Toyota owners so it goes to show that some people will take loyalty over the best market offerings.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        Dave,
        your view of the US economy is so narrow that I don't think you'd even understand it if someone explained it to you.
        Take a look at the computer that you just typed your comment with and see where it's made. But I doubt you'll understand it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota does actually make a more-than-HD truck (several, actually) by way of their Hino subsidiary. I don't know Hino's lineup well, so perhaps they don't make a small enough truck for this kind of work.

      Regardless, yes, this is a stupid move on the part of Toyota marketing regardless. And yes, this is another Autoblog "dig at the overdog" story.
        • 7 Years Ago
        As opposed to the other turd ads I won't mention, that really preach at us that their truck is "America's truck."

        In any case, this is pretty awesome.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Just because you can do something, doesn't mean it's a good idea. Towing at or near the recommended maximum in any truck isn't a smart idea.

        And yes, Toyota's marketing is obnoxious. Marketing, generally, is an obnoxious thing. At least Toyota is extolling the virtues of the product--however truthful that may be--rather than wrapping themselves in the flag as GM does with it's American Revolution campaign.

        It's amazing. I mean, domestic fans (correction: GM people mostly--Ford and Chrysler fans aren't one-tenth as obnoxious) didn't like Toyota to start with, but the arrival of the latest Tundra seems to have personally offended a lot of people.

        I can't help but think that, even if it's only a shot across the bow, that the Tundra really does worry some folks; that it implies that the last bastion on American dominance in the automotive market may be on the wane.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They (Hino) do make a class 5. I guess Toyota figured if GM could call one of their cars a Nova, GM wouldn't mind sharing a heavy duty pickup. I don't think GM and Toyota are in offence like some bloggers. Seeing GM has borrowed ideas from Toyota in the past. ( mutual contract )
      Kyle B of ft.myers
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just another example of how intertwined the big 3 are in american society, they may be down but its going to take a lot more to make them surrender. Say, kinda like the Iraq War in reverse if you think about it?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe they owned American (not made in America totally) trucks before and know better.
      • 7 Years Ago
      According to the Tundra commercials this job isn`t too big. Want a real truck shop at home.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I wonder where the hooks are on this one? They hook the cable to the one that was going down the metal ramp? Of course you noticed they didn't show the trailer tires lock up and smoking in an effort to help stop it! Or when they supposedly pulled that shipping box over the edge of the cliff that had styrofoam walls, top, bed and nose. It took 4 tries to get one good shot before it fell apart!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sorry Barney, I haven`t seen them commercials. But in comparison which of the two would be closer to the truth? My money is on GM.

        PS. I like my Canadian built Silverado. You should be proud!
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