Toyota shows off 2014 Tundra at Chicago Auto Show
Toyota recently unveiled its 2014 Tundra-full size pick at the opening press days of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Company officials noted that the truck is a product of the customer feedback on past Tundra models.
"Toyota prides itself on listening to its customers and the development of the 2014 American-born Tundra is a perfect example," said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. "Tundra's new exterior design and all-new interior were inspired by customer feedback requesting a more chiseled exterior and refined interior with improved driver ergonomics, and easy-to-use technology, giving customers more of what they want instead, in addition to what they need."
Company officials said the latest truck holds true to the award-winning Tundra name. In the past seven consecutive years, the Tundra has won the Full-Size Pick Up segment of the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study.
The 2014 Tundra model has been completely redesigned, accounting for the first major changes since 2007. Officials said the outside of the car will have a more chiseled look as the hood and grille offer a more modern industrial image. In addition the interior improvements include easier access to controls, whether the driver is wearing work gloves or not, the large knobs allow for easier use. Drivers are also encouraged to install Husky Liners® truck floor mats to keep that interior looking spotless.
The truck is also featuring some never before seen features in its segments. The Tundra will include a new Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a back-up camera and standard Bluetooth.
Tundra towed a space shuttle
Last year, the Toyota Tundra CrewMax towed the Space Shuttle Endeavor over busy LA freeway, providing proof of the trucks towing capacity. Officials said the half-ton CrewMax successfully pulled the 290,000 pound shuttle and trailer without any modifications to the vehicle.
At around the same time, J.D. Power and Associates named the Toyota Tundra CrewMax and the Ford F-150 the safest pickup trucks on the market.
"Every 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax is equipped with 8 airbags, including knee airbags for the driver and front passenger," the J.D. Power Associate's website stated. "Additionally, the Tundra comes standard with 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction control, stability control, trailer sway control, and a Smart Stop system designed to prevent the truck from accelerating if the brake pedal is pressed. A reversing camera and front and rear park-assist sensors are optional."