Toyota Tundra Canada
The Toyota Tundra is a full sized pickup truck manufactured by Toyota in Indiana and Texas for Canada and the United States since 1999; it arrived at Canadian dealers in the summer of 1999 as a 2000 Tundra model. While it shares the same engine and platform with the Toyota Sequoia SUV it looks like a bigger version of the popular Toyota Tacoma.
Toyota Tundra 2000-2006
The first Tundra concept truck was named T150 which was later dropped since it was too similar to the Ford F150 pick-up truck and renamed Toyota Tundra, In its first year along the Tundra broke all sales records and was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year and was awarded the Truck of the Year in 2000 by Motor Trend magazine. The Tundra was available with three optional engines; V6 3.4L 24-valve engine with 190HP and a V8 4.7L 32-valve engine with 245HP which it shared with the Toyota FJ Cruiser and 4Runner. A supercharger kit by TRD (Toyota Racing Development) was available for the V6 engine boosting horsepower to 260 from 190HP, a supercharger kit was also made available for the V8 engine increasing power to over 300HP, the V8 supercharger kit was later dropped when the V8 VVT-i engine replaced the previous V8 Toyota engine in 2005.
In 2005 the Tundra received a new V6 4.0L engine with 236HP with a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. In 2006 a Ford Tundra Darrell Waltrip Edition was released with a limited production of 2000 units, which included 18 inch wheels. The Tundra was the first full size pick-up truck to receive a good crash rating from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).
Toyota Tundra 2007-present
The second generation Toyota Tundra made its debut at the 2006 Auto Show in Chicago with a revolutionized design following some of the radical changes seen in the Toyota FTX concept truck. It also featured a new V8 5.7L engine also used by the Toyota Land Cruiser, Sequoia and Lexus LX. Other upgrades included back up camera, 22 inch wheels, extra large disc brakes and a 6-speed sequential automatic transmission. In 2008 the production of the Tundra moved to the Toyota manufacturing plant in Texas where the Toyota Tacoma's are also assembled.
The 2011 Toyota Tundra in Canada is available in several configurations with three cab models; Tundra regular cab in 4x2 or 4x4; Tundra double cab in 4x4 or 4x4 and the full size Toyota Tundra CrewMax in 4x4. While they are all available with the V8 5.7L 8-cylinder engine the double cab has an optional V8 4.6L DOHC engine with VVT-i technology. The V8 5.7L engine features, i-FORCE, crank hold electronic starter control, 32-valve DOHC, Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), sequential multiport electronic fuel injection, Toyota's Electronic Throttle Control System (ETCS-i) and rated at an impressive 381 horsepower.
The new 2013 Tundra also includes front and back Bilstein shock absorbers, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), and One-Touch 4WD on the 4x4 models. The Tundra CrewMax is a bigger model of the popular Tundra crew cab with more rear legroom and is available with a Platinum Navigation package which includes 20 inch rims, voice activated DVD player, built in backup camera, and XM satellite radio.