What did we find? A full aluminum body sitting atop a freshly cleaned 80 Series Land Cruiser frame. Justin & the guys at Red Line are already test fitting seats and lights to finalize model 0001 of the FJU, which will be on display in the Radlfo booth at SEMA 2014.
While no one knows exactly how the finished truck will look, feel, and most importantly handle..we're very excited to see this project get started.
AutoBlog.com has posted a gallery of photos showing a 2016 Tacoma test 'mule' performing towing tests. This vehicle is most likely testing an updated powertrain, so from a design standpoint it looks like a current model Toyota Tacoma. This truck sports a 6speed Manual transmission, but AutoBlog reports a 6-speed Auto will be available when the truck ships in late 2016. While we're all still wondering what the new Taco will look like, it's great to see testing of an updated drivetrain.
More info will be coming soon, so stay tuned to Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine!
Calling all East Coast Enthusiasts! (Or anyone that would love to visit Asheville, NC this fall)
Today Weekend & Day Passes for Overland Expo EAST went on sale. The first ever OX east of the Mississippi will happen October 3-5 at Taylor Ranch just outside Asheville, and promises to be another great event. If you've ever wanted to see what this overland stuff is all about, this is a great opportunity. For this event the Overland Expo team is adding a kids adventure area and a bushcraft skills area in addition to the 100+ vendors and very popular Camel Trophy Overland Skills area.
Weekend Passes provide access Friday-Sunday and are available for $55/person or $95/family. One day passes are available for Sunday only for $10/person or $15/family. Camping for the weekend is a separate fee of $35, which covers all 3 days.
To learn more or sign up, visit the Overland Expo East website.
Today Toyota released pricing for the Tacoma and 4Runner TRD Pro Models, which will be available at Toyota dealers this fall. We’ve been waiting to see what the additional functionality and cosmetic upgrades would cost, now we have our answers. Pricing for the TRD Pro Tundra model will be announced soon.
Last week we sent Jim Akers East to the 2014 Black Hills Cruiser Classic. Thanks to Woody from IH8MUD.com, Jim was able to get out there in "Pearl", and had a great time rolling with Land Cruiser enthusiasts!
Look for the full story in the October issue of Toyota Cruisers & Trucks magazine, but for now, here are a few photos...
The TCT Team is out in full force outside Flagstaff, Arizona this weekend. There are Toyota Trucks, Land Cruiser, FJ's, 4Runners, and nearly every other vehicle you can image strewn far and wide around Mormon lake.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are here to introduce you to the TRD-PRO series of the 4-Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra vehicles. This is something that to my knowledge no manufacturer has ever done: release an entire family of very special vehicles all at the same time.
The creators of the TRD-PRO wanted us to share with you part of their inspiration; Waku-Doki, this is a Japanese expression that translates to – “Heart Pumping, Adrenaline Racing”. It can’t be easy for a manufacturer to get a product, much less three, to market that can get your heart pumping or your adrenaline racing AND make it past the lawyers and bean counters at the same time. Everyone knows that Toyota’s mechanical dependability is unmatched throughout the industry and, with the TRD Pro trucks it’s seems that they just might be listening to us consumers as well.
We're in Vegas this week test driving the TRD Pro series Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner with Toyota & TRD. They've graciously offered to help us host a meetup tomorrow morning at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Join us from 10am-12pm TOMORROW, May 3 2014 and see the TRD Pro Trucks up close & personal!
Time: 10a-12pm Saturday May 3rd, 2014
Place: Main entrance parking lot of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (MAP)
If you're on Facebook check in on our Event Page so we know you're coming =)
We hope to see many of you tomorrow!
With the Toyota Tacoma very much long in the tooth (it's been 10 years since the 2nd generation came out), and rumors of a "global" Toyota Truck platform still circulating, this really could be what the 3rd generation Tacoma / Hilux pickup looks like.