Associate Editor Tim Esterdahl is a married father of three who enjoys all things automotive including wrenching on his collection of old pickups. He also plays an absurd amount of golf. Like really absurd.
Toyota continues their tradition of technological innovation. Known for their vehicles, they have spread their wings into advancing medical care through robotics. Toyota recently unveiled four new robots that will be available for medical use by 2013.
Lexus is taking advantage of the spotlight that the 2011 SEMA show casts to debut a collection of several new 2013 models and exciting custom build cars.
Here are the vehicles and highlights provided by Toyota:
GS 350 with F SPORT Package by Lexus
Toyota has teamed up with DC Shoes and West Coast Customs to create the Ultimate Motocross Truck. The truck was built using a Toyota Tundra full-size pickup and was introduced at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The modifications on this custom Tundra were made with the Motocross rider in mind and will allow it to conquer the roughest terrain.
West Coast Customs took a Tundra Double Cab 4WD with the 5.7 liter V8 and six-speed automatic transmission and built-in an array of modifications. The truck also has the standard Tundra bed and is a Flex Fuel vehicle. The modifications begin with a suspension lift by Camburg Racing ups its total ground clearance while shocks by Fox Racing and General 35 x 12.5 x 18 inch tires mounted to KMC 18 x 9 inch wheels give it superior balance and stability. Line-X contributes custom rough-texture paint, bumpers and side steps are done by N-Fab, accessories are by Matrix and the stereo system is by Diamond and Pioneer with cables and connections added by Monster.
Parts shortages in Japan that have continued to linger since the March earthquake and corresponding Tsunami are expected to continue thanks to floods in Thailand. These shortages are affecting everything from the selection of cars at your local dealership to canceling overtime at U.S. manufacturing plants.
The parts shortage has also affected your wallet with the expected retail incentive showdown now unlikely to take place in the last few months of 2011.
Recently U.S. retailers confirmed that fully-stocked inventories were unlikely to be a reality until 2012. Many retailers stated that they did not expect to be fully restocked until the end of the third quarter.
Toyota recently unveiled a special Toyota Tundra T-Force 2.0 Texas Edition for their loyal American fan base at the Texas Star Fair. They plan on only making 500 of this one-of-a-kind truck for the Gulf-States area.
After last year’s Tundra packages from the State Fair were so well received, Toyota felt an encore was in order according to Bob Carter, Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager. The result is an upgrade to the already-stellar Tundra T-Force 2.0.