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2014 Tundra Pre-Orders Strong – Production Changes, More Variations Coming

UPDATE: There has been a lot of media outlets lately (like this Autonews story) talking about what Bill Fay, Toyota Division General Manager, comments on expanding production of the Tundra and moving production of the Tacoma. Just a reminder, we reported on this months ago. Here is our original post.

Lost in the frantic news and reviews of the 2014 Tundra is a most interesting tidbit. It seems Toyota’s Chief Engineer Mike Sweers alluded to Toyota building more Tundra pickups and different variations of it are coming soon. Say what?

2014 Tundra Pre-Orders Strong - Production Changes, More Variations Coming

According to Chief Engineer Mike Sweers, pre-orders of the 2014 have been really strong prompting discussion of moving the Tacoma production and building more variations of the truck.

Toyota HD Rumor Grows – Survey Hints at New Model

For years, Toyota has teased dealers and fans with the idea of an HD version of their Tundra full-size pickup. We have recently reported that a 1/2 ton HD is in the works. Now, we have more proof that Toyota is up to something.

Toyota HD Rumor Grows - Survey Hints at New Model

Toyota recently surveyed owners about the desire to have more towing and payload. Does this add fuel to the HD rumor?

Toyota Tundra 1/2-Ton HD Coming – Fact or Fiction

For years, Toyota Tundra owners have been clamoring for a true HD version of the truck. Recently, a rumor has been growing strength that an HD version is coming albeit not exactly the one HD fans are wanting. Is this the right move for Toyota?

Toyota Tundra 3D Model Concepts

I found a fairly wide collection of 3D Toyota Tundra models on Google’s Sketchup website. For those that don’t know (which included me up until a few days ago), Sketchup is a free 3D modeling program provided to the public by Google (is there anything they don’t do?).

3d models of Toyota Tundra concepts

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I stumbled upon these sketches completely by accident, and I think they’re pretty incredible. Check out 3D models of each sketch below:

Is Toyota Already Selling The H.D. Tundra?

Toyota Tundra fans have been waiting on pins and needles for an “H.D. Tundra”, or heavy-duty Tundra, ever since Toyota announced they were working on a 3/4 ton Tundra back in 2005. Originally promised to follow soon after the light-duty Tundra (the current model), our sources are now saying that Toyota won’t be introducing an HD Tundra anytime soon…if at all.

That’s right – it’s far from certain that Toyota will ever produce a 3/4 or 1 ton Tundra. As of July 2008, we felt the HD Tundra was at least five years away. Today, we’re wondering if Toyota is ever going to produce a 3/4 or 1 ton Tundra. Perhaps the market for H.D. trucks is going to shrink so much that Toyota’s current light-duty truck is “heavy duty enough.”

In other words, what if Toyota is already producing the H.D. Tundra?