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Όχι, δεν υπερβάλλω καθόλου. Η Toyota αναγνωρίζει την αξία της SEMA και την προβολή που εξασφαλίζει μία ισχυρή παρουσία στην έκθεση, οπότε κατέβασε σχεδόν ολόκληρη την γκάμα της στο Las Vegas.

Πρώτα απ’ όλα, έφερε δύο “Back to the Future” πρωτότυπα. Το Tacoma που είδαμε πριν από λίγο καιρό και το εξωφρενικό Mirai με την αερανάρτηση, τις gullwing πόρτες, το φουτουριστικό εσωτερικό  και όλα τα απαραίτητα αξεσουάρ για ένα ταξίδι στο παρελθόν ή το μέλλον.

Όμως δεν έμεινε εκεί. Η Toyota Racing Development παρουσίασε 5 νέα concepts: ένα Avalon, ένα Camry, ένα Corolla, ένα Highlander και ένα Land Cruiser. Η TRD έβαλε το χεράκι της ώστε κάθε ένα από αυτά τα μοντέλα να είναι μοναδικό. Γι’ αυτό άλλαξε αναρτήσεις, “έδεσε” το πλαίσιο, τοποθέτησε ζάντες, αναβάθμισε εσωτερικά και ότι άλλο μπορείς να φανταστείς. Το αποτέλεσμα, μπορώ να πω ότι την δικαιώνει. Μπορεί να μην είναι παρανοϊκά βελτιωμένα, αλλά οι βελτιώσεις είναι εμφανείς και καλαίσθητες.

Στη συνέχεια, η Ιαπωνική εταιρία χρησιμοποίησε την έκθεση aftermarket προϊόντων και εταιριών για να εκθέσει τα αγωνιστικά της. Συγκεκριμένα, το Camry που χρησιμοποιεί ο Carl Edwards στο Nascar Sprint Cup και το Rav4 του Ryan Millen.

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H Toyota ετοίμασε δύο concepts για τους ανήσυχους οικογενειάρχες. Από τη μία, έχουμε το Sienna R-Tuned concept που διαθέτει νέες ζάντες και ελαστικά, νέα ανάρτηση και διαφορικό περιορισμένης ολίσθησης ενώ το εσωτερικό του έχει “γδυθεί” για να τοποθετηθούν μόνο τα αγωνιστικά buckets και το roll cage. Μηχανικά, έχει διατηρήσει τον 3.5 λίτρων V6 του και το αυτόματο κιβώτιο με το οποίο συνεργάζεται αλλά χάρη στις υπόλοιπες βελτιώσεις, σημείωσε 1:17 στην πίστα Streets of Willow Springs που σημαίνει ότι είναι 1 δευτερόλεπτο ταχύτερο από την Chevrolet Camaro SS! Αν όμως ο οικογενειάρχης δεν έχει αγωνιστικές ανησυχίες, υπάρχει το Ultimate Utility Vehicle. Βασίζεται στο Tacoma αλλά “φορά” το αμάξωμα του Sienna. Πατάει σε ζάντες 22 ιντσών ενώ η ανάρτηση του έχει διαδρομή 40 εκατοστών. Το εσωτερικό μοιάζει stock αλλά διαθέτει δορυφορική τηλεόραση, οθόνη LED 60 ιντσών, οθόνη 17 ιντσών στο ταμπλό, ηχοσύστημα 2.500 Watt, wi-fi και πολλά άλλα.

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Επίσης η Toyota παρουσίασε και το Tundrasine concept, ένα Tundra 1794 Edition CrewMax με 8 πόρτες, με το μεταξόνιο του να έχει μεγαλώσει κατά 2.286 mm. Τέλος η Toyota παρουσίασε και ένα βελτιωμένο Land Cruiser όσο και ένα Tonka 4Runner.

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TOYOTA MIRAI DRAWS ON TIME-TRAVELLING INSPIRATION FOR SEMA SHOW Fresh Off Its Back to the Future Day Debut, Modified Mirai Visits Vegas

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015—This fuel cell vehicle looks ready for the fourth dimension. Toyota will bring its exclusive Back to the Future-inspired Mirai to the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas November 3-6, with added features to impress visitors. MV Designz helped Toyota re-imagine Doc Brown’s time machine for today’s adventurers, complete with gullwing doors and a heads-up display of the time-traveling destination.

Drawing on Back to the Future movie magic and modern-day specialty design, the 2016 Mirai “time machine” features a number of modifications: – Conversion from four-door to two-door coupe body style – Gullwing doors – Custom 19-inch “Infinity” LED wheels and tires – Custom air-ride suspension – Blue LED lighting throughout vehicle – Custom brushed-aluminum paint – Heads-up destination clock display – Integrated tablet replacing original equipment head unit – Flux capacitor housed in a custom center console

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TOYOTA REIMAGINES MARTY MCFLY’S DREAM TRUCK WITH 2016 TACOMA Menacing Movie-Inspired Tacoma Hits the SEMA Show in Las Vegas

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015—Here’s a Toyota truck made for movie fans. Using the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma that went on sale in September, Toyota re-created the famous 4X4 from the Back to the Future franchise to delight the fans at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

To make the 2016 Tacoma look like a modern-day version of the classic from the movie, a number of modifications were made: – Custom 1985 Toyota Truck Exterior Paint – Off-road Suspension – Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Wheels – BFGoodrich Tires – Custom front and rear Tubular Bumpers – Custom Light Bar – KC HiLites Gravity LED G46 – KC HiLites Daylighter Gravity LED – Custom “D-4S” Fuel Injection Badging – Custom Tailgate with Iconic “TOYOTA” Logo – Custom Vintage Headlight and Taillight Design – Mud Flaps 1985 Toyota Truck The Back to the Future-inspired Tacoma can be seen November 3-6, 2015, in the Toyota display booth (#24700) located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2015 SEMA Show.

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SEMA EDITION TRD TOYOTAS MAY BE MORE THAN DREAM MACHINES Special Edition Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander and Land Cruiser Make Debut at Toyota Booth

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015—The five Toyota Racing Development (TRD) vehicles on display at Toyota’s 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show booth are designed to inspire the imagination of industry professionals and consumers alike. Toyota is looking for actual feedback on these sporty machines.

The five SEMA Edition TRD vehicles—representing a cross-section of five of Toyota’s most popular sedans, SUVs and crossovers—have been modified for sportier good looks and more responsive handling. The quintet is comprised of a SEMA Edition TRD Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander and Land Cruiser.

“We think our SEMA Edition TRD vehicles will surprise many,” said Steve Appelbaum, National Engagement Marketing Manager, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “These concepts are hot—dare we say sexy—vehicles that are equal parts show and go.”

All of the SEMA Edition TRD concepts feature special edition Silver Pearl paint on the exterior and custom TRD embroidery inside. In addition, all but the Land Cruiser sport a front chin spoiler, aero-inspired rocker panels and rear-end diffuser treatment.

Just as each model plays a different role in the Toyota lineup, each of the SEMA Edition TRD vehicles boasts unique modifications designed to enhance its sporty looks and driving dynamics.

SEMA Edition TRD Avalon

For 20 years, the Toyota Avalon has set the benchmark for the premium midsize sedan category. Toyota’s flagship sedan features an elegant yet athletic exterior design, dynamic performance, and a high level of refinement and technology. The Avalon has proven popular with drivers and passengers alike, allowing them to go places in style and comfort.

Based on the production 2015 Avalon XLE Touring, the SEMA Edition TRD Avalon builds on this winning formula with TRD lowering springs that reduce the vehicle’s ride height by 1.5 inches both front and rear, TRD performance-tuned struts all around, TRD custom free-flow cat-back performance dual exhaust with quad tips, and TRD decklid badging.

The SEMA Edition TRD Avalon rides on 255/35/19 tires wrapped around bronze 19×9-inch TRD performance wheels.

SEMA Edition TRD Camry

The best-selling car in America for the last 13 years was redesigned for 2015 with a bold new look, stiffer body structure, enhanced aerodynamics and its quietest ride ever.

Using the 2015 Camry XSE V6 as a canvas, the artists at TRD used TRD lowering springs to lower the vehicle by 1 inch up front and 1.5 inches in back, for better aerodynamics, improved traction and handling, and a more aggressive stance. Both the look and the handling are enhanced by 21×9.5-inch bronze TRD performance wheels surrounded by 255/35/21 tires.

TRD performance-tuned struts, brake pads, and custom free-flow cat-back performance dual exhaust complete the package.

SEMA Edition TRD Corolla

America’s best-selling compact car—and, in fact, the best-selling automotive nameplate in history—the Toyota Corolla is justifiably popular for its sporty styling, outstanding fuel economy and “class above” interior room.

The 2016 Corolla LE Eco is the MPG champ of the line, but it’s also a strong performer with the highest-powered engine of any Corolla, delivering eight more horsepower than the other models. That made it the ideal candidate for a SEMA Edition TRD makeover.

The production Corolla LE Eco puts that power to the pavement through a continuously variable transmission. In the SEMA Edition TRD Corolla, the CVT is replaced by a TRD six-speed manual, for a sportier driving experience. Performance is further enhanced by a TRD custom free-flow cat-back single exhaust system.

Adding to the driving fun are 255/30/19 tires and bronze 19×9-inch TRD performance wheels. The SEMA Edition TRD Corolla hugs the road with a ride height that’s 1 inch lower in front and 1.5 inches lower in the rear than the production Corolla.

SEMA Edition TRD Highlander

The Toyota Highlander started the midsize crossover SUV category 15 years ago, so it had a head start on becoming a benchmark. The SEMA Edition TRD Highlander raises the bar even higher, with the most significant interior upgrades of any of the SEMA Edition TRD concepts. In addition to TRD seats, the cabin of the concept Highlander has been completely redone in dramatic full black with red accents, from dash panel to door panels.

The Highlander’s stock tires and wheels were replaced by 285/35/20 tires and 20×10-inch bronze TRD performance wheels front and rear.

With a ride height that’s 1 inch lower up front and 1.5 inches in back, the SEMA Edition TRD Highland is the crossover that crosses the line from popular people-hauler to stealth SUV.

SEMA Edition TRD Land Cruiser

Toyota has sold Land Cruiser models in the United States continually since 1957. Over the last nearly 60 years, the Land Cruiser has evolved from a utilitarian go-anywhere vehicle to one of the most luxurious full-capability SUVs on the market. The SEMA Edition TRD Land Cruiser, based on the redesigned 2016 model, takes this iconic Toyota to new heights—literally.

While the rear of the SEMA Edition TRD Land Cruiser is at stock ride height, the front end has been raised a full two inches, for even more impressive ground clearance and angle of approach. A TRD skid plate protects the underbody of the vehicle.

Up front, the production suspension has been enhanced by TRD adjustable remote-reservoir coilover shock absorbers, while TRD adjustable remote-reservoir shocks and springs augment the rear suspension.

Exterior details of the concept vehicle serve both style and substance. They include a TRD brush guard with LED driving lights; a TRD performance off-road air snorkel; bronze-colored TRD tubular running boards; and a roof-mounted cargo pod. In back, the TRD performance cat-back dual-tip exhaust features an innovative offset design that’s as smart as it is functional.

The finishing touches for the ultimate Toyota SUV? 285/55/20 tires and TRD 20×10-inch performance wheels front and rear.

Toyota Wants Your Opinion

TRD staff will be on hand at the Toyota display—and at the nearby TRD trailer, adjacent to the Toyota booth on the Patio Annex—throughout the run of the 2015 SEMA Show, asking journalists and visitors their opinions of the concept vehicles.

“The Toyota Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander and Land Cruiser already do everything that vehicles in their respective segments need to do, and do them exceedingly well,” said Appelbaum. “We believe the SEMA Edition TRD versions of these vehicles will appeal to a crowd that needs a great all-around vehicle plus even more sportiness. We’re anxious to gauge public response to these concepts.”

The SEMA Edition TRD vehicles—along with numerous other Toyota specialty vehicles—will be found in the Toyota display booth (#24700) in Central Hall and on the Patio Annex of the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 3-6, 2015.

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JOE GIBBS RACING NO. 19 CAMRY ON DISPLAY AT TOYOTA’S SEMA BOOTH Vehicle Has Been Driven by Carl Edwards to Two NASCAR Wins and Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015—The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Camry, driven by Carl Edwards to two NASCAR wins this season—and which has advanced to the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup—will be prominently displayed at Toyota’s 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show booth.

Sponsored by Arris, Edwards and the No. 19 Camry are the newest members of the Toyota racing team. Edwards joined Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2015 season and was instrumental in Toyota’s domination of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series this year. Toyota won 13 of the 26 regular season races in 2015, as many as all other manufacturers combined.

Edwards himself won two races outright—the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington in September. Most recently, he qualified for the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and will drive the No. 19 Camry in the first race of the round, the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, on Sunday, November 1, at Martinsville Speedway.

The competition Camry was redesigned for 2015. “It was a challenging process balancing performance and design,” said David Wilson, general manager of Toyota Racing Development (TRD). “But working closely with NASCAR, our race team partners, and Calty Design Research, Toyota’s advanced design studio, we were able to develop a race car that looks similar to its production counterpart—and provide a performance upgrade on the race track.”

The upgrades include an aerodynamic front end with a sport mesh grille that mimics the aggressive design of the production Camry, along with a reshaped aft section and new quarter windows. Under the hood is a 5.86-liter V8 mated to a four-speed manual transmission.

When the 2015 competition Camry was introduced, Wilson said, “We worked hard to make sure it had the most optimal aerodynamic characteristics, so that we won’t be leaving anything on the table. And we felt like we achieved that and we believe that it’s going to race just fine.”

Obviously, Wilson was right, and SEMA attendees can see for themselves why the car has enjoyed so much success this year. The No. 19 Camry will be on view November 3-6, 2015, in the Toyota display booth (#24700) located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2015 SEMA Show.

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RALLY RAV4 TO BE SHOWCASED AT TOYOTA’S 2015 SEMA DISPLAY A Stock Crossover Crossing Over New Boundaries

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015—The Toyota RAV4 that Ryan Millen has piloted to four victories in this year’s Rally America series will be prominently displayed at Toyota’s 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show booth.

Millen himself, a member of the famed Millen family of racing legends, will also make an appearance at the display, where he will sign autographs and pose for pictures following Toyota’s 10:00 a.m. press conference on Tuesday, November 3.

The rally car started life as a 2015 RAV4 LE but, with the help of his team, Millen removed about 500 pounds from the crossover by completely gutting the interior. The door panels, rear bench and headliner are gone, the front doors are fitted with Plexiglas windows and the LE’s cloth-upholstered front seats have been replaced by a pair of lightweight racing seats. A full roll cage helps protect the occupants from the sometimes brutal realities of rally racing.

The RAV4 LE’s 17-inch steel wheels have been replaced by a set of black 15-inch alloys wrapped by BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires. Additionally, the crossover has gained TEIN suspension components on both axles that offer better cornering performance across a wide range of conditions.

Surprisingly, Toyota has not made any engine modifications so the rally car is powered by a stock RAV4 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 176 horsepower and 172 pounds-feet of torque. The crossover was built to compete in the 2WD Open Class so it is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission that spins the front wheels only.

In his inaugural season, Millen, his navigator and fiancée Christine Fate, and the RAV4 have won their class in four out of five of the rallies they’ve entered.

But Millen is no stranger to winning races in Toyota vehicles. The son of off-roading/rally legend Rod Millen has a history with Toyota that stretches back to his childhood, including racing in the MTEG stadium series at the age of nine, piloting an FJ Cruiser in the Baja 1000, and winning his class in the Baja 1000 in a Toyota Tundra TRD Pro just last year.

“I’ve driven just about everything Toyota has to offer,” Millen said, “and I’ve been very impressed with the RAV4’s performance in spite of the fact that it’s very stock. We never imagined it would do so well right out of the box.”

The Rally RAV4 can be seen November 3-6, 2015, in the Toyota display booth (#24700) located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2015 SEMA Show.

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TOYOTA SIENNA R-TUNED CONCEPT PUSHES THE LIMITS AT TOYOTA’S 2015 SEMA DISPLAY Sienna with Stock Engine and Transmission Outpaces Camaro SS

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015—Why turn a Sienna minivan—the least likely product in the Toyota lineup—into a performance vehicle? It’s one thing to make an LFA supercar go fast around a racetrack. People expect that. But no one sees a Sienna coming.

People’s perception of just how much fun you can have driving a family hauler will change dramatically when they see the Toyota Sienna R-Tuned concept, which made its debut today at Toyota’s 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show display.

Toyota Technical Center collaborated with championship-winning performance shop DG-Spec to modify a stock Sienna SE “Swagger Wagon” with performance tires, wheels, brakes, double-adjustable shocks with racing springs, and a clutch-type limited-slip differential to deliver radically enhanced performance.

The result? Even though the concept uses the Sienna’s stock 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, it has outpaced even a 6.2-liter V8 Camaro SS on the test track. At the Streets of Willow Springs, just north of Los Angeles, the Sienna R-Tuned turned a blistering 1:27 lap time, sailing past the 6.2-liter V8 Camaro by a full second around the 1.7-mile sports car course.

“When we produced the Sienna SE, we started moving in the direction of more sportiness beyond what you would find in a family hauler,” said Andrew Lund, chief engineer for the Sienna at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “With the Sienna R-Tuned, we wanted to see if we could create a vehicle that would push the limits even farther. We definitely proved that it’s possible.”

When asked how the Sienna R-Tuned could go faster than a 426-horsepower sports car, Lund said, “We looked at the overall dynamics of the vehicle, and made adjustments to make the vehicle handle and brake better. The Sienna R-Tuned simply carries more speed through the corners.”

Yet the Sienna R-Tuned isn’t a vehicle that can only be handled by a professional driver. When tested by a select group of everyday drivers, they were truly surprised at how easy it is to drive. People felt more confident, more in control and more secure behind the wheel.

The Sienna R-Tuned can be seen November 3-6, 2015, in the Toyota display booth (#24700) located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2015 SEMA Show.

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FULL DETAILS OF TOYOTA’S ULTIMATE UTILITY VEHICLE REVEALED Sienna Body on Tacoma Frame Has Wi-Fi, Internet, Satellite TV, Skype Capability, Night Vision Camera to Serve as Command Center for Ever-Better Expedition

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015—The Toyota Ultimate Utility Vehicle—teased to the press in June when it began its journey on the Ever-Better Expedition—has made its long-awaited debut at Toyota’s 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show booth.

The one-of-a-kind concept vehicle, which takes the spacious body of a Toyota Sienna minivan and mates it to a rugged Toyota Tacoma 4×4 frame, will serve as the command center for the North American leg of the expedition, a convoy of nine Toyota vehicles that are being driven over 16,500 miles through the continent’s most extreme driving conditions.

Because it is the operational hub of this grueling endurance test, the UUV is the most technologically sophisticated of connected cars. Among the fully functional equipment inside the UUV: a TracVision mobile satellite television receiver; Wi-Fi; Internet access; multiple USB ports; 17-inch monitor; 60-inch Sony LED TV; 2,500-watt JBL audio system; and a Flir M-324xp night vision camera system with high-definition recording capability.

From captain’s chairs equipped with laptop tray tables in the back of the Ultimate Utility Vehicle, Toyota engineers can monitor driving data from every vehicle in real time; record video of vehicle handling and braking, day or night; and report back to Toyota headquarters on the cars’ performance via Skype.

The UUV uses a Sienna minivan body because it offers the most interior space for the array of electronic equipment housed inside the vehicle. But even the durable Sienna is not designed for the challenging off-road adventures the Ever-Better Expedition vehicles face. So its unibody structure was hollowed out, reinforced, and mated to a similarly reinforced Tacoma four-wheel-drive frame.

For outstanding ground clearance and approach and departure angles, the UUV has been equipped with an Engaged four-link long-travel suspension that gives a four-inch lift in ride height. 33×22 Nitto Mud Grappler tires mounted on 22×12-inch Monster Energy 539B off-road wheels get power to the ground on and off road. The UUV boasts an amazing 15.75 inches of wheel travel to conquer virtually any type of terrain it may encounter.

The size of the tires hampered operation of the stock Sienna’s sliding rear doors and front-hinged front doors. So the rear doors were reengineered and motorized to slide out, rather than back, to offer access to the cavernous passenger compartment. And the front doors were redesigned to open from the front, “suicide”-style, for ease of entry and exit without compromising the UUV’s off-road prowess.

From behind the wheel, operating the Ultimate Utility Vehicle seems identical to driving a stock Sienna. But, while the levers and buttons appear to be the same OEM equipment you’d find in a production Sienna, they are actually carefully crafted replicas which control the functions of the Tacoma pickup on which the UUV is based.

The Ever-Better Expedition has already completed the hot-weather portion of its North American leg. After the SEMA Show, when the weather turns rigid and icy in Canada and Alaska, the rigorous journey will continue—and the Ultimate Utility Vehicle will be at the center of it all.

The Ultimate Utility Vehicle—along with numerous other Toyota specialty vehicles—will be found in the Toyota display booth (#24700) in Central Hall and on the Patio Annex of the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 3-6, 2015.

LC 200 TO APPEAR AT TOYOTA’S 2015 SEMA DISPLAY Australian Land Cruiser Serves as Torch Bearer for Grueling Ever-Better Expedition

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015—The Toyota LC 200 that is currently serving as the torch bearer in Toyota’s grueling Ever-Better Expedition will be showcased at Toyota’s 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show booth.

The Ever-Better Expedition is a “global test drive” spanning five continents in which Toyota engineers drive production vehicles through the most demanding terrain on the planet, all in an effort to build “ever better” vehicles.

The expedition began last year in Australia, when 50 Toyota engineers drove 15 Toyota models nearly 12,500 miles. The LC 200 is the Australian version of the mighty Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota’s longest-running series and a vehicle known around the world for its off-road prowess.

The North American leg of the expedition, which began this summer, is even more demanding than the Australian segment. The 110-day, 16,000-mile leg will stretch from the heat of Death Valley to the icy winter roads of Alaska, and from the congested streets of Manhattan to the soaring heights of Pikes Peak.

The LC 200 on display at SEMA is the global torchbearer for the entire Ever-Better Expedition.

The LC 200 can be seen November 3-6, 2015, in the Toyota display booth (#24700) located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2015 SEMA Show.

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TOYOTA “TUNDRASINE” CONCEPT MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT AT TOYOTA’S 2015 SEMA DISPLAY A Stretch Limo That Stretches the Limits of What a Full-Size Pickup Can Become

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015—Toyota takes the Tundra pickup to new places in luxury and length with its Tundrasine concept, which made its global debut today as part of Toyota’s 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show display.

“SEMA members take their vehicles to extremes, and Toyota definitely goes to a new extreme with the Tundrasine. It stretches beyond what is normally expected of a stock Tundra,” said Steve Appelbaum, National Engagement Marketing Manager, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “SEMA is the perfect event to debut this concept vehicle that takes the best of Tundra and turns it into the pinnacle in executive transport . . . limo style.”

The vehicle started out as a Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition 4×4 CrewMax 5.7L V8 pickup. Toyota then transformed that full-size Tundra into a larger-than-life-size limousine—hence the Tundrasine’s portmanteau name.

The Tundrasine is over 26 feet in length and has a wheelbase of 235.9 inches. The exterior is painted Midnight Black Metallic, and its eight doors open to reveal a custom and functional brown leather interior, inspired by the cockpits and passenger compartments of luxury private jets.

“People have seen plenty of limousines before, but never one quite like the Tundrasine,” said Appelbaum.

The Tundra that serves as the basis for this chauffeur-driven showstopper was—like all Toyota Tundras—assembled at the company’s facility in San Antonio. “They say everything’s bigger in Texas,” Appelbaum said, “and the Tundrasine really drives that point home—or anywhere you want to go.” The Tundrasine can be seen November 3-6, 2015, in the Toyota display booth (#24700) located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2015 SEMA Show.

Fast Facts Base vehicle: Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition 4×4 CrewMax 5.7LV8 Exterior color: Midnight Black Metallic Interior color: Brown leather Wheelbase: 235.9″ (+ 90.2″ vs. stock Tundra CrewMax) Overall length: 319.1″ (+ 90.2″) Overall height: 76.2″ (no change) Overall width: 79.9″ (no change) Track (front/rear): 67.9″/67.9″ (no change) Curb weight: 7,978 lbs. (+ 2,288 lbs.)

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TONKA 4RUNNER IS THE BIG TOY STORY AT TOYOTA’S SEMA DISPLAY Fabled Toyota SUV Rises to New Heights

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015—Putting the “Toy” in Toyota—with a capital T—is the purpose of the Tonka 4Runner concept vehicle, which will be on display at Toyota’s 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show booth.

Toyota teamed with Funrise Toy Corporation, manufacturer of Tonka toys for Hasbro, to build a life-size Tonka SUV whose theme is “the ultimate off-road adventure.” The Tonka 4Runner joins the Tonka Tundra fire truck as the latest collaboration between the two iconic brands.

The Tonka 4Runner is powered by the same 4.0-liter V6 as the production 4Runner—but that’s about the only similarity between the two. The concept vehicle’s body—elevated to new heights by a ten-inch Bulletproof Suspension lift kit—sports bold matte black and yellow Tonka graphics. Twenty-inch Ultra Motorsports Type 250 Colossus wheels are enveloped by Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ 38×15.50R20LT off-road tires. Over each tire are Rigid Industries LED lights, so that the vehicle is as impossible to miss at night as it is in broad daylight.

The custom suspension includes King 8×2.5-inch and 10×2.5-inch coilovers, as well as an assortment of Bulletproof Suspension components. Bulletproof also designed the vehicle’s welded bumpers, roof rack, side steps and ladders.

The crowning touch, literally, is the pop-up tent on the Tonka 4Runner’s roof, which makes the SUV the ultimate dream machine for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Tonka 4Runner can be seen November 3-6, 2015, in the Toyota display booth (#24700) located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2015 SEMA Show.