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2010 Nissan Frontier: Only Small Pickup With Strong Roof Safety
2010 Nissan Frontier: Only Small Pickup With Strong Roof Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated five small and mid-size pickups and found that roof-crush protection isn't so good overall. The only truck of the five tested to earn the top rating of 'good'—just barely—was the 2010 Nissan Frontier (also sold, structurally similar...Read More»

2010 Toyota Tacoma 2WD Access V6 AT PreRunner (Natl) Front Exterior View
Why Don't We Have a Choice of Compact Pickups in America Anymore?

It took years for the major truck makers to give us a choice of midsize four-door trucks. Now, the American market has only two choices for compact pickups. Ford's Ranger is only available in standard cab and extended cab. Chevy / GMC gives us standard/extended/crew cab, the only maker to do so in...Read More»

Scion xB L-Con City Safari Pickup Concept
Scion Considers Adding a Pickup to Its Line-up

Scion, Toyota's youth brand, seems to have lost some of its mojo of late with sales dropping 49.1% during 2009. The folks at Scion are reportedly looking to kick it up a notch, however, with the possible addition of a pickup truck to the brand's line-up of compact vehicles. During the North...Read More»

2008 Toyota A-BAT Concept
Scion to Build Small Pickup Truck?

Is Scion working on building a compact pickup truck? Ward's Auto and seem to think so. notes that this wouldn't be the first time that Scion has thought of bringing a compact pickup truck market. The last time the company considered it, it eventually became the...Read More»

Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan
Teamsters, Tea Party Protest Some Of The Same Things At Detroit

At two places during the Detroit auto show—first circulating on a Cobo Hall press-room table, then later slipped under my hotel-room door—I found a leaflet entitled: "Toyota: A Danger to America," carrying the footer, "I ain't dying for a Toyota." Wearing the language and design earmarks of...Read More»

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Top Gear Treks to North Pole in a Toyota Hilux

Toyota oughtta be mighty proud. A fine fire engine red example of its compact Hilux crew cab pickup has traveled to the furthest northern reaches of this here globe. Jeremy Clarkson and James May, the cheeky blokes that host the BBC's popular Top Gear automotive television program, recently took a...Read More»

The 2010 Toyota Prius
Kelley Names Toyota, Lexus Best Brands For Resale Value

Residual value is a common concern of car buyers, especially during tough times like these. Accordingly, shoppers might be interested to know that Kelley Blue Book's® 2010 Residual Value Study has given the Toyota brand its Best Resale Value Award. (Curiously, this is the first time that...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Toyota To Shorten, Then Replace, 3.8M Accelerator Pedals In Safety Recall

Toyota announced today that it would recall 3.8 million of its vehicles to replace the accelerator pedals, to alleviate once and for all any chance of uncontrolled acceleration from the pedal being trapped by ill-fitting floor mats. While it develops new pedal designs, Toyota will have its dealers...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Toyota-Lexus Floor-Mat Problem Is Now Officially A Recall

One week ago today, owners of eight Toyota and Lexus models got an urgent plea from the U.S. Department of Transportation, delivered via the media: Remove your driver's side floor mat immediately, and don't replace it until you've taken your car to the dealer. With much of the coverage calling it a...Read More»

NUMMI plant in Fremont, California
Toyota To Wrap Up NUMMI Production By March 2010

Ever since General Motors announced plans to pull out of the NUMMI plant in Fremont, California, its partner in that venture -- Toyota -- has been evaluating what to do with its own operations there. There's been much speculation as to whether Toyota would continue production on a limited basis...Read More»

NUMMI plant in Fremont, California
NUMMI Heading To Orphanage After Toyota/GM Breakup

Just three days after we reported that Toyota Motor America chairman Yoshimi Inaba was exploring a variety of cost-saving measures for the company's U.S. unit comes word that Toyota's important NUMMI plant is likely set for closure. The factory (full name: "New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.") is...Read More»

2008 Toyota Tacoma
IIHS Tests Small Trucks--And Most Are Left Wanting

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested the crashworthiness of compact trucks in side impacts--and the Toyota Tacoma is the only truck to emerge with its safety reputation intact. The Tacoma earned the IIHS's "good" rating for side-impact protection in the test of 2008 models...Read More»

Which Best Seller Deserves the Boot?

March sales were dismal across the board, with even Toyota seeing a big drop in monthly numbers. The sales slaughter hurt just about every vehicle on the list of the 20 best-selling vehicles for the month of March, 2008, as compiled by Autodata Corp. and posted on the Detroit News. Lots of big...Read More»

Toyota Seriously Studying Small A-BAT Truck

Toyota Motor Corp. is studying whether there is room for a small truck that would fit underneath the existing Tacoma pickup truck. And in doing so, it’s putting the spotlight on a debate now raging among the industry's designers and product planners. Don Esmond, Toyota senior vice president...Read More»

2004 Toyota Tacoma
2004 Chicago Auto Show, Part I

2004 Chicago Auto Show Index (2/3/2004) New Dakota: Bigger, More Powerful Dodge says it's the biggest and best of the mid-size trucks with the new 2005 Dodge Dakota, a redesign of which debuted Wednesday. The new Dakota will go on sale this fall, offering the only V-8 in compact truck segment. It...Read More»

2000 Toyota Tacoma
2000 Chicago Show: Trucks and Stuff

CHICAGO — If there were a buzzword from this year’s Chicago auto show, it’d be trucks. Not only are trucks and sport-utes still trendy, but in terms of sales, they’re clearly taking center stage. Joining them at this year’s Chicago show were the next wave of utility — hybrids and...Read More»

2000 Nissan Frontier Super Sport concept
2000 Chicago Auto Show, Part I

BUCKLE UP FOR SAFETY Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children under the age of 10 in the U.S., noted Jim Hall, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Yet a sizable share of those deaths could be prevented, he stressed. But it will take more than just buckling...Read More»

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