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Toyota News: Toyota Looks Into A Diesel For The Tundra

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William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

August 31, 2013

Nissan sent everyone in a tizzy a couple weeks ago when they announced that next-generation Titan pickup would be packing Cummins 5.0L turbodiesel V8. This has one automaker wondering if they should do the same thing.

Edmunds talked with Rick LoFaso, Toyota's corporate manager for light trucks. LoFaso said the company is looking into two different powertrains to boos the fuel economy in the Tundra. One of those happens to be diesel.

"The diesel engine is something that is on our evaluation list. Hybrid technology is something that is on our evaluation list. Either one of those alternatives could deliver some pretty good real world fuel economy," said LoFaso.

LoFaso went onto say,

"I think Cummins would bring instant name recognition and obviously they are a leader in diesel engine technology. That is not the first time we would have a tie up with somebody else."

No mention on when a decision would be made.

Source: Edmunds

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.


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I always did like the way the Tundra came out. In my view, I think it actually looks better then some of the newer American trucks (coughFordcougChevycough). So it's interesting to see that it is running a diesel engine.

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Totally disagree with you Soku47, the Tundra is one of the ugliest trucks out there with it's pug nose grill and total lack of style. Ford is not much better or Nissan, but GM and Dodge have awesome looking trucks.

In regards to Diesel, I think all companies are going to have to come up with a high mileage diesel and hybrid for their light weight trucks.

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