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2016 Toyota Tacoma, Butt Ugly or just my take on their design style?

 

MSN reposted a story from The Street about the all new 2016 Toyota Tacoma.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/new-toyota-tacoma-aims-to-regain-us-market-share/ar-BBlBQ9s?ocid=ansfinap11

 

I can see that they are going for a very butch look on their trucks / SUV's / CUV's but I am not a fan of this body style, the nose is clearly taken from the (Personal Opinion) BUTT UGLY 4Runner. 

 

With that said, I will say that the military looking side of the truck is nice and I am sure current Tacoma owners will love to upgrade to this.

 

I wonder as the story says, can Toyota recover their lost market share since our modern Great Depression that hit the US and will this steal sales from the GM twins? Will they add a Diesel to the power train lineup like GM is doing? This should be an interesting battle to watch between Toyota and GM. Hopefully Drew or Mudd will get one ASAP to test drive.

 

What is your thought on this?

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Found the original story on The Street (http://www.thestreet.com/story/13249495/1/toyotas-newest-tacoma-truck-a-salvo-to-regain-us-vehicle-market-share.html ) I will say that the GoPro mounting points will be popular I think with buyers. I wonder if GM will consider doing this, the only way to cover your backside is to record your pull over to counter the cops. Will be interesting to see if this trend takes over.

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I like it. I think it looks better than the Colorado..but probably not the Canyon. I think a lot of that is the lack of the super low front air damn that the GM twins have. I think the wheel choice in the above picture isn't ideal but I think the truck itself looks really good.

 

I think the blue truck here looks much better.

 

As for the GoPro mount points, I didn't even think of using it on a daily basis.. I assumed it was for off-roading. I still like the idea of it overall. That's just one way to seperate themselves from the competition.

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It is clearly and without doubt the ugliest pickup truck on the market, and that includes the Mahindra.

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I honestly think it looks better than the Colorado. The Colorado is very "soft" looking to me. I like the Canyon and its beefier looking front end more but not the Colorado. Plus, the Colorado and Canyon come with the front diffuser that nearly touches the ground.. It looks like the Tacoma has an extra 6 inches of clearance off the showroom floor.

 

I'm really intrigued to hear more about the specs on this. Curious how it will stack up to the GM twins.

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I honestly think it looks better than the Colorado. The Colorado is very "soft" looking to me. I like the Canyon and its beefier looking front end more but not the Colorado. Plus, the Colorado and Canyon come with the front diffuser that nearly touches the ground.. It looks like the Tacoma has an extra 6 inches of clearance off the showroom floor.

 

I'm really intrigued to hear more about the specs on this. Curious how it will stack up to the GM twins.

 

Your wish is our command - Toyota Reveals the 2016 Toyota Tacoma

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I honestly think it looks better than the Colorado. The Colorado is very "soft" looking to me. I like the Canyon and its beefier looking front end more but not the Colorado. Plus, the Colorado and Canyon come with the front diffuser that nearly touches the ground.. It looks like the Tacoma has an extra 6 inches of clearance off the showroom floor.

 

I'm really intrigued to hear more about the specs on this. Curious how it will stack up to the GM twins.

 

Your wish is our command - Toyota Reveals the 2016 Toyota Tacoma

 

You got me real excited there..lol

 

Nah, more like a test/review is what I'm talking about.

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There still aren't really specs on it though, are there? That was more a feature list and engine sizes(no outputs). No outputs, weights, capabilities, fuel economy..stuffs like that..

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There still aren't really specs on it though, are there? That was more a feature list and engine sizes(no outputs). No outputs, weights, capabilities, fuel economy..stuffs like that..

 

Most of the truck is a carry over though visually refreshed.  The 2.5 4-cylinder is the same.  The frame has been beefed up a bit. The only new thing (to the Tacoma) is the new V6, but even that is just a variant of the unit in the Avalon, and the transmissions.   With enough of the puzzle pieces, you can put together a pretty good picture of the new Tacoma.  

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Looks like it's missing a few pieces, let's put it that way.  My airdam was taken off before I brought the truck home.  And I get great fuel mileage for a 305-hp V6 4X4 pickup truck.  The Tacoma just looks rinky-dink and purposely hideous.

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The design changes don't make the truck look any newer, the new face has some odd proportions and shapes going on as well. I'm sure it will retain the loyal Toyota following and continue outselling the new GM twins for at least a few more years.

 

The Taco V6 will likely outperform the Colorado and Canyon with its weight advantage, but GM has an 8-speed automatic and two V6 options ready to swap in at any time: the 4.3L Ecotec3 and the all new 3.6L LGX.

 

Competition is a good thing. Keeps manufacturers trying to one-up each other and the consumer wins (see pony car/muscle car war).

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New Tacoma interior is retro in a decidedly 1950's cheesy Japanese science fiction way.

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There still aren't really specs on it though, are there? That was more a feature list and engine sizes(no outputs). No outputs, weights, capabilities, fuel economy..stuffs like that..

 

Most of the truck is a carry over though visually refreshed.  The 2.5 4-cylinder is the same.  The frame has been beefed up a bit. The only new thing (to the Tacoma) is the new V6, but even that is just a variant of the unit in the Avalon, and the transmissions.   With enough of the puzzle pieces, you can put together a pretty good picture of the new Tacoma.  

 

Would it not just be best to say that Toyota took the Butt Ugly 4Runner and cut off it's Ass and Mid section and added a bucket back there?

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Well I have been waiting for this redesign for awhile. When I went to the dealership my jaw dropped at how confused the truck looked. From the back it looks great. The side view is horrible, too straight and they left the rounded part of the cab the same which just doesn't match the boxy truck. The lights I like but the grill is too big. I hate the gimmicky tailgate, we are men and we don't need to wait for the dam thing too open. The seats are better than the previous model, which I will see if they fit in the older model. The flat dash really bothers me; it lines up perfectly with the hood and just looks boring. other than that I like the interior without the sunroof. I say this because my hair touches the roof which leaves me feeling unsafe. I'm only 6'1. The new engine is better on fuel but not by much. No supercharger option. The new truck is also lighter so in the winter you will slide even more, the back end was light enough in the last generation. All in all I will wait 10 more years until they get it right. Just buy the older gen and supercharge it. Price of gas is cheap so who cares about mpg. Plus the older model looks more balanced and way better customized. I also forgot to mention the new wheel wells are hideous, what were they thinking?

Disappointed Toyota Tacoma customer!

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Absolutely the UGLIEST Tacoma yet!  Thought of getting a new Tacoma.....not the 2016.  Bring back the early 2000 model.....round wheel wells and a simple grill.

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My 2013 is worth keeping until they make 4th generation tacoma even if i have to wait many year. Toyota passed on the redigned buck to the owners with 5k increase,;Sneeky butts

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      Even though capability and toughness are at the core of the TRD Pro Series, safety is still the utmost priority. All three TRD Pro models feature the Star Safety System, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST).
       
      Tundra and Tacoma come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), which features Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Sway Warning System (SWS), Automatic High Beams (AHB) and high-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).
    • By William Maley
      A constant complaint we have about Audis is their one-size fits all design philosophy as it is difficult to tell the difference between an A3 and A4 for example. Thankfully, Audi will be diversifying their designs in future models.
      “This [repetition] design process was used to make Audis more recognisable in newer and emerging markets. Now we are well known in major markets like China, we can begin to change this philosophy and give each car its own look,” said Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler to Autocar.
      “We recognise that there is a place for more differentiation now. Since our cars are in production for a minimum of six years, in today’s world I think each model should have its own design to be attractive for this long time,” said Audi design boss Marc Lichte
      You can see this with the Audi Q2 crossover with a different take on the grille and C-Pillar from other Audi crossovers. But Lichte says the biggest change will come with the launch of the e-tron quattro SUV next year. Due to the compact size of the electric powertrain, this gives designers more space to play with.
      “Design will go in a very different way. [Designers] will have more material space to play with, so we’ll be able to produce [vehicles with] shorter overhangs and lower bonnets. It makes for a more attractive design overall.”
      Source: Autocar

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    • By William Maley
      A constant complaint we have about Audis is their one-size fits all design philosophy as it is difficult to tell the difference between an A3 and A4 for example. Thankfully, Audi will be diversifying their designs in future models.
      “This [repetition] design process was used to make Audis more recognisable in newer and emerging markets. Now we are well known in major markets like China, we can begin to change this philosophy and give each car its own look,” said Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler to Autocar.
      “We recognise that there is a place for more differentiation now. Since our cars are in production for a minimum of six years, in today’s world I think each model should have its own design to be attractive for this long time,” said Audi design boss Marc Lichte
      You can see this with the Audi Q2 crossover with a different take on the grille and C-Pillar from other Audi crossovers. But Lichte says the biggest change will come with the launch of the e-tron quattro SUV next year. Due to the compact size of the electric powertrain, this gives designers more space to play with.
      “Design will go in a very different way. [Designers] will have more material space to play with, so we’ll be able to produce [vehicles with] shorter overhangs and lower bonnets. It makes for a more attractive design overall.”
      Source: Autocar
    • By balthazar
      SAME CONCEPT across different makes/COOs. #inarut

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