With the return of the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator to U.S. dealerships this year, the midsize pickup segment will be a battlefield in 2019.Thankfully for Toyota — which didn't flee the segment when the going got tough a decade ago, unlike its domestic rivals — the Tacoma commands this battlefield's high ground.A refreshed 2020 Toyota Tacoma makes its debut at Feb. 7, 11 a.m. Eastern time, at the Chicago auto show. (You can watch the livestream here.) A new exterior look and interior updates are expected to augment the redesign done four years ago for the 2016 model year.But the big news for the "Taco" this coming year isn't just how it looks, but just how many of them there might be.After years of struggling to meet demand for Tacomas — even at the cost of building the beefy midsize pickups over its larger sibling, the full-size Toyota Tundra, at its pickup plant in San Antonio — Toyota Motor North America should have all the Tacomas and Tundras its dealers … [Read more...] about Refreshed Toyota Tacoma’s message: Bring it on
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So, you thought a $121,000 auction price for that immaculate 1994 Toyota Supra on Bring a Trailer was a little much? Yeah, so did we. That was cute of all of us, because the car is now back up for sale by a Chicago dealership for $500,000. Well, it’s $500,000 flat or $7,902 per month for 60 months after a $100,000 downpayment. It’s your choice, really. Both options are enticing. Carscoops spotted this listing and its incredible $379,000 markup from Chicago Northside Toyota, and, although there are no photos of it on the dealer website yet, it’s the car we saw sell for a ridiculous six figures a couple of weeks ago—it has the same listed VIN number as the Bring a Trailer Supra did, along with the same color specifications, the same six-speed manual and the same 7,111-mile odometer reading. It also describes the car as a “recent arrival.” It’s the same car, with about $400,000 tacked onto an already absurd sale price. Auction results from … [Read more...] about The 1994 Toyota Supra That Sold for $121,000 On Bring a Trailer Is Now at a Dealer for $500,000
Remember that pristine 1994 Toyota Supra we told you about earlier this month? It’s back up for sale for a staggering $500,000 (£392,835 / €438,737). Listed by Chicago Northside Toyota, the dealership is asking someone pay a markup of $379,000 (£297,713 / €332,625). That’s a huge ask considering the car sold for $121,000 (£95,024 / €106,195) on January 3rd and doesn’t suddenly come with a Ferrari stuffed in the truck. So what explains the massive markup? Apparently the dealer’s “market value pricing” philosophy which is plastered on all their used vehicle listings. According to the dealer, they use “real-time Internet price comparisons to constantly adjust prices to provide ALL BUYERS the “”BEST MARKET VALUE”” vehicle’s (sic) possible.” That seems a bit dubious as the one of the best ways to judge real-time internet prices might be an online auction, perhaps one where the car … [Read more...] about That $121,000 Toyota Supra Is Back Up For Sale…For Half A Million Dollars!
Union members and dealers agree they're both getting squeezed by automakers on warranty repairs because the companies have trimmed the time they allow for techs to do the work. Chris Becktel is a journeyman technician at Toyota of Naperville, a dealership with a high-volume service department. He says Toyota's book times for warranty work are "almost fair," but adds that the automaker is cutting those times. That makes them closer to times set by the domestic automakers, which have long been a source of complaints from dealers and techs. Replacing brake rotors and pads on a retail job is allowed two hours, Becktel says, but on a warranty ticket it's only six-tenths of an hour, including diagnosis. Techs are required to do some of the paperwork on a warranty repair on the clock, he notes. "They keep reducing the times, and that makes the job less attractive," Becktel told Fixed Ops Journal. "It's always hurry, hurry, hurry, but make sure it's done right." Sam Cicinelli, a former tech … [Read more...] about Chicago dealership techs’ union says issues that led to strike remain unresolved
Tweet TweetToyota officially unveiled the 2014 Tundra pickup truck at the Chicago Auto Show, a model which is scheduled to hit the U.S. dealerships later this year, namely in September. Even pricing figures are not available yet, we know that the Japanese model will be available with three engines. The base model uses a 4.0-liter V6 producing 270 horses while a more powerful 4.6-liter V8 with 310 horsepower is available as well. On top of the range is a 5.7-liter V8 powerplant offering 381 horsepower and 543Nm of torque. In terms of styling, the 2014 model year gets new 18- to 20-inch alloy wheels, chrome grille, a new tailgate and spoiler. Inside, you will find new seats, a revised instrument panel, a 12-speaker audio system and a new infotainment system. Satellite navigation, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitor are also standard features for the new Tundra. … [Read more...] about 2014 Toyota Tundra goes on sale this fall