Such a Tease

Redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra’s front end teased

The new version of the Toyota Tundra will be revealed soon

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

A new Toyota Tundra is finally one the way. With its current version more than long in the tooth, the forthcoming 2022 Toyota Tundra is poised to be a breath of fresh air into the Japanese automaker’s stable. Toyota has released a short video of the front end of the model to aid in building excitement for its launch.

The redesigned 2022 Tundra has long been rumored and heavily speculated about. The new full-size pickup truck is expected to take design cues from the recently-revealed Toyota Hilux. Expect the new Tundra to be bigger than the last, flowing in the footsteps of the GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ford F-150 redesigns over the last few years.

Whether or not the truck has a bigger bed, additional cabin configurations, and more towing capacity than the currrent model has yet to be revealed. Those things would be beneficial to help the truck compete against its biggest competition.

The biggest variable that has yet to be revealed is the truck’s powertrain and drivetrain. Toyota is big on hybrid technology so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the truck be offered with at least one hybrid engine for buyers to choose from. Expect it to be available in two-wheel drive and possibly come with four- or all-wheel drive as an option. A variety of drive modes are likely.

The current Toyota trucks lineup features totally different interiors than what you’ll find in their smaller cars and SUVs. Expect the interior of the Toyota Tundra to set a precedent for what we might see in a future Sequoia cabin.

The to-be-revealed technology on the Tundra will also give us an idea of what to expect from future Toyota vehicles. With Ford adding BlueCruise and GMC getting GM’s Super Cruise tech in the coming months, Toyota could easily and quickly find themselves behind the eight ball.

It is likely that Toyota will load up the new Tundra with a suite of safety technology just like it does every other model in its lineup. This could include blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, lane-centering assist, and rear cross traffic alert.

Toyota plans to reveal the 2022 Tundra soon. Stay tuned for more information.

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Honda notified dealers of upcoming supply cuts.

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Honda, like all major automakers today, is truly a global operation. Though it produces plenty of vehicles here in the United States, many of the components it relies on for manufacturing come from elsewhere in the world. That means Honda, like the other auto giants, needs its global supply chain operating smoothly in order to prevent disruption. Unfortunately for Honda dealers and potential customers, disruption is what's about to happen. The automaker recently sent a letter to its dealers, forecasting reduced vehicle supply in the coming weeks.


2021 Honda Ridgeline No. 19 - Honda Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

The letter noted that supplies of the Pilot and Passport SUVs will hold steady, and shared that production of the Civic hatchback is on schedule. However, the situation is fluid and could change at any time, so there's a chance that timelines could speed up or slack off as necessary.


2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


Honda is just the latest in a long line of automakers struggling to keep pace with demand in the face of several converging global crises. In an effort to keep vehicles rolling out of factories, General Motors has implemented selective feature cuts in some of its new vehicles, such as the removal of engine start/stop tech from some trucks and SUVs. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company told Mustang Mach-E buyers to expect delays of at least six weeks as it grapples with the chip shortage, and will temporarily reduce production capacity at a few of its plants.

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Vehicle sales numbers

Toyota has sold over 50 million Corollas

Toyota has sold tens of millions of Corollas over the last 55 years.

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The Toyota Corolla entered its 12th generation in 2019, after more than 50 years on sale. Now, in 2021, the automaker says the car has reached another benchmark, this time with an almost unbelievable number attached to it. In Today, Toyota says that in July 2021, it sold the 50-millionth Corolla. That's almost one Corolla sold for every six Americans alive today, though the sales total includes international vehicles as well.


1969 Toyota Corolla The Corolla's frugal powertrain helped it grow quickly in the United States.Toyota


The Corolla debuted in 1966 but didn't make its way to our shores until spring 1968. Sold as a 1969 model, the car had a starting price of around $1,700 at a time when the median household income was $7,700. The first cars had a short-stroke 1,077-cc four-cylinder engine, 12-inch wheels, and a four-speed manual transmission. That powertrain produced only 60 horsepower, which was good for the car to (eventually) reach 60 mph in about 17 seconds.

Though the car's quality and design helped, it was the oil crisis in the early 1970s that really pushed it to the top of buyers' lists. Big American cars powered by V8 engines fell out of favor as fuel rationing and higher prices took hold. The early Corolla's fuel economy of over 35 mpg helped it earn a place in many Americans' driveways as a result.


2021 Toyota Corolla Cross 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation


Toyota notes that it was building Corollas in the United States by the mid-1980s and says that the current generation car is built at its manufacturing facility in Mississippi. The automaker's new joint plant with Mazda, which is located in Huntsville, Alabama, will start building the new Corolla Cross this summer.

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