15 Apr 2019

Toyota Trucks To Share Global Platform From 2021

Next-gen HiLux to share platform with American counterparts.
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Japanese carmaker Toyota will reportedly built all future trucks on a single global platform, streamlining the manufacturing of its more rugged offerings.

Insiders told Automotive News that the next generation models of the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma - both of which are sold on the North American market - will share the same platform.

The new platform going forward is currently known as the F1 platform, and reportedly will be ready for 2021 models.

While the American-market models will be the first to be built on the new platform, it will eventually be the basis of all trucks built by Toyota - including the highly sought-after Toyota HiLux which is available in markets besides the Americas.

The current HiLux available in Australia has only been on the market since late 2015, so it could be a while before Toyota releases its ninth generation; though the American models have been around longer, meaning they’re ripe for an update.

The current, second generation Tundra has been available since 2007 - making it quite long in the tooth, while the current Tacoma - like the HiLux has been around since early 2015, meaning it's not too much older than its Hilux counterpart.

Both the Tundra and the Tacoma are built in the same assembly in the US, while the HiLux sold in Australia is built in Thailand.

The F1 platform is reportedly being designed to be compatible with electric powertrains in an effort to increase fuel efficiency.

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