The history of the Toyota pickup vehicles dates back to the 1935 when the company launched its first model in this segment – The G1 Truck. This model had many things common. In terms of the technology, the vehicle had many things common with the Type A1 Sedan and it was a 1.5 ton stake-bed commercial truck. As Car manufacturer
Toyota always makes car that will satisfy the customers. Before entering the market and launching new product, Toyota carries out extensive scrutiny of the market and comprehends the requirement of the consumers. In case of the Pickup truck Toyota
followed this strategy as well.
After a long gap Toyota came back into the pickup truck manufacturing in 1947 and this time it was a compact truck, the Toyota Model
SB. This model can be said to be the true ancestor of the Tiyota Hilux that was produced by the company till 1963. Toyota entered the American pickup truck market in 1964 with their model Stout. 1969 is a significant year for the pickup truck segment as the term Hilux was first coined in this year. Though Hilux was adopted as a replacement for the Stout in 1969, it became one of the best selling pickup models for Toyota Pickup
and it is still into production.
During 1972 and 1973 Hilux was finally released with a more comfortable and stylish interiors and some modifications at the exterior as well including an optional 7.5 ft "long bed." In 1975 the Toyota Hilux got significant modifications. It came with the more powerful 20R engine and an optional 5-speed manual transmission. During the 1981 Toyota Pickup
was trying to enter the booming SUV market and got into collaboration with a few other companies. Toyota Trekker, Toyota Wolverine, and the Toyota Trailblazer are the three models that resulted form this collaboration. All these models used the 4x4 RV cab and chassis of the Hilux. Later further research and development led to the transformation of the Toyota Trekker into the Toyota
After the Toyota Hilux, Toyota Tacoma was another Pickup
from Toyota that was introduced in 1995. There were three different options for the engine and two versions, 2 Wheel Drive and the 4 Wheel Drive for the Toyota Tacoma. Tacoma underwent two major cosmetic facelifts in 1998 and in 2001. In 1998 the vehicle got longer rear leaf springs and in 2000 Tacoma was fitted with distributor less ignition systems. Toyota also added a 4 door crew cab model to the line-up that introduced a new era in Toyota's Pickup
history. With the upgrade Toyota Car also introduced an S-Runner trim package that included 3.4 litre V6 engine, 16 inch alloy wheels, and 5 speed manual transmissions. The second generation of Toyota Tacoma was unveiled by the company at the 2004 Chicago Auto Show. This Tacoma got bigger, better and more powerful. It is available in eighteen different configurations including three cab configurations, four transmissions, two engines, and two bed lengths.