The 2008 Tacoma: Toyota's popular and powerful compact pick-up truck delivers on performance with models and options to suit every taste



    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - Toyota Canada today introduced the 2008 Toyota
Tacoma. The product of Toyota's many decades of experience in building trucks
that outperform in some of the most challenging conditions on the planet, the
2008 Toyota Tacoma combines power, performance, style and utility in the
perfect compact pick-up truck.
    "For 2008, we offer seven different Tacoma models featuring a range of
cab sizes and power trains. Add in a generous selection of option packages and
customization features, and there's a Toyota Tacoma for everyone," said Tony
Wearing, Managing Director of Toyota Canada Inc. "But whether it's the 4x2
Tacoma with Access Cab, the street-smart Tacoma X-Runner, the Tacoma 4x4
Doublecab with V6 power, or any of the other models, all 2008 Tacoma's share a
common DNA: decades of real-world truck-building experience gained from around
the globe."

    
    For 2008, the Tacoma is available in seven models:

    -  The Tacoma 4x2 Access Cab comes with either 5-speed manual or 4-speed
       automatic transmission;
    -  The Tacoma 4x4 V6 Access Cab with 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic;
    -  The Tacoma 4x4 V6 Doublecab with 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic;
    -  The Tacoma X-Runner 4x2 V6 with 6-speed manual.

    The Tacoma 4x2 Access Cab is very well appointed, with features such as:

    -  Six-speaker AM/FM Stereo/CD sound system
    -  Bucket seats for driver and front passenger
    -  A tachometer, water temperature gauge, digital clock, and map lights
    -  Four-spoke steering wheel on tilting/telescopic column
    -  A tire pressure monitoring system
    -  Accessory power outlets
    -  Front tow hook
    -  Engine immobilizer
    -  Styled steel wheels
    -  Six-foot double-walled cargo bed with tie-downs and tie-down cleats
    -  Removable tailgate
    -  Dual exterior mirrors
    -  Generous in-cab storage space, including overhead sunglasses storage,
       door map pockets, front centre console box, overhead console box, a
       compartment under the rear seat, and front and rear cup holders.
    -  Rear splash guards and rear step bumper

    Canadians shopping for the Tacoma 4x2 Access Cab can add available air
conditioning, or a full SR5 Power Package which includes air conditioning plus
   the following:

    -  Driver's seat lumbar support
    -  A fold-down seat back on the front passenger seat
    -  Power windows with driver's side auto down, a sliding rear window, and
       privacy glass
    -  Cruise control
    -  Power door locks with keyless entry
    -  Power remote mirrors
    -  Dual vanity mirrors
    -  Variable intermittent wipers
    -  A 400 watt (115 volt) cargo bed power outlet
    -  Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
    -  Metallic dash accents
    -  Chrome rear bumper and grille and colour-keyed front bumper

    The Tacoma 4x4 V6 Access Cab includes the same generous standard features
as the 4x2 Access Cab, but it adds the following:

    -  Air conditioning
    -  4WD indicator
    -  Front splash guards and fender flares

    The Tacoma 4x4 V6 Access Cab is also available with two option packages.
The first, the SR5 Power Package, adds the following:

    -  16" aluminium alloy wheels with wheel locks
    -  Driver's seat lumbar support
    -  A fold-down seat back on the front passenger seat
    -  Power windows with driver's side auto down, a sliding rear window, and
       privacy glass
    -  Cruise control
    -  Power door locks with keyless entry and illuminated entry
    -  Power remote mirrors
    -  Dual vanity mirrors
    -  Variable intermittent wipers
    -  Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
    -  Metallic dash accents
    -  Chrome rear bumper and grille and colour-keyed front bumper and fender
       flares

    The Tacoma 4x4 V6 Access Cab is also available with a Toyota Racing
Development Offroad and Towing Package, which includes all items in the SR5
Power Package plus:

    -  Increase in towing capability to 6,500 pounds
    -  Engine oil cooler and upgraded alternator
    -  Rear differential lock
    -  Fuel tank and transfer case protector plates
    -  Front and rear Bilstein shock absorbers
    -  P265/70R16 mud and snow tires with raised white lettering
    -  In dash six-disc CD changer with steering wheel-mounted audio controls
    -  Front sport seats with front seat back pockets
    -  Digital compass and outside temperature gauge
    -  Class IV weight distribution trailer hitch with seven-pin trailer
       wiring harness
    -  Auto-dimming rear view mirror
    -  400 watt (115 volt) cargo bed power outlet
    -  Fog lamps

    The Tacoma 4x4 V6 Doublecab is available with either a five-foot or
six-foot bed. In addition to those features found on the 4x4 V6 Access Cab,
the Tacoma Doublecab models feature:

    -  Air conditioning with rear-seat heater ducts
    -  Front passenger seat headrest-vertical adjustment and fold-down seat
       back
    -  A 60/40 split, headrest-vertical adjustment and fold-down seat back
       for rear seat
    -  Power door locks and power windows with driver's side auto down
    -  Behind-seat storage
    -  Dual exterior power remote mirrors

    Two options packages for the Tacoma 4x4 V6 Doublecab add convenience and
utility features. The SR5 Power Package includes the following:

    -  16" aluminium alloy wheels with wheel locks
    -  Sliding rear window
    -  Privacy glass
    -  Cruise control
    -  Chrome grille and rear bumper
    -  Colour-keyed fender flares and front bumper
    -  Dual vanity mirrors
    -  Variable intermittent wipers
    -  Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
    -  Keyless, illuminated entry
    -  Metallic dash accents

    Canadians shopping for the Tacoma 4x4 V6 Doublecab can also add a Toyota
Racing Development Sport and Towing Package, which includes all items in the
SR5 Package plus the following additional features:

    -  Increase in towing capability to 6,500 pounds
    -  Engine oil cooler, upgraded alternator and (on automatic models) a
       transmission cooler
    -  Limited slip differential
    -  Front and rear Bilstein shock absorbers
    -  P265/65R17 tires on 17" aluminium alloy wheels
    -  In dash six-disc CD changer with steering wheel-mounted audio controls
    -  Front sport seats with front seat back pockets and driver's seat
       lumbar support
    -  Digital compass and outside temperature gauge
    -  Colour-keyed bumpers, mirrors, grille and door handles
    -  Hood scoop
    -  Class IV weight distribution trailer hitch with seven-pin trailer
       wiring harness
    -  Sport badging
    -  Auto dimming rear-view mirror
    -  A 400 watt (115 volt) cargo bed power outlet
    -  Fog lamps

    Finally, the Tacoma X-Runner adds V6 power to the 4x2 Access Cab model,
then loads up on many performance and styling features to create the ultimate
compact pick-up street machine, including the following:

    -  A six-speaker AM/FM Stereo sound system with in-dash six-disc CD
       changer
    -  A leather-wrapped shift knob
    -  A leather-wrapped steering wheel with integral audio system controls
    -  Air conditioning
    -  Front sport seats
    -  Power door locks with keyless entry
    -  Power windows with driver's side auto down and privacy glass
    -  Dual vanity mirrors
    -  Sliding rear window
    -  Metallic dash accents
    -  Front seat back pockets
    -  Cruise control
    -  Special 18" aluminium alloy wheels with wheel locks
    -  Dual exterior power remote mirrors
    -  A 400 watt (115 volt) cargo bed power outlet
    -  Variable intermittent wipers
    -  A colour-keyed full skirt package, plus colour-keyed bumpers, hood
       scoop, grille, mirrors and door handles
    -  Chrome tail pipe
    -  Fog lamps
    

    The 2008 Toyota Tacoma is on sale in Canada now. The Tacoma 4x2 Access
Cab starts at a suggested price of $22,760, while the Tacoma 4x4 V6 Access Cab
starts at a suggested price of $29,785. The Tacoma X-Runner starts at a
suggested price of $31,850, and the Tacoma 4x4 V6 Doublecab starts at a
suggested price of $32,535.

    Digital images available upon request.


    2008 TOYOTA TACOMA - PRODUCT DETAIL
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    Two proven engines

    For the 2008 Tacoma, Toyota has selected two engines proven powerful
enough to drive this compact pick-up. The Tacoma 4x2 Access Cab features a
mighty but efficient 2.7-litre 16-valve four-cylinder engine, which produces
up to 159 HP @ 5,200 RPM and up to 180 lb-ft of torque @ 3,800 RPM.
    The Tacoma 4x2 X-Runner, and all Tacoma 4x4 models, feature Toyota's
rugged 4.0-litre 24-valve six-cylinder engine, which produces up to 236 HP @
5,200 RPM and up to 266 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 RPM.
    Both engines are equipped with dual overhead cams, variable valve timing
with intelligence, sequential multiport electronic fuel injection, a heavy
duty battery, starter, alternator and heater, and a stainless steel exhaust
system.

    Power to the road

    The rear-wheel-drive 2008 Tacoma 4x2 Access Cab is standard equipped with
a five-speed manual transmission with overdrive, which delivers a fuel
efficiency rating of 10.1L/100km city and 7.7L/100km highway. An available
four-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission features overdrive
and a lock-up torque converter, and delivers a fuel efficiency rating of
11.1L/100km city and 8.0L/100km highway.
    For the rear-wheel-drive 2008 Tacoma 4x2 X-Runner, Toyota has fitted a
six-speed manual transmission with a close-ratio gearbox, overdrive and a
limited slip differential. Combined with its V6 power plant, the X-Runner has
a fuel efficiency rating of 13.5L/100km city and 10.1L/100km highway.
    The Tacoma 4x4 models are equipped with either a manual or automatic
transmission. The 4x4 Access Cab V6 features a six-speed manual transmission
with overdrive; it carries a fuel efficiency rating of 14.4L/100km city and
10.9L/100km highway. It is also available with a five-speed automatic super
electronically controlled transmission with overdrive and lock-up torque
converter that is rated at 13.4L/100km city and 10.2L/100km highway.
    The Tacoma 4x4 Doublecab with five-foot bed features a six-speed manual
transmission with overdrive with a fuel-efficiency rating of 14.4L/100km city
and 10.9L/100km highway, while the Doublecab models with a six-foot bed are
equipped with a five-speed automatic super electronically controlled
transmission with overdrive and lock-up torque converter that is rated at
13.4L/100km city and 10.2L/100km highway.
    All 4x4 Tacoma trucks benefit from on-demand four-wheel drive at the
touch of a button, a two-speed transfer case and automatic disconnecting
differential. Those purchasing Doublecab models may opt for the available
limited slip differential.

    Solid Suspension

    The Tacoma 4x2 and 4x4 models feature an independent double wishbone
front suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar, and gas shock absorbers
fitted all around.
    Tacoma 4x2 models ride on a leaf spring rear suspension, while 4x4 models
feature multi leaf spring rear suspensions. Tacoma 4x4 models are also
available with Bilstein shock absorbers front and rear.
    Bilstein shock absorbers are fitted as standard equipment on the Tacoma
X-Runner, which also benefits from a rear sport suspension with stabilizer
bar.

    Ample stopping power

    Regardless of model, all Tacoma trucks benefit from ample stopping power,
thanks to power assisted front ventilated disc and rear drum brakes, coupled
to a full suite of braking technologies including Toyota's antilock braking
system, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist.

    Serious rubber

    Tacoma 4x2 models ride on P215/70R15 all season radials, while the
X-Runner benefits from P255/45R18 performance summer radials. The 4x4 Tacoma
models are standard equipped with P245/75R16 all season radials. The Tacoma
4x4 Access Cab may also be fitted with available P265/70R16 mud and snow tires
with raised white lettering, while 4x4 Doublecab Tacoma trucks may ride on
available P265/65R17 tires.
    Regardless of model, all Tacoma models come with a full-size spare tire.

    Comfort and safety

    They may be rugged and ready on the outside, but inside all Tacoma trucks
one finds class-leading comfort and many safety systems offered as standard
equipment. These include dual stage driver and front passenger airbags,
three-point lap and shoulder belts with front seatbelt pre-tensioners and
force limiters and adjustable "B" pillar shoulder belt anchors, and - for
younger occupants - anchor points for child restraint seats.

    Personalization

    All Tacoma models are very well equipped, but Canadians may choose from
several option packages that allow them to tailor their 2008 Tacoma 4x2 or 4x4
to suit their lifestyle. Customers may personalize their Tacoma using the
Vehicle Configurator on Toyota Canada's web site (www.toyota.ca) or in any
Toyota Dealership across Canada.

    Peace of mind

    Tacoma is provided with Toyota's no deductible, no transfer fee,
comprehensive warranty that covers the entire vehicle for three years/60,000
kilometres. Power train components are covered for five years/100,000
kilometres, major emission control components for eight years/130,000
kilometres and corrosion perforation for five years with unlimited distance.
    Toyota also provides 24-hour Roadside Assistance for all models. Help is
just a phone call away at 1-888-TOYOTA-8. Roadside emergency services include
battery boost, lockout service, fuel delivery, tire change, winching, and even
towing. Optional Extra-Care Protection (ECP) is also available, which includes
travel planning and trip interruption assistance, vehicle rental help,
lubrication maintenance, and mechanical protection of 17 major mechanical
component groups for up to six years/200,000 km.




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For further information: please email media@toyota.ca or contact:
Kathryn Ruhland, Public Relations Manager, Toyota Canada Inc., (416) 431-8333


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