The upcoming generations of Toyota’s Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks will share a common platform – internally called the F1 – that will spread to all of its pick up globally, Automotive News reported.
The strategy falls in line with what the Japanese manufacturer had planned with its unibody Toyota New Global Architecture allowing it to build a range of models including the Corolla compact sedan, Avalon as well as the RAV4 using common parts on a single platform for greater efficiency.
The shared platform is internally reportedly called F1.
Both Tundra and Tacoma are currently built in sequence on a shared assembly line at Toyota’s plant in south San Antonio, while the Tacoma is also assembled at a pair of plants in Mexico. Although the two models share an assembly line, it is built on different platforms, increasing complexity far beyond that of the 37 cab and powertrain variations of the two pickups.
Citing internal sources, Automotive News reported that the development of the shared platform is near completion and will be introduced as early as next year for 2021 models. However, the company is tight-lipped about any further details such as its significance or design or potential features.
In March, Tacoma sales witnessed a surge of 13 per cent marking its 17th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains.
The current generation Tundra dates back to 2007 with major updates that were introduced back in 2014. Meanwhile, the third generation Tacoma dates from 2015 with a freshened model that is expected to be introduced in 2020 at the Chicago Auto Show.
Both the pickup trucks have yielded results in the opposite direction in the past month. In March, Tacoma sales witnessed a surge of 13 per cent marking its 17th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains, and it remains the dominant leader in the growing midsize pickup segment. Meanwhile, the Tundra sales through the first three months of 2019 are down by 4.6 per cent, and the pickup remains fifth in the segment behind Detroit’s four offerings and leading only the Nissan Titan.