Workers at Toyota's Texas plant in San Antonio celebrated as a 1794 Edition 2014 Tundra painted in Sunset Bronze Mica paint rolled off the assembly line this week, marking the one millionth truck built at the factory.
The plant, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall, began production of the Tundra in October 2006, adding smaller sibling Tacoma to the line in 2010. Toyota says that if you lined up all the trucks ever built in the factory, the one million trucks would stretch approximately 3700 miles, the distance between The Alamo in Texas to Honolulu, Hawaii. Toyota has invested billions of dollars into the San Antonio plant, where 2800 factory workers assemble the pickups. Although the trucks are assembled in Texas, the V-6 and V-8 engines come from Toyota's plant in Huntsville, Ala., while the transmissions are made in Durham, N.C.
As for the redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra, the truck benefits from an overhauled interior and two new upscale models, the Platinum and 1794 Edition. The 1794 Edition is a nod to America's farming roots, with 1794 signifying the year the ranch that Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company Texas sits upon was established. The 1794 Edition comes standard with a heated/cooled 12-way power driver's seat and six-way power passenger's seat, front and rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights, a premium sound system, power moonroof, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, a navigation system, and an available blindspot monitoring system with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The full-size truck won our 2008 Motor Trend Truck of the Year, and in a recent review of the 2014 Tundra, we said, "Ride and handling are certainly in the running for best-in-class honors, and the interior is clean and functional."
The smaller Toyota Tacoma now regularly outsells the larger Tundra, with sales through the first eight months of 2013 numbering 110,293 units for the Tacoma (up 21.6 percent) and 72,750 units for the Tundra (up 10.8 percent).