According to Rick LoFoso, corporate manager for light trucks at Toyota, “Cummins would bring instant name recognition and obviously they are a leader in diesel engine technology.” He elaborated that it wouldn’t be the first time the Japanese automaker has a tie up with somebody else, alluding to its collaborations with Tesla and BMW.
The current 2014 Toyota Tundra base model comes with a 4.0-liter V6 with a five-speed automatic transmission nets 16 mpg in the city, and 20 mpg on the highway. The V8-powered Tundra, with a 5.7-liter engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, gets 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. Undoubtedly, Toyota needs to find a way to improve the fuel efficiency on its Tundra pickup.
Both the Cummins diesel engine and hybrid technology is under consideration for its Tundra model, but the Japanese automaker has no timetable to make a decision.
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