AD #1681 – Tacoma’s Aerodynamic Tricks, Lexus Tops Luxury Chart, 3 Dream Cruise Cars Stolen

August 17th, 2015 at 11:52am

Runtime: 9:09

- Saab Finds Another Lifeline
- Thieves Steal 3 Dream Cruise Cars
- Lexus Tops Luxury Chart
- MPG Gains Started Prior To CAFE
- Tacoma’s Aerodynamic Tricks

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37 Comments to “AD #1681 – Tacoma’s Aerodynamic Tricks, Lexus Tops Luxury Chart, 3 Dream Cruise Cars Stolen”

  1. Ron Paris Says:

    Hmmm, nice job Toyota on the Tacoma aero package, but did I see the front air dam separating from the bodywork as if it had may have already smacked the ground on an ascent?

  2. Bradley Says:

    That is really unfortunate about the Dream Steals.

    I want to hear the MPG numbers of the Tacoma. :) I am sure those will come last.

  3. Guy Martineau Says:

    The fuel economy numbers aren’t that impressive. According to the Toyota website, EPA estimated city/highway/combined mpg for the 4×2 with an automatic transmission is19/23/21. Estimated fuel efficiency for the 4×4 with a manual transmission is 19/21/20 and 19/22/20 for the automatic 4 cylinder. Estimated city/highway/combined mpg for the 4×2 automatic is 19/24/21. The estimated mpg for the 4×4 manual is 17/21/19 and 18/23/20 for the automatic V6.

  4. Buzzerd Says:

    Bradley- autoblog has an initial drive kind of review, the tacoma’s mileage is rated the same or worse than GM’s midsize trucks.

  5. Jon M Says:

    Kudos to Toyota for not lowering the Tacoma or resorting to pipsqueak little four bangers with turbo chargers to compensate for their motorcycle-sized CC engines in order to boost MPGs. I may consider MPG when buying a truck but it is HARDLY my first consideration—far from it!

  6. C-Tech Says:

    The numbers on Lexus are interesting when broken down by model. I am curious if BMW and Mercedes models are trending the same way, that is cars flat or down and suv’s up.

    It’s a shame that those cars were stolen from the Dream Cruise. Before anyone blame Detroit, this happens at many auto events around the country. Twice in Florida were race cars stolen. Sadly I’m afraid those cars have been hacked up to parts by now.

  7. RumNCoke Says:

    We used to attend Dream Cruise until cars started disappearing. It has been happening for a while now. I had a friend who lost his car from the Marriott Hotel in Pontiac where they hired extra overnight security for the parking lots. The car was in a locked trailer.

    There is always somebody who is ready to screw up a good time for the rest of us.

  8. HtG Says:

    Schnatter’s Camaro was found this morning parked in a lot in Detroit. This is the car from his youth which he relocated recently.

  9. HtG Says:

    8 that car really is meant for him

  10. Bradley Says:



    I wonder what the added cost is for Toyota to import a Diesel Engine? I know the Hilux has one.

  11. Lisk Says:

    It’s interesting to see the low numbers for the Lexus RC coupe. It’s no wonder few manufacturers gamble on 2-doors anymore. This had to cost a fortune to engineer the platform for such a low return on investment. Does anyone know if the Genesis coupe sells in similar numbers?

  12. BobD Says:

    I read the Wards article on the new Tacoma. So is this a completely new truck, or just the 2004 design with a new face lift? I couple of other things didn’t make sense… How can they justify a $2500 price bump in the base model? They better hope they have loyal buyers. Also, I think their volumes compared to the GM twins is a little misleading. Toyota is quoting their full year 2015 production compared to GM’s volumes during first year startup which did not hit full volume until January. Further, GM is volume constrained and could be selling a lot more of the twins if they had plant capacity (they obviously played it safe in scaling the plant).

  13. MJB Says:

    8. 9.

    I just saw that article and I’m breathing a huge sigh of relief for Schnatter. I can’t imagine how heart-wrenching it must have been for all of this to have happened in the first place.

    I’ll bet that car doesn’t leave his Kentucky corporate headquarters again… If not his own personal garage.

  14. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Although Toyota did a fine job with the aerodynamics of the new taco,the mpg’s suck,plain and simple.While the diesel gm twins haven’t yet made their mpg known to us mere mortals,I’m positive it will be impressive,for a truck,and a price.Nissan will be offering a small diesel on their 2017 frontier as an option,and again,it should post impressive mpg numbers for a midsize truck.Toyota needs to bring in their diesel options to be truly competitive with the new trucks that will soon be available.jmho….

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Why do all pickup trucks have a “lift kit” appearance, even the smaller ones like Tacoma, including 2wd units sold in Florida? It is such a treat to see an older small pickup, even early S10 and Ranger, with a ride height optimized for handling, while driving on pavement, the normal use for these vehicles.

  16. G.A.Branigan Says:

    My last s10 was a 4×4 reg cab,long bed.No lift,and it wasn’t needed.Although I did off road with mine,ground clearance was good,and the 4.3 provided that good old low end torque.I have no complaints.I think the new trucks are more geared towards those that wish to take off roading a bit more serious then I ever did.Whether or not they actually do off roading is another thing.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It seems that most of them, even the rwd ones, are made to LOOK like they are for off roading, even though the only off roading they ever see is parking in someones yard during a party.

  18. Brett Says:

    I believe that the “off-road”iness of SUVs has polluted the sensibilities of pickup buyers.

    I got a ride in a *very* nice Dodge 1500 in early July. It was a little like riding in the bridge of an ocean liner.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just drove a C7 Corvette, which may have been a mistake. I really liked it. It is SO REFINED, at least compared to a C4.

  20. gary susie Says:

    If we have to pay a 25% import tax into China does antone know what the Chinese have to pay coming into the U.S.?

  21. gary susie Says:

    If we have to pay a 25% import tax into China does antone know what the Chinese have to pay coming into the U.S.?

  22. Puremoose Says:

    SAAB———Great! It may live again!!

  23. HtG Says:

    19 You poor man, Kit. What are you going to do now?

  24. HtG Says:

    23 contd

    There’s a new miata sitting at a nearby dealer, and for reasons like yours I haven’t gone to take a look.

    It’s risky ;)

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 Not sure, but the older I get, the less I worry about running out of money. Even if I decide to get one, there would be a tough decision, manual or automatic. The automatic now out-performs the manual, but… Also, there is color.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    24 Yep, very risky.

  27. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I don’t even look at that stuff when I go to a dealer,and haven’t for years.I’m not into self abuse,lol.

  28. HtG Says:

    Is it true that the manual on C7s has a 1-4 lockout? You’re forced to skip 2,3 unless you’re leaning on the motor? If that’s true, I wouldn’t mind the auto.

  29. HtG Says:


    Is it true that the manual on C7s has a 1-4 lockout? You’re forced to skip 2,3 unless you’re leaning on the motor? If that’s true, I wouldn’t mind the auto.

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The manual has a 1-4 “skip shift” that actvates over a narrow spped range, at light throttle. If you short shift, “get on it,” or go above a certain speed, it will let you go from 1st to 2nd. I think there are easy ways to over-ride it.

    The car I drove was a 2014 with the old, 6-speed automatic. It worked pretty well, but the new 8-speed is supposed to be considerably better. Even the old autobox would hold a gear, rather than downshifting, if you manually select, say, 4th gear and floor it. Some automatics with “manual” modes will downshift, even if you’d rather they didn’t.

  31. XA351GT Says:

    Well that sucks about the Dream Cruise thefts. That was a bucket list item. I could never replace my car if stolen. Seeing as their are less than 10 in North America . I surely can’t afford another from Oz or could go through the restoration again .
    So it’s looks like that is off the list

  32. XA351GT Says:

    Okay here is another link to my pic Hopefully this will work.

  33. HtG Says:

    I got it here, XA. Very cool.

  34. Rob Says:

    28 & 29 That forced shifting was also on my CTSV and can be fixed with a quick visit to any Radio shack and about $3.00 If you do a YouTube search you’ll see the instructions on how to by-pass the forced shifting. Was one of the first modifcations I made on my car.

  35. MJB Says:

    30. So sad, but I’m sure you’re not the only one who’s come to the very same conclusion.

    31. got a “Page Not Found” error.

    32. Took me to a page full of different car pics.

  36. RumNCoke Says:

    28 – My 03 has that Skip Shift feature. It is very easily disabled. Go for the stick.

  37. Tony Gray Says:

    Sorry Lexus, but the spindle grille ain’t for me. That hideous visage kept me from even taking one for a test drive before buying my Infiniti Q50S Hybrid.

    Not ALL the girls get prettier at last call.