Toyota A BAT Moving Toward Production; Diesel Tundra Canceled For Now

Toyota is moving ahead with development of a small pickup truck while stalling plans for a diesel-powered Tundra, reports.

The new truck will be based on the Toyota A-BAT concept and will mark the first major entry into the small pickup segment since the Ford Ranger’s last redesign in 1998. The A-BAT (Advanced Breakthrough Aero Truck) premiered at the 2008 Detroit auto show with an expandable 4-foot cargo box and a hybrid powertrain. The production truck will likely be available in hybrid and 4-cylinder versions, the article said.

Meanwhile, Toyota is shelving plans for a light-duty diesel Tundra, as it has been far from immune to the decline in the full-size truck market. Toyota suspended Tundra and Sequoia production for three months starting in August, and will limit future truck manufacturing to its plant in San Antonio. But Toyota has not entirely given up on a diesel Tundra and is ready to continue development on it as soon as the market recovers, the article said.