magazine announced today the Toyota Tundra as its choice for 2000
Truck of the Year at the company's $1.2 billion plant in Princeton,
Indiana. With their selection, MOTOR TREND applauded the new pickup's
class-leading performance, car-like driving experience, sophisticated
technology, inviting refinement, impressive safety and outstanding
upstart has sent shock waves through the industry, blending the
best people-pampering attributes of a passenger car with the rough-and-ready
capabilities of a true work truck," noted C. Van Tune, Editor-in-Chief
of MOTOR TREND. " Toyota has created a precedent-setting package
that brilliantly integrates utility, creature comforts and value
with the firm's legendary reliability and toughness."
This is the
12th year that MOTOR TREND has presented a Truck of the Year award.
It was initiated in 1989 to recognize each year's most significant
vehicle in this extremely popular and rapidly evolving segment of
the automotive market. In choosing this year's winner, MOTOR TREND
editors considered all new or significantly changed 2000 pickups
and full-size vans that are on sale by January 1, 2000. In picking
the winner, editors weighed vehicle value, performance, technological
advancement, quality of assembly, safety, livability and overall
impact on the automotive market.