MOTOR TREND Magazine Names the Toyota Tundra 2000 Truck of the Year

(December 20, 1999) - PR Newswire, Princeton, IN, (Copyright (c) 1999, PR Newswire)

MOTOR TREND 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 value.

"This bold 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.