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The History of the Toyota Tundra

February 15, 2013

The History of the Toyota Tundra

By: Betsy Bearden


The Toyota Tundra Crew Max will go down in history as the truck that gave the Space Shuttle, Endeavour, its last ride. Yes, it’s all that, and more. A commercial was filmed of the event and it aired during the 2013 Super Bowl where the whole world sat and watched the Toyota Endeavour flex its unmodified muscles as it carefully towed the space shuttle to retirement at the CaliforniaScienceCenter. Talk about “Let’s Go Places.” Yeah, it’s a pretty good bet that it’s gonna haul whatever you need.

The full size Tundra was introduced to the U.S in 1999 where it was manufactured at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Princeton, Indiana, USA. It replaced its predecessor, the Toyota T100.  When this big boy rolled off the assembly line, everyone stood up and took notice. From the beginning, it was a sure winner, and was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award, and awarded the title Truck of the Year in 2000 and 2008 in Motor Trend magazine.

Production of the Toyota Tundra moved from the Princeton plant to the new Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in San Antonio, Texas in 2008, because as we all know, everything is bigger in Texas. The Toyota Tacoma is also manufactured at the San Antonio, Texas plant. The Princeton plant currently manufactures the Toyota Highlander, Sienna, and Sequoia.

The Toyota Tundra is a trusted and reliable companion when dealing with tough workloads on practically any terrain. It can be configured to suit just about any need as it can be had in three different configurations, even with a TRD Supercharger if you have the need for speed. It seems that NASA and NASCAR share common ground via the Tundra.

In 2002, NASCAR opened the door for Toyota to compete in the Camping World Truck Series. Development began on the full size Tundra to enter the series. Travis Kvapil introduced the Tundra at the Daytona International Speedway and they placed second. In 2004, Kvapil became the victor and won Tundra’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Since then many other drivers have sat behind the wheel of the Tundra and have found themselves in the winner’s circle 98 times in this series as of 2012. Not too shabby for this full size Toyota powered race-truck.

On the horizon is the 2014 newly designed Toyota Tundra that will be available at Sandy Springs Toyota on Roswell Road as of September 2013. It will come equipped with a re-styled exterior and new interior, revised steering and suspension tuning, NVH improvements for a quieter cabin, and a new 1794 Edition will debut at the top of the lineup.

Toyota, Tundra, History

As far as what to expect under the hood: The Standard model will get you a 4.0-liter V-6 engine with  270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque for the Tundra regular cab and Tundra Double Cab models. A V-6 engine is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission equipped with uphill/downhill shift logic, and is offered as a 2WD.

The Tundra CrewMax models offer a standard 4.6-liter V-8 engine with 310 horsepower and 327 lb.-ft. of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission provides power to the rear wheels or all four wheels through an optional 4WD system. This V-8 engine is optional for regular cab and Double Cab models, and is required for 4WD.

All three cab styles can be had with an optional 5.7-liter V-8 engine that produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque. It comes with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission and this engine is offered with 2WD or 4WD. Toyota also provides an E85-compatible flex-fuel version of the 5.7-liter V-8.

The Toyota Tundra is definitely here to stay, and with its ties to NASA and NASCAR, who knows what’s next?

Sandy Springs Toyota in Sandy Springs, Georgia has a full inventory of new and used Toyota Tundras. We proudly serve Acworth, Alpharetta, Atlanta, Buckhead, Chamblee, Cumming, Decatur, Duluth, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Marietta, Norcross, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Stone Mountain from our family owned and operated Toyota dealership on Roswell Road for over 30 years.



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Driving in the Rain

February 11, 2013

Alisha Merchant

With the week of showers coming our way, I want to help inform people of safer driving habits. I’ve put together a list of ten very important safety tips based on my Google searches and basic knowledge of rainy days on the road. Please take a look at these tips and let me know if I missed anything super important!

Rainy Conditions

  1. BIGGEST TIP: Slow down! Nothing will hinder your ability to control your vehicle more than speeding over a puddle of water and potentially hydroplaning.
  2. Brake sooner and with less force. Slamming your brakes can also cause your car to go slipping down the road. You want to brake sooner to ensure you don’t have to brake hard and because when conditions are wet, it takes longer to slow down and stop.
  3. Increase the space between you and the car in front of you. If the person behind you isn’t doing this too, let him/her pass you.
  4. Drive in the tracks of the car in front of you. That part of the road has the least amount of water piled in one section.
  5. Instead of using your brakes, try just letting go of the accelerator to slow down.
  6. Avoid following big trucks or other large vehicles too closely. These are more likely to create a huge splash.
  7. Be alert! Get off your phone, turn the music down, and just focus! We don’t take rain too seriously but there are way more avoidable accidents occurring in the rain for us to not take it seriously.
  8. If you can’t see the road and that area is just water, then do not drive over it.
  9. Be extra careful when it rains after a prolonged period of dryness. The rain mixes with build up on the road and creates even more hazardous conditions.
  10. Don’t use cruise control. You need to focus on the road and slow down sometimes in a matter of seconds. Cruise control can’t do this for you.

Other than these pointers for while you’re on the road, there are more things you can do before it rains. Check your tires to make sure they will provide enough traction. You can have them checked here at Sandy Springs Toyota if you aren’t sure. If you happen to need new tires, come and take advantage of our tire sale – buy three get one free! Also make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition. You need to be able to clear the rain so you can see the road. You can also have them checked and replaced here!

Remember everyone: by being irresponsible on the road, you are not only putting yourself in danger but also everyone around you. Be cautious and courteous!

Visit the dealership at 6475 Roswell Rd NE, about 1 1/2 miles north of I 285. Sandy Springs Toyota serves Johns Creek, Marietta, Atlanta, Decatur, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Roswell, Duluth, Chamblee, Lithonia, Acworth and Sandy Springs.

Third Generation Tundra

January 25, 2013

Toyota is revealing it’s new Tundra full-sized pick up next month! Read about in this article from written by David Phillips and Jake Lingeman.

“Toyota Motor CToyota, Tundra, 2013, Auto Show, Chicago, Neworp. plans to unveil an all-new Tundra full-sized pickup at the Chicago Auto Show next month.

The redesigned, third-generation Tundra is expected to go on sale this spring and will become the third revamped big pickup planned by automakers for the 2014 model year.

General Motors’ redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups are scheduled to go on sale by early summer. Chrysler Group has updated the Ram pickup for the 2013 model year with more fuel-efficient powertrain offerings.

Automakers are counting on a steady recovery in the U.S. housing market and construction activity to drive higher demand for big pickups, which are among the industry’s most profitable vehicles.

The Tundra was last overhauled for the 2007 model year.

Toyota did not disclose any details about the new Tundra, but the company, like other automakers, is under pressure to boost fuel economy without sacrificing power, performance or functionality.

Tundra sales rose 23 percent last year to 101,621. Volume peaked in 2007 at 196,555.

Toyota says it is planning a 45,000-square-foot display at the Chicago Auto Show, with a mix of new products and concept vehicles.

The all-new 2013 Toyota RAV4 will be on display, as well as the new Avalon, and Corolla Furia Concept, which previews the next Corolla. The company’s motorsports operation will take up a significant portion of the Chicago stand.”

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Toyota sneak previews self-drive car ahead of tech show

January 11, 2013
Toyota has given a taste of self-drive car safety technology ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week.

The car maker revealed a video clip of a Lexus fitted with safety features designed to minimise car crashes.

The technology includes on-board radar and video cameras to monitor the road, the surroundings, and the driver.


The car can also communicate with other vehicles, according to a Toyota spokesman.

“We’re looking at a car that would eliminate crashes,” said the spokesman. “Zero-collisions is our ultimate aim.”

The video shows a prototype Lexus LS fitted with what Toyota’s described as an “Intelligent Transport Systems” (ITS) technology.

The “advanced active safety research vehicle” prototype uses ITS and existing Toyota technology to monitor whether the driver is awake, to keep the car on the road, and to stop at traffic signals. The technology is designed to be used in conjunction with a driver, but the car can control itself, said the spokesman.

A series of optical beacons on the roadside can detect the positions of pedestrians and obstacles, and relay information to the prototype about whether a traffic light is red or green, as part of ITS. The car can also independently monitor pedestrians’ positions.

“Not the Jetsons yet, but our advanced active safety research car is leading the industry into a new automated era,” Toyota said in a Tweet on Thursday.

Toyota has also developed technology that lets a car communicate with a driver’s smartphone to offer augmented reality features. This would let the car know about places by the road letting it, for example. recommend an upcoming restaurant, said the spokesman.

Toyota is one of several heavy-weight car manufacturers and technology companies researching autonomous vehicles.

Google was awarded an autonomous car patent in 2011, and secured a Nevada driving licence for its self-drive car in May 2012. In the same month Volvo tested a self-drive convoy on a Spanish motorway.

Self-driving cars could drastically improve road safety, according to Prof Paul Newman, who heads an Oxford University autonomous car project project.

“Computers will be ever vigilant. They don’t get distracted,” Prof Newman said on Friday.

Car systems can be engineered so that a systems failure will not result in a crash, he added. Prof Newman’s Wildcat project aims to use lasers and radar to make a car “sense” its surroundings.

Courtesy of BBC News

How To: Keep Your Car New Longer

December 27, 2012

By Alisha Merchant 

You are a smarty pants and came by Sandy Springs Toyota to take advantage of Toyotathon and our current End of the Year Sales Event running till January 2nd. You bought a fancy new Toyota or Scion which you love and adore and want it to look, smell (new car smell…are you kidding me?!…literally the best), and feel the way it does now for a long time. So what do you do? If you’re at all as car illiterate as I was (and still pretty much am), then you could probably use a few helpful tips. It may be best to leave most car service tasks to the experts in the service department but there are some routine little activities you can do to maintain your car between services (sort of like flossing between dental appointments).

Here are some key pointers from our very own Service Manager, Andy Phillips:

  1. The most important thing is to make sure your tire pressure is correct.
  2. Check air filters. Make sure they are clean and free of any debris.
  3. Ensure that wiper blades are in good condition.
  4. Check fluid levels.
  5. Get a fresh coat of wax on the car every 6 months.
  6. Use soft brushes to wash your car to keep paint shiny and pretty.
  7. Verify that all exterior lights are working properly.
  8. Just like the other tires, the spare also needs to be inflated to the proper PSI (technical acronym for tire pressure!)

If you really rather not be the one to do all this, no problem! Just scoot over toSST23 the Sandy Springs Toyota Service Center and they will take care of everything for you in a jiffy. You could hang out and surf the web while enjoying some fruit and coffee while waiting for your car in the customer lounge.

Visit the dealership at 6475 Roswell Rd NE, about 1 1/2 miles north of I 285. Sandy Springs Toyota serves Johns Creek, Marietta, Atlanta, Decatur, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Roswell, Duluth, Chamblee, Lithonia, Acworth and Sandy Springs.

Red Velvet Cake Boss

December 11, 2012

By Alisha Merchant

Apparently TLC’s “Cake Boss”, Buddy Valastro, will be at the Kroger on South Cobb Drive in Smyrna, GA today to sign copies of his books and Cake Boss cake mixes. Now I’m not a big cooking/baking show watcher but I can’t help but watch this man whip up some of the most extravagant cakes I have ever seen. CakeBoss_2It really feels like he started a sort of revolution in the baking world. The way he mixes textures, designs, flavors, and even different pastries is salivating – yes, there really isn’t a better word to describe it. In honor of the visit from this New Jersey native, I have decided to post up one of Buddy’s own recipe for a beloved classic: Red Velvet cake with, wait for it…, Cream Cheese frosting! Yum.

This recipe is posted on Oprah’s site.

Servings: Serves 12–16


  • 2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 Tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs , at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. liquid red food coloring
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup buttermilk , at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 packages (8 ounces apiece) cream cheese , at room temperature
  • 8 Tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar , sifted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • Pinch of salt


To make cake: Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 9″ x 2″ round cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper; grease.

Sift flour, cocoa, and salt into a bowl.

In stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat butter at low speed until creamy. Add sugar; blend on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, mixing well after each. Scrape bowl; add food coloring and vanilla. On low speed, beat in flour mixture in thirds, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. In small bowl, stir together vinegar and baking soda. Stir into batter. Divide batter between prepared pans; spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges and turn layers out onto racks. Remove paper and flip cakes; cool completely. Freeze for 30 minutes.

To make frosting: In stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add sugar, vanilla, and salt. Blend on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium-high until fluffy.


To assemble: Cut layers in half horizontally with a serrated knife. Place 1 layer, cut side up, on a serving plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat twice. Add last layer, top side up. Ice cake thinly with 3/4 cup frosting to crumb-coat. Refrigerate 20 minutes; finish frosting.

Picture: Buddy’s Red Velvet cake to Oprah for O, The Oprah Magazine.

Sounds pretty doable right? I thought so too! So now scoot your caboodle into your lovely Toyota (that you bought at none other than, of course, Sandy Springs Toyota) and head over to the Kroger to get a signature and your ingredients. Try this recipe for your Holiday dinner or party and be the most adored person there!

Also don’t forget to come by Sandy Springs Toyota on Roswell Road in Atlanta to pick out a lovely little Corolla, Prius, Camry, Avalon, Tacoma, or Tundra (fine, this one is not very little, at all, I know) or any other Toyota during our Toyotathon sales event and leave the party/dinner/gathering/anything/everything in an awesome new car and an great new outfit you could afford because of all the savings!

Visit the dealership at 6475 Roswell Rd NE, about 1 1/2 miles north of I 285. Sandy Springs Toyota serves Johns Creek, Marietta, Atlanta, Decatur, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Roswell, Duluth, Chamblee, Lithonia, Acworth and Sandy Springs.

Kissing 15 Million

November 30, 2012

By Alisha Merchant 

What I’m about to say will come as no bombshell to any of you (if it does then please tell me what rock you have been living under and how I can live there too!): the market sucks. It has been regrettable for the last few years now. People don’t really feel like spending as much money as before and unemployment has been running rampant and now we’ve all got this new little doozie, called the fiscal cliff, to worry about. Sure the market’s been going north recently and people are fortunately securing better places for themselves in the economy, but companies are still feeling the effects. Well I should say a lot of companies; a lot but not Toyota.

Toyota Senior VP Bob Carter

Toyota Senior VP Bob Carter

In an article published on November 29, 2012 on by Mark Rechtin, Bob Carter was quoted talking about how he was a lot more worried about weather conditions slowing sales down than the metaphorical fiscal cliff. He is really confident about the company since the market has been so strong for Toyota. The company predicts that sales will be in the in the high 14 millions in 2013 but Carter said “we can kiss 15 million next year.”

Clearly people have chosen, and they sure are liking Toyota. Even in tough times like we’ve been facing for a bit here, people are purchasing Toyota’s cars. Now is still one of the best times to buy/lease a car with the competitive environment that the economy has created for so many industries. People are walking away with amazing new cars at exceptionally low prices. So if you are in the market for a car or soon will be, don’t you think it’s a good idea to follow toyota_care_headerthe masses on this one? People all over the nation are putting trust in Toyota and purchasing their cars. New cars, pre-owned cars, beautiful styles, features of all calibers, incredible safety ratings, amazing resale value awards, and top predicted-reliability honors and so much more, what’s there not to love about these treasures?!

Here at Sandy Springs Toyota, we carry an extensive line of new and pre-owned Toyotas to fill your heart with joy, your mind with calm, and your pocket with savings! Call us at 404-256-3992 or toll free at 1-888-562-0943. Feel free to browse right over to our site or just come right in! Our sales team will ensure that you do not feel rushed and feel confident in your car buying/leasing venture. Don’t forget! No is the time to take advantage of our Toyotathon prices. An additional deal to make the best cars even more pocket-friendly!

Visit the dealership at 6475 Roswell Rd NE, about 1 1/2 miles north of I 285. Sandy Springs Toyota serves Johns Creek, Marietta, Atlanta, Decatur, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Roswell, Duluth, Chamblee, Lithonia, Acworth and Sandy Springs.

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