Toyota preparing Tacoma factory for a successful 2015 and 2016
We wish we could be telling you today that the Tacoma has a new drivetrain, upgraded interior and many new features to enable it to give the excellent new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon a run for their money. We had our fingers crossed these changes would be made for 2015, but we know now that Toyota is holding off until 2016.
2016 Toyota Tacoma
One small announcement gives us some hope that the upcoming 2016 Toyota Tacoma might be something pretty special. Toyota’s excellent PR network recently tipped us off that the Baja California facility that assembles Tacomas is adding a third (and final) shift to its operations. The expansion of capacity is expected to take until Q2 of 2015 to complete. That will be just before the model year 2016 Tacoma is announced. The move adds 300 new jobs to the site. Mike Bafan, TMMBC president was quoted as saying, “Moving to three shifts allows us to fully utilize capacity and meet customer demand.”
Toyota Ramping Up Truck Production
Adding 30% more capacity at a facility is not unusual in this automotive climate, but despite Toyota’s claim that truck sales are way up, Tacoma sales have not been. The Tundra is on a multi-year increase slope, and except for last month, the Tacoma is on a monthly slide that goes back well into last year. Most automakers don’t add a third shift to a facility making a truck that’s sales have been down.
Details on 2016 Tacoma Secret
Our contacts at Toyota have not said anything to us about the 2016 Tacoma, but pretty much every truck expert is convinced the next model year of the Taco will at least have a new transmission, upgraded interior audio and Nav options, and maybe a new engine. The current six cylinder used in the Tacoma has roughly the same horsepower and torque that the new 2.0-liter turbo in the Lexus NX does. The 2.0 turbo is dramatically more fuel efficient when coupled to a 6-speed automatic. The new Colorado and Canyon have better fuel efficiency in their 6-cylinder offerings that the Tacoma does in its 4-cylinder offerings.