In May 1999, Toyota released a new line of full-size pickup trucks for the 2000 model year--the Tundra. Though it is somehow similar to other Toyota trucks, this pickup truck still managed to stand out and beat several of its competitors. From record sales to various innovations, the Tundra has gained many achievements making it one of the most successful truck lines in the history of the automobile industry.
2000: First-gen feats
Despite its size, the Toyota Tundra still garnered positive reviews. In fact, it was recognized as the Best Full-Size Truck by Consumer Reports. It also received the Truck of the Year award from Motor Trend and the Driver's Choice Award- Best Pickup truck from MotorWeek. Another amazing feat achieved by the Tundra was its record-breaking first full month of sales which amounted to 8,011 units. This amount surpassed the sales of the Toyota Tercel, the previous title holder, by 3,339 units.
2004: Double Cab
In 2004, Toyota released a new version of the Tundra to boost its sales. Called the Double Cab model, this Tundra had four doors and a 130-mm cab which was 5 inches longer than that of its competitors. The Double Cab was also 3 inches taller and 13 inches longer than the other Tundra versions.
2006: Darrell Waltrip Edition
To honor Darrell Waltrip and his performance in the Truck Series of the NASCAR, Toyota released a Darrell Waltrip Edition Tundra in 2006. This edition was powered by a V8 engine and had special badging. What's more, the Waltrip Tundra came with special 18" wheels. Sadly, Toyota decided to manufacture 2,000 units only.
2007: Second generation Tundra
In 2006, Toyota introduced the second generation Tundra at the Chicago Auto Show as a 2007 model. The new Tundra featured a higher payload capacity of over 2,000 pounds and improved towing capacity of as much as 10,000 pounds. It also came with a 6-speed automatic transmission and 5.7-liter 3UR-FE V8 engine. The second-gen Tundras were equipped with larger door handles and head restraints as well to make them more useful to construction workers.
2008: TRD supercharger kit
Toyota Motor Corporation released Toyota Racing Development (TRD) supercharger kits for Tundras with 5.7-liter V8 engines in 2008. These kits use the Eaton Corporation-developed TVS Roots-type superchargers that use two four-lobe rotors. They significantly increase the power outputs of Tundras to 555 pound-feet of torque and 504 hp from 401 pound-feet of torque and 381 horsepower.