If you were anxiously biting your nails like we were at Thousand Oaks Toyota while waiting for the next-generation Toyota Tacoma debut, wait no more. Bob Carter, the automaker’s senior vice president of operations, has confirmed a new version of the pickup will be revealed this January at the Detroit Auto Show.
This goes hand-in-hand with a previous report that Toyota is planning to increase production at a Mexico factory that builds the Tacoma, beginning next April, as well as several spy shots of a Tacoma prototype caught testing last summer.
The timing is also good: competing brands have also been releasing new-generation trucks, which might give us a hint as to what to expect from Toyota. Though they technically belong in the “midsize truck” category, the new vehicles from Chevrolet and GMC have erred dangerously close to fullsize territory.