The 3rd Generation Toyota Tundra debuted at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show.  The main goal of the new Tundra was to make a statement that Toyota is serious about competing and producing a true full size truck for America by developing the FTX show truck in a production vehicle.

It was felt from within Toyota as well as from the debut of the FTX show truck that the design had a good opportunity to become the next Tundra.

 2007 Toyota Tundra Production Truck

2007 Toyota Tundra Production Truck


I was the design lead on the Tundra production truck project.  I followed the vehicle from sketch to clay development in California through final development in the Ann Arbor Toyota design studio.  

 Tundra Rendering

Tundra Rendering


Concept, Theme, & Early Sketches

The concept of this project was to create a production truck out of the FTX show truck design.

The theme of the Tundra design is a dynamic potential energy releasing forward from the rear flares.  It incorporates the sculptural heritage feeling of previous Toyota trucks.

 

 

Key development sketch

 


There were many issues to overcome to develop a show truck into a production ready design, and took a period of 3 years to develop.  From scale models, to 3 full size clay models, the development of the final production vehicle was very difficult.

 Tundra Clay Development Model

Tundra Clay Development Model

 Tundra Full Size Clay Development Models

Tundra Full Size Clay Development Models

 2006 Chicago Auto Show Debut

2006 Chicago Auto Show Debut


Image Galleries

Vehicle Development:  

Renderings, Sketches, & Scale Model

  Design Rendering & Sketches Gallery

Design Rendering & Sketches Gallery

  Press Photos Gallery

Press Photos Gallery

Vehicle Images:  

Press Photos & other final pictures