First 2007 Toyota Tundra rolls off the line this Friday.

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    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas team members take their final exam Friday when the first 2007 Tundra rolls off the line. At 10 a.m. team members will take a break from truck building and gather round that first truck. But after about an hour, it's back to the line to build more.

    "The ceremony marks the start of production and then production must go on," said Mike Goss, spokesman for Toyota Motors Engineering and Manufacturing of North America.

    The celebration of the first vehicle off an assembly line is called line-off. For Toyota it's not as big a deal as it might be for some other manufacturers, said Jeffrey Liker, a professor at the University of Michigan and author of "The Toyota Way."

    "It's like taking a test to a very good student," Liker said. "It's just one more thing that they're doing for the semester. For a bad student it's a really big deal because they haven't been working hard and they have to cram. Toyota has done so much work that by the time line-off happens, they figure it's going to go smoothly and just be another day at the plant."

    That's not to say there won't be some pomp and circumstance. Gov. Rick Perry is expected to attend, along with local officials and Toyota executives from Japan.

    They'll be here for the line-off of what company officials call the most important vehicle in Toyota history.

    "One of the reasons we've declared this to be Toyota Month at the chamber is that the roll-out of this truck not only is the culmination of a billion-dollar-plus investment in this community and the creation of over 4,000 high-paying technology-based jobs, it also marks the creation of a significant manufacturing industry in San Antonio," said Joe Krier, president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

    "This is the largest financial package I think that's ever been put together for a manufacturer," said County Judge Nelson Wolff, who helped recruit Toyota to San Antonio. "It was a major, major effort that we knew would change the economic future of San Antonio."

    Total local and state incentives exceed $130 million. But Toyota has also given back. It handed out $500,000 to local nonprofits on the day of its groundbreaking in 2003. It also vowed to make up for lost tax revenue for the local school district. And more could be on the way.

    Toyota has made financial commitments to school districts, universities and environmental causes at other line-off events. But officials aren't saying if anything similar is planned for Friday.

    "It's an opportunity for the plant to say thanks to the community with a donation," Toyota spokesman Goss said. "We also try to create an atmosphere where we're really thanking our team members for their efforts. Some of the folks we've hired there are really three-year veterans."

    The first truck, however, won't go any further than Toyota's reception lobby — where it will sit "in perpetuity," Goss said

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    I think it's going to pwn. :coold:
     
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  4. Finally Toyota makes a REAL full size truck
     
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    so they are opening a plant that ford chevy, and dodge trucks help to build.
     
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    Most likely, to build trucks that will then pwn Fords, Chevys and Dodges.
     
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    Here's another shot of the new Tundra.

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    In all of it's lumpy fat glory.
     
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    Just like all Toyotas, it will look extremely promising- however, invariably it will disappoint.
     
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    I'm having Nissan Titan deja vu.
     
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    And will be purchased by lemmings who would rather own appliances than drive cars and hate our home companies.
     
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    :ugh: at least other trucks have brakes that work :mamoru:
     
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    but but but

    it doesnt guzzle enough gas
     
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    You're thinking of the Camry/Prius/Corolla
     
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    That truck looks broly.
     
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    Doesn't the Tundra basically go against all of Toyota's principles?

    It's big, fat, stupid looking, and uses too much gas. Why would a Toyota fan sackride it? :mamoru:
     
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    tuner I know you're thinking bacon and eggs.

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    that shit looks huuuuuge
     
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    Even the MR2 Spyder was a TREMENDOUS disappointment. Somehow they managed to make a MR sports car suck.
     
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    i dont think i will ever take toyota and full size trucks seriously
     

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