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I have been seeing a Toyota commercial series where Toyota boasts of

Bigger stronger parts.

The other day I noticed a Toyota next to an F150.

The Toyota was slightly bigger in physical size.

My question is, will Toyota enter the 3/4 and 1 ton arena in the

American market?

There are rumors the Ford and Toyota are working on a hybrid Ford pickup.

What about a Toyota badged Superduty?
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The "tonnage" term has become so muddled, who cares? All the marketing hype is about towing, not payload capacity anyway. GM has 1500"HD", Ford has an F-150 "Payload Package", and I dont even know the Ram (not called Dodge anymore) offerings.

Emissions rules change at 8501 GVWR which allows for diesel engines. The mid 20th century definition of "3/4 Ton", which was 7500 GVWR is long gone. Unless Toyota has a suitable diesel engine that meets or can meet US regs, its probably not worth it for them.

The only physical size that matters to me is the bed. An F-150 and F-350 have the same basic dimensions, as does the Tundra, Silverado/Sierra and Ram. A 1960's F-100 may look pretty wimpy sitting next to any modern truck, but the same size stuff fits in the bed.

Toyota and Ford cross-licensed hybrid technology quite a while ago. Maybe they are developing a hybrid truck package together.
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