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AUSTIN, Texas
— Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced Toyota as its newest Official Partner today, making the automaker a year-round statewide $250,000-level co-sponsor of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. SOTX provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for more than 55,200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the state of Texas.

To celebrate this new partnership, the two organizations have created a “Let’s Go Places Together” opportunity drawing — and one lucky person will win a fully loaded 2017 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition.

Million-Mile Man: Victor Sheppard drove his 2007 Tundra over 1 million miles.

Million-Mile Man: Victor Sheppard drove his 2007 Tundra over 1 million miles.

Victor Sheppard was the proud owner of 2007 Toyota Tundra. Sheppard is now the proud owner of a brand new 2016 Tundra, which was what he accepted as trade for his 2007 model that he drove 1 million miles.

Our first look at BJ Baldwin's new Toyota TRD Pro Trophy Truck, which will be unveiled to the rest of the public at tomorrow night's AMA Supercross finale.

Our first look at BJ Baldwin’s new Toyota TRD Pro Trophy Truck, which will be unveiled to the rest of the public at tomorrow night’s AMA Supercross finale.

BJ Baldwin has never made it a secret that one of his idols is the “Ironman” himself, Ivan Stewart. Baldwin has done his best to emulate Stewart’s Ironman approach to off-road racing, as he’s gone on to earn one Baja 500 win and two Baja 1000 victories much like his idol – without a second driver helping shoulder the load.

Baldwin will be formally unveiled at the AMA Supercross finale in Las Vegas this Saturday as the new “Ironman” for Toyota, which has just signed Baldwin to a multi-year sponsorship. Baldwin will field a Tundra TRD Pro Trophy Truck this year in both SCORE International and Best in the Desert races.

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Arlington, Texas
— The Texas Rangers and Toyota today announced that the club and the automobile manufacturer have entered into a multi-year partnership. Under the agreement, Toyota becomes the Official Truck Sponsor of the Texas Rangers. The sponsorship will highlight Toyota’s two Texas-built trucks, Tacoma and Tundra.

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CHATSWORTH, CA
– The ICON FJ44 Petersen Special earned a place in the newly redesigned Petersen Automotive Museum by pairing the open-top styling of the original FJ40 Land Cruiser with state-of-the-art modern performance and luxury. While maintaining the original essence of the classic Land Cruiser, this thoroughly reinterpreted 4×4 packs a Chevrolet Performance E-Rod 6.2L LS3 V-8 engine and Magnuson supercharger good for 530 horsepower and 495 lb-ft of torque. The upgraded power allows the contemporary classic to fly from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.7 seconds with an environmentally conscious powertrain emission-certified for all 50 states.

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For our 2016 Mid-Size Truck Shootout, the Toyota Tacoma enters this year’s test in an all-new package. The segment truck leader for the previous 11 years gets one major update, most notably a brand-new engine. Gone is the 4.0-liter V6 engine that powered the 2015 model, as it is now replaced with an Atkinson-cycle-type 3.5L V6. The new engine is rated to produce 42 more horsepower (278 @ 6,000 rpm) than the outgoing 4.0-liter and 1 less lb.-ft. of torque (265 lb.-ft.). The Tacoma also gets fitted with a new six-speed transmission as well.

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Those waiting patiently for news of a TRD Pro version of the all-new Tacoma will have to wait no longer, as Toyota pulled the cover off of its 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro today at the Chicago Auto Show.

Back in 2015, Toyota decided to take its TRD offerings a step further by offering new TRD Pro models, which were unveiled on the Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma of that year. The Tacoma was as close to a no-brainer as you could get considering Toyota told us at that time that nearly 40 percent of its trucks were sold with a Sport or Off-Road TRD package. The only problem for the Tacoma is 2015 was the last year of the prior generation, so the Tacoma TRD Pro was short lived. Although TRD Pro Tundra and 4Runner models were announced for 2016, there was no sign of a new TRD Pro Tacoma – until now.

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MagnaFlow recently announced the development of several new performance exhaust systems during SEMA 2016, one of which is for the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma and its new 3.5L V6 engine.

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PAYSON, UT
– After only two years, RMFantasySX has exploded in popularity. 2016 will be even bigger, with two significant additions. This year’s grand prize will be an all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma, taking the prizes to an unprecedented level. Also, the scoring system has been improved. Like last year, users who predict the top five riders (along with a wildcard) will be awarded points for each pick they correctly predict. For the 2016 season, however, five points will also be awarded for each picked rider who finishes in the top five but not in the exact position chosen. This rewards users who accurately predict top five finishes, even if they do not predict the exact order.

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Toyota’s Tonka 4Runner concept is the definition of extreme SUV. Photo: Joey Augustin

We were fortunate to get a few sneak peeks of some of Toyota’s coolest concept trucks and SUVs leading up to the 2015 SEMA Show, but getting to see the Tonka 4Runner concept vehicle up close was a special treat – this thing is giant!