History of the N Charlotte Toyota Tacoma

The N Charlotte Toyota Tacoma has been a fan-favorite for many years and is even the best-selling compact pickup truck in the U.S. It has a solid reputation of providing strength and dependability. However, it also took many years to reach this level of success. With about 20 years of history, this new Toyota has had quite some time to win over the hearts of drivers in the U.S. and all over the world! Just how did the Toyota Tacoma get to where it is today? Explore the history of this new Toyota with us.

N Charlotte Toyota Tacoma comes from humble beginnings

Although the Toyota Tacoma has been around for quite some time, it's not the first pickup truck to make it into the Toyota lineup. Toyota began building trucks in 1935. The first Toyota truck was named the G1 and was intended for commercial use; however, its first compact pickup truck, the Toyopet Model SB, didn't come until 1947. Although the Toyopet continued to develop throughout the 50s, it never made it to the American market.

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This all changed with the release of the Stout in 1964, which became the first Toyota pickup truck in America. Although this new Toyota didn't achieve instant success, it did develop quite a reputation for its reliability. This laid the groundwork for Toyota trucks to come. Here are some of the milestones that explain the progression to the N Charlotte Toyota Tacoma:

  • After the Stout, the Toyota Hi-Lux was born in 1969. This new Toyota was a small truck with a 1.9-liter engine, two-wheel drive, standard cab and short bed. 
  • The Toyota Hi-Lux continued to receive updates throughout three generations, adding more power, space and car-like style. By 1975, this new Toyota was named the Toyota Hi-Lux/Compact Truck and included a 2.2-liter engine!
  • In 1976, Hi-Lux was removed from the name and it was just called the Toyota Truck. The Toyota Truck was completely remodeled in 1979 and offered four-wheel drive for the first time ever! 
  • 1979 also marked the debut of the SR5, which was a sporty version of this truck. It made this new Toyota no longer just for work , as it could be used for off-roading and everyday use!   

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Toyota Tacoma in N Charlotte makes its introduction

By 1995, Toyota made a name for itself in the truck segment. This is when it decided to raise the bar and introduce the N Charlotte Toyota Tacoma. Now, this truck finally had a new American title and was completely redesigned! The new and improved Toyota Tacoma featured a completely re-engineered frame, new sheet metal, re-calibrated suspension and the option between three engines. This new Toyota continued to improve with the addition of the Pre-Runner in 1998. Other additions include:

  • The S-Runner in 2001, which offered better handling on the road
  • The second-generation model in 2005, which is when it became the best-selling compact pickup truck in America 
  • The X-Runner, which replaced the S-Runner and offered a 6-speed manual transmission and 4.0-liter V6 engine 
  • A refresh in 2009, which included more safety elements and performance features

2009 is also the year the Toyota Tacoma began production at the Toyota plant in San Antonio, Texas! This is where it currently continues production. This vehicle has also held on to the title as the Best Selling Compact Pickup Truck in the U.S. since 2005, making it a well-known name to this day!

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Still in its second generation, the Toyota Tacoma in N Charlotte continues to get better! It has proven to be is a great option for any driver looking for a stylish, reliable, tough and performance-driven pickup truck! 

Visit our Toyota dealership today to check out this new Toyota for yourself and take it for a test drive. Toyota of N Charlotte is located at 13429 Statesville Rd. just off I-77 on exit 23. Give our Internet Sales Team a call at (888) 883-3797 for more information or to set up an appointment to meet with a Sales Specialist.


Toyota of North Charlotte

13429 Statesville Road
Hours and Directions Huntersville, NC 28078

  • Sales: (888) 883-3797
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  • Parts: 704-875-9199

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