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Toyota SEMA 2015 Press Conference Highlights

A van that could beat a Camaro, TRD concepts, and the Back To The Future Tacoma

Nov 5, 2015

One of our first stops when the 2015 SEMA Show began was the Toyota press conference, and we were a bit surprised at just how many rad cars they had to show. The automaker invited back Top Gear host Rutledge Wood to help unveil the cars. Without cars like the Supra, Celica, or MR2 one might think Toyota is getting soft - but the builds unveiled told a different story.

A particular build that floored us was the Toyota Sienna R-Tuned Concept. As the name suggests, it's a van that's much more fun than a family hauler. Toyota Technical Center collaborated with DG-Spec to modify the Sienna SE with upgraded tires, wheels, brakes, suspension, and a limited slip differential. The 3.5L V6 engine remains untouched, however, with the few modifications, Toyota claims it can outrun a Chevrolet Camaro SS.

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Toyota sema 2015 press conference highlights trd edition corolla Photo 9/20   |   Toyota Sema 2015 Press Conference Highlights Trd Edition Corolla
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Toyota also unveiled five SEMA Edition TRD vehicles, but the three you care about are probably the Corolla, Camry, and Land Cruiser. All three models get a sporty TRD exhaust, stiff TRD suspension, aggressive TRD performance wheels, and dope TRD embroidered seats.

Toyota sema 2015 press conference highlights back to the future tacoma Photo 17/20   |   Toyota Sema 2015 Press Conference Highlights Back To The Future Tacoma

We couldn't ignore the '16 Tacoma that Toyota recreated based on the famous 4x4 from Back To The Future. The exterior was designed with vintage cues, including mud flaps from a 1985 truck, old-school headlight design, KC HiLites, and even 1985 Toyota Truck exterior paint.

Just outside, Toyota had a TRD parts display and a few classic Toyotas that you'd normally see in the Southern California show circuit, including Nick Stonawaski's Toyota Supra and Janet Fujimoto's Toyota Crown, as well as her immaculate Toyota Corolla GT-S. Safe to say, Toyota did not disappoint this year. We can only hope the TRD cars will go past concept phase. Stay tuned for more 2015 SEMA coverage.

Jofel Tolosa
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