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Falling full-size trucks sales alter Toyota's plans for a diesel Tundra

2008 has not been a banner year for full-size truck sales. Rising fuel prices caused sales of large pickups like the Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra to plummet -- large SUVs like the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Suburban have been hit by the slowing economy and high cost of fuel as well.

Toyota was working on a small diesel engine to give its mammoth Tundra an edge in fuel economy compared to the 5.7-liter V8 gasoline engine. According to a new report from, those plans have now been shelved.

There are multiple reasons for not going forward with plans for the diesel-based Tundra according to including diesel fuel prices, strict emissions regulations for diesel engines, and less than stellar sales of the Tundra for 2008.

While a diesel Tundra may never see the light of day, reports suggest that Toyota is moving ahead with plans to introduce a production version of its A-BAT compact pickup. DailyTech first brought you news of the concept version of the truck back in late December.

The A-BAT features a unibody construction similar to that of the Honda Ridgeline and will likely share a FWD-based platform with the Toyota Highlander. The production version of the A-BAT is said to incorporate a traditional four-cylinder gasoline engine as a base powerplant, while a four-cylinder gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain will be offered as an option.

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