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Toyota Boosts Power, Safety, Looks on 2022 Tundra

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Toyota’s slow reveal of its 2022 Tundra has finally culminated in an impressive grand finale that clearly sets the full-size truck apart from previous iterations.

Aside from a bigger truck that’s more refined and includes more driver-assist technologies, the 2022 Tundra is more powerful.

Though fans may lament losing the long-running 5.7-liter V8, they may find solace in a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 that offers 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. A hybrid 3.5-liter i-FORCE MAX offers 437 horses and 583 pound-feet of torque. Both variants are bolted to a new 10-speed automatic. For those keeping score — and who doesn’t? — the outgoing 5.7 offers 381 horses and 401 pound-feet of torque.

More power and a new high-strength boxed, steel-ladder frame that the 2022 Tundra shares with the 2022 Land Cruiser offer a jump in max towing from 10,200 pounds on the 2021 model to 12,000 pounds and a max payload capacity of 1,940 pounds, an increase of 210 pounds.

Lackluster fuel economy in the dated 5.7, which comes in at 13 mpg city and 17 highway, will surely be bested by the more fuel-conscious V6s, but we’ll have to wait on final EPA numbers.

A new interior offers creature comforts for driver and passengers alike, including a 14-inch infotainment touchscreen, available panoramic roof, heated and ventilated front seats, rear sunshade, heated steering wheel.

The instrument panel can be optioned with conventional gauges or a 12.3-inch instrument panel display.

2022 Toyota Tundra interior2022 Toyota Tundra’s new interior comfortsToyotaA host of new tech features are found throughout Tundra as well, such as towing aids, off-road enhancements, an all-new multimedia system featuring wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and over-the-air updates.

Two different four-door layouts are available, as well as various bed lengths, including a 5.5-foot bed, 6.5-foot bed and an 8.1-foot bed.

Safety first!

Toyota Tundra was the first full-size truck to feature automated emergency braking, and starting with the 2022 model, every Tundra comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5.

The Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS with PD) features multiple enhancements, including not only detecting the vehicle ahead but also a pedestrian in low light, bicyclist in daytime, an oncoming vehicle and a pedestrian at intersections when making a turn.

At intersections, the system is designed to detect an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian when performing a left-hand turn and provide audio/visual alerts and automatic braking in certain conditions. Additional PCS functions include emergency steering assist, which is designed to stabilize the driver’s emergency steering maneuvers within their lane while avoiding a pedestrian, bicyclist or vehicle.

2022 Toyota Tundra pickup truck2022 Toyota Tundra boasts a multitude of safety features.ToyotaTundra will be equipped with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). Lane Departure Alert notifies the driver by sound if it senses the vehicle is leaving the lane without engaging a turn signal. When DRCC is set and engaged, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) provides a slight steering force to help center the vehicle in its lane using visible lane markers or a preceding vehicle.

Automatic High Beams detect preceding or oncoming vehicles and automatically switch between high-beam and low-beam headlights. Road Sign Assist (RSA) is designed to recognize certain road sign information using a forward-facing camera and display it on the multi-information display (MID).

Toyota’s Rear Seat Reminder comes standard on all 2022 Tundras. The feature can note whether a rear door was opened within 10 minutes of the vehicle being turned on, or at any time after the vehicle has been turned on, with a reminder message in the instrument cluster after the engine is turned off, accompanied by multi-tone chimes.

In addition to the TSS 2.5 system, the standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) helps detect and warn you of vehicles approaching or positioned in the adjacent lanes. Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) can offer added peace of mind by helping to detect vehicles approaching from either side while backing out and alerting you with a visual and audible warning. The available Parking Support Brake is designed to implement brake control when there’s a possibility of a collision with a stationary object, approaching vehicle or while parking.

Improved suspension and handling

The 2022 Toyota Tundra’s new multi-link rear suspension drops rear leaf springs for coil springs, which leads to improved ride comfort, stability, handling and increased towing capacity.

The front of the truck gets a new double wishbone suspension, which offers a kingpin offset angle reduction to improve straight-line stability and high-speed driving.

The caster trail gets a 1-inch boost for added stability. To improve cornering, roll steer has been reduced by 25% compared to the benchmarks, and the roll height center has been elevated (152mm compared to 104mm, or roughly 6 inches compared to 4 inches) to reduce body roll, especially when cornering.

The 2022 Tundra gets twin-tube shocks at the front and rear of each truck. The shock absorbers feature triple-oil seals and extended dust covers for added protection and durability. New aluminum forged knuckles are used to cut weight. TRD Off-Road packages offer monotube Bilstein shocks.

TRD Pro grades get 2.5-inch diameter Fox internal bypass shocks that provide a 1.1-inch lift up front. The aluminum-bodied front and rear shocks feature piggyback reservoirs to house additional oil for improved off-road performance. The shocks use a new polytetrafluorethylene-infused (PTFE) Fox shock fluid to improve on-road comfort. This fluid includes microscopic particles infused with the oil to reduce friction.

The all-new Tundra will go on sale in December. 

2022 Toyota Tundra pickup truck tailgatePressing a button in the rear taillight causes a lighter tailgate for the 2022 Tundra to drop down.Toyota

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Packing Power in a Small Frame: Toro Launches the Dingo TX 700 Mini Skid Steer

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Toro’s Dingo TX 700 packs 700 pounds of rated operating capacity into a small footprint and expands Toro’s extensive Dingo lineup.

With its small size and power, it’s the ideal compact utility loader, also known as a mini skid steer, for  contractors working within the confines of tight spaces.

“The compact size and flexibility of the Dingo TX 700 is bound to be a game-changer for operators,” says Jay Thaker, Toro marketing manager. “The fact that it’s small, but incredibly capable, increases the applications for the Dingo TX 700 on the jobsite. This Dingo has the potential to be the compact go-getter of the operation.”

The machine features the patented  Dingo TX 1000 traction controls and a dedicated stand-on platform. According to Toro, even if the buyer is new to operating heavy machinery, it will quickly become second nature with the easy-to-use controls.Dingo TX 700 control panelFeaturingthe patented Dingo TX 1000 traction controls and a dedicated stand-on platform, the Dingo TX 700 is easy-to-use and boasts increased comfort and visibility.Toro

Smaller than some of the other Dingo models, the TX 700 can reach areas other machines may not and is more compact for storage purposes. It’s also compatible with dozens of attachments, meaning the machine can be used for a wide range of jobs, making it more efficient and cost effective than purchasing multiple machines.

Toro also says the Dingo 700, which is available in both narrow and wide track configurations, is easy on turf. The wide track option is equipped with the Camso track system which features a less aggressive tread pattern, which is gentle on turf and minimizes damage, perfect for keeping lawns intact.

The new Dingo TX 700 will be available starting mid-year 2022.

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Office Manager Accused of Stealing $2.2M from N.J. Construction Firm

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An office manager has been charged with stealing more than $2.2 million from a New Jersey construction company over seven years.

The theft began in 2015 when Donna Cook, 52, of Howell, New Jersey, began writing unauthorized checks to herself from the Tinton Falls company where she worked, according to Lori Linskey, acting Monmouth County prosecutor. She forged the signature of the company’s principal, Linskey said.

Check amounts ranged from $75,000 to $475,000, with some made payable to cash. Linskey says the money was used for Cook’s personal expenses.

The theft continued from 2015 into 2021. The Tinton Falls Police Department began an investigation several months ago, which expanded to include the Monmouth County Prosecutor Office’s Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Bureau.

Cook is charged with second-degree theft, third-degree forgery and third-degree false uttering. She has been released on her own recognizance and is scheduled for a first appearance February 15 in Monmouth County Superior Court. If convicted on the second-degree theft charge, she would face up to 10 years in prison, Linskey says.

The name of the construction company was not released. Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Kristen Anastos is prosecuting the case.

Signs of embezzlement

Here are some signs that your company may be a victim of embezzlement:

Territorial: They are defensive about “their area,” including their desk, computer and the work they handle for you. No one can do what they do.

Workaholic: They refuse to take vacations. Extended time off means someone will likely have to do their job in their absence, perhaps leading to discovery.

Extravagance: They start buying things you know are beyond their income level. If they show up to work with a tricked-out SUV or start displaying expensive tastes, pay attention.

Over familiarity: They are unusually close to a vendor or client. If they always insist that a business get front-of-the-line treatment, it could be a red flag.

Money problems: They are having financial difficulties. They’re asking for advances and complaining about making ends meet. They may have gambling issues. If they can’t handle their own finances, is it wise to trust them with yours?

Professional “coziness”: They have a field/office friendship that’s just a little too cozy. This could be especially true if your business takes service calls. One person may be handling the incoming calls and dispatching a service technician. When the technician offers a cash discount to the client, the two pocket and split the cash, and no record of the service call exists.

Disgruntled: They have a “poor me” attitude. They gripe to you or to others about being underpaid and underappreciated.

Additionally, you could be seeing:

In the red: You’re not making the money you know you should be making. Things aren’t adding up. Expected profits aren’t there. There are unexplained losses on a job or a spike in material prices.

Vanishing act: Records disappear. Bank statements, permit receipts, invoices and other financial records just can’t be located when you need them.

Low morale: Employee morale is low. If you’ve enabled an embezzler – either by turning a blind eye to their actions or not being open to other employees’ complaints – you could be contributing to an atmosphere of distrust.

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Chevy Takes Aim at Competitors with Electric 2024 Silverado

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Chevy has muscled up big and kicked a little sand on its competitors with an all-electric 2024 Silverado.

At work where truck strength and stamina can make or break a profit margin, the Ultium-powered pickup will offer 33% more range than Ford’s all-electric 2022 F-150 Lightning and will be available with a 20,000-pound max towing package.

Yes, that’s 20,000 pounds of max towing in a pickup that’s intended to replace the internal combustion half-ton truck. But with power like this, better add ¾- and most 1-tons to the list. The F-150 Lightning maxes out at 10,000 pounds towing, while the Rivian R1T can take on 1,000 more pounds.

And it’s got stamina too. The electric Silverado will be available with up to 400 miles of range. While that’s on par with Rivian’s most powerful battery pack, it’s 100 miles more than the F-150 Lightning.

2024 electric Chevy Silverado RST rough terrainThe toned-down work truck, or WT, model of the electric 2024 Silverado will be the first to roll out in spring of 2023. The RST, shown above, comes next. Be on the lookout for a Trail Boss variant too.ChevroletBut really it’s the Silverado’s 20,000 pounds of max towing that clearly stands out. It’s the most that any OEM has offered yet in an electric pickup. GM Fleet Vice President Ed Peper acknowledged that a battery-heavy EV can prove advantageous when it comes to hauling bigger loads, given its greater mass. Pair that with the electric Silverado’s strong chassis, and you’ve got the greatest towing capacity offered to date for a factory-produced electric pickup.

But fleets will have to wait for that huge max tow package. The work truck version of the electric Silverado, or WT, will first debut in the spring of 2023 with 8,000 pounds of max towing. On a website page dedicated to electric Silverado fleet customers, Chevy notes that the 20,000-pound towing package for WT will roll out for model year 2025.

The all-electric Chevy Silverado also gets bragging rights on having the biggest bed among the small but growing group of electric crew-cab pickups. The 5-foot 11-inch-long bed can get even bigger with the drop-down midgate (a nod to Avalanche) and multi-flex tailgate available on RST. Once the midgate is lowered and the tailgate is adjusted, long payload like 10-foot 2x4s can slip inside the cab and rest up against the tailgate.

With up to 510 peak horsepower and up to 615 pound-feet of torque, the 2024 Silverado WT is powerful but it’s not Chevy’s fastest EV. For now, that distinction goes to the 2024 Silverado RST, which offers up to 664 horsepower, 780 pound-feet of torque and goes zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds. The supercharged 2021 Ram TRX is rated with the same zero-to-60 time, though some drivers have gotten better times.

But there’s a much bigger price to be paid for all that extra power and features like a Multi-Flex Midgate, automatic adjustable lift that can raise the truck up to 2 ½ inches, four-wheel steering, Wide Open Watts Mode and more on RST. Take a deep enough dive into power and luxury with the electric Silverado and you may find yourself paying up to $105,000.

Customers will have the ability to content the truck across various price ranges, with MSRPs around $50,000, $60,000, $70,000, $80,000 and more, allowing them to choose the truck that meets their capability and pricing needs.  

Fleets, on the other hand, can relax knowing that the toned-down WT starts at $39,990. 

“GM Fleet has long provided customers with great products and services, an exceptional customer experience and innovative solutions to meet their unique business needs,” Peper said. “We’re excited to launch the Silverado EV, providing customers with a true work-capable truck to help them begin the transition to an electric fleet and assist them in achieving their own sustainability goals.”

But it’s not just sustainability fleets are looking for; it’s safety too. Responsive and quick torque vectoring at each wheel combined with a full suite of safety features (listed below) has Peper calling the 2024 Silverado “the safest vehicle we’ve ever made.” 

Check out more features below on the 2024 Silverado. Refundable reservations can be made through Chevy’s website.

  • RST and WT models come with Tow/Haul mode, trailer hitch provisions, and an integrated trailer brake controller and Hitch Guidance. The RST also includes Chevy’s Advanced Trailering System.
  • RST and WT feature public DC fast-charging capabilities up to 350 kW, enabling approximately 100 miles of range to be added in 10 minutes, based on GM estimates.
  • Silverado EV is capable of charging another EV using the available accessory charge cord, sharing its power in times of need.
  • WT customers have access to Ultium Charge 360 Fleet Service, which offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive charging solutions for businesses, whether drivers take their vehicles home or return to a central depot.
  • The eTrunk is a lockable, weatherproof compartment in the front of the truck that provides enough space to fit a large hard-side suitcase and a multitude of accessory options for both fleet and retail customers to load gear based on the unique needs of the customer.
  • Safety features include safety alert seat, rear cross traffic braking, HD surround vision, forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, following distance indicator, lane keep assist with lane departure warning and Intellibeam auto high beam.
  • Up to 10.2 kW of off-board power through 10 outlets on WT and RST with optional equipment.
  • RST First Edition includes trailering-capable Super Cruise, the industry’s first true hands-free driver-assistance technology, allowing drivers to travel hands-free on more than 200,000 miles of compatible roads across the U.S. and Canada.
  • RST First Edition includes a 17-inch-diagonal LCD freeform infotainment screen paired with a neighboring 11-inch-diagonal reconfigurable driver instrument display and a multi-color driver head-up display with a field of view over 14 inches.

2024 Chevy electric Silverado bed cover ladderChevy is keeping work truck options in mind for the electric 2024 Silverado WT.Chevrolet

2024 Chevy electric Silverado WT cargo dividersA spacious frunk can be organized with dividers.Chevrolet

2024 Chevy electric Silverado RST dash viewPlenty to see with the 17-inch infotainment screen and the 11-inch driver display on the electric 2024 Chevy Silverado RST.Chevrolet

2024 Chevy electric Silverado RST Multi-Flex MidgateBed too short? The Multi-Flex Midgate on the all-electric 2024 Silverado RST drops down to allow for longer items.Chevrolet

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