Friday, June 22, 2007

Toyota Demonstration

This was just too funny not to share. The Toyota Tundra "demonstration" commercials are the epitomy of false advertising. The voiceover severly skews the facts and fineprint runs rampant (* see the end of the post if you are a truth seeker).

So if Toyota likes demonstrations, here's a litte demonstration for you:


I hope Toyota is prepared to slap yet more cash on the hood of that gas guzzling monstrosity (wait, I thought Toyota cared about the enviroment?) to move metal.

*1. The voiceover at the beginning of the spot says...."It's tough pushing 10,000 lbs up a steep grade". Myth: Toyota would like the audience to believe the trailer is 10,000 lbs. Fact: It's a 5,000 lbtruck pulling a 5,000 lb trailer. A little slight of hand? You bet.

2. Then, on the way down the grade, the camera zooms in on thebrakes as the vehicles comes to a screeching halt just prior to the end of ramp. Next time you see the ad, look for the 'mice type'. It indicates the trailer is equipped with electric brakes. Fact:the electric brakes stop the trailer -- not the truck. A little slight of hand? You bet.

3. And why does Toyota have bigger brake pads? They need them. Their truck is heavier. Stopping distance between the Silverado and Tundra is virtually identical. And why does Toyota have a 6 speed transmission? To improve their fuel economy, which is still 2 mpgless than the Silverado.

4. And don't forget, their big V8 has one axle ratio -- a4.3. Suck fuel much? The Silverado offers several axle options to optimize towing and fuel economy.

2 comments:

Mirranda said...

Are you a nerd? You bet! :)

Matt said...

I agree. Why you hatin on Toyota? Granted, it's a lie, which isn't cool. But that's what advertisers do. I'm sure Chevy doesn't exactly have an unblemished record.

In other news, my 1984 Toyota Camry is still running strong :)