Thursday, November 15, 2007, posted by Auto Rider at 6:02 PM

Japanese automaker Toyota for one recently unveiled the 2008 version of the full size SUV Sequoia at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. The said vehicle has been redesigned completely by the automaker for the 2008 model year.

Part of the changes made to the Sequoia is its new body, the new configuration inside and a new chassis. The all-new 8-passenger 2008 Toyota Sequoia will be available with a 5.7-liter V8 engine coupled to a six-speed transmission. The pairing of the V8 and the six-speed transmission is made to give the Sequoia better fuel efficiency while not sacrificing performance.

The Sequoia was first introduced in 2000. Through the years, the SUV was made more and more fuel efficient as the price of gasoline increases and the threat of global warming is also on the rise. For the 2008 model year, engineers at Toyota has made it their mission to create the most fuel efficient Sequoia.

The engine and transmission of the Sequoia is not the only aspect of the SUV which has been given a lot of thought by the automaker. Ride comfort is still of great importance and engineers of the Japanese automaker has designed a new platform for the SUV. The new chassis of the Sequoia allows for independent suspension both in the rear and up front. This suspension setting makes the Sequoia more balanced. The chassis is also made even tougher giving the Sequoia a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds which is one of the highest in its class.

With the Sequoia, Toyota has proven that they not only produce small cars like the Corolla and the Camry but they also create large vehicles. The Tundra was made bigger last year to move Toyota closer to American auto buyers who are still interested in light trucks. The unveiling of the 2008 Toyota Sequoia shows that the automaker is committed to challenging the Big Three when it comes to the development and manufacturing of SUVs and light trucks. The automaker's large vehicles are more attractive to American consumers because of Toyota's reputation for manufacturing reliable vehicles.

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