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Toyota isn’t pulling any punches at this year’s SEMA Show. For years the automaker stagnated in the realm of reliable cars that weren’t terribly exciting. That’s been changing recently, and the wide variation of custom rides on display in Las Vegas is a testament to that.

In addition to a massive Supra invasion, Toyota has a plethora of custom Corollas and pickup trucks in its stable ranging from mild to wild. Here’s a look at each with a short description of what the buzz is all about, starting with the Corollas.

Toyota Corolla Super Street SEMA Custom

Gallery: Toyota Corolla Super Street SEMA Custom

Wearing a body kit and a red dress, the Super Street Corolla has JDM upgrades aimed primarily for style but it’s also tweaked for occasional track use. Inside is still about comfort, however, with heated seats and a rocking stereo.

Toyota Corolla SoCal Kustomz SEMA Custom

Gallery: Toyota Corolla SoCal Customz SEMA Custom

Toyota commissioned a “build-off” between a couple shops, and the SoCal Kustoms Corolla embodies a hot-rod style attitude with an ode to the crazy graphics from the Fast & Furious movie franchise. It also gets a nitrous oxide system for an extra power boost.

Toyota Corolla Papadakis Racing Drift Car SEMA Custom

Gallery: Toyota Corolla Papadakis Racing Drift Car

On the wild side of the equation comes this rear-wheel-drive purpose-built drift car. You won’t be seeing this on the street anytime soon obviously, but if you did, its boosted four-cylinder would be sending the rear tires up in smoke so much you’d struggle to see the gutted interior and cool widebody kit.

Toyota Corolla Muscle Tuner SEMA Custom

Gallery: Toyota Corolla Muscle Tuner SEMA Custom

The foil to the SoCal Kustomz Corolla is this AE86 tribute car from Muscle Tuner automotive. Sadly it’s not rear-wheel drive, but the custom exterior pays homage to the classic compact drifter and the engine is enhanced with nitrous for extra power. It also rides on custom suspension for a low, lean look.

Toyota Corolla Hoonigan Camera Car

Gallery: Toyota Corolla Hoonigan Camera Car

This is a name you might associate with Ken Block and his Ford team, but whereas those cars are in front of the camera, this special Corolla is the camera. It’s modified with camera gear and mounts and designed to function as a mobile high-end video production machine.

Toyota Tundra PIE Pro

Gallery: Toyota Tundra Pie Pro Fuel Cell Custom

Moving on to trucks, this curious creation is designed to cook and deliver piping-hot Pizza Hut orders with a touch of green. That’s because this Tundra and its onboard kitchen are powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

Kevin Costner Toyota Tundra

Gallery: Toyota Tundra Kevin Costner SEMA Custom

There’s something we never thought we’d say in the same sentence. The noted Hollywood actor teamed up with the Toyota to build this off-road adventure machine. It’s based on a Tundra Platinum and gets a plethora of add-ons including a 4.5-inch lift, steel bumpers winches, lights, and yes, Costner has apparently used it for camping and reaching remote film shoots.

Toyota Tacoma, Tundra TRD Pro

Gallery: Toyota Tacoma and Tundra TRD Pro

Mixed into the crazy custom rigs and race machines are mildly tweaked TRD Pro editions of the Tundra and Tacoma, wearing upgraded suspension and the all-important snorkel to keep water and sand clear of the engine.

Ivan Stewart’s Toyota Baja Race Truck

Gallery: Toyota Ivan Stewart Desert Racing Truck

Perhaps better known by his “Ironman” nickname, off-road legend Ivan Stewart drove Toyota trucks to numerous Baja victories. Joining the factory-tuned vehicles on display is one of his full-on race-prepped trophy trucks that conquered the Baja terrain.

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TOYOTA TAKES YOU PLACES AT SEMA 2018


From Supras, a Pizza-making Tundra, Corollas, and Trucks, Toyota Brings Those Places to Life
PLANO, Texas, Oct. 30, 2018 — Toyota’s suite of vehicles on display at the 2018 Specialty
Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show pays tribute to the heritage of the Toyota Supra, the
launch of the 2019 Corolla Hatchback, the latest TRD Pro trucks, and a very special hydrogen fuel
cell-powered Tundra that robotically makes pizza.


“The theme for SEMA 2018 is our call to action — ‘Let’s Go Places,’” said Ed Laukes, Group Vice
President – Toyota Division Marketing. “This year we’re definitely going places with the introduction of
the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback and the latest TRD Pro trucks. We’re also taking a look
back at the history of the Toyota Supra up through our state-of-the-art Supra race cars on display in
the booth. And no one will soon forget the pizza-making Tundra PIE Pro!”
Highlights of this year’s SEMA display include:


TUNDRA PIE PRO HYDROGEN FUEL-CELL
Everyone’s heard of pizza delivery, but the hydrogen fuel cell electric-powered Tundra PIE Pro takes
the concept to another level. It is one Toyota truck that takes the party wherever it goes with virtually
no carbon footprint—leaving only water vapor emissions and delicious Pizza Hut pizza in its wake.
Powered by a Toyota Mirai powertrain and converted to FWD, this Tundra can power itself and the
entire bed-mounted kitchen via its hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain. Two robotic arms bake, cut,
box and deliver the pizza.

KEVIN COSTNER’S CUSTOM TUNDRA
Kevin Costner’s custom Tundra Platinum is a truck that was built to conquer the great outdoors. The
Tundra has been outfitted with an array of custom equipment to tailor its use to Mr. Costner’s passion
for nature and active outdoor lifestyle.


CUSTOM COROLLA BUILDS
To introduce the 2019 Corolla Hatchback to the performance aftermarket, Toyota launched a Battle of
the Shops to see who could build the best, most unique custom version of the new car. Two builders
answered the call: well-known Latino builders Julio Ixta of SoCal Kustomz, and Alex Molina of Muscle
Tuner Auto. Two additional builds will also be present, a time attack-inspired entry by automotive
media network Super Street, and a “Russian Arm” camera car by the rally racers at Hoonigan.


FORMULA DRIFT COROLLA
The TRD/Papadakis Racing Corolla Hatchback was inspired by, and built for, Formula Drift
competition. This 2019 Corolla Hatchback features a full rear-wheel-drive conversion, a custom
suspension built from scratch, and a fire-breathing turbo engine pushing more than 1,000
horsepower. It won in its first-ever outing in Long Beach, Calif., and took second place in the 2018
Formula Drift Pro rankings.


TOYOTA SUPRA IN MOTORSPORTS
Toyota’s SEMA 2018 display celebrates the return of Toyota’s most iconic performance car with raceprepared
renditions of the upcoming fifth generation Supra. Toyota will campaign a Supra-bodied car
in next year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series, and it will be parked next to what may be the most extreme
new Supra to date—the Supra GTE racing concept introduced earlier this year at the Geneva
International Motor Show. The car is making its North American debut at this year’s SEMA show.

TOYOTA SUPRA, MARKS 1-4
In support of Supra’s return to the racetrack and the street, a display of classic Supras—featuring
generations one through four, all in white—will be parked at the 2018 SEMA booth. The pristine
assembly will be accompanied by eight modified examples displayed on the outdoor patio,
celebrating a die-hard enthusiast following that endures to this day.


NEXT GENERATION TRD PRO TACOMA, TUNDRA, 4RUNNER
Six Toyota trucks will be present in the 2018 booth in support of automotive enthusiasts of a different
stripe. The new 2019 TRD Pro Series trucks—Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner— will be parked
alongside three SR5 models equipped with TRD parts. They will be displayed adjacent to a
comprehensive TRD parts wall designed to allow owners to customize their own Toyota trucks. They
will be joined by the multi-championship-winning Baja race truck driven by off-road legend Ivan
“Ironman” Stewart.


Rutledge Wood—The NBC Sports NASCAR Analyst and self-professed Supra geek returns for the
seventh year running to co-host the Toyota SEMA Press Conference with Group Vice President –
Toyota Division Marketing, Ed Laukes.


The entire collection of vehicles can be seen in the Toyota display booth (#24800) in Central Hall and
the adjoining Patio Annex at the Las Vegas Convention Center, October 30-November 2, 2018.

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