Back to the Future & Toyota Tacoma

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota has always been recognized for its forward thinking and developing vehicles for future generations that are safer and more fuel efficient. However, this year Toyota is happy to join in the celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the release of "Back to the Future" in which Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) dreamed of owning the "ultimate" four wheel drive Toyota truck. In this particular case the truck was a black Toyota SR5 outfitted with KC HiLites, custom mud flaps, and a rollbar among many other features.

The New Version

For the 2016 model year Toyota has recreated the Back to the Future truck in the guise of 2016 Toyota Tacoma that closely resembles the one seen in McFly's dream. This amazing truck is painted the exact same 1985 shade of black and is, just like the original, far from stock. It offers tubular front and rear bumpers, a roll/light bar fitted with retro KC HiLites complete with vintage bright yellow covers. Underneath is a custom off road suspension package and a set of Toyota Racing Development rims.

Along with all the retro custom accessories, the 2016 Tacoma also features the name Toyota painted across the tailgate as was the standard in 1985. It also features a pair of "D-4S" fuel injection badges on the front fenders just like the SR5 featured in 1985. While the Tacoma is a far cry from the SR5 seen in Back to the future, this unique truck sure can bring a feeling of nostalgia to anyone who is a fan of the movie trilogy.

New Year, New Vehicle

The "Back to the Future" Tacoma is not however the only ace Toyota has up its sleeve, in fact this unique truck is only the beginning. Toyota took the time to recreate the film set including the famous Hill Valley courthouse with the big clock featured in the movie in order to introduce buyers to the Toyota Mirai. From this vantage point Toyota handed out keys to the first buyers to take possession of their car of the future, the hydrogen powered Mirai. In all there were 300 new owners in attendance at this event. Bill Fay, head of Toyota U.S.A. had this to say at this historic moment, "You're the real pioneers of Mirai, thanks to you, the future is a reality." Toyota picked Tuesday the 24th of October for this event as it correlates almost exactly to point in the future where Marty McFly landed in the first movie.

Overall reaction to the Mirai from the new owners has been very enthusiastic. Mark Abramowitz of Yorba Linda, CA had this to say, "It's going to be terrific, I think it’s a beautiful car." Mark is an environmental consultant who has been working on the development of hydrogen powered cars for a number of years.

Not the Only One

Toyota now joins Hyundai in being able to offer buyers in the United States cars that are powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. In essence the hydrogen fuel cell is used to generate electricity. This electricity is then used to power the vehicle. Overall the hydrogen fuel cell is far more efficient than any gasoline engine currently on the market. More importantly, the only type of emissions coming from a hydrogen powered vehicle is harmless water vapor. While hydrogen fueling stations are currently relatively few, there are plans in the works to create an entire network of them across the country. The good news is that the Mirai has an estimated range of 312 miles per tank, far further than even the most efficient battery powered or hybrid car currently available in the U.S.

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