Toyota, GM, Ford, Ram Argue Over Tow Ratings

Toyota isn’t too happy with GM, Ford, or Ram. The automakers have been going back and forth for years determining an SAE-standardized test for their trucks’ tow ratings, and while Toyota is using the numbers with the refreshed Tundra, the Detroit Three aren’t playing ball, reports Automotive News.

The standardized SAE testing procedure, named J2807, is designed to reflect how the pickups are really used, and are supposed to be more reliable than the non-SAE numbers, which each manufacturer provides.  The J2807 testing procedure would test a pickup’s structure, propulsion, handling, braking, and thermal-handling ability, in a set environment, both with and without a load. All the major truckmakers agreed to go by this testing procedure starting in 2013, and so far Toyota’s the only one to do so.

Toyota isn’t happy about that, and has asked its rival automakers to “do the right thing.”

The Detroit Three, it seems, have no intention of playing fair. GM, with the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra, doesn’t intend to follow the new SAE standard until Ford does. Ram’s in the same boat as GM. Ford, on its part, is allegedly feigning confusion. It told Automotive News that it thought the standard would only apply to new models starting this year. It says it won’t start using the SAE J2807 standard until 2015, when the Ford Atlas Concept drops as the next-gen F-150.

Until then, it looks like Toyota is stuck with smaller tow capacity figures than its rivals – but hey, at least it can brag it towed a Space Shuttle, right?

Source: Automotive News (subscription required)





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