Towing War between Detroit 3 and Toyota Comes to an End
Back in 2009, automakers agreed to a towing standard, and Toyota was the only automaker to implement it by 2011. Now, the Detroit 3 have announced after a two-year delay that they will use the standard to rate the towing capacity of their light-duty pickups. Although Toyota was the first to adopt the SAE J2807 standard, Nissan has since adopted the standard for its vehicles when they are redesigned. So far, Nissan has used the standard to judge the 2013 Pathfinder, and will do so for the 2015 Titan. However, when Ford announced that it would not be adopting the standard back in 2012, it caused GM and Chrysler to also drop the standard. Mike Levine, Ford spokesman, told Automotive News that the company will implement the new standard on the 2015 F-150. "As a founding member of the SAE trailer towing committee, we will meet SAE trailer towing standards," he said. Now that Ford has decided to use the SAE J2807 standard, both GM and Chrysler went on to announce that they will implement it for their 2015 models. Toyota then went on to say in a statement that "This will be most beneficial for customers, as previous methodologies created by individual manufacturers made it difficult for customers to compare tow ratings on an apples-to-apples basis." Let's hope this is the last we hear of it. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
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