In the ever-evolving automotive market, Toyota has confirmed that it has no immediate plans to introduce a compact pickup truck rivalling Ford's popular Maverick in the United States.

Ted Ogawa, CEO of Toyota, emphasised the company's ongoing evaluation of the market but noted no definitive projects are underway. Instead, Toyota continues to focus on its existing lineup and potential vehicle electrification.

Despite the growing sales of the Ford Maverick, which saw an 82% jump in the first three months of 2024 alone, Toyota remains cautious. Ford sold nearly 40,000 Mavericks during that period. In contrast, Toyota has been expanding its range with new models like the Crown and Grand Highlander over recent years before 2024.



According to Automotive News, Ogawa stated, "It's studying in that area and discussing the segment's possibilities with bosses back in Japan." This denotes an ongoing deliberation rather than a clear path towards entering the compact pickup truck market.

The Ford Maverick itself has undergone notable changes since its introduction. Initially priced below $20,000 in 2022, its price spiked to $25,515 for models equipped with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine and $27,015 for hybrid versions by 2024. These dynamics showcase shifting conditions within this particular vehicle segment.



Market watchers speculate about possible entries into this category from other automakers as competition intensifies. One enthusiast noted, "It'd be nice to see what Toyota could offer in this space not only because the Ford is so good but also because competition usually results in better products for us."

The discussion about potential newcomers like Toyota joining established players such as Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz indicates both interest and scepticism regarding future market evolution. While new competitors could shake up offerings and possibly deliver more options for consumers, Toyota's approach reflects a careful assessment of both risks and opportunities before committing concrete plans.

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Максим Тропко
Maksim Tropko
35 years (16 years driving)