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#16177 of 16309 Re: Really digging this one [anythngbutgm]
Mar 01, 2013 (9:37 am)
TRD will soon offer a supercharger:
Cool thing is that means you get a warranty.
Subaru is working on a turbo. Would be interesting to have 2 options, and then compare them.
Of course why rush? The Gunma plant is running at full tilt, and that's before the new Forester gets here. Subaru needs more capacity yesterday.
I say build the Forester at SIA and move Camry production some place else.
Mar 15, 2013 (4:47 am)
Toyota has upped their new car warranty in the UK to 5 years or 100,000 miles (begging the question why the UK still uses miles). The "mechanical" warranty was 5/60. "While the five-year part of the deal appeals to private buyers, Toyota wants to emphasise the warranty when talking to fleet and corporate buyers."
Warranty a key weapon as Toyota targets fleets (carandvannews)
#16180 of 16309 Re: 5/100 [steve_]
Mar 15, 2013 (7:06 am)
Hyundai successfully used their warranty to market their cars into mainstream acceptance.
I wonder if Toyota will extend the warranties here, to rebuild their rep?
Looking at sales it doesn't seem necessary, but it could help them gain market share.
Mar 15, 2013 (8:28 am)
It would be a way to fight back against Volkswagen. VW already has them beat with an extra year of free maintenance and an extra year of roadside coverage.
And maybe they'll start pushing fleet sales here more?
#16182 of 16309 Re: 5/100 [steve_]
Mar 15, 2013 (8:57 am)
I'd keep a lid on fleet sales, no more than 10-12% or so. Otherwise residuals will erode.
#16183 of 16309 A Lifetime of No Respect
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 17, 2013 (8:26 am)
With apologies to Rodney Dangerfield.
"Critics often deride Toyotas for their bland styling and/or unrewarding driving experience. The reality is this: Toyota has changed the nature of the automotive industry, just like GM once did.
And even though auto journalists chastise Toyota's products, the fact is that Americans love them. That's why they buy so many of them."
Toyota rarely credited for its innovation in the industry (Detroit News)
#16184 of 16309 Re: A Lifetime of No Respect [steve_]
Mar 17, 2013 (9:56 am)
Or it might show that the average 'Murican is more boring and thoughtless than at any time in automotive history. When the RAV is counted as "innovation", something has derailed. I'll give them hybrids, which is innovation and some kind of backwards evolution (in terms of driving pleasure) at the same time. Also ironic that the Japanese (and Toyota) managerial styles came largely from US minds such as Deming.
Toyota can make exciting cars, they just choose not to, as in the end, what sells matters. It's that simple. But no need to praise beige.