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#16283 of 16309 Re: the one to watch [Stever@Edmunds]
Aug 20, 2013 (8:39 pm)
...and still cranking:
Toyota's new U.S. goal is 2.25 million
At Toyota's recent national dealer meeting in Atlanta, Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations, told dealers he expects Toyota and Scion divisions to sell more than 2 million units this year. Including Lexus, the tally should exceed 2.25 million.
...."There's a new Corolla coming, and a commitment to keeping Camry No. 1," the dealer said. "They want to sell more than 400,000 Camrys this year. They're going to do whatever it takes."
http://www.autonews.com/article/20130819/RETAIL01/308199952/toyotas-new-u-s-goal- - - -is-2-25-million?cciid=email-autonews-weekly&r=7000G0458689C5Q#axzz2cZgVex1g
They boosted Camry fleet sales close to 20% of total Camry sales this year - that's a lot of rental Camrys just to keep a sales goal alive. I suppose this means the financing deals will just get even better over the next 12 months until the redesigned 2015 come out.
#16284 of 16309 Re: the one to watch [nippononly]
Aug 21, 2013 (4:05 am)
I've read that the refresh for the Camry is coming next year and supposedly it's going to be more than just a "Nip and Tuck".
With pressure from the new Accord and Fusion, I'll be curious what Toyota does to keep their lead. It just seems so un-Toyota like to throw a ton of incentives at it or turn it into another Rentibu or Impala and dump them to fleets...
#16286 of 16309 Re: Why on Earth [nippononly]
Sep 24, 2013 (9:43 am)
Avalon hybrid (and ES) gets the same powertrain as the Camry hybrid. Nothing special, but those are all about economy anyway.
They should give the Lexus DI or Li-ion batteries, something unique, but they'd probably have to re-test for emissions and fuel economy.
Mazda2 is a good little car in search of a better engine. Let's see what they do with it. Accent/Rio brought DI to this class already.
#16287 of 16309 Re: the one to watch [anythngbutgm]
Sep 24, 2013 (9:49 am)
Lexus had a great August, with 17.9% share of the lux market. They had not beaten BMW (14.7%) and Mercedes (14.8%) in a while. Let's see the rest of the year.
They still depend on the RX too much, though. The GLA may steal a few of those sales away.
#16288 of 16309 Re: Getting the message? [anythngbutgm]
Sep 24, 2013 (9:51 am)
That is embarrassing.
Just copy Subaru. Forester aced it. In fact it has aced every single crash test since its inception. It never once fell off the Top Safety Pick/Plus list.
#16289 of 16309 Detroit News Opinion
Sep 25, 2013 (4:43 pm)
Detroit News Article
Thought I would post this opinion from Detroit news (usually a "big 3" trumpeter).
"Toyota is now a better company, but Washington must consider evidence before turning to scare tactics"
"Washington should heed the lesson: Study the evidence before putting jobs and reputations at stake."
IMHO, good advice for many, although we know some people were praying that it was Toyota's electronics. Be happy all, stop the hate!
#16290 of 16309 Re: Detroit News Opinion [mcdawgg]
Sep 26, 2013 (10:00 am)
The most interesting part? The source.
I've been saying that all along. Else why would there never be any SUA cases with a clutch/manual? Why were complaint rates for Ford double that of Toyota before the publicity?
How can a government that owns big chunks of GM and Chrysler not have a conflict of interest, also?
It's OK, though. Brake-throttle overrides are probably a good idea given how well trained drivers are in this country.
Oct 10, 2013 (11:04 am)
"With the exception of the sporty, low-volume FR-S and the slow-selling iQ, "we are basically selling the same vehicles that we were selling four years ago, and we are going to be selling basically the same vehicles for the next couple of years," Toyota's Paul Holdrige told Edmunds.
Holdrige, who is vice president of sales for the Toyota Division, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., said the recession and damage caused by the 2011 tsunami in Japan were two of several factors that prompted Toyota to delay new products for the Scion brand."
Scion Stuck In Holding Pattern