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#747 of 786 Re: Execs Shuffling [rockylee]
Oct 16, 2007 (5:39 am)
"I personally would of liked Jim Press, to work for GM, but his skills are in need at Chrysler."
Yeah but GM already has Bob Lutz why would you want Jim Press for if you already have Lutz? Ironically, I think Jim Press is the best "Car guy" Chrysler has had since Lutz departed there back 7-8 years ago.
Yeah your right though Jim Press's talents are needed at Chrysler I mean Chrysler's vehicle line-up is very weak right now with the exception of a couple models.
#748 of 786 Toyota Is Slipping
May 31, 2009 (3:17 am)
Toyota posted its first loss in 71 years. The quality if it's cars, while still outstanding, is slipping. The company's timing on new products, such as the Tundra, is no longer stellar. These setbacks raise the question of whether mighty Toyota is beatable. I say it is. Not any time soon, but eventually. As we learned from GM, no company is invulnerable.
I can't predict, at this time, who may unseat Toyota. Maybe nobody will, but Volkswagen and Hyundai are candidates. Or maybe it will be an alliance of companies that hasn't been formed yet.
#749 of 786 Re: Toyota Is Slipping [hpmctorque]
May 31, 2009 (6:43 pm)
the lady who cuts my hair bought a rav-4 and i work at a D3 supplier..i have known her a long time and i told her i am replacing her w/ a asian hairdresser...she has a nice --- so i guess i can almost forgive her, she wouldnt buy GM cuz of govt warranty...ravs are assembled in japan i think...toyota will be king for awhile but car bizness is pretty competitive...i only buy from detroit cars assembled here, i dont like sending $$$ to asia
#750 of 786 Re: Toyota Is Slipping [chetj]
May 31, 2009 (6:53 pm)
now that Gm dodge will rid themselves of legacy costs they should have some really good cars coming out...it will be real hard to find a bad rig by any company...GM and toyota have always hired each others engineers
#751 of 786 Re: Toyota Is Slipping [chetj]
May 31, 2009 (8:11 pm)
Rav4s are now built in Canada.
May 31, 2009 (8:30 pm)
that this thread got resurrected, as Toyota's efforts have plainly been fruitless since the last post two years ago. They were left with massive overstocks of Tundra, so that the '08s have rebates equal to 1/3 of their MSRP or more, and the only volume automakers down more in sales than Toyota were the domestics. Meanwhile, Honda continues its steady and seemingly unstoppable gain in market share, and VW and Hyundai are picking up market share left and right!
#753 of 786 Re: Toyota Is Slipping [chetj]
Jun 01, 2009 (3:32 am)
I will still buy Cadillacs and Buicks as long as they still make them and make them in the United States.
#754 of 786 Re: Toyota Is Slipping [hpmctorque]
Jun 04, 2009 (8:29 am)
raise the question of whether mighty Toyota is beatable
At the volume they sell of course they are.
When you get big you're just not as nimble as when you were small.
Say you're producing Camrys at a rate of, just tossing out a number, 100 per day. You find a defect, and it takes 5 days to find a fix. You have 500 cars you have to recall.
I'm just using round number, bear with me.
If Porsche produces just 5 cars a day, they'll fix the problem with only 25 cars to recall.
There's just no way Toyota could maintain the quality level as they grew.
The question is, now that the market has forced them back down, can they get that higher quality level back?
#755 of 786 Re: Toyota Is Slipping [ateixeira]
Jun 04, 2009 (8:46 am)
Toyota said about a year ago that they were not happy with their quality. You can bet that the company that wrote the book on quality is working to improve it. That being said, it is still one of the best, depending on the data you look at.
Jun 04, 2009 (8:56 am)
If they bring more design to the future like they have with the hot selling Venza and Lexus IS models, then their offensive looks promising. Whether or not they gain respect with the "drivers" crowd out there is up in the air though. An IS350 Coupe with a stick would make for a great start