• Sep 20th 2006 at 12:27PM
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Get those big foam fingers ready, Toyota fans - the Japanese automaker looks set to vault into the global #1 spot sooner than later. The automaker is now predicting that worldwide sales will grow 11 percent in 2008, to 9.8 million units. General Motors, the current number one, sold 9.17 million units in 2005.

Toyota also revised its profit forecast Wednesday. Upward. By over 31 percent. In a blinding flash of the obvious, a senior VP at Fuji Investment Management called the new numbers "impressive" and went out on a limb to say, "I think Toyota is a buy." However, most of the increased profit can be attributed to the continued weakness of the Japanese yen.

Toyota plans to fuel continued growth with strategic new products, including a low-cost vehicle for emerging markets, particularly in Asia, and flex-fuel vehicles for the booming Brazilian market. In more-developed markets, we can expect continued development of plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles. In the near term, the North American market is the target of a major push into the full-size truck market and expansion of the Scion brand.

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      #44 to Domiprick.. 2 tyoties huh? oh well maybe when u lose your job you will under stand... mayb e those vicious butchering japs will make you a loan to keep you afloat.. but i wouldnt count on it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oh it's still Japanese, "REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR".
      • 9 Years Ago
      11. Love how supporters for the "Land of the Free" are so hung up on nationality.

      In regards to humbleness in public, I disagree. Unless Toyota execs are condescending and obnoxious about Toyota's performance, they remain humble.

      Posted at 1:54PM on Sep 20th 2006 by Corey 0 stars

      What are you talking about? Obviously you've never been tot the "Land of the Rising Sun"!
      Go there and come back and whinge about nationalism.
      You should get out more...you don't learn much in your coastal havens--you only think you do.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Love how supporters for the "Land of the Free" are so hung up on nationality.

      In regards to humbleness in public, I disagree. Unless Toyota execs are condescending and obnoxious about Toyota's performance, they remain humble.
      • 9 Years Ago
      That should be 2006 of course if they keep pushing it forward it might be 20006
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hate to kill your dream but that won't ever happen in Iraq.

      Congrats if they do take the #1 spot. But I won't care, it will not change my buying preferences. Sad thing is, in the #1 spot, most their products do nothing for me. And the ones that do I can't afford.
      It will be interesting to see how long they remain on top...
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Love how supporters for the "Land of the Free" are so hung up on nationality."

      I see, to prove to your wife you love her you should cheat and tell her that she is better, right? Whatever. See how historians on the educational channels say how the U.S.A. is a lot like Rome. Guess what happened to Rome? Maybe this country will be named something else in 100 years and the capital named "America" and a major religion will be based in the capital, except instead of Catholicism it will be the religion of MeMeMe. You idolize how the Japanese do things but don't understand that team work is a great part of it. You think you understand since you feel it is always for the next person (GM or Ford) to create the team to succeed and you can still be the independent juggernaut you guys think you are.

      Freedom means you can go piss on your country if you really (stupidly) wanted to, it doesn't mean you *have* to. Ignorant people can't tell the difference.

      When did "nationalism" become a bad word?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ryan.Let me suggest an episode of Trek for you to watch.It's called "Balance of Terror" (newly re-mastered with CGI effects!).KUCW TV @ 5pm Sat. Or KUMY @ (whew ) 1 am mon.It deals with the incursion of a romulan bird of prey that attacks federation outposts.It's mission;to test federation resolve and strength.(very much like the US's experience w/terrorists-as we were attacked numerous times).Instead of appeasing the attacking force,emboldening them for a more massive invasion.The enterprise pursues the attackers and (i won't ruin the end).
      • 9 Years Ago
      "34. Star Trek(fantasy)"

      Star Trek (concept)
      • 9 Years Ago
      defies my imagination as to how you morons can rah rah a stinking Jap company which probably killed many of your kin folk in ww2.. oh well... when we really need some mfg'ers as we did back in ww2 days we wont have any so maybe you can trade y our tyotie for your neck when that muslim murderer comes at you with his sword...
      • 9 Years Ago
      They are getting increasingly brazen and in-your-face. Toyota used to be so quiet and humble, at least publicly. Maybe it really isn't a Japanese company anymore.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "ziltch left to talk about"

      In that case the History Channel wouldn't be allowed to tell us how the Japanese were trying desperately to get Uranium from Germany to do the same to us. I would think it would help both sides (Japan and the U.S.) heal to "talk about it" and to know that Japan would have (and tried) to do the same to us. That way Americans don't feel like our thought to do that was more horrible than any other country could do and the Japanese can't feel like we are some how worse than they are.

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