• Mar 16th 2007 at 8:06AM
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Toyota Motor Manufacturing's Texas President Hidehiko "T.J." Tajima is leaving the Lone Star state for Japan to begin his new role running Toyota's corporate social responsibility activities. Tojima's job over the past few years was to oversee the production of the new San Antonio Tundra plant, which had some serious cash overrun problems. Initial costs were projected at $850 million for the 200,000 unit capacity plant, but final costs were $1.28 billion. Production issues also reared their ugly head during Tajima's reign, with the timing of Toyota's new 5.7L V8 not aligning with the start of Tundra production.

Company officials say that the ballooning costs of the Tundra plant had nothing to do with Tojima's move back to Japan, but we think it will be tough for Tojima to drop an unscheduled $500 million in his new role.

[Source: Automotive News (subscription req'd)]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Americans aren't buying Toyota's full-sized Turds in droves like the fan-boi traitors hoped for. The few that do can look forward to engine-sludging, ball-joint breaking, figure-manipulating by the boatload. You're right that it's not built Ford Tough, it's built Toy-Trash.
      • 8 Years Ago
      RLFontano...so all those service "hugs" from Toyota to come to the repair shop are just their way of saying, "I love you."

      Come, Toyota is a good company, but when they screwed up, they screwed up. Big deal. $1.28 Billion is chomp change to them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      1. ....And here I thought Toyota was the divine epitome of efficiency in auto manufacturing"

      Perhaps you missed it, but the article suggests that T.J." Tajima is going back to Japan rather then visiting relatives in a company jet. Toyota might just be polite enough not to bring him to face the consequences in the public light. So unAmerican.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota is doing it 'right' the first-time? You bought the marketing hook, line and sinker!
      Is that why they won the award for the most vehicles recalled of any automaker between December 2005 and February 2007? More recalls than Ford, GM or even DamnedChrysler. That's funny!
      • 8 Years Ago
      ....And here I thought Toyota was the divine epitome of efficiency in auto manufacturing. We are seeing more and more 'kinks in the armor' as this automaker continues on its obsession with overtaking GM. It's amazing that this company can continue to maintain its image considering its recent reliability/recall troubles. Now we can add huge cost overruns.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #'s 1 & 2...The expence of doing it right the first time shows that Toyota deserves to be number 1! A cost over run like that would be catastrophic to G.M or Ford. Because in true form they would have short cutted the problems and forced the product out onto the streets anyway, dealing with the issues later. Toyota's size will never lead to the "same" problems as G.M. because of the culture built into their production system. A warrior that has no "kinks" in their armor has not been in battle.
      • 8 Years Ago

      As Toyota keeps getting bigger and bigger they seem to be facing the same problems GM is facing.
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      • 8 Years Ago
      It was all the contractors with their Ford trucks on site.

      The amount of down time was incredible. A guy supposed to be there on a Monday wouldn't show up because his F-150 was in the shop till Thursday. So, people waited around for the 1st guy to do his thing. And this happened over + over.

      Now that Toyota is building their own "Big" rigs you can be the next plant they build will not be built "Ford Tough".
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow this is some illogical journalist scapegoating.
      Blame a $500 million overrun on one person?

      Was the $500 million overrun a bad thing in the first place? That's 2 month's income for Toyota.

      To say Tojima's the one responsible?
      Like you say everything bad that happens in the USA should be blamed on Bush?

      Completely illogical scapegoating.
      What an idiot writeup.
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