• Feb 23, 2009
Toyota was in the midst of record-breaking sales back in 2007 when Yoshimi Inaba, then president of North American sales, left the company to take a new role at Central Japan International Airport Co. in Nagoya, Japan. Since then, despite taking the crown as world's largest automaker from General Motors, Toyota has hit a rough patch in the wake of the global economic downturn and has experienced massive sales declines and its first yearly operating loss in over 70 years. It's all very un-Toyota-like, and it's prompting major changes at the very top of the company's ranks.
Incoming-president Akio Toyoda has announced plans to bring Inaba back into the fold, where he will again oversee various projects at Toyota, including some in the crucial North American market. Will the new leadership allow the Japanese giant to quickly right the ship and regain its air of invincibility? As always, time will tell.

[Source: Auto Observer]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      What makes Toyota think they are invincible? We all know why people are not buying. Toyota is looking for an excuse. Now that GM, Ford and Chrysler are wide awake and if they can get over this recession, I think the domestics will bury Toyota with technologies. The domestics have learned making a vehicle just as good or better won't bring the consumers back. Take the Malibu for example, take the bias out and you'll find the Malibu is superior over the Camry and Accord. Bad GM quality is just a perception that GM can not shake. With Consumers Report constantly unjustifiably bashing them, it is hard to change that perception.....so technology is the only card left up their sleeve.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Teryl,

        I love how people talk about having a GM car for a short period of time and having all of these pieces fall off of it, and electrical issues, and engine and transmissions blowing up, blah blah blah.

        My family has had several GM vehicles, and we usually put around 200,000 miles on our cars. Never have we had any of these issues that other people whine about.

        Take my '95 Bonneville for example, the only car I have ever owned that I refuse to get rid of. I have put almost 300,000 miles on it, and have never had to do anything to it other than routine maintenance. The interior still looks new, no trim pieces have fallen off, and everything still works. Still has the original powertrain, and still runs perfect! Aside from being in three fender-benders, The car has been trouble free. This car has been my winter warrior for the past ten years, and despite the harsh Northern Indiana winter driving conditions, this car hasn't a spot of rust, and has been the most reliable car I have ever owned. She has NEVER let me down.

        I hear all of this talk about GM cars literally falling apart. Yet, I come from a HUGE family, and we have had several makes of cars, and the GM cars always tend to be the most trouble free.

        Are we lucky? Or are there people out there who just like to bash GM, and will fabricate stories about magical Malibus that they never actually owned?

        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, but I owned a Malibu for about 6 months. In that time I had 4 internal trim pieces fall off, the A/C pump die, and electrical gremlins like crazy (the whole center of the dash, a/c, stereo, ect. would randomly turn off). I am so glad I got rid of that POS and bought the corolla, which so far has had nothing at all go wrong with it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Pokey.

        I understand what you're saying. My family is in the same position with Chrysler vehicles, where they have never had a problem. I, however, did get the malibu. I liked many things about it, it just wasn't well made. I listed the problems I experienced. I never had powertrain problems. I don't go around bashing GM, and I would likely buy one again in the future if they're around. I just know that I won't for a few years.
        • 5 Years Ago


        Technologies? Are you referring to that amazing mild hybrid GM makes that no one buys? Or is it the ethanol engines that no one buys. Oh no i got it, you are referring to Two mode hybrid....that GM was unable to sell when gas prices were record high. No, no, i got it, you are referring to Volt, which Prius out did by about 10 years and which wholy depends on the tax break government will give, and not the quality if the car.................but than again that field is nothing new to GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      #4 Teryl

      It could happens to everyone, even Toyota (and Honda in the past with the transmission problems of the Odessey http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.ef0f3fb ) who had its own problemes
      like the sludge engine and transmissions problems with the V6 engine
      who hitted the Camry for the 2007 model year and the launch of the
      Tundra was followed by some problems as well
      http://www.pickuptruck.com/html/news/toyota/tundra/transmissions/page1.html
      they should had bring the Hilux sold in Australia and various
      countries here.

      Another factor to check on Toyota, the target demographic, the Camry
      begins to have in some areas the image of "grand'pa car" and it's not
      attract a more youthful peoples.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea, but Toyota has since corrected their problems. GM, Ford, and Dodge are still dealing with transmission issues as well as other problems. Yes, the 07 Camry and Tundra had their problems, but currently consumer reports ranks the Tundra as the most reliable full size truck.

        http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/types/pickups/reliability-comparison.htm

        Also the Toyota Camry is ranked in the top as well. Now what you should be telling everyone is how GM recalled 857735 trucks and SUVs for electric problems with the potential of causing a fire.

        http://www.internetautoguide.com/auto-recalls/09-int/2008/chevrolet/silverado/index.html

        Of the new vehicle recalls, Toyota is not on the list. Outside of Subaru, BMW, and Kia, Chrysler and GM take the cake for the most recalls. Also, did you know of the 15000 Tundra's recalled in 2007 when they were first introduced, the recall only affected 20 trucks. Since then, Toyota has not recalled anything on their Tundra. Why? Because when incidents like this hit Toyota, heads roll and bosses take care of business. Looking at the current truck recalls list, Toyota is not on there, yet Ford, Dodge and GM are.
        http://www.motortrend.com/new_cars/09/truck/recalls/index.html
        Back in 07 when Toyota was catching all the heat for their recalls, Ford, GM, and Dodge were still dealing with a lot more.

        http://www.motortrend.com/used_cars/07/2007/toyota/recalls/index.html

        If GM and Chrysler had been dealing like this in the past, they wouldn't have their disgusting greedy hands in our taxpayer’s dollars asking for more bailout money.