• Mar 30, 2010
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Toyota manufacturing plants are beginning to feel the backlash from the company's wave after wave of recent global recalls. The company just announced it will stop production at its European facilities for a total of 12 days in April. The plants are responsible for building the European Yaris and upcoming Auris hybrid, but since demand for the company's products are currently hanging out in dumpsters everywhere, workers will find themselves with a few extra days of unwanted vacation.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the European production stop comes on the heels of similar action here in the States. Toyota recently decided to "adjust production" at two of its factories here in the land of the free. Workers at those locations can expect the doors to be closed for a total of two weeks over the course of March and April.



[Source: Wall Street Journal]


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      priusrecall
      • 4 Years Ago
      I couldn't find an official toyota talk forum but I found this one....it has all the info about the 2010 Toyota Motor Corp. Recall & Prius brake pedal fix. I found it to be very informative, it has more commentary than just the official toyota recall site.... http://www.ToyotaBrakeRecall.org check it out
      • 4 Years Ago
      The recalls might have something to do with it, but I'd like you remind you that Toyota has never exactly been *that* popular in Europe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Toyota idles production in France, UK and U.S. to cope with weak demand.."

        Toyota for 2010: Slow sales, but fast cars (when you least expect it)...

        ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fast cars your kidding right?.....ohhhhhhh I get it , Good one! ;-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota's market share in the UK has dropped from 7% in 2009 to 5% so far in 2010. 7% is pretty significant to begin with, but a 2% drop from that figure is very troubling indeed for Toyota's Burnaston plant and the UK motor industry as a result.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow with all this bad press Toyota is getting from their unsafe cars I didn't expect this to happen!

      /end sarcasm here
        • 4 Years Ago
        Delicious, I love it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For the life of me, I cannot understand the bend mentality of anyone who would buy the current design of cars Toyota sells right now at any price.

      It is like an abused wife who goes back to her husband and keeps saying it is okay because he only hits her once in while (if he been drinking) and anyway, she probably had it coming to her as she should have known to not get in his way or to make him mad.

      Strange ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually came close to buying one. Couldn't work out the right overall price (trade in).

      Toyota has raised the prices on those things over the last few years. They need to get rid of the Toyota markup and price is closer to the Hyundai accent.

      They just priced the car a tad high for what it is...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow there are no "Toyota" jokes in this thread.. that I can see anyways.

      It was only a matter of time before these issues came back to Toyota. Still, a 12 day halt isn't really that awful. Nothing like what GM is going through.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The other day I went and looked over a new 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE limited w/ front wheel drive nice looking van but $43,000 plus tax and license. Ouch!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Luis

        That's a silly argument.

        No minivan should be over $40k, much less pushing that pricepoint.
        • 4 Years Ago
        $43,000 for a FWD car you have to be kidding me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Plenty of A4s optioned up fit that category. And TLs. And you get 1/2 the usable space.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well FWIW the AWD option isn't much more money. And it is pretty ridiculously equipped for a minivan, probably better to compare it to something like the R class.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's a very different argument than "no FWD car should cost $42k".

        Needless to say: A Sienna Limited is like a freakin' Lexus. It's got so much luxury in it it certainly does qualify for $42k. I don't know what planet youre on if you think something with that many options and space-versatility should sell for much less.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @bd2

        "No minivan should be over $40k, much less pushing that pricepoint."

        With the right options, a minivan can easily top $40K
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't forget, Toyota's pricing is set-up to reflect their "perceived" advantage in quality. People pay for that. That perception has declined, and as such the prices should as well.

        Resale on most Toyotas should also start to hurt as people ask themselves, "Why am I sacrificing style and paying extra, for a car that may or may not be any higher in quality? What am I really paying for?"

        I think as customers look around at other manufacturers too, they'll start to notice that other than the Prius, Toyota isn't really #1 in fuel-economy anymore either.

        I would think people would be reconsidering buying a Toyota for just the uncertainty, not necessarily the real potential for sudden acceleration or lack of braking of rust, or whatever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well apparently the recent commercials showing people and the Toyotas they purchased with the date was a lie as well. when are people going to get it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Those commercials are a joke... especially the one where the "sales manager-ish" looking guy says with a face of contrition, "Thanks for believing in us".

        Sorry... evokes ZERO emotion in me when I see it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @nickybeans930


        Yes, especially when you feel no emotion towards Toyota to begin with.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota is not that big a player in Europe anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another neat trick from Toyota.
      80% growth in March worldwide - but closing plants in several regions due to slow sales.
      Yeah, that makes sense. Not!
      Can't wait to see the March sales numbs!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was just about to say something similar about a quote i read from a Toyota exec stating that sales were going gangbusters in March thanks to their great financing. Oh well, we shall know if he was lying in 3 days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota over expanded in US and Europe expecting car sales to grow while in reality the growth was driven by credit bubble and car sales will drop to around 10 million yearly as their economies cool down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the ugly duckling pictured above is starting to grow on me. It's so pitifully awkward it's cute and likable? Like a bulldog or something? Anyone?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. Especially the 2 (3?) door.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I actually think the Yaris 3-door could be the hot-hatch/Bug of the 21st Century. If only Toyota put some effort into it. It's certainly cutesy enough.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yaris a hot bug of the 21st century???

        I know Bugs, I've owned a 64 and we've had 5 plus two fast backs. The Yaris isn't a going to be the new Bug, but rather a Roach

        .
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yaris - a "hot" hatch?

        Give me a break.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @bd2: READ: With some attention. It's not the way it is. But if they spent some development funds on it it could be. I'd go for "new bug" instead of hot hatch...but they could lower it and throw in a new drivetrain for some kicks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seat inside the car..............all feelings of love will disappear.
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