At the New York Auto Show
U.S. General Manager Bob Carter spoke with Bloomberg about high fuel prices and the full-size truck market (see video below the fold). Carter said "we are not immune to what the current market conditions are and many full-size truck owners are delaying their purchases, waiting to see exactly where the market is going to go in fuel prices." Not to worry, Carter said, because "we may sell a few less Tundras
but we will transfer that reduction in sales to our more fuel efficient
models like the Prius and the hybrids
." Can Toyota hybrids make up for a decrease Tundra sales? It's unclear. Toyota has predicted that they will sell fewer hybrids this year than last year
and Prius sales are already showing declines
. It's not totally clear on how Carter predicts hybrids
will make up for slowing Tundra sales when Toyota is also predicting its hybrid sales will decrease.