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Toyota is in the process of reevaluating the structure of its highest level of management. Eight years ago there were 58 board members running the show before Toyota cut the group down to 27. Now Toyota is planning to reduce its board further by dropping its membership to 17.

If you don't get pinched by the wiper arm on the new Toyota Yaris, you have the company's new "devil's advocate" product development philosophy to thank. The approach entails a team of engineers doing things with the car that Toyota wouldn't normally be able to fathom. The events of the past year have shown that people will do wacky things with their cars, like making floormat layer cakes, and this spurred management changes like more local authority for North American operations.