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Old 24th April 2007, 17:57   #1
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Finally Toyota has overtaken Gm to be the number One car manufacturer in the world.Congratulation's Toyota ,however I think now is the big challenge for Toyota to be able to keep up with their tag about producing reliable cars.The number one tag actually may not be a good thing since with that come a whole set of problems.


Anyway's for the time being atleast they can celebrate.

Toyota becomes world's biggest car maker-Business-Industry Sectors-Engineering-TimesOnline
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Old 24th April 2007, 18:05   #2
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That's a fantastic achievement for Toyota. They were all set for it and finally made it. Great going!
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Good
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may be bad for India as they are already #1, they may not look forward to Indian market..
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Ok this is misleading.

The numbers are only for 1st quarter 2007
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I am personally unhappy with the news. Dont ask questions please. Its just a personal dislike.
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Congratulations Toyota. How about becoming the biggest car manufacturer in India as well? And selling stuff at the price it is worth?
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Ok this is misleading.

The numbers are only for 1st quarter 2007
True, but I'm sure Toyota can quietly assume the trend will continue for the other 3 quarters too. This is one company that doesnt set a foot forward without doing intense homework
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Well for the past few years it had been the case of when rather then if, so it had to happen soon. But fearing a social backlash against them in the US they also were taking it easy since they knew that their advantage is quite big, especially if you take future trends into account. IIRC Toyota was even assisting GM on some programs to improve their products/boost their sales.

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may be bad for India as they are already #1, they may not look forward to Indian market..
That is a very, very incorrect assumption on your part. Even if they are #1 they (or any large car maker in the world) cannot afford to be not in the Indian market. Sure they have performed disappointingly in the past few years but they aren't the biggest & most feared for nothing. Give them time & they'll surely be back with a bang.

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fearing a social backlash against them in the US they
Why was that??

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cannot afford to be not in the Indian market.
But compared to Suzuki/Hyundai both Honda & Toyota are showing go slow approach in India
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Toyota was on it's way to achieve this status for some time now. Well, they have achieved it.
Congrats from a silent fan of this great car maker.
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IIRC Toyota was even assisting GM on some programs to improve their products/boost their sales.
and they assisted Porsche with cutting production costs of 997.
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toyota makes boring cars :(. all the excitement is now gone from their lineup...they dont have any coupes anymore!
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Congrats to Toyota on reaching #1.
I always loved them as a manufacturer, maybe coz the first car in household when i was born was a Toyota. However, nowadays their cars all seem to look alike... case in point being the new Corolla which looks a lot like the Camry, which looks like the Avalon, and so on.
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As a recent buyer of a Toyota Corolla (although I liked the Civic also), I get great comfort from this news. But this was predicted long back that in 2007, Toyota would overtake GM in annual sales. However, they have done that in the 1st quarter, and should do on annual basis. As to why no new Corolla in India, Toyota's philosphy is to work like a tortoise (this is enshrined in the Toyota Production System), and fix all faults before proceeding further. Yes Toyota makes boring looking cars (at least to some), but yet their cars are still the largest selling in all segments in the most competitive market, the US. Camry is the largest selling car in the US, Lexus is the largest selling luxury cars, and Corolla's sales increased 14% in 2006 to 388,000. Now the US is a trend-setting market and boring cars should not sell. But Toyota sells more than any other non-US automaker, and is the 3rd in the US market. It leads in Japan with a 43% share. This is due only to their famed long-term reliability and high fuel efficiency. So much that Fortune has ranked Toyota as the 2nd most admired company in the world (after GE), and the third most admired US company (yes US company, after GE and Starbucks).
In India, where some auto mags sound more as PR for Honda and should be called HondaCar India, there is scant data on long term user opinions and stats. There is Overdrive 2006 Auto Power which is a commendable attempt, but with a small sample size. By comparison, in the US, JD Power and ConsumerReports are reputed rating organisations, whose recommendations and opinions are very influential in making purchase decisions. In JD Power’s 3-year vehicle dependability studies (VDS), all Toyota models in their segments outscore other models in long term quality and reliability (go to jdpower.com and find out for yourself). In Consumer reports long term (10 year) reliability trends, Toyota has the least problems, and a 10-year old Toyota gave lesser problems than a 7-year old Honda, and a 4-year old Merc. See this link.

ConsumerReports.org - Reliability trends, how they age 4/07
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Appreciate Toyoto for the achievement. Hats off
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