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Old 8th May 2008, 17:23   #1
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Default Toyota Q4 profit dips 28%. Grim 09 Outlook

I have always felt that one of the reasons why Toyota ignored the Indian market for so long was because they were too busy fullfilling booming demand for their cars in America.

Now, the American economy woes have caught up with Toyota.

2008 Q4 profit is down 28%.
2009 Sales expected to fall. A first for the company in 27 years.
2009 Profit expected to fall 27%.

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Like other major automakers, Toyota has been gradually switching its focus to China and other emerging markets.
Doesn't look like it from where we are.

Source: Yahoo News.

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I have always felt that one of the reasons why Toyota ignored the Indian market for so long was because they were too busy fullfilling booming demand for their cars in America.

Now, the American economy woes have caught up with Toyota.

2008 Q4 profit is down 28%.
2009 Sales expected to fall. A first for the company in 27 years.
2009 Profit expected to fall 27%.



Doesn't look like it from where we are.

Source: Yahoo News.
Thats bad , but before I say anything more about their perfomance , I have to look at how others have fared ? Am sure its going to be same story for most of the manufacturer's . May not be to this extend though .
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2008 Q4 profit is down 28%.
2009 Sales expected to fall. A first for the company in 27 years.
2009 Profit expected to fall 27%.
Mindboggling drop! I can attribute this fall to a couple of reasons:

1. Weakening US dollar (more important when compared against the Yen).

2. No.1 : Toyota's quest toward becoming the worlds number 1 car maker may have caused high discounts / price adjustments.

3. Slowdown in profitable pickup trucks / SUVs : American slump.

4. Corolla : How has the lacklustre new Corolla fared in the market? I have my doubts.
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More than Toyota their money cow Lexus is getting a good thrashing in the US market.Sales are down pretty bad for a few months now,17% down for May.
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All of the above and rising fuel prices have had a bad effect on their larger vehicles. Problems with the new Tundra camshafts and several thousand pick up trucks recalled in the last year have hurt their image a bit. A recent news article I read said that Toyota's used car sales are high whereas new car sales are plummeting.

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More than Toyota their money cow Lexus is getting a good thrashing in the US market.Sales are down pretty bad for a few months now,17% down for May.
Lexus sales are down despite having introduced the new IS, GS & LS within the past couple of years?? Surprising, very surprising. Most American magazines had been predicting that they would give a stiff fight to the German marques this time around with their new models, seems they got it wrong.
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Most American magazines had been predicting that they would give a stiff fight to the German marques this time around with their new models, seems they got it wrong.
Lexus car(suv's excluded) sales were never class leading,just that the RX sells in such huge numbers that it lifts the total Lexus division up.

For month of May BMW has overtaken Lexus as leading Luxury marque(SUV's included) in the US.
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Welcome to the club Toyota.

I guess Toyota should "officially" join the big 3 and make it the big 4 (in terms of declining profits).
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I guess Toyota should "officially" join the big 3 and make it the big 4 (in terms of declining profits).
I wouldn't go as far with a statement. Anyways, there is only the big 2.5 now (Remember Chryslers sale) and Toyota does make more money than all of them combined.
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Q4 - 2008?? We are still in Q2 - 2008, right?. Is this some future prediction? Q4 - 2008 sales will be known only in Q1 2009 right?
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Q4 - 2008?? We are still in Q2 - 2008, right?. Is this some future prediction? Q4 - 2008 sales will be known only in Q1 2009 right?
Its actually Q4 2007 Fiscal year.
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Its actually Q4 2007 Fiscal year.
Oh the main post needs to be edited then.
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