June, 2010

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BEST SELLING CARS IN AMERICA ARE TOYOTA

Monday, June 7th, 2010
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Update June 2011 Toyota has issued financial projections for its 2012 fiscal year, which began April 2011, just three weeks after the magnitude-9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami ripped the northeast region of Japan, battering the nation’s infrastructure and causing widespread production disruption in auto manufacturing and other heavy industries. Toyota said its profits likely will drop by about $1.6 billion compared with this fiscal 2011 due to the natural disaster disruptions.

2011 Camry

2011 Camry

Toyota expects global vehicle sales  in fiscal year 2012 to drop by about 68,000 vehicles. This, is a comparatively manageable number considering first-half sales, in the April-September period this year,2011, are expected to plunge by almost 800,000 units. Toyota plans to hike production in the second half of fiscal-year 2012 to make up for lost production.

EXPECTS TO TAKE A HIT AT BEING NUMBER ONE

Toyota expects to generate net income of about $3.4 billion fiscal 2012, a 30-percent slide from fiscal-year 2011’s $5 billion in profits. The plan for now is to systematically restore its manufacturing capacity, which was impacted mostly through disruptions to its supplier network. The company acknowledges renewed manufacturing vigor later this year almost certainly won’t be enough to save Toyota from loosing its position as the world’s largest automaker in terms of vehicle sales, a position it’s held since passing former General Motors Corp. in 2008. However, the company states that at the moment, there is no meaning for Toyota to be globally number one.

That’s a strong statement of undettered focus and confidence in the brand that makes many of America’s Best Selling Vehicles, Cars and Trucks; even in the face of huge setbacks. 

Still the Toyota Camry continues as one of the country’s bestselling cars — the Camry and Toyota Corolla continue to score top sales in their class. As of May 2011 they continue as the Bestselling of any Cars in America, second only to longtime leader, the F-Series pickup truck.

TOYOTA WILL BE POPULAR

What makes Toyota cars so popular? It’s a winning combination of affordability, reliability and brand perception. These vehicles consistently deliver great value in a package that people want and provide the best value in terms of total cost of ownership
 
One thing’s for sure: with a perpetual focus on excellence,You can expect Toyota to be back at number One Quickly.

MORE HIGHLANDERS AS TOYOTA BOOSTS PRODUCTION AT INDIANA PLANT

Sunday, June 6th, 2010
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Toyota is boosting production of the gas model Highlander at its southern Indiana plant.highlander

A Toyota spokesperson stated that production of all of company’s gas model Highlanders for the North American market will be shifted in the coming months from one of Toyota’s plants in Japan to its Princeton-area plant. This could mean a greater Highlander supply on dealer lots for buyers to choose from.

Highlander hybrid engine models will still be made in Japan.

Toyota isn’t sure how many additional gas model Highlanders the Gibson County plant will be producing. The plant currently makes about 7,000 Highlanders a month.

Toyota doesn’t expect any significant increases in employment at the plant, which currently employs about 4,100 people.

TOYOTA BLUETOOTH PHONE SET-UP STEP BY STEP

Saturday, June 5th, 2010
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STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAIRING A BLUETOOTH-ENABLED CELL PHONE

A Cell Phone Must Be Paired With The Hands-Free System Before It Can Be Used With The System. Pairing Is The process Of Linking A Bluetooth-Enabled Cell Phone To The Car's Hands-Free System. This Is A Step By Step Set Of Instructions And Guide.
The System Says Or Does...You Say Or Do...
Begin, Push Off-Hook Or Talk On The Steering Wheel
"Welcome to Hands-Free Phone System..."

A Brief System Intro Monologue Followed By Pairing Process Start
"Pair, Push The Talk Button And Say A Name For The Phone"You Push Talk And Say A Name For The Phone, like: "Jim's Phone"
The System Responds By Playing Back The Phone Name You Just Spoke
"Ready For Phone Pairing. Please Use The Phone To Connect It To The Hands-Free System. The Passkey For The Phone Is(Number)" Enter The Passkey Into The Phone Using The Phone Keypad.

Passkey Is a Four Digit Number. The System Will Speak It And Show It In Message Display, Each Phone May Transmit It Differently, Consult Phone Manual
"The Phone Is Paired And Ready For Use. Returning To The Main Menu."
"Main Menu. Available Commands Are..."Push Talk And Say "Cancel" To Exit The System, Or Push On-Hook.

TOYOTA TO DESIGN AND BUILD MORE EXCITING NEW CARS

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
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Toyota President Akio Toyoda is ordering engineers and designers to spice up the brand’s bland image with exciting new cars. “I want a car that shows what we are aiming for, toyota mr2 hybridsomething affordable, fun to drive and good for the environment,” Toyoda said. He references the MR2 hybrid sports car concept as the kind of product he expects from a new focus on exciting fun.

The 400-horsepower MR2 hybrid is based on the MR2 platform that was nixed from the U.S. market in 2005. When Toyota unveiled the MR2 Sports Hybrid Concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January, observers gave it a zero percent chance of being produced.

The MR2 Sports Hybrid Concept combines a 3.3-liter V6, used to drive the rear wheels through a continuously variable transmission, and an electric motor for the front wheels. The concept has an estimated zero-to-60 time under 4.5 seconds.

CHANGE OF DIRECTION IN THE WIND?

Mr. Toyoda’s desire for pizazz, excitement, and power, plus economy helps explain why he decided to team up with Tesla Motors. The partnership between Tesla and Toyota creates high-power excitement, but it’s too early to tell as to how product development will advance.

Putting resources into producing M2-like hybrid excitement or co-producing an EV with Tesla could represent a shift in direction, as Toyota reshapes its image after a season of global safety recalls. Creating exciting visionary new products can be great. But the company doesn’t need to throw out the baby with the bathwater. The auto market (and the world) needs mass-market high-efficiency vehicles that meet the needs of everyday drivers.  Their projected One million hybrids per year: Well, there’s nothing bland about that.

BUYING A CAR? HOW TO TALK TO THE CAR DEALER

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
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Do you hate the thought of shopping for a new car? Afraid you’ll say the wrong thing to a car dealer that will give him the upper hand in the price battle? Chances are , you will. It doesn’t have to be that way though…confused car buyer

For starters, the wide access of the Internet allows car shoppers to go into battle armed with more information today than ever before. It’s quite easy to get basic information from sites like kbb.com that includes MSRP, features, options and reviews on any car you might have your eye on before you visit a car dealer.

Here are some things candidly from car dealers that suggest What To Say and What Not To Say once you’re on a car dealer’s turf.

  • Don’t start talking about monthly payments. Focus on negotiating the purchase price. Everything gets confusing when talking monthly payments because suddenly you don’t know if that’s the payment for 24 months, or 36 months, or how much of that would include interest charges if you’re financing. Dealers want to try to get you to negotiate monthly payments instead of purchase price because they make more money financing the car.
  • It’s OK to mention that you might want to trade your car in, because you don’t want to get caught telling them something that isn’t true. You may just tell the sales rep, ‘We’ll talk about that later, let’s just focus on the price of the new car for now. Hammering to get the most money for your trade in may not save you money in the end though because once they’ve loaded up in your car, it may be pretty hard to get them to lower a sale price on the new car.

These days, with CarMax and DriversWay being almost everywhere, a consumer might want to consider not trading their car in at all, and just selling it to one of those large dealers. You will almost always get a better price for it if you sell it than what a dealer will give you in trade-in value.

  • There’s nothing wrong with telling the car dealer that you’re definitely looking to a buy a car in the next few days. Look, dealers are trying to make a living and if they think you’re just out kicking tires and are six months away from making a purchase, they might think you’re wasting their time, so you won’t get as much attention from them.
  • Do your homework, find out what incentives are out there, and use a payment calculator you can find online so you’re educated on how much car you can get into for the price you want to pay.
  • Get preapproved for a car loan before you hit the showroom marathon. That way, if you’re pre approved to get your financing elsewhere, dealers will not have leverage to hit you with a high interest rate. That’s what a lot of dealers will try to do without even knowing what your credit rating is.
  • If you’re lucky enough to have plenty of loose coin lying around and want to pay cash for your car, you may not want to announce it right up front. Dealers anticipate making money on the back end with financing. If they know you’re paying cash, the dealer knows he has no opportunity to make money off you from financing. So, he might not be negotiable on purchase price since he isn’t going to make any money off you from financing. This also holds true if you’ve been preapproved for financing. It may be best not to reveal your hand on the outset that you don’t plan to use dealer financing before you negotiate the vehicle price.  After negotiating the purchase price, you can always say, “I changed my mind”.
  • It’s OK to say you’ve been to other dealers, because cross-shopping between two dealers is always a good idea. From the dealer standpoint, customer service is what separates one dealership from another dealer who sells the same brand. Some customers are willing to pay more money if they were treated right during the purchase process, because that’s a pretty good indicator that you’ll also be treated right later on, when you come back to have your car serviced or repaired.