Car sales malaise spreads to Toyota

Car sales malaise spreads to Toyota

There are 13 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from May 2, 2007, titled Car sales malaise spreads to Toyota. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

DETROIT April auto sales were so slow that even Toyota reported a decrease from the same month last year.

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Jade

Tallahassee, FL

#1 May 2, 2007
Gee! Do you think maybe people can not afford to buy new cars with the high cost of living?
DRS

Lake Worth, FL

#2 May 2, 2007
GOOD,I HOPE THEY ALL GO BROKE
sorrysam

West Palm Beach, FL

#3 May 2, 2007
just bought a 2007 mercedes cl 550 paid 120k! lovin life......
Jimmy

United States

#4 May 2, 2007
How about some advances in automotive technology that car buyers could get excited about such as better gas mileage or alternative fuels.
Ted

Birmingham, AL

#5 May 2, 2007
Jimmy wrote:
How about some advances in automotive technology that car buyers could get excited about such as better gas mileage or alternative fuels.
You get excited about better gas mileage? Wow,I bet you are the life of the party!
John D

Clarksville, TN

#8 May 7, 2007
Chevy Sucks Ass wrote:
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I think any country has it's share of horific events including yours and mine! Move forward!
I agree I hate the Japs they bombed our country an killed over 3000 americans at pearl harbor ,an now we reward them by letting them sell there cars in america an taking are jobs away.
John D

Clarksville, TN

#9 May 7, 2007
Jimmy wrote:
How about some advances in automotive technology that car buyers could get excited about such as better gas mileage or alternative fuels.
How about a honest goverment that doesnt sell out to other goverments an big business
John D

Clarksville, TN

#10 May 7, 2007
DRS wrote:
GOOD,I HOPE THEY ALL GO BROKE
Whats drs stand for Dumb Republcan shit
Gary H

Troy, MI

#11 May 7, 2007
The title of this forum is "Car Sales Malaise" I just posted pertinent comments to another post but here is my take relative to the sales slow down.

No one in their right mind can argue the failures at GM in the 80's. That is no excuse for us to not be in our right mind in 2007. In 2005 & 2006 Toyoyta had a larger number of vehicles that they recalled for quality issues than they actually manufactured in those two record volume production years. These affected cars are now being considered for replacement being from two to five years old. Defective quality is the price of Toyota's exploding volume. I do not see any analyst reporting this as a possible reason for major concern at Toyota with the April malaise ending the great run of year of year monthly sales.

The Japaneese workers not American who manufactired the sludge engine debacle has Toyota very concerned as quality is slipping on all fronts. For the first time in 25 years they have the potential to loose long standing customers just as GM did back in the 80's. The year 2007 marks a change in Toyota's perceived quality advantage because the American car buyer is intelligent and the quality perception and reality come to terms in 2007. My money says Toyota has peaked as their poor recent quality will eventually cost them many long standing customers to GM.

Speaking of GM, they have finally stopped the negative cash flow in their last two quarterly reports. As soon as the GM cash flow goes positive the stock price will explode. If you believe in trends and you look at the incredible turn around at GM in quality and cash flow then you have to believe this sleeping giant is awake and doing a whole lot more than just gaining momemtum. GM at the end of the first quarter 2007 has 14 billion dollars more in cash than GM stock is presently worth.

GM's current stock price relative to current trends and cash in the bank, is the biggest mystery to me on Wall Street. GM has had a fully funded pension plan for three years and the union and company are working much better together in the here and now as they are heading into this contract year. Case in point, the GM/UAW Health & Safety cooperative effort has just put them into first place in not only the auto industry but all industry. A momumental turn around if you looked at GM a few years ago. In this contract year, a cooperative effort continues from their mutal realization that they will win or loose together. This contract can result in a win/win agreement drastically reducing the $1700 per car advantage that Toyota has in health care.

If our government gets involved in the Japaneese yen de-value manipuplation and health care cost to the average American, then the disadvantage number gets much closer to equality in fixed cost per car. You ask why is this an issue, take an honest look at how much content is American made or Japaneese made in Toyota. Take a look at Japaneese national health care and goverment controlled trade value of the yen.

I have and my money is now on GM, not Toyota. If this contract in the fall is a win/win and the government tries to level the playing field, then the analyst will scream as loudly as they can. BUY GM, one of the greatest turn around success stories in the history of US capatalism!
Ted

Birmingham, AL

#12 May 7, 2007
Impressive analysis Gary!
Gary H wrote:
The title of this forum is "Car Sales Malaise" I just posted pertinent comments to another post but here is my take relative to the sales slow down.
No one in their right mind can argue the failures at GM in the 80's. That is no excuse for us to not be in our right mind in 2007. In 2005 & 2006 Toyoyta had a larger number of vehicles that they recalled for quality issues than they actually manufactured in those two record volume production years. These affected cars are now being considered for replacement being from two to five years old. Defective quality is the price of Toyota's exploding volume. I do not see any analyst reporting this as a possible reason for major concern at Toyota with the April malaise ending the great run of year of year monthly sales.
The Japaneese workers not American who manufactired the sludge engine debacle has Toyota very concerned as quality is slipping on all fronts. For the first time in 25 years they have the potential to loose long standing customers just as GM did back in the 80's. The year 2007 marks a change in Toyota's perceived quality advantage because the American car buyer is intelligent and the quality perception and reality come to terms in 2007. My money says Toyota has peaked as their poor recent quality will eventually cost them many long standing customers to GM.
Speaking of GM, they have finally stopped the negative cash flow in their last two quarterly reports. As soon as the GM cash flow goes positive the stock price will explode. If you believe in trends and you look at the incredible turn around at GM in quality and cash flow then you have to believe this sleeping giant is awake and doing a whole lot more than just gaining momemtum. GM at the end of the first quarter 2007 has 14 billion dollars more in cash than GM stock is presently worth.
GM's current stock price relative to current trends and cash in the bank, is the biggest mystery to me on Wall Street. GM has had a fully funded pension plan for three years and the union and company are working much better together in the here and now as they are heading into this contract year. Case in point, the GM/UAW Health & Safety cooperative effort has just put them into first place in not only the auto industry but all industry. A momumental turn around if you looked at GM a few years ago. In this contract year, a cooperative effort continues from their mutal realization that they will win or loose together. This contract can result in a win/win agreement drastically reducing the $1700 per car advantage that Toyota has in health care.
If our government gets involved in the Japaneese yen de-value manipuplation and health care cost to the average American, then the disadvantage number gets much closer to equality in fixed cost per car. You ask why is this an issue, take an honest look at how much content is American made or Japaneese made in Toyota. Take a look at Japaneese national health care and goverment controlled trade value of the yen.
I have and my money is now on GM, not Toyota. If this contract in the fall is a win/win and the government tries to level the playing field, then the analyst will scream as loudly as they can. BUY GM, one of the greatest turn around success stories in the history of US capatalism!
Root

Bossier City, LA

#13 May 7, 2007
Great post
Bonzi

Thailand

#14 Dec 19, 2012
Sanction on Japanese car
Chinese don't buy any Japanese car
To make Chinese stronger
Get out quata of entrance to university
Examination to compet only
Change. Change. Change
Bonzi

Thailand

#15 Dec 19, 2012
Kebenaran pada kereta Jepun
Cina tidak membeli mana-mana kereta Jepun
Untuk membuat lebih kuat Cina
Dapatkan keluar quata pintu masuk ke universiti
Peperiksaan untuk compet sahaja
Berubah. Berubah. Perubahan

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