Thursday, April 12, 2007

Japanese automakers

At a time when Detroit's Big Three are closing plants and slashing jobs to revive their ailing business, their Japanese counterparts are busy opening plants in Japan for the first time in decades.
My AP story and another link , and another.
Toyota named Jim Press, an American, as its first foreigner on its board of directors. Another link That's a move apparently meant to avert a backlash for the surging sales of the Toyota Yaris and other Japanese imports in the U.S.
_ a theme that's explored in my other story.


Anonymous said...

*answering comment on my blog*
Yes, i think a good work environment and doing something we like is equal more productivity. On personal aspect, i would definitely rather do something i like that get better paid for a miserable job.
So yaris ain't doing good on sales?
On personal i really don't like the car, but here in PR it has good sales...really!
Also toyota, honda and chrysler are top seller here in PR. Notice how 2 /3 are Japanese?
Anyway i think what should be in matter right now is to improve gas wasting and energy save. US cars are failing there very very much. That doesn't help at all.

Yuri Kageyama said...

Hi, Frank
The Yaris is doing really great as are other Toyota cars practically everywhere int the world.
The car is called the Vitz in Japan.
The Japanese auto market has been stagnant for a while, but Toyota is still the top automaker here.
The story to watch this year is when Toyota beats GM to become the No. 1 automaker in the world. It is amazing that two-thirds of autos on roads there are Japanese!