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Toyota on the mend?

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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    edited February 2013
    updated the Corolla's looks again. You think this time they will give it its first powertrain update in eleven years? I wonder if I would need two hands to count the number of models besides Corolla that still offer a 4-speed auto as the only automatic option.....and 11 years ago, the same criticism could have been leveled at the 3-speed auto Toyota still employed in the '02 Corolla.

    Toyota could distinguish itself here with a direct-injected engine and a 6-speed auto for the '14 Corolla (not to mention a bit of a power bump and a 40 mpg rating), but I will be very surprised if they do.

    I do really like the look of the Note, but Toyota has announced that the Matrix dies this year for America, so unless they bring the Note with a different name here, I don't think it will be offered in the States.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    I'm sure they will update the powertrain. But you have to give Toyota credit, the Corolla is a money-printing machine for them. They still sell tons of them! To top it off, the Corolla, even with it's 4 speed auto, is still one of the most fuel efficient in it's class!! CR's real world MPG tests had only a diesel and a hybrid beat it!!! I like my Toyota stock performance!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sure has been selling, but I'm sure they'd like to push transaction prices up several grand. They're cheaper than the average Elantra by far.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    True, but with the current one, since they are using a drivetrain that has been around for a long time, all the big development costs, molds, etc. have long since been paid for. Has to be a money printing press at this point!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    True, but over time the value of the name erodes.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 45,148
    It'll take a long time, even with fleet dumps. Many people simply think "Corolla" when wanting a frugal new car, and don't look elsewhere. Also in my area, if you are fresh off the boat and wanting your first USA car, you run to the Corolla.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    Oh, no that survey is flawed, or Toyota paid them off, Toyota is taking all the money overseas, etc. etc. ;)

    You won't hear from some until there is something negative to report.

    Seriously, good news, I am personally glad to see the overall improvement for most makes, including the Detriot 3.

    And I like Toyota's stock performance, since I am a shareholder, AND I live in the USA! ;)
  • Nice, not really unexpected IMO. I know quite few people with even older RX's, 2 of them with first gen 1999/2001 RX's and they are still their faithful daily drivers...

    I have always respected Lexus in this respect but I just wish they would offer something a bit more interesting. Something like what BMW is offering with the X1 and Audi with the Q3.

    On a side not, the new GS has moved to the top of the heap as far as my favorite in that class goes. I pass a Steel Grey one every morning on my way to work and it is a real head turner... :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    RAV4 V6 was dropped, my theory is there will be a Lexus version, a baby RX.

    Still waiting for fin to chime in about how RX drivers take it easy in their cars while healing from all that plastic surgery. ;)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 45,148
    Yay just what the world needs, another pretentious soft-roader.

    I find it amusing how Toyota is using ad campaigns for the LS and RX about it being "new", when it is just the 61 Plymouth grille grafted on. And the F-Sport "turning a new page", don't get me started.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    another pretentious soft-roader

    All the lux brands can't build 'em fast enough. And they can't launch new, smaller models fast enough, either.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 45,148
    Never underestimate the idiocy of the American public?

    But smaller is better than larger, anyway.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The disease is spreading, Europeans are starting to want crossovers as well.

    Both my brothers have crossovers in Brazil, one of their wives also. The segment didn't even exist a decade ago.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 45,148
    Maybe restrictive licensing based on gender could change things :shades:

    Or license endorsements based on ground clearance. Seriously.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    In Brazil you actually need the wheel travel, the roads are so bad. And I'm talking about the paved ones. :D
  • fintailfintail Posts: 45,148
    Unfortunately, the locals think they also need it for the Bravern/Bellevue Square valet parking areas.

    I swear it isolates the driver from seeing pedestrians at crosswalks or driveways. But, I digress...
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    "Toyota said it has reached a settlement agreement with the Attorneys General of 29 states and American Samoa, one U.S. territory.

    "This settlement means Toyota has nearly closed the book on this ugly chapter of its history and the settlement isn't terribly painful for the automaker," said Michelle Krebs, Edmunds senior analyst. "The $29 million isn't a huge amount for the company, which admits no guilt or wrongdoing as part of the agreement. Yet the settlement allows Toyota to move forward at a time when it is introducing a tremendous number of new models."

    Toyota Announces $29-Million Settlement To Help Close Recalls Chapter
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I saw a report that said if your eyes are farther from the ground you tend to underestimate your speed, so there's some science to that.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That about what Dana settled with them, just co-sign the check and hand it over. LOL
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/21/toyota-camry-lineup-gets-interior-and-tech-up- dates-one-year-in/

    Softer elbow rests on the doors, and a new color too. About as much excitement as a Camry buyer can handle. ;)
  • Scion tC was most popular with young buyers in 2012

    According to J.D. Power, 50.2 percent of Scion tC buyers in 2012 were between the ages of 16-35, making it the most popular car for the age bracket. The tC was also the most popular car with young buyers in 2011, although the coupe had a slightly higher percentage of the 16-35 crowd (50.6 percent) that year.
  • berriberri Posts: 8,639
    Looking at the marketplace figures, seems to me they are already mended. Maybe the title here needs to change?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Toyota Competitors - On The Mend? :D
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Mend, mend....

    Darn Toyota?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    http://www2.technologyreview.com/tr50/2013/

    MIT names Toyota & Audi as being at the forefront of its industry.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited February 2013
    Japanese brands, led by Lexus, Subaru and Mazda, continue to dominate Consumer Reports' rankings of the best light vehicles on the market, claiming "top pick" honors in seven out of 10 product segments and capturing the top seven spots for overall brand reliability and performance.

    Read more: http://www.autonews.com/article/20130226/RETAIL01/130229917#ixzz2M21ydaPJ
    Follow us: @Automotive_News on Twitter | AutoNews on Facebook

    Before the cries of bias come, let's remember the most reliable car in their survey was the Prius C yet they don't even recommend it.
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