Toyota’s Recalled

Toyota announced they are recalling upwards of 700,000 vehicles.

This includes almost half a million Toyota Tacoma’s due to problems relating to steering wheel cable assemblies. Model years affected are between 2005 – 2009.

Toyota halted sales of their top selling model – the Toyota Camry, due to concerns about the gas pedal sticking that could cause it to accelerate.

This comes on the heels of an earlier announcement months ago regarding four million vehicles that were recalled due to issues with gas pedals trapping beneath floor mats and causing sudden acceleration. There were reports that these issues were potentially at the root of several automobile crashes that allegedly included fatalities.

The Camry is not the only model that is being temporarily shut down. Also being investigated are concerns with the Rav4, Corolla, Matrix, Avalon, Highlander, Tundra and Sequoia. The models in question go as far back as 2007. This is a big blow to the normally reliable Toyota brand, which sells as many as 65,000 Camrys and Corollas each month alone. The Toyota Camry carries over 3% of the American car sales market.

If you own one of these models contact your local dealership and inquire into whether you can bring the vehicle in for a free inspection, or call the Toyota Customer Experience Center at (800) 331-4331.

Toyota Extras you Won’t find Elsewhere

Big Two Toyota in Chandler usually offers its waiting clientele amenities like a manicure, back massage, shoe shine or even food. Normally they charge for these extra services.

But if you are one of the unlucky Toyota owners whose vehicle is subject to recall your situation just got a little bit less stressful. Big Two Toyota is offering all these services at no charge to clients inconvenienced by the recall. They also hired additional employees to ensure clients are met immediately upon entering the lot and the influx of phone calls.

Most of the Toyota owners who have been interviewed expressed confidence that the automaker will fix these current brake and/or acceleration issues and re-emerge stronger than ever. To date, there have been an estimated 5 million or more Toyota’s recalled.

Big Two Toyota is located at 1250 South Gilbert Road in Chandler.

Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius has been an unprecented success.

It is for this and other reasons that Toyota is pushing ahead with plans to release fuel-cell and electric vehicles in the United States over the next couple of years.

2012 will mark the debut of an electric vehicle in the U.S. by Toyota Motors. Then in 2015 the company will begin selling hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

Toyota will debut up to eight new hybrid models in the next few years with a sales goal of $1 Million annually world wide. The company expects their hybrids will eventually outsell even the hyper-popular Toyota Camry, currently the best selling passenger car sold in the United States. By 2020 all Toyota models are expected to be of the hybrid variety.

As perhaps the most aggressive alternative vehicle maker thus far, Toyota is pushing forward with electric vehicles, fuel-cell vehicles, plug-in hybrids and vehicles that will use a lithium battery. Their electric vehicle will have a range of about 100 miles.

Toyota increased its U.S. market share in 2009 and even outsold behemoth GM in its own back yard.

The Toyota Prius has been an unprecented success.

It is for this and other reasons that Toyota is pushing ahead with plans to release fuel-cell and electric vehicles in the United States over the next couple of years.

Toyota Electric Vehicles

2012 will mark the debut of an electric vehicle in the U.S. by Toyota Motors. Then in 2015 the company will begin selling hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

Toyota will debut up to eight new hybrid models in the next few years with a sales goal of $1 Million annually world wide. The company expects their hybrids will eventually outsell even the hyper-popular Toyota Camry, currently the best selling passenger car sold in the United States. By 2020 all Toyota models are expected to be of the hybrid variety.

As perhaps the most aggressive alternative vehicle maker thus far, Toyota is pushing forward with electric vehicles, fuel-cell vehicles, plug-in hybrids and vehicles that will use a lithium battery. Their electric vehicle will have a range of about 100 miles.

Toyota increased its U.S. market share in 2009 and even outsold behemoth GM in its own back yard.

The Lithium Battery War

As the electric car and hybrid age unfolds before us Toyota Motor struck a major deal to secure lithium from Argentina to help ensure they have future access to the mineral. The deal is valued somewhere around one hundred, twenty million dollars. Lithium is found to be lightweight, heat resistant and an ideal component for rechargeable batteries.

Toyota Tsusho Corp, owned partly by Toyota Motor, bought the stake. Toyota Motor hopes to begin commercial production of the lithium by 2012. The future global market for lithium-ion batteries is anticipated to increase some 90 fold.

The move gives Toyota a certain supply of the resource as they try to avoid battling against other market demands when the competition between other car makers, as well as other lithium-users, increases. in future years.
Japanese electronic makers are already knee-deep in lithium investing for devices such as laptop computers. Countries rich in lithium are Argentina and Chile, among others.

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Toyota Sales Halted

TOYOTA HALTED the sale of 8 models in the U.S. and Canada due to alleged acceleration issues. As the massive Toyota recall marches onward, the effects are being felt far and wide. Up to 4.8 million vehicles may be involved, though Toyota has announced that it has found a potential solution to the “stuck pedal” problem.

ATTORNEYS are lining up to take their shot at suing Toyota over client injuries and fatalities. Even Toyota owners who have never been injured are claiming that the loss in car value damages them. There also is the issue of whether Toyota will reimburse car owners who are without their vehicle and need a rental while repairs are eventually made. One Georgetown professor went so far as to say he believes the Toyota models at issue may never recover their value, as the public will know which models had acceleration problems and may be hesitant to pay full value for a used Toyota that was once subject to a recall.

MEANWHILE FORD has picked up one major score – Consumer Reports, according to the Wall Street Journal, is giving Ford greater scores than Toyota on quality factors – long a Toyota area of domination. If Ford can translate this news aptly to the buying public it could be an incredible coup for the automaker. Ford just reported its second profitable quarter in a row to go along with its first annual profit in four years. The company’s profit was helped by a 26% rise in vehicle sales. Ford gained market share in 2009, while GM and Chrysler are in bankruptcy reorganizations. Work force and other reductions of about $500,000 million less than in 2008 helped Ford’s bottom line. Ford still has debt of about $34 billion to deal with.

HERTZ and other car rental agencies are feeling the pain of the Toyota recall as they and other car rental agencies are removing thousands of Toyota’s from their fleets. About 20% of the Hertz fleet of cars are Toyota’s, believed to be the highest of any of the car rental firms.

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