A lot has been going on in the auto industry, and not for the good either. Over the past few years, Toyota has gone from a humble Japanese automaker, to one that wanted to take over from General Motors (GM) and become the largest automaker in the world. However, in that time Toyota has got big-company disease.
These are not our words but those of Peter Brown from Automotive News. We have heard many things about Toyota over the months, but nothing like that and it is certainly fitting. The problem is the Japanese carmaker has spent so long chasing GM that they have taken their eye off the ball, hence all these recent recalls.
A few years ago Toyota’s main aim was quality vehicles and this was the case with bulletproof engineering. We now hope that the automaker is able to get back on its feet, but with new recalls being issued almost on a weekly basis we worry that too much damage has already been done.
We recently reported that Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda appeared before congress to try and explain how these recalls came to be. He had hoped to make things better, but he seems to have annoyed those in congress, rather than please them.