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Toyoda, Toyota, Congress and the FBI

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

I've often joked that Japanese businessmen have 100 ways to say "I don't know" and 1,000 ways to not take responsibility. Those watching the hearings yesterday got about a four-hour example of all that live.

Mr. Toyoda in the Spotlight

Bill George | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill George

Mr. Toyoda: You are the definitive leader of one of the largest and (once-) most trusted brands in the world. People expect you to act like it today. This is a prime opportunity to right the ship.

China Is the Next Toyota

Adam Hanft | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Adam Hanft

China's remarkable economic surge over the last two decades -- and the pride, if not hubris, embodied in that rise -- is a national narrative-in-the-making that parallels Toyota's corporate story.

Out of Line: Toyota Brake

Mort Gerberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mort Gerberg


Our Bad

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

"Sorry guys, We apologize" "Sorry". By now we're sorry we ever heard the word. From Tiger, to Toyota to even DC City Councilman, former Mayor and n...

Why SoCal Residents Should Feel Betrayed By Both Toyota and Southwest Airlines

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

Both Toyota and Southwest are companies that gained customers based, in large measure, on the good will they created over many years. That is why many SoCal customers feel so betrayed.

The Implicit Bribe of Government Officials

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Everyone in government is running with a giant implied bribe hanging over their head. If they if they do as they are told, everybody gets rich. Oh right, except us.

What Toyota Needs To Do

Philip G. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip G. Baker

It's now time for Mr. Toyoda to move aside the marketing, PR, and damage control people that just obfuscate the issue, and do what's in the best interests of his customers,

Tiger Woods Apologizes

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Jerry Weissman

The teleprompter, for all the commentary it has elicited, would have allowed Mr. Woods to deliver his carefully-crafted statement to the world with a full voice and a sincere look in his eyes.

Toyota Recall: Rep. Stupak Says Documents Show Toyota's Deception

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- (BY LARRY MARGASAK, AP) House investigators believe Toyota intentionally resisted the possibility that electronic defects caused uninten...

Toyota Hearing: Automaker's President Apologizes For Company's Handling Of Gas Pedal Problems

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- (BY LARRY MARGASAK and KEN THOMAS, AP) The president of Toyota's operations apologized for the company's handling of safety issues Tuesd...

Politics, Cars, Golf and TV Game Shows

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Franken

Either television's star is rising again or this is the final nova, exploding into the Internet black hole.

Toyota Recall: Internal Document Declares 'Win' After Negotiating Limited Recall, Saving $100 Million In 2007

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Toyota officials claimed they saved the company $100 million by successfully negotiating with the government on a limited recall of...

Automotive Online Radio Shows This Weekend

Steve Parker | Posted 02.19.2010 | Entertainment
Steve Parker

Saturday 2-20-10 Steve Parker's The Car Nut Show on LIVE at 11am Pacific time. The convoluted Toyota story gets straightened ou...

World's Most Valuable Brands: Brand Finance (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Brand equity, that perennially overused bit of marketing argot, does actually have real monetary value. Though we're loathe to admit it, a huge swath ...

What Toyota Could Learn From Chelsea Football Club

Gregory M. White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Gregory M. White

Chelsea, much like Toyota, used to be mechanical, boring and efficient. Unlike Toyota however, Chelsea has rediscovered its magic.

Moving LA: There's a Train a Comin'

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Now we actually have to build the dozen train lines and other transit improvements that Measure R transit funds are earmarked for. And perhaps most importantly, we have to accelerate the process.

Toyota Corolla Recall 2010? World's Best-Selling Car May Be Next

AP | KEN THOMAS and ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — First it was gas pedals, then brakes. Now Toyota and the government are looking into complaints that the popular Corolla is difficu...

The Corporate Shell Game

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bob Franken

Destruction is camouflaged in expressions like "Efficiencies" and "Synergies" and "Workforce Reductions," and the big one -- "Mergers" -- where companies get larger and smaller at the same time.

Toyota Recall: Government Says 34 Deaths Alleged in Toyotas Since 2000

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Complaints of deaths connected to sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles have surged in recent weeks, with the alleged death toll r...

SoCal Toytota Hires PR Firm Used By Paris Hilton 'And Other Troubled Names'

89.3 KPCC | Feb. 14, 2010 | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Toyota's Southern California dealers have hired a crisis public relations firm to get their side of the story to the public about the automaker's reca...

The Toyota Coverup

Philip G. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Philip G. Baker

Toyota's instinct was not to fix the problems, but to minimize them. Safety of their customers was clearly not their top priority. So let's call it what it was: a coverup.

Toyota Warranty Extension May Be Offered As An Incentive To Keep Customers

AP | TOM KRISHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

ORLANDO, Fla. — Toyota Motor Corp. may offer incentives or increase the length of its warranties as it tries to recover from an embarrassing str...

Toyota Recalls 8,000 Tacoma Trucks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Toyota announced a voluntary safety recall of about 8,000 four-wheel-drive Tacoma trucks in North America, citing potential production defects in the ...

Toyota is a Challenge for Japan as a Whole

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georges Ugeux

There is much more at stake here than the reputation of a company or even an industry -- it is the fundamental revision of Japan as a nation.