Don't confuse Toyota for GM

November 25, 2009
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

It’s easy in times like these to ask if Toyota has peaked, to compare the Japanese automaker’s status to General Motor’s dominance in the U.S. in the ’50 and ‘60s and its subsequent decline.

But that would be a mistake, says Bruce Belzowski, an auto analyst at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

Unlike GM in its glory days, Toyota is fighting several strong competitors in a global economy, Belzowski reminds. Thus Toyota can’t afford to grow complacent and take its eye off the ball.

Toyota is back in the news again this week with another embarrassing recall. This time it’s over faulty gas pedals. Just weeks ago, the federal government began investigating complaints of rust in frames of its Tundra pickup trucks.

Toyota, which supports thousands of automotive jobs through its assembly plant in the southwestern Indiana town of Princeton, is dealing with two overarching problems. One is sluggish sales caused by the global economic downturn. The other is a string of once-uncharacteristic recalls, the result of its quick expansion over the past decade into a global powerhouse.

The sales downturn will go away as the economy recovers, Belzowski predicts. And Toyota is bearing down on the quality problems by asking fundamental questions about its internal processes.

Belzowski believes global competition has become so intense that in a given five-year period, Toyota or any one of a handful of other companies could rise to dominance. In other words, the future can still belong to Toyota.

What do you think? Has Toyota peaked, or will it rise to a long period of dominance? Have the recalls given you pause about buying its vehicles?

 

ADVERTISEMENT
  • peaked
    GM and others will match and could pass them. Americans are overall smarter than Japaneese who never invent anything but copy Ameican products and try to make them bette.

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

  2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

  4. Exciting times in Carmel.

  5. Twenty years ago when we moved to Indy I was a stay at home mom and knew not very many people.WIBC was my family and friends for the most part. It was informative, civil, and humerous with Dave the KING. Terri, Jeff, Stever, Big Joe, Matt, Pat and Crumie. I loved them all, and they seemed to love each other. I didn't mind Greg Garrison, but I was not a Rush fan. NOW I can't stand Chicks and all their giggly opinions. Tony Katz is to abrasive that early in the morning(or really any time). I will tune in on Saturday morning for the usual fun and priceless information from Pat and Crumie, mornings it will be 90.1

ADVERTISEMENT