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Toyota president apologizes to Chinese customers

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"China and Japan are among each other’s biggest trading partners, but the communist Beijing government keeps alive memories of Japanese wartime atrocities through schoolbooks and the state-controlled media".I don't know why they had to include this comment in the article,but it shows that money overides history in this world today,and that the present is what counts.

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Asked why so few vehicles were recalled in China and whether that meant Toyota was discriminating against Chinese customers, Toyoda said the other vehicles sold in this country did not use components that led to recalls.

What components are not the same as the States? ...and the same line. Humans are smarter then the fishes.

“The Chinese market is very important, so I flew here in person in the hope my personal expression of an apology and explanation will give customers some relief,” Toyoda said.

...heads roll in China vs the States.

Its sales growth lagged behind other foreign brands last year due to Toyota’s focus on bigger cars while the government promoted smaller vehicles with tax breaks and subsidies. Toyota sales rose 50%, compared with 76% for Volkswagen AG and 219% for General Motors Co’s Chevrolet unit.

Toyota believes they are GM in China. Toyota have lost its marbles.

China and Japan are among each other’s biggest trading partners, but the communist Beijing government keeps alive memories of Japanese wartime atrocities through schoolbooks and the state-controlled media.

One should never forget the past, but unfortunately people are fallible so they don't learn. China is not so different from Japan.

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One should never forget the past.......

Thanks to Chinese people, they completely forgot Chinese Gyoza scandal. Toyota is very lucky in China.

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I had the same floormat problem causing the accelerator to stick AND blocking the brake and ONE isolated incidence of sudden acceleration on my Volvo. A clear mind and absence of panic helped to NOT kill me (debatable value eh?). The thing that stood out with the Toyota incident is a California Highway Patrol officer could not control his vehicle. These guys are allegedly well trained - so I suspect even turning off the ignition didn't work (although that makes steering a powered down car a herculean effort).

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Not just gyoza, but tainted baby formula to fake the protein content, poisonous dog biscuits, lead paint for kids toys, and the list goes on and on. I do not recall seeing any Chinese Communist Head Honcho on Japanese news crying and saying they are sorry. I do think that a few people got executed there, but still, no real apology from the Chinese at all. And what about Mao's wartime atrocities against his on people before and after, and the great leap forward? Did he and his cronies ever apologize? Nope

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anyone ever stop to think that parts for Toyota in the U.S. are made in China and assembled in Mexico? Where as every Toyota sold in Japan is composed of parts made in JAPAN. Due to the Japanese's goverments ability to stave of outside competition for manufacturing in Japan with protectionism. I'm sure everyone in the U.S. just see's Japan when they buy a Toyota, but don't actually stop to look at the sticket on the inside of the door jam to see where the parts are from and where it was assembled. I find it convenient that when the Chinese car market on the rise and the American car market on it's a** that they all of a sudden exploit the media coverage for this. Never has any car company had to speak with congress over a recall. Also I believe GM reached out to Toyota for help during their crisis and Toyota told them to go blow smoke. I'm an american and I have owned 4 Toyota's in life. Never had a problem. I owned 2 american cars and had several problems. This is all political.

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Its sales growth lagged behind other foreign brands last year due to Toyota’s focus on bigger cars while the government promoted smaller vehicles with tax breaks and subsidies. Toyota sales rose 50%, compared with 76% for Volkswagen AG and 219% for General Motors Co’s Chevrolet unit.

Toyota is preparing to launch a lower-cost brand for China in response to demand for smaller cars, according to analysts.

Hmm...I guess money TALKS and BS walks?? Toyota can smell MONEY, MONEY, MONEY form China so they need to really bend nice and low to ask for an apology from BIG BROTHER in Beijing.

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" China’s state-run media have made only muted comment on Toyota’s recalls"

2 Possibilities: (1) Chinese related dept. has no knowledge in this regard; (2) China doesn't want to be involved in this boring US-JP political game and annoy anyone. I prefer to take option (2).

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