Toyota to halt Camry exports to North America


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The automaker has exported just 20 units since the beginning of this year.

The reality is much, much of a lesser deal than the headline would have you believe.

This is a non-issue.

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This is a non-issue.

@gaijinfo, this is a big issue for Japanse. More manufacturing businesses are leaving Japan with strong yen. More people will be on unemployment payrolls. No money, no consumer spending, more walfare spending and no job growth are on the horizon.

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Exactly this is a huge issue and is just a small glimpse of what is going in business and industry, soon no one will have a job in japan if this trend continues.

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Toyota has the Koreans nipping at their heels these days in the US market. The Koreans are producing some seriously stylish and technologically advanced cars at a lower price point. Toyota previously had bullet proof quality on their side (and they still do) but in many ways the Koreans have surpassed them.

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Well if they are talking about NORTH AMERICA, Toyota de México is always willing and able to take in more work because the stronger the YEN is to the US dollar then it is all stronger against the Mexican peso and you can get more car, more work for less money! ¡Bienvenidos a México! Mexico he yokoso!

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To be fair this isn't a recent occurrence. Toyota began building assembly plants in US/Canada in the mid to late 1980's.

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in many ways the Koreans have surpassed them.

With a little help from the Japanese to begin with. Anyway, now the Koreans have this zeal, this will to succeed that the Japanese had half a century ago. According to my personal observation during visits to Korea and stays in Japan I found in the 70s Korea was a developing nation, vigorously trying to catch up with Japan, and copying technology, something still going on on that peninsula and the huge country it is linked to. Japan at the time was way ahead. But that has changed. This happens all the time, has happened throughout history. When a certain level, standard has been reached, performance drops off. Why? People are satisfied with what they have achieved. Workers want a break, more perks and of course money. They will lose out to those who still have to get there. Those willing to endure hardships, those who live in countries where people can climb up, improve their lives, getting the luxuries the Japanese already have. Just my 2 cents. No offense to any nation or people intended.

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Want to buy an American-made car? Buy a Toyota Camry.

Want to buy a car with 60% of the parts made outside the U.S.? Buy a Ford Mustang.

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@gaijinfo, this is a big issue for Japanse.

Maybe you guys didn't read the article. Japan sold over 600,000 Camrys, only TWENTY of which were made in Japan. That means they are ALREADY producing almost ALL Camrys overseas.

This decision to stop Camry exports means they are not sending 20 units (made in Japan) out of over 600,000 made in other countries.

This ominous sounding halt of imports is nothing other than the end of a trend which has been going on for quite a while. Japanese companies producing Japanese products in the target country.

That is good for Japan, as it allows them to sell more cars to the target country, as well as save money on Yen.

If you can get past the emotionally charged headline, this is, as I said, a non-issue.

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i agree with some of what you said, but your digression about "performance " is wildly off topic. When a society reaches a certain level of economic success, performance doesn't decrease. Japanese products are still regarded as high quality and technologically superior to most other products. Yes, the Japanese desire for more consumer goods increased as they advanced economically, but I don't see this affecting their "performance."

And whil SK may be ascending currently, their low birth rate and aging society will stifle their economic success within 40-50 years.

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The Koreans are producing some seriously stylish and technologically advanced cars at a lower price point.

GG2141, no, they do not start if the temperature goes to -38f or more but Toyota does.

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@gaijinfo, then Japan will be a country of no manufacturing. Japan is filled with obaasan, ojiisan seniors on Nenkin payroll, unemployed workers on walfare payroll, bureaucrats on govt payroll, and politicians on govt payroll.

I am so concerned for young Japanese who are highly educated. There will be no jobs, no hope, no dream and no future for them. That's what I see from this topic.

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I am so concerned for young Japanese who are highly educated. There will be no jobs, no hope, no dream and no future for them. That's what I see from this topic.

As economies grow and evolve, they shift from manufacturing to service. Young, educated Japanese have nothing to worry about. Keeping manufacturing jobs in Japan would only hurt their economy, as it would be non-competitive, which would really hurt these young educated Japanese.

besides, I don't think that these young, highly educated Japanese would want to work in a car factory anyhow.

This is a smart move by Toyota that will end up helping the J-economy (and all the young, highly educated workers) in the long run.

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@gaijinfo, then Japan will be dealing with the same problem of US in 10 years. Workers just shaffle papers and people in service industry. I see....

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I have to agree with globalwatcher. Not all young people are well educated and not all should be - not all are suited to it. Some people achieve their highest calling working on an assembly line. (I'm not trying to be cruel; this is just a fact of life.)

So when a country sheds the majority of its manufacturing jobs, what do these people do? Manufacturing was the engine of the U.S. economy for many years, and it created a thriving middle class. If Japan gives away its manufacturing jobs, its middle class will diminish just as in the U.S.

Having said all that.... eliminating 20 Camrys from Toyota's Japanese assembly lines isn't much of an issue. I'm kind of surprised that they even maintained the tooling in Japan for anything less than ten or twenty thousand cars.

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