Banzai! - Toyota's best month yet

Detroit Free Press http://tinyurl.com/3839hq
Toyotas U.S. sales rose 14% to 269,023 vehicles in May compared to the same month last year for an all-time monthly sales record.
The increase was driven by both fuel-efficient cars and the new Tundra full-size truck, launched in February. Sales of the Camry, the best- selling car in the United States, increased 16% to 50,126. The Prius, the best-selling hybrid in the United States, was up 196% to 24,099. The new Tundra pickup more than doubled the sales figures of its predecessor with May sales of 17,727.
..Toyota Motor Sales executive vice president Jim Lentz: Despite the industrys shift toward passenger cars, Toyotas all-new Tundra hit an all-time high in May. As for hybrids, the markets appetite continues unabated, with Prius also establishing an all-time record.
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That article should have said all time high, for the Tundra. GM and Ford sell more trucks in a month than Toyota will sell in a year. Toyota truck sales in 2006 were a measly 5% of the market. GM was 33% Ford 32% LOL
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You're right Mike. When you're starting at zero (no sales)... and then you start selling, all of a sudden you can report radical jumps in sales.
Let's see how they're doing a year or two from now.
I hope I'm not wrong, but I can't imagine trade people working on Union jobs driving ToJo Pickups.
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You probably never expected Volvo heavy trucks either, did you?
What do you expect someone to do when they are handed the keys to a Toyota on the job? Did they balk at being issued a Ranger/Mazda for light duty?
Mike is old, he will probably be able to weasel around "Ford still outsells Toyota in ..." until he dies. Toyota is overtaking each of the benchmarks.
Retreating to only the heaviest trucks fr sales comparisons is like Mercedes moving further upscale when Lexus started encroaching on their turf.
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I finally saw a new Tundra in the parking lot at work today - complete with the hard bed cover, 20 inch chrome wheels, and a bug deflector -a real hard core work truck. Just another poser. Toyota should do well in this market.
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wrote:

I think it is called " giving the customer what they want "
If the Detroit 3 ( can't call them the Big 3 anymore) did that, then they would be profitable now.
Sucks to be playing catch up.......
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wrote:

I agree. Toyota is trying really hard to catch up to the big three in trucks. And for the poser truck owner the new Tundra is probably just fine.
I don't understand one thing - when Ford and GM build big SUVs and trucks that Customers want, they were criticized for selling large planet destroying vehicles. When Toyota builds an over sized cartoon truck, they are praised for " giving the customer what they want." If you leave out the hybrids (which I find interesting), the rest of the US Toyota product line is headed down the same road to excess that people criticize the big 2.5 for. Camry - latest model larger, Scion xB - new model to be much larger, RAV4 - latest model much larger, Highlander - new model to be much larger, Tacoma - current version much larger, Tundra - new model ridiculously large, Sequoia, new model to be much larger. Toyota quality - down, most recalls in 2005 and 2006 of any manufacturer. Why are they getting a free pass for heading down exactly the same road as Ford and GM? Seems to me that Toyota is doing a damn good job of catching up - in the wrong direction.
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wrote:

"I don't understand one thing....."
Ed, I'm thinking that there might be more than " one thing " you don't understand.....
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What's that? Does he not know that GM, Ford and Dodge sell more trucks in a few month than Toyota does in a year? ;)
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wrote:

In other words, you can't answer Ed's question, so you result to an insult.
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wrote:

You're extraordinarily stubborn about this, aren't you?
Toyota gets little praise for being green. I just appreciate Toyota for delivering cars that help me be green.
Since 2000, Toyota/Scion has not only introduced big trucks and increased the size of other vehicles, they've also introduced new, affordable small, fuel-effiicient cars: Prius Yaris (at least two styles) xB xA And hybridized two others: Camry Highlander. And the new Rav gets the same fuel economy as the old (possibly better). And Toyota offers at least 3 cars that can do better than 40mpg.
Where's GM's 40+mpg cars? Where's GM's new small cars? The Aveo? It gets about the same fuel economy as a regular Camry.
As to the recalls, people still trust Toyota. GM earned our distrust with 40+ years of ignoring, denying and sweeping problems under the rug. If Toyota's doing that, they'll feel the pinch someday. But in spite of the frequent posts of "most recalls! most recalls! most recalls!" Toyota owners have not lost trust. Must be that, somehow, Toyota is still delivering value. I'd consider the possibility that Toyota is handling recalls right and owning up to problems and making customers happy.
I've got 4 that work very well for me.
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Do you think the Tundra will catch up? GM sold 33% of the trucks in 2006 and Ford 32% of the nearly nine million truck sole in the US. Toyota sold a measly 5%, but maybe you are correct and they may catch up some day ;)
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C. E. White wrote:

GM, Ford and Dodge would NEVER offer such a thing! <G>
Oh, the humanity of it!
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GM, Ford and Dodge have been building trucks that good and better for years. When Toyota says Tundra is changing everything they are referring to the Tundra catching up to the industry. The problem the Tundra has, is like their cars, they are overprice compared to the others ;)
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I'm guessing you mean " overpriced ". If they truly are overpriced then the marketplace will force them to correct or they will go out of business. Very similar to the trouble that the Detroit 3 find themselves in today ;)
People must find better value in Toyotas ( I know I do ) than some of the other brands. That is why they are so popular.
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Why do so many of you Toyota-Nuts have to bitch so much about spelling? Try having a good conversation, as opposed to worrying that someone misspelled a word or two.
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80 Knight wrote:

No complaints with the car. <G>
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Mike Hunter wrote:

See that, Ed?
Even Mike says hard bed covers, 20" chrome wheels, and bug deflectors make a great truck! <G>
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Willy wrote:

Why's that?
My ToJo Tacoma is built in Fremont, California, by UAW represented people.
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