Toyota Tops Ford!

I see Ford and Chevy trying to change their look and also introduce new technology. That may save them eventually. I think the new Chevy Malibu
looks nice, but I also think Chevy should change the name of the Malibu...
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DETROIT (AP) -- Toyota Motor Corp. overtook Ford Motor Co. to become the No. 2 automaker by U.S. sales in 2007, using new products and relentless strategy to break Ford's 75-year lock on the position.
Toyota sold 2.62 million cars and trucks in 2007, which amounted to 48,226 more than Ford, according to sales figures released Thursday. Toyota's sales were up 3 percent for the year, buoyed by new products like the Toyota Tundra pickup, which saw sales jump 57 percent. Ford's sales fell 12 percent to 2.572 million vehicles.
General Motors Corp. remained the U.S. sales leader, selling 3.82 million vehicles in 2007. But that was down 6 percent from the previous year as customers turned away from some large sedans and sport utility vehicles and GM cut low-profit sales to employees and rental car agencies. GM's car sales fell 8 percent for the year while truck sales were down 4 percent.
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Mr4701 wrote:

They won't change the name of the Malibu. It will create too much confusion. People who are interested in buy cars like the Malibu know what a Malibu is.
It makes sense to stick with a well-known name that is selling well. Just ask the folks at Ford, who renamed the 500 to something more familiar.
Jeff
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I don't think it does. I think the proper commercialism is all that need be to show them they have changed the name... The name Malibu is so late 80's early 90's. Big Sur California? Reminds me of two things... Surfing in So Cal, or Miami Vice (for some odd reason.)
With the new changes and the new energy they are trying to put behind the car, I would think a new name would be nice too.

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It's also expected as rental fleet sales wind down to help with resale value. But I think it's a good wake up call for Detroit. After all, the former Delphi division's paying $62/hour for someone to mow grass is just way too much.
But I'd wait until Malibu gets the new 6T series clutch-to-clutch transmission with the 4 or 6 cyl later this year. It sure beats the lousy Toyota gear-skipping U-series any day.

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