Now could it be a design difference or something .. maybe... but the fact is that it is only in the US/Canada this recall has been made and that is only about 28% of Toyota sales world wide... what about the 72% outside North America?
Since Europeans are more in to fuel-efficient vehicles vs. gas guzzlers like Americans prefer, it stands to reason that Europeans would also abstain from driving as much since fuel is so much more expensive in Europe.The company is already using different parts in models it is now producing in Europe and says it has "no need or intention to stop production in Europe," it said.
Toyota is not a major player in Europe, where it ranked No. 8 by sales last year, with a 5 per cent share of the market. Its models have fared badly as customers were nudged toward smaller fuel-efficient models by cash-for-clunkers government handouts.
The company sold 730,831 cars in the 27-nation European Union, Norway and Iceland in 2009 – down 4.7 per cent from a year earlier. Sales of the luxury Lexus line fell by more than a quarter.
Toyota extends car recall to Europe - thestar.com
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From their financial report about 30% is in North America, 30% in Japan, 15% in Europe and the rest in the rest of the world.. give and take a few % depending on economic winds. So I am not misinformed.
Toyota is the 7th biggest seller in Europe.. out of 18 major car companies. Add to that minor car makers trying to get into the market and we have far more car makers here than in the US. So a 7th place aint bad, considering the European car makers have a "heads up" due to national pride, being in the market place far longer than Toyota and so on. In fact Toyota is the top selling "new from the outside" car maker in Europe and selling more than Mercedes and BMW.. go figure.
The biggest car maker per sales in Europe is VW, followed by Peugeot/Citroen, Ford, Renault, GM (Opel), Fiat and then Toyota.
Of all these car makers only Toyota has not been in the European market place for more than 80+ years.
No that is an incorrect assumption. Fuel is more expensive in Europe yes, but that only means we drive less fuel consuming cars. The high fuel prices started long ago, and add in to the picture the regulatory requirements on fuel efficiency and then you have a totally different car market in Europe vs the US. Add to that the near fanatical bond between American's and their cars and you really have a different market.Since Europeans are more in to fuel-efficient vehicles vs. gas guzzlers like Americans prefer, it stand to reason that Europeans would also abstain from driving as much since fuel is so much more expensive in Europe.
European cars are far far more fuel efficient on average than American cars. So sure, high oil prices hurt us over here, but no where near as bad as it did in the US. I have a 10 year old VW and Peugot, and they still go further on the gallon than a new GM car does today.
The Toyota Pirus is ground breaking on mileage in the US.. not so much in Europe, and add into the picture that a large portion of cars in Europe (last I looked) run on clean diesel and not on petrol then Totoyta simply dont have any cars that meet that demand.
In the end we still drive a lot in Europe (not as much as the US of course, but no one does that). But if it comes down to walking to the corner store or driving.. we walk (or take a bike).
The engine blew after I'd owned it three months. Things went downhill from there.
Any vehicle that can't last six years without blowing an engine under normal use is a piece of crap.
As for my Ford? It was a GEM. My current Chevy? AWESOME.
Of course, this is all anecdotal, and may not mean a thing to others, but it's good enough for me to avoid Toyotas, just on general principal. The fact that the company made up a big, fat, bull**** story about floor mats being the problem just gives me one more reason to think poorly of both the company and its products.
The Toyota recall has now been extended to Europe and China.
Toyota Extends Recall to China and Europe - NYTimes.com
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