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    Toyota: Dems 'not industry friendly'

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    By: Jake Sherman
    February 21, 2010 05:20 PM EST

    Internal Toyota documents derided the Obama administration and Democratic Congress as “activist” and “not industry friendly," a revelation that comes days before the giant automaker's top executives testify on Capitol Hill amid a giant recall.
    According to a presentation obtained under subpoena by the House Oversight and Government Relations committee, Toyota referred to the “changing political environment” as one of its main challenges and anticipated a "more challenging regulatory" environment under the Obama administration's purview.
    This document, in addition to piles of other records, will be front and center this week as the Japanese automaker girds to face lawmakers hungry for answers about a recall that has the company teetering.
    Upwards of 8 million cars have been recalled in the U.S. and worldwide, amid reports of Toyota's vehicles accelerating rapidly. The problems have turned political, as the company has shuttered some American factories, potentially resulting in layoffs.
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    Re: Toyota: Dems 'not industry friendly'

    Toyota: Dems 'not industry friendly'
    toyota just figured this out?

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    Re: Toyota: Dems 'not industry friendly'

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    This hilarious considering the fact that:

    "among industrialized societies, Europe and Japan are cleaner than the U.S., which is cleaner than the former Soviet Union."
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    Re: Toyota: Dems 'not industry friendly'

    I think the remark about Dems support of Detroit is key here. Toyota has little to fear from further regulation of automobiles in terms of carbon emissions, since their fleet as marketed in the US has the highest fuel efficiency of any car maker.

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    Re: Toyota: Dems 'not industry friendly'

    Quote Originally Posted by Rassales View Post
    I think the remark about Dems support of Detroit is key here. Toyota has little to fear from further regulation of automobiles in terms of carbon emissions, since their fleet as marketed in the US has the highest fuel efficiency of any car maker.
    What is your guess as to what they meant by this:

    "Toyota referred to the "more challenging regulatory" environment under the Obama administration's purview."
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    Re: Toyota: Dems 'not industry friendly'

    Quote Originally Posted by Rassales View Post
    I think the remark about Dems support of Detroit is key here. Toyota has little to fear from further regulation of automobiles in terms of carbon emissions, since their fleet as marketed in the US has the highest fuel efficiency of any car maker.
    Carbon emissions are but one small issue in the auto regulation field (and emissions are a completely different thing than fuel efficiency ). They are being investigated due to the fact that so many Toyota makes/models are failing in extremely dangerous ways, and the concern over the injuries and deaths associated with these failures isn't remotely partisan.

    Unless you're saying that conservatives/Republicans don't own Toyotas, don't give a crap that they are dangerous vehicles, and would therefore never impose safety regulations on an auto maker that produces unsafe cars.


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    Re: Toyota: Dems 'not industry friendly'

    Toyota directly benefited in the '70's and beyond from regulation that basically forced the big three to turn on a dime and retool, as well, Toyota is not as heavily unionized. During the major regulatory years Toyotas were already small, efficient vehicles and the big three were not, so of course the imports had an advantage. Now that the big T is having quality problems exposed after all these years all of a sudden they are griping? Live by regs die by regs I say.
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    Re: Toyota: Dems 'not industry friendly'

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    Toyota directly benefited in the '70's and beyond from regulation that basically forced the big three to turn on a dime and retool, as well, Toyota is not as heavily unionized. During the major regulatory years Toyotas were already small, efficient vehicles and the big three were not, so of course the imports had an advantage. Now that the big T is having quality problems exposed after all these years all of a sudden they are griping? Live by regs die by regs I say.
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    Re: Toyota: Dems 'not industry friendly'

    Quote Originally Posted by Rassales View Post
    I think the remark about Dems support of Detroit is key here. Toyota has little to fear from further regulation of automobiles in terms of carbon emissions, since their fleet as marketed in the US has the highest fuel efficiency of any car maker.
    of course, honda says otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I think you are oversimplifying things, and if Glinda thanks you you're in trouble.
    Ruh-roh.

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