September 2014 Sales Conference Notes

September 2014 Sales Conference Notes

October 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay and Lexus Vice President of Sales and Dealer Development Steve Hearne review September 2014 sales.

Does this dealer leak hint at a Toyota Corolla wagon?

Does this dealer leak hint at a Toyota Corolla wagon?

August 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Wagon , Toyota , Rumormill The hopes of car enthusiasts are often vain little things; bordering on irrational desires for technologies and form factors that the market has declined to buy in volume, at least in North America. Manual transmissions, diesel engines (although slightly more mainstream these days), compact pickup trucks and, of course, station wagons, are all variations on the well-worn theme here. And so, when we come across a rumor that one or more of these items from our wish list might be upcoming, and a surprise at that, we tend to get fairly amped. Use that as background when you’re considering just how many grains of salt to swallow with this latest Toyota Corolla rumor, which stems from a leaked schematic on the dealership level, and portends a wagon bodystyle for the new car. One enthusiastic Autoblog reader and Toyota dealership employee recently stumbled upon the interior lighting schematic drawing you see inset here, which clearly identifies both the “4D” four-door sedan version of the 2014 Corolla, but also a long-roof “5D” car that is unimpeachably a station wagon (click to expand the image). The real question is, is it a Corolla? What’s possible, albeit disheartening, is that we’re looking at a diagram for the European Auris Touring Sports model (pictured above), a car that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show this past March. However, at least from the diagrams above, the D-Pillar doesn’t look correct, and the nose doesn’t seem quite “pointy” enough, for lack of a better word. It also doesn’t explain why a US dealer would receive such information. Just this week, we drove the 2014 Corolla (look for the review very soon), and at that launch event, Toyota spokespeople told us that there were no further bodystyles planned “at this time.” That kind of language leaves the door open just a crack for a North American wagon.

2014 Toyota Corolla details leaked

2014 Toyota Corolla details leaked

May 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Toyota Toyota will launch the 2014 Corolla later this year, and thanks to the ever-leaky internet, a couple of key details about the new sedan have been revealed. Car and Driver was able to uncover these bits of information thanks to someone at a Toyota dealer in Kansas who has seen the car, as well as its order guide, though the dealer’s site has since removed its original posting . We got our first glimpse at the next-generation Corolla’s design at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show , where Toyota unveiled the Furia concept , pictured above. Yes, it looks all sporty and aggressive, but fear not, appliance shoppers, C/D says that the production car should have a couple of Furia bits mixed in with a huge helping of Camry -inspired styling. The 2014 Corolla will reportedly continue to use a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, though the mill has been massaged a bit, adding Toyota’s Valvematic continuously variable valve timing. A four-speed automatic (yep!) will be offered in the base model, though the manual transmission now has six gears, and higher trim levels can be had with a CVT. Both engine output and fuel economy numbers should improve slightly over the 2013 model. Currently, the Corolla produces 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque, and achieves 27/34 miles per gallon (city/highway) with the five-speed manual ‘box. Trim levels will now be called base, LE, S and Eco, and a couple of improvements have been made to the materials and equipment offered inside the cabin. Softex leather will be available for 2014, as will a push-button start and a navigation system.

November 2012 Sales Conference Call Transcript

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Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay and Lexus Division Vice President for Sales and Dealer Development Tim Morrison review November 2012 sales.

September 2012 Sales Conference Call

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Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay and Lexus Division Vice President for Sales and Dealer Development Tim Morrison review September 2012 sales.

Toyota Reveals New Tagline ‘Let’s Go Places’

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TORRANCE, Calif. (September 11, 2012) – Toyota announced an engaging new tagline today, “Let’s Go Places,” reflecting the company’s commitment to more exciting products and the promise that customers are invited to take part in shaping Toyota’s future. The new theme, which represents the vision of Toyota Motor Corporation President, Akio Toyoda, was revealed today at the Toyota National Dealer Meeting in Las Vegas.

August 2012 Sales Conference Call

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Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay and Lexus Division Vice President for Sales and Dealer Development Tim Morrison review August 2012 sales.

May 2012 Sales Conference Call

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Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bob Carter and Lexus Division Vice President for Sales and Dealer Development Tim Morrison review May 2012 sales.

April 2012 Sales Conference Call

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Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bob Carter and Lexus Division Vice President for Sales and Dealer Development Tim Morrison review April 2012 sales.

Miami Toyota dealer tacks $7,000 onto price of Prius C *UPDATE

Miami Toyota dealer tacks $7,000 onto price of Prius C *UPDATE

March 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Budget , Hybrid , Hatchback , Toyota , Earnings/Financials A Twitter user with the handle miami4me2c discovered something interesting at a Toyota dealer in Miami and thankfully shared pictures of this unusual Prius C Two window sticker. Remember, the base Prius C starts at just $18,950 , and the upgraded Two trim normally starts at $19,900. With the options that dealer Al Hendrickson has added to the car, it should cost $20,839, but then someone at the dealer added a “Market Value Adjustment,” which comes in at an astonishing $6,995. Total cost for the “cheap” Prius at this particular dealer ? $27,834. We agree with what you just thought: that’s completely absurd. Or is it? We called Al Hendrickson Toyota with some questions for the general manager – why so much? and are people still interested at this price? – but were asked to leave a message and have not yet heard back.

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