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Toyota in China

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Toyota stumbles in race for China


James B. Treece
AN / August 22, 2005

Toyota Motor Corp., preparing to pass General Motors as the world's largest automaker, is a juggernaut in North America and Europe.

Not so in China.

Toyota is stumbling there badly, and GM has become the market leader. Meanwhile, upstart Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea is racing ahead of the Japanese giant.

Asked about Hyundai in China, Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe replies bluntly, "We're getting beat.

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Do World War II memories hurt Japanese car sales?


Alysha Webb
AN / August 22, 2005

BEIJING -- In late 2003, Toyota Motor Corp. ran two print ads in China -- and promptly got into hot water.

In one ad, two stone lions, seen as a symbol of China, bow to and salute a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado SUV. In the other, another Toyota SUV tows a broken-down vehicle resembling a Chinese army truck up a steep hill.

Chinese consumers were outraged. To their eyes, the ads denigrated China and smacked of cultural arrogance.

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..and another reason is because the Buick brand is very ingrained in Chinese society. They see it as a status vehicle. The Buick has a long history in China. It's almost like how Buick was viewed here many years ago.

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I heard sometime earlier people had to use tape to cover up the the badges on Japanese marques just to avoid people vandalizing them. GM in China to me is like "a king in exile". Just went out to reign somwhere else. And at home (here in N.A.) it a mess.

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We forgave them for Pearl Harbor but the Chinese have a longer memory. :D

THe Japanese to the Chinese are as bad if not worse than the Nazis to the Jews/Gippsys/Gays

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