Firm prepared to delay the Auris, Auris HSD and Rav4 launches if new standards aren't met
9 March 2010

Toyota is prepared to delay the launch of forthcoming models should it not be completely satisfied with quality and safety standards.

The forthcoming Auris, Auris HSD and Rav4 models, all due for launch in Europe in the first half of this year, will undergo stringent quality testing ahead as part of Toyota’s strict new quality control guidelines, introduced in the wake of its well publicised sticking accelerator pedal faults.

Tadashi Arashima, the chief executive of Toyota Motor Europe, told the Sunday Telegraph that the firm wanted to make sure there were absolutely no faults with any of the new models and Toyota was prepared to postpone the launches if necessary.

In particular, Arashima was keen to see British-built Auris HSD launched “properly” as it is such a key car for the firm.

“We are discussing that, if necessary, we will postpone the launch timing,” he said. “For us there is the hybrid in late May [Auris HSD], which is really key. We want to make sure that this car is properly launched without any major issues."

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Although Toyota is prepared to postpone the launch of the new models if necessary, the firm confirmed that development is currently on track and there are currently no plans for to postpone any new launches.

As part of its new quality control systems, Toyota has appointed a chief quality officer for each region where it sells its cars. These officers will report directly to Toyota boss Akio Toyoda and the first meeting is planned for 30 March.

Other plans include the fitting of an aeroplane-style black box recorder to record any malfunctions and a brake override system, which will cut engine power when the accelerator and brake pedals are applied at the same time.

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9 March 2010

[quote Autocar]Toyota is prepared to delay the launch of forthcoming models should it not be completely satisfied with quality and safety standards[/quote]

i would have thought that this would be common practice with any manufacturer! so what is basically being said here is that in the past Toyota have not bothered putting their models through quality and safety tests! :o shocking!

9 March 2010

No mention of an anti-blandness test however.

Thought not.

If I want an autonomous car, I'll take a taxi.

9 March 2010

[quote Autocar]Toyota is prepared to delay the launch of forthcoming models should it not be completely satisfied with quality and safety standards.[/quote]

What an utterly pointless and stupid way to start an article.

Does anyone here really think Toyota launched cars in the past in the knowledge that people would die or be injured when driving them due to a design issue?

It's like me saying I'm delaying my journey to work until all the faults with the road system are ironed out. Sh*t happens, I expect, knowing the Japanese mindset, that there are people at Toyota utterly mortified at this unfolding drama.

As if they'd launch anything conciously that could hurt or kill.

That is all.

9 March 2010

[quote Autocar]and a brake override system, which will cut engine power when the accelerator and brake pedals are applied at the same time.[/quote] So Toyotas join the growing list of cars where heel and toe downshifts are not possible. Granted this will not matter to 99% of customers, but it would put me off buying a sporty manual transmission car from this maker. Isn't it a shame that in the quest to make cars idiot proof, many of the pleasures of driving are being eroded?

9 March 2010

its worrying that Toyota now feels the need to delay launches if it feels quality & safety aren't up to scratch!!!

REALLY!!!!!! so this wasn't happening before!!!!!! So Toyota released cars that weren't up to scratch on quality & safety!!!!!

Glad i never owned one!

To all you Toyota drivers, be careful out there!! :-)

9 March 2010

[quote Phillip McCavitie]

[quote Autocar]Toyota is prepared to delay the launch of forthcoming models should it not be completely satisfied with quality and safety standards.[/quote]

What an utterly pointless and stupid way to start an article.

Does anyone here really think Toyota launched cars in the past in the knowledge that people would die or be injured when driving them due to a design issue?

It's like me saying I'm delaying my journey to work until all the faults with the road system are ironed out. Sh*t happens, I expect, knowing the Japanese mindset, that there are people at Toyota utterly mortified at this unfolding drama.

As if they'd launch anything conciously that could hurt or kill.

[/quote]

Agreed

Semi-related, I moved to Sweden last year and as it happened bought a new Toyota - no, it's not what I really wanted but I don't regret the choice at all, especially given my long commute. Anyhow, my car came with a black box recorder which I'd completely forgotten about until reading this. Seems Toyota, as with some other manufacturers, have a deal with Folksam, one of the insurers who fit black boxes to record accident data. Makes me wonder if Folksam have looked into any of the sticky throttle claims, if they have enough data.

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9 March 2010

This "stroy" comes from a bad (as in, the Telegraph carefully missed out most of what was said) inteview held on the stand at Geneva.

Yesterday we issued a clear, I think, statement;

"Toyota has no plan to delay the start of production of any vehicle".

9 March 2010

As someone who bought a new Verso in 2007 I can fully agree from experience that Toyota does have significant and widespread quality problems. I am also very accustomed to their arrogant and complacent attitude when these faults were reported to them. Toyota UK/GB are less useful than a chocolate fireguard.

9 March 2010

[quote Scott B]

This "stroy" comes from a bad (as in, the Telegraph carefully missed out most of what was said) inteview held on the stand at Geneva.

Yesterday we issued a clear, I think, statement;

"Toyota has no plan to delay the start of production of any vehicle".

[/quote]

Scott, is this an issue being raised in showrooms? Is it affecting sales?

This could be ruinous.

Fiat's and rust in the 70's springs to mind.

9 March 2010

[quote marktobin]

its worrying that Toyota now feels the need to delay launches if it feels quality & safety aren't up to scratch!!!

REALLY!!!!!! so this wasn't happening before!!!!!! So Toyota released cars that weren't up to scratch on quality & safety!!!!!

Glad i never owned one!

To all you Toyota drivers, be careful out there!! :-)

[/quote] I guess that you are being ironic here given all the exclamation marks you use!!!! If not, then this is probably the most crass and idiotic set of observations I've read in a long time. Made me laugh anyway.


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