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Profits Slide – But Toyota Claims Recovery on Track

Make boosts full-year sales, earnings forecast.

by on Feb.07, 2012

Toyota hopes to boost demand for products like the Corolla during the fourth quarter.

Toyota profits slid another 13.5% for the latest quarter reflecting the maker’s ongoing production problems and the impact of lopsided exchange rates – but the Japanese giant also indicated that it has begun a long-awaited recovery that should see profits begun turning upward during the final three months of the Japanese fiscal year.

Toyota profits slipped to 80.9 billion, or $1.05 billion, for the October – December quarter, down from $93.6 billion yen the year before.  Sales for the quarter were up 4.1%, to 4.865 trillion yen, or $63.4 billion, hinting at the maker’s slow return to normal production levels after the hammering it took as a result of the March 11 Japanese earthquake and tsunami and subsequent flooding in Thailand.

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Toyota Managing Director Takashi Ijichi indicated, during a conference call, that sales continue returning back to normal during the current quarter.  Meanwhile, “company-wide profit improving efforts” will help trim about 60 billion yen in costs during the fourth quarter.  As a result, Toyota raised its profit forecast for the full year to 200 billion yen, or $2.6 billion, up from 180 billion yen, or $2.3 billion, in an earlier forecast.

“We feel confident the foundation of our business is now stronger,” he said.

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Honda to Cut Japan Exports in Half

Strong yen, potential disasters lead Japanese makers to shift more production abroad.

by on Oct.06, 2011

Honda expects to shift all but a small amount of production out of Japan over the next decade.

Honda will halve, perhaps cut by two-thirds the number of vehicles it exports out of Japan over the next decade, according to the maker’s CEO.

The move follows reports that Toyota, the industry giant, will shift production of more of its Camry models to the United States.  Other Japanese makers are reported to be considering production shifts out of their home market, as well.

Toyota Chief Executive Takanobu Ito told the Asahi newspaper that the decision was made in responsive to the fast rising yen, which recently hit a record level against the dollar.  But industry analysts say that Japanese leaders have also been exploring their production options in the wake of the devastating March earthquake and tsunami that sharply curbed automotive production for the following six months.

Like its rivals, Honda has steadily expanded its production base in North America, Europe and other parts of the world and is putting a premium on building its base now in China and other emerging markets.  Of its total global output of 3.57 million vehicles during the last fiscal year, only 910,000 – about 34% — were produced in Japan.

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But Ito said that could drop to as little as 10 to 20% in 10 years.  And even maintaining that level will require the maker to shift the production base in Japan to focus on the minicar segment – those with engines under 660 ccs.  Because of rising fuel prices and tax incentives, that market niche is one of the few bright spots in the long-stagnant Japanese automotive market.

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Toyota Won’t Abandon Japan

CEO Toyoda will maintain “illogical” Japanese production base.

by on Jul.15, 2011

It may be "illogical," but Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda won't give up on building cars like Prius in Japan.

As his nation struggles to rebuild after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, Toyota Motor Co. CEO Akio Toyoda says he won’t contribute to Japan‘s problems by shifting more automotive production offshore – even as it contributes billions of yen in losses to the world’s largest automaker.

There had been mounting fears in the troubled Asian nation – but hope among many investors – that the Toyota family heir would use the crisis to justify a shift away from the home market reliance that has made it difficult to resume production after the disaster.  Japan’s largest automaker, Toyota has traditionally positioned its hefty Japanese production base as a matter of civic responsibility, though in the weeks after March 11, Toyoda admitted it was becoming increasingly “illogical.”

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Toyota controls roughly half of the home market, but its production base there is far more than what’s needed simply to supply Japanese vehicle needs.  Competitors like Nissan have steadily fled offshore – Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn closing four Japanese plants since taking over that company’s reins in 1999.  But while most of Toyota’s growth has been fueled by new plants in places like North America, Europe and China, the maker has been reluctant to walk away from its original production base.

“Toyota is a company that was born and raised in Japan and we can’t just abandon it because the environment is difficult,” said the grandson of the company founder, insisting the automaker would “grit our teeth and protect Japanese manufacturing.”

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Toyota Faces Ratings Downgrade

Moody’s eyes impact of March 11 disaster.

by on Apr.06, 2011

Work at Toyota plants worldwide has been impacted by the March 11 disaster in Japan.

Already slammed by the March 11th natural disaster that has left it struggling to resume normal production, Toyota may soon be hit with a ratings downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service.

Such a move could add to the maker’s costs at a time when it is struggling under the loss of hundreds of thousands of units of production.  Even before last month’s earthquake and tsunami – and the subsequent Japanese nuclear crisis – senior Toyota officials were warning that they’d need to take aggressive steps to cut costs and boost profits.

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Saying it will take “many months” to get the company’s operations back to normal, Moody’s issued a warning that it is giving serious consideration to a downgrade of the maker’s debt, which currently stands at Aa2, an investment grade that Detroit’s makers can only dream of achieving.

The ratings firm did note that it, “will also consider how quickly the company can improve its profitability despite the negative impact of the disasters.”

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Japanese Makers At Risk if Shortages Linger

Inventories could plunge by half.

by on Apr.05, 2011

Will normally loyal import buyers switch if faced with serious shortages of products like the new Honda Civic?

The ongoing crisis in Japanese automotive manufacturing could be the biggest setback brands like Toyota, Honda and Nissan have faced in decades should anticipated product shortages send buyers scurrying to check out competing products.

Dealers could struggle with barely half their normal inventory of Japanese cars, trucks and crossover in the coming months, warns the nation’s largest automotive retailer – while analysts say that rising prices could be an equally influential factor leading to mass defections by normally loyal import buyers.

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Nearly a month after Japan was rocked by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami, a large portion of the island nation’s automotive assembly plants remain out of action or are operating at significantly reduced production schedules.  Though only a few assembly lines were damaged by the disaster, scores of automotive parts plants were impacted.  And compounding the situation, Japan continues to struggle with rolling blackouts in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant touched off by the quake and tsunami.

“Everybody’s in crisis mode,” said Michael Jackson, CEO of AutoNation, the Florida-based retailer that operated 243 dealerships in 15 states.

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