Toyota’s Chief Steps Forward to Apologize for Problems

Quality problems include floor mates, stuck accelerators and anti-lock brakes, involve the recall of some 9 million vehicles.

Published: 05-Feb-2010

NAGOYA, JAPAN — The president of Toyota apologized at a hastily arranged news conference Friday night for the quality problems that led to the recall of more than nine million cars worldwide.

He also pledged that the Japanese automaker would soon announce steps to address brake problems on the 2010 Prius.

Akio Toyoda, grandson of Toyota’s founder, spoke in his first formal remarks since the uproar enveloping his company, the world’s largest automaker, and took personal responsibility for the problems.


Victor Wouk, 'Godfather of the Hybrid' poses with 1972 Buick Skylark 'Hybrid'

Developed in 1973, the car got 30 mpg, twice its non-hybrid version, but was cancelled by a new EPA Administrator.

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid on displace at 2009 NAIAS in Detroit.

USA Today and Car and Driver score Ford Fusion Hybrid superior to Toyota counterparts.

2010 Toyota Prius will offer improved highway fuel economy.

Honda reduced the cost of its hybrid system by making most of the simplicity of the system while compromising on the fuel economy.


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