Toyota Woes Continue Into The New Year

Toyota Manufacturing has announced more plans to continue their previously announced plant shutdowns in North America into January 2009 as US auto sales continue their downward spiral.
The Woodstock arm of the auto manufacturing giant will be affected by a further reduction of 10 extra working days which will add to their previously announced shutdown that was to take effect later in Deccember.
Toyota sales fell 34% in the month of November across the United States and sales of its’ Lexus luxury line fell 35% in the same period. Canadian sales of Toyota vehicles overall have risen since last year with the most substantial increase in sales being in the higher end Lexus line. That lines’ sales rose 19.1% in November compared to the same period last year. Overall sales performance of the Toyota line rose just 0.5% for the month of November when compared to 2007’s sales.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Bitch about Toyota all you like. At least Toyota is responsible enough to cut back when times get tough. They have to since their revenue is dependent on people voluntarily buying what they have to sell.

    No so our county and municipal governments. I haven’t heard our county councillors announcing any belt tightening measures. They haven’t fired the consultant they hired to tell them they deserve a raise. Harding hasn’t had much to say either. I wonder how the new art gallery project is doing.

    Let’s shut down municipal governments for the month of January. Who would miss them?

  2. jim bender
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    I agree with you on that one. There is no doubt that the people that run the county and city have no idea what it is like to suffer a recession. There jobs are protected, the chance of any munipal employee being laid off is minimal, and if things get tight, they just extract more taxes from you to pay the increased salaries. All county and city workers will receive a raise this year, while many of us will take a cut.
    The staff at city hall have no idea about anything. Its easy to make a budget when its’ not your own money your peeing away.
    ive been told the gallery is not going in that building as well…not sure if it true, but I heard that building has serious issues…more than $4 million worth.
    They could have built a completely new building for half of that money.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Oh great! Now we own a pile of bricks with serious issues right on the main street.

    Wait! I’ve got the solution! We can demolish it and build a new gallery on the site! All we need is a few million more and it’s a go!

    Money is no object, when it’s not your money.


  4. jim bender
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    “Money is no object, when it’s not your money”

    Sure it is. Money is the object! That is all they are focused on.

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