May 23, 2011 |
Toyota management gave too little weight to feedback from customers, regulators and independent rating agencies, and centered too much control in its Japanese headquarters, according to the report of a special review panel convened after complaints of unintended acceleration forced the automaker to recall millions of cars . The panel, chaired by former U.S. Transportation secretary Rodney Slater, reported that the company apparently did not...
February 23, 2010 |
Congressional investigators Monday accused Toyota officials of making misleading public statements about the causes of its runaway cars and faulted federal safety regulators for conducting "cursory and ineffective" investigations because of a crippling lack of expertise. The charges from House members amplify the unprecedented scrutiny focused on the beleaguered automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition to three congressional committees, which are holding hearings beginning Tuesday, a...
February 4, 2010 |
Federal regulators uncovered stark evidence that some Toyota cars accelerated unexpectedly more than two years ago. But neither the government's safety agency nor the automaker apparently recognized at the time how broad the dangers would turn out to be. During a little-noticed 2007 inquiry, investigators found that at least three of every 100 Lexus ES 350 owners in Ohio reported experiencing unintended acceleration, an unacceptably high percentage given...
August 2, 2009
Complaint: The 2-liter, 138-horsepower four-cylinder Elantra Touring is a city-suburban car, especially when carrying loads. On the highway, weighted with cargo, especially moving uphill, it is less than desirable. Ride, acceleration and handling: In the city, it gets good marks for ride and acceleration and an excellent grade for handling. On the highway, it gets a good mark for ride, but highway acceleration and handling get poor grades. Head-turning quotient: The Elantra Touring is one of the best-looking hatchbacks available.
February 24, 2010
TOYOTA MOTOR Corp. President Akio Toyoda will ladle out healthy portions of mea culpa before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Wednesday. "Quite frankly, I fear the pace at which we have grown may have been too quick," he will say, according to prepared testimony . "I would like to point out here that Toyota's priority has traditionally been the following: first, safety; second, quality; and third, volume. These priorities became confused . . . . " That tradition to which Mr. Toyoda refers has run off the road.
December 20, 2009
The bottom line: Ford is finding its way back to the hearts of car lovers. The Taurus SHO, an all-around excellent piece of automotive work, competitive on all levels with everything in its class, and actually better in many cases, is proof. But is it too much to ask that desirable increases in car quality be given to us without sizable increases in cost? Complaint: This one comes from the Bureau of Wanting Everything. Increased acceleration and superior handling are nice.