Toyota – 1 of the firms that are hoping for a big recovery from the American market next year; it's expecting its local sales to be at least 11 million models in 2010. Toyota US chief – Bob Carter, at the Reuters Autos Summit, affirmed that Toyota will be registering industry-wide American light car sales - 10.3 million - 10.4 million models this year topping 11 million next year.
Carter said about the American sales 'We are seeing some mild but steady progressions. In the month of August, with the government stimulus and 'cash for clunkers,' that gave the industry a shot in the arm'.
'In the month of September and closing out October, we see ourselves back on the slow and steady improvement track'.
The market in America is still a big problem now for Toyota, as the maker from Japan is coping with a large recall involving floor mats, that are not compatible. The firm recently began sending letters for the affected clients, urging them for a complete removal of the mats.
Bob Daly, senior vice president of TMS stated for the press 'The question of unintended acceleration involving Toyota and Lexus vehicles has been repeatedly and thoroughly investigated by NHTSA, without any finding of defect other than the risk from an unsecured or incompatible driver’s floor mat'.
He continued 'Toyota takes public safety seriously. We believe our vehicles are among the safest on the road. Our engineers are working hard to develop an effective remedy that can help prevent floor mat interference with the pedal. As soon as it is ready, we will notify owners of the relevant models to bring their vehicle to a dealer for the necessary modification at no charge'.
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