Just a few thoughts on Toyota's woes and such.
1. They fucked up the PR battle long before they tried to cover up their sticky accelerator pedal with a floor mat.
2. Ask anyone at Toyota UK. One of the top execs so enraged the UK workforce by calling them useless goodfornothings (sometimes the truth doesn't set you free) that now he can no longer travel to the Derby plant for fear of being pelted by eggs from his own staff.
3. Ask the UK government, constantly being browbeaten by the Toyota Overlords warning that staying outside the euro would jeopardise survival of the factory, oh but please more tax subsidies and roads to service the plant.
Here's a little story from two years ago, by way of demonstration. Everyone on the Corolla and Avensis lines in Derby had to take every second Friday off (YAY!) with no pay (BOO!), oh, and a mandatory 10 percent pay cut. Well, times are tough in the metal bashing world. Sure thing. So when 20 executives from Toyoda City arrived at the plant unannounced, the workers feared the worst. Imagine their relief when it turned out that they had just popped over to play golf at St Andrews! Yes, the belt-tightening we're-all-suffering- together family firm somehow managed to find enough change under the futon to fly 20 execs first class to Blighty, have them picked up by limousine, and play a few rounds in Scotland.
Our Man is sure it was money well spent. Why, just imagine the positive effect it must have had on morale! Our Man is sure that kind of thing doesn't happen these days, huh?
Pic lifted from here.