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China's workers strike and get higher pay……Higher prices coming for their goods?

[ Striking workers on Monday at Foshan Fengfu Autoparts, which supplies parts to Honda Motor’s joint-ventures in China.]

A sort of revolution in wages is starting in China…..

Honda Motors is settling one strike after another by increasing its Chinese workers pay…..

The trend seems to be spreading……

Another company Foxconn  a huge electronic manufacturing company has had employee deaths rise due to economic and life style problems…..

China ….

In the middle of a enormous economic boom is experiencing capitalistic symptoms…

Increase pay pressure…

Housing issues…

Health and welfare issues…..

The issues are beginning to leak out to the media……

As the Dog has written several months before China must be carefull to handle its economic growth…

Since it needs employment to keep its huge population content with its central controled political system….


Economists say that China’s labor force is growing increasingly bold and that over the past year, periodic strikes in southern China — some even involving global companies — have been resolved quietly or not reported in the media.

To resolve the strike at its transmission plant, Honda offered workers raises of 24 to 32 percent. The strike had forced Honda to shut down its assembly plants in China.

Now Honda, Japan’s second-largest automaker, after Toyota Motor, has been a target again. The exhaust-system factory, which is controlled by a joint venture between a Honda subsidiary and a Chinese company.

Honda owns a network of production facilities in China, including the four car assembly factories and three auto parts manufacturers, as well as two motorbike plants, two plants that make generators, pumps and other power equipment and three research centers.

Those numbers do not include factories opened in China by Honda subsidiaries like Yutaka Giken, which separately runs four auto parts manufacturers in the country.

Honda denied Tuesday that it was vulnerable to more strikes because it had already shown a willingness to increase wages to get employees back to its production lines. “It’s not at all clear at this point whether the two strikes are related,” said Ms. Asanuma, the Honda spokeswoman.

“It’s too early at this point to say whether we are looking at some kind of chain reaction.”

More….

Oh, Yea????

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June 8, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Health, Home, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

China’s workers strike and get higher pay……Higher prices coming for their goods?

[ Striking workers on Monday at Foshan Fengfu Autoparts, which supplies parts to Honda Motor’s joint-ventures in China.]

A sort of revolution in wages is starting in China…..

Honda Motors is settling one strike after another by increasing its Chinese workers pay…..

The trend seems to be spreading……

Another company Foxconn  a huge electronic manufacturing company has had employee deaths rise due to economic and life style problems…..

China ….

In the middle of a enormous economic boom is experiencing capitalistic symptoms…

Increase pay pressure…

Housing issues…

Health and welfare issues…..

The issues are beginning to leak out to the media……

As the Dog has written several months before China must be carefull to handle its economic growth…

Since it needs employment to keep its huge population content with its central controled political system….


Economists say that China’s labor force is growing increasingly bold and that over the past year, periodic strikes in southern China — some even involving global companies — have been resolved quietly or not reported in the media.

To resolve the strike at its transmission plant, Honda offered workers raises of 24 to 32 percent. The strike had forced Honda to shut down its assembly plants in China.

Now Honda, Japan’s second-largest automaker, after Toyota Motor, has been a target again. The exhaust-system factory, which is controlled by a joint venture between a Honda subsidiary and a Chinese company.

Honda owns a network of production facilities in China, including the four car assembly factories and three auto parts manufacturers, as well as two motorbike plants, two plants that make generators, pumps and other power equipment and three research centers.

Those numbers do not include factories opened in China by Honda subsidiaries like Yutaka Giken, which separately runs four auto parts manufacturers in the country.

Honda denied Tuesday that it was vulnerable to more strikes because it had already shown a willingness to increase wages to get employees back to its production lines. “It’s not at all clear at this point whether the two strikes are related,” said Ms. Asanuma, the Honda spokeswoman.

“It’s too early at this point to say whether we are looking at some kind of chain reaction.”

More….

Oh, Yea????

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Health, Home, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Toyota recalls the Lexus460……

Lexus GX460

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling the Lexus GX460 sport utility vehicle to correct a problem that could lead to rollover or loss of control, according to Department of Transportation officials.

Problems with that model surfaced last week when Consumer Reports magazine reported that the vehicle had slid out of control during routine testing. In response to the findings, Consumer Reports issued a rare “do not buy” advisory to the public.

Toyota’s recall would affect roughly 6,000 vehicles in the U.S. To date, Toyota has responded by testing all of its SUVs for potential stability problems. It acknowledged that it was able to duplicate the problem with the GX460. Toyota officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

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April 20, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, Travel, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Toyota Agrees with Consumer Union on The Lexus460…..The vehicle IS unsafe….

2010 Lexus GX 460

[ The Lexus460 SUV ]

In a compliment to Consumer’s Union……

Toyota has agreed that its Lexus460 is prone to stability control problems that could turn the vehicle over….

Toyota must be commented on two fronts …which shows that they have learned from the Pruis recall…

First …within 12 hours of CU’s warning they stopped selling the vehicle….

Second…after testing they admitted they had a problem….and will promptly fix it….

This is the way the system is supposed to work….

Cars are complex machines that are compromises better cost, safety, style and manufacturing….

S*#t happens….

We all expect the builder of the vehicle to fix any problems and move on……

Toyota says its engineers in Japan have duplicated the same errant slide that prompted Consumer Reports to issue a rare “don’t buy” warning on the 2010 Lexus GX 460, and Toyota agrees the vehicle has a safety problem.

“They duplicated Consumer Reports’ results on the GX 460 and they are currently evaluating potential remedies, but at this point there is no details of what the remedy is,” said Bill Kwong, a Lexus spokesman.

On Tuesday, Consumer Reports announced what it considered a serious safety problem.

“When pushed to its limits on our track’s handling course,” the magazine wrote on its Web site, “the rear of the GX we bought slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways before the electronic stability control system was able to regain control.”

On every other S.U.V. tested the same way –- including models from Lexus and Toyota –- the electronic stability control quickly caught the slide, the magazine said.

About 12 hours after the magazine publicized the problem, Lexus told its dealers to stop selling the GX 460 and launched an investigation. On Thursday, Toyota said it was conducting safety inspections of all its S.U.V. models.

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Note…..This whole thing took place with the government as a on looker, huh?

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates | , , , , , | 9 Comments

Toyota will stop selling the Lexus460…….

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They couldn’t do anything else here………

While Consumer’s Union isn’t Superman…They ARE Consumer’s Union…..

Like I said yesterday…I made my final decision on my new vehicle by checking in with CU……

Toyota (Lexus ) just did the right thing…

They stopped…..

Temporarily…. for now…..

They’ll go after Consumer Union for sure…but for now they have to do something…..

Just when it seems that they turned a corner……

It’s tough being on the top in the Auto sales business……

Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will temporarily halt the sale of a Lexus sport-utility vehicle after Consumer Reports magazine raised safety concerns about it.

The move was another blow for the Japanese car maker, which is trying to repair its image after a series of safety recalls. Consumer Reports issued a rare “don’t buy” recommendation for the Lexus GX 460, saying the SUV could roll over in certain situations.

The influential nonprofit magazine already had suspended its recommendations for eight Toyota models recalled in January for sticky-accelerator concerns. In certain conditions, the gas pedal in those models is slow to return to idle.

Recently, four of the magazine’s auto engineers found a safety risk in the 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV during their standard emergency-handling tests.

“On this vehicle, the tail will slide out quite abruptly,” said Jake Fisher, a senior automotive engineer on the magazine’s testing staff, in an interview. “During our testing it was basically perpendicular to the track and you’re completely sideways.”

Whew!……More…….

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Travel, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chrysler expects to come out even this year and Toyota's sales resume upward…..

Chrysler, which began its path into bankruptcy a year ago, expects to break even this year, its chief executive, Sergio Marchionne, said on Tuesday.

Mr. Marchionne, speaking at an automotive forum on the eve of the New York International Auto Show, said the automaker had slightly more than $5 billion in cash on hand.

That is about half the amount Chrysler had in 2007, after Cerberus Capital Management acquired it from Daimler of Germany. A subsequent slump in car sales led to a financial crisis that prompted Chrysler, and General Motors, to seek federal bailouts.

One year ago Tuesday, Chrysler’s plan to restructure independently was rejected by the Obama administration, beginning the company’s journey into Chapter 11.

Chrysler entered bankruptcy on May 1, and emerged about six weeks later, with federal assistance. Fiat, which Mr. Marchionne also runs, took management control of the company, which received about $15 billion, in all, from the Bush and Obama administrations.

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[ Toyota employees checked the rear gate of a vehicle at the company’s quality control center in Toyota City on Tuesday. ]

Toyota, which introduced generous incentives in a bid to attract customers after a string of recalls, said on Tuesday that its sales in the United States probably rose by a third in March.

This last month, Toyota introduced lease deals and interest-free loans on its vehicles in the United States, apparently to a strong response. Mr. Lentz, speaking after an industry forum on the eve of the New York International Auto Show, said that sales rose 30 to 35 percent this month, compared with 2009. Carmakers report March sales figures on Thursday.

One beneficiary is the RAV4, a small sport utility vehicle. Toyota sold 22,000 in March, Mr. Lentz said, compared with 6,500 in February, when Toyota’s incentives had not yet had a significant impact. “Maybe we overdid the incentives,” he joked.

Asked how long it would take before Toyota could repair damage to its brand, Mr. Lentz replied, “I don’t think it’s decades. I think it’s a matter of time.”

He said the company’s biggest goal is to again convert owners of non-Toyota vehicles to the automaker, an important reason behind its growth to become the second-largest seller in the United States and the world’s largest.

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Caution.….be carefull with the incentives from Toyota…… I just leased a SUV from a dealership on the South Shore of Long Lsland and they won’t honor the incentive they sent me…I’ve sent two letters to Toyota North American and they haven’t gotten back to me…..

BE CAREFUL!

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Chrysler expects to come out even this year and Toyota’s sales resume upward…..

Chrysler, which began its path into bankruptcy a year ago, expects to break even this year, its chief executive, Sergio Marchionne, said on Tuesday.

Mr. Marchionne, speaking at an automotive forum on the eve of the New York International Auto Show, said the automaker had slightly more than $5 billion in cash on hand.

That is about half the amount Chrysler had in 2007, after Cerberus Capital Management acquired it from Daimler of Germany. A subsequent slump in car sales led to a financial crisis that prompted Chrysler, and General Motors, to seek federal bailouts.

One year ago Tuesday, Chrysler’s plan to restructure independently was rejected by the Obama administration, beginning the company’s journey into Chapter 11.

Chrysler entered bankruptcy on May 1, and emerged about six weeks later, with federal assistance. Fiat, which Mr. Marchionne also runs, took management control of the company, which received about $15 billion, in all, from the Bush and Obama administrations.

More……..

[ Toyota employees checked the rear gate of a vehicle at the company’s quality control center in Toyota City on Tuesday. ]

Toyota, which introduced generous incentives in a bid to attract customers after a string of recalls, said on Tuesday that its sales in the United States probably rose by a third in March.

This last month, Toyota introduced lease deals and interest-free loans on its vehicles in the United States, apparently to a strong response. Mr. Lentz, speaking after an industry forum on the eve of the New York International Auto Show, said that sales rose 30 to 35 percent this month, compared with 2009. Carmakers report March sales figures on Thursday.

One beneficiary is the RAV4, a small sport utility vehicle. Toyota sold 22,000 in March, Mr. Lentz said, compared with 6,500 in February, when Toyota’s incentives had not yet had a significant impact. “Maybe we overdid the incentives,” he joked.

Asked how long it would take before Toyota could repair damage to its brand, Mr. Lentz replied, “I don’t think it’s decades. I think it’s a matter of time.”

He said the company’s biggest goal is to again convert owners of non-Toyota vehicles to the automaker, an important reason behind its growth to become the second-largest seller in the United States and the world’s largest.

More……..

Caution.….be carefull with the incentives from Toyota…… I just leased a SUV from a dealership on the South Shore of Long Lsland and they won’t honor the incentive they sent me…I’ve sent two letters to Toyota North American and they haven’t gotten back to me…..

BE CAREFUL!

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Honda is worried about Toyota 'quality issue's' spillover……

Honda Motor Co.’s finance chief warned that Toyota Motor Corp.’s massive recall could have a ripple effect throughout the broader auto industry, denting consumers’ faith in the quality and safety of vehicles.

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In an interview, Honda Chief Financial Officer Yoichi Hojo also said the auto maker will ratchet up competition in the U.S. car market with increased incentives to draw down excess inventory of some models. At the same time, he stuck with the company’s refusal to target incentives specifically to Toyota customers, despite similar moves by U.S. auto makers.

Honda’s stance could leave an opening for General Motors Co. and other car makers that launched sales campaigns to give $1,000 to consumers who trade in their Toyota vehicles and buy their cars. Ford Motor Co. offered a program to draw new customers that includes Honda’s customers as well as Toyota’s.

By contrast, Honda has said it will continue offering “orthodox” measures such as leasing services and the usual discounts to any kind of customers, not limited to Toyota owners. Toyota’s troubles “won’t necessarily be a positive,” said Mr. Hojo.

Mr. Hojo’s comments illustrate the difficulties that Toyota’s quality woes present to the rest of the industry. The world’s No. 1 auto maker by sales volume is a fierce competitor with a strong presence in fuel-efficient vehicles such as its gasoline-electric Prius hybrid. The company has recalled 8.1 million vehicles for sudden-acceleration problems and will likely start a separate effort this week in Japan to fix braking problems on some Prius models, weakening its competitive edge.

The Dog warned that the words of Transportation Secretary Ray Hood could have far reaching effects…..

At the same time, Toyota’s troubles have raised sensitive industrywide issues, including the role of U.S. safety regulators such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in probing Japanese-made cars after Washington-led bailouts of their U.S. rivals. Mr. Hojo played down those tensions. “I don’t think that NHTSA is anti-Japanese,” he said.

Worse, Toyota’s quality issues could cast a shadow over other auto makers. “I think we should see this Toyota problem from a broader viewpoint,” he said. “If customers start to harbor doubts about [quality and safety], that would be problem for the whole industry.”

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

Honda is worried about Toyota ‘quality issue’s’ spillover……

Honda Motor Co.’s finance chief warned that Toyota Motor Corp.’s massive recall could have a ripple effect throughout the broader auto industry, denting consumers’ faith in the quality and safety of vehicles.

honda0208

In an interview, Honda Chief Financial Officer Yoichi Hojo also said the auto maker will ratchet up competition in the U.S. car market with increased incentives to draw down excess inventory of some models. At the same time, he stuck with the company’s refusal to target incentives specifically to Toyota customers, despite similar moves by U.S. auto makers.

Honda’s stance could leave an opening for General Motors Co. and other car makers that launched sales campaigns to give $1,000 to consumers who trade in their Toyota vehicles and buy their cars. Ford Motor Co. offered a program to draw new customers that includes Honda’s customers as well as Toyota’s.

By contrast, Honda has said it will continue offering “orthodox” measures such as leasing services and the usual discounts to any kind of customers, not limited to Toyota owners. Toyota’s troubles “won’t necessarily be a positive,” said Mr. Hojo.

Mr. Hojo’s comments illustrate the difficulties that Toyota’s quality woes present to the rest of the industry. The world’s No. 1 auto maker by sales volume is a fierce competitor with a strong presence in fuel-efficient vehicles such as its gasoline-electric Prius hybrid. The company has recalled 8.1 million vehicles for sudden-acceleration problems and will likely start a separate effort this week in Japan to fix braking problems on some Prius models, weakening its competitive edge.

The Dog warned that the words of Transportation Secretary Ray Hood could have far reaching effects…..

At the same time, Toyota’s troubles have raised sensitive industrywide issues, including the role of U.S. safety regulators such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in probing Japanese-made cars after Washington-led bailouts of their U.S. rivals. Mr. Hojo played down those tensions. “I don’t think that NHTSA is anti-Japanese,” he said.

Worse, Toyota’s quality issues could cast a shadow over other auto makers. “I think we should see this Toyota problem from a broader viewpoint,” he said. “If customers start to harbor doubts about [quality and safety], that would be problem for the whole industry.”

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

Jon Stewart on Toyota's trouble……

Jon Stewart jumps on the recall of Toyota’s….and the twists and turns of the story……

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Political Satire | , , , | Leave a comment