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Remember when them German cars were screwed together better?
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But your MB or BMW? Not so much.
Do these brands stand for luxury? Sure. But do they stand for quality these days? No.
(At least these German brands rank slightly above above rock-bottom Government Motors and Chrysler (nee Daimler Chrysler))
Check the website of that Famous Newspaper for the News of the Day.
12. General Motors
I’ll tell you, there’s not a doubt in my mind that Toyota continues to be, by far, the best car company in the world. That’s something that commenters and pundits who don’t know what the eff they’re talking about should keep in mind, one might think. (And rest assured, my giant Toyota has, for some odd reason, both a new-school electronic throttle sensor and old-school throttle cable. It’s like you’re wearing a belt and suspenders at the same time!)
Anywho, due to the recent troubles, Toyota has a new joint coming to the Bay Area. So, look forward to a Product Quality Field Office opening its doors in the East Bay, in San Ramon, soon. (They’re calling it “San Francisco” in the press release, but that’s close enough, I s’pose. It’ll be close to Berkeley, anyway, where 20% of cars sold these days are Priuseses, or something.)
All the deets:
Toyota to Expand Product Quality Field Offices Across United States and Canada
San Francisco Field Office Launches This Month; Seven North American Offices Planned Significantly Enhances Field Data Collection and Technical Capabilities
TORRANCE, Calif., July 8 — Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), today announced that it is expanding its Product Quality Field Office program to four additional U.S. regional sales areas, following the success of a pilot program launched in the New York region in late 2009. TMS will officially open its next Product Quality Field Office in San Francisco this month, and an additional three offices across the U.S. over the next 12 months. Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) announced that it will establish Product Quality Field Offices in Toronto and Calgary, for a total of seven offices across North America.
Staffed by technical and engineering specialists with expertise drawn from across Toyota’s global operations, these Product Quality Field Offices strengthen Toyota’s North American field technical presence and data gathering and reporting capabilities, enhancing the company’s ability to detect, analyze and respond to customer and quality issues in the field.
Product Quality Field Offices are being established with the mandate to investigate specific field quality issues related to unique regional, geographical or environmental conditions in each area. The New York region office was developed to investigate the performance of Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles in cold weather climates, with an emphasis on corrosion issues. The new San Francisco office will focus on hybrid vehicle systems and durability, capitalizing on the high concentration of these vehicles in the California market.
Ever more deets, after the jump.
The reason why utilitarian Mercedes Benz work trucks generally aren’t sold in the United States has to do with preserving a luxury image for the American market. As you can see, there’s nothing really luxurious about this Sprinter 313 CDI from Foster City’s Image Tours and Travel that was recently spied on the streets of San Francisco The existence of this panel van mars the experience of those Americans who paid big bucks for a three pointed star car, non?
People who like this kind of tall-boy panel van (like Francis Ford Coppola when he’s making movies these days) usually can only get this model in America with a Freightliner or Dodge nameplate. Oh well.
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Mercedes had the taxi market locked up in some European countries until quality issues caused a drop in market share. Oh well.
Enjoy your ride, if you get a chance to experience the biggest Mercedes in the Bay Area…