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(Chron)   Drunken tailgating party seals Toyota factory deal for Texas   ( divider line
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11839 clicks; posted to Main » on 11 Feb 2003 at 12:38 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-02-11 11:03:23 AM  
Toy Yoda?
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2003-02-11 11:58:26 AM  
the $800 million plant, which will be built south of the city on 2,000 acres of undeveloped coastal prairie. With wages starting at $15 an hour, the plant will hire about 2,000 assembly workers and generate an even larger number of spinoff jobs that local officials say are badly needed because of the region's continuing tough economic times.

hell, there's a chicken plant near here that employs at least that many (although not paying $15 and hour, of course) and all the locals do is biatch.

Apples != Oranges
2003-02-11 12:27:47 PM  

With little more than 4 percent of the U.S. pickup market, Toyota hopes to increase its share by producing the vehicles in the heart of truck-buying country

I see this as unlikely. Oh, they may get up to 5 or 6 percent, but Ford, Chevy, and Dodge truck owners are some of the most brand-loyal drivers you'll ever meet.
2003-02-11 12:41:50 PM  
OK,just so we're all on the same page - explain what you mean by 'tailgating'. Is it what we do at Bears games or something... else?
2003-02-11 12:43:20 PM  
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2003-02-11 12:43:22 PM  
the best part was when the dude from japan something to the likes of "Good Morning everyone....or should i say Howdy!"

ah. sterrotypical texan goodness...
2003-02-11 12:43:28 PM  
It was either the Cowboys game they attended or the whores who loved them long time after the game that sealed it for them. My money is on the whores and the Bukkake session.
2003-02-11 12:43:41 PM  
This is a great start. America needs to bring back the great business tradition of a three martini lunch
2003-02-11 12:43:47 PM  
Obvious tag must be just plain broken today.
2003-02-11 12:44:15 PM  
Nightsweat:I think it's about the same everywhere. You get hammered and eat in the parking lot before and after the game.
2003-02-11 12:47:39 PM  
"He said the plant will import a crucial Toyota tradition to this area, the concept of kaizen, or continuous improvement. "

Maybe the Cowboys should go on a field trip to Japan to learn a thing or two from them. Man, they suck.

/not shedding a tear
2003-02-11 12:48:14 PM  
Hey, as long as it all helps the economy..

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2003-02-11 12:49:10 PM  
"Cho had a word of caution for those who will work for Toyota once it moves past plant construction into truck production: "Patience."

He said differing approaches to work among Japanese and Americans "may attempt to result in frustrations or irritations felt by American workers."

"Our intention is to pick up the best from the way of American people's working and the way of us working to create the new culture here in Texas," he said."

Didn't these poeple see Gung-Ho?

Damn you Forsythe P. Jones....beat me to it!
2003-02-11 12:50:03 PM  
Yee Haww
2003-02-11 12:50:09 PM  
he he he, i live in san antonio. they are putting the factory on the south side of town. south san antonio is like a mini compton/east la type thing. mmm well, i dont think its THAT bad, but its deffinetly the bad side of town. if i smoked crack, i'd go to the south side to get some. have fun toyota!
2003-02-11 12:50:24 PM  
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2003-02-11 12:51:25 PM  
More big pick ups! thatll please the arabs!
2003-02-11 12:51:25 PM  
As a San Antonian, I just want to say that we love them coming here...obviously. Maybe we can make the Toyaota execs some sushi enchiladas.. :(
2003-02-11 12:52:01 PM  
No better way to swindle those Tojos than to dull their senses with our brewed fire water and excite their senses with our bread and circuses!
2003-02-11 12:52:43 PM  
Is a frog's ass watertight?
2003-02-11 12:52:51 PM  
Yay, another completely misleading headline. Do people read these before submitting?
2003-02-11 12:53:07 PM  
She's from Texas:
2003-02-11 12:54:28 PM  
No Bush comments yet?!? Come on people!!!
2003-02-11 12:55:06 PM  

Oh what a Feeling Toy Yoda ! (Damn you Wldncrzy14, I was all set to post that photo !)

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?" ~ Toyota Executive.

2003-02-11 12:55:22 PM  

Your economy car uses oil from another source?

Nice troll attempt. It's been done. It's old. It has no effect.
2003-02-11 12:55:33 PM  
"PM Ryanmac72 As a San Antonian, I just want to say that we love them coming here...obviously. Maybe we can make the Toyaota execs some sushi enchiladas.. :("

oh sweet jesus, please tell me that was some lame texas humor...

btw, uncooked corn tortillas taste like crap.
2003-02-11 12:55:44 PM  
He isn't kidding about the 'row after row of shiny full size pickup trucks' And it ain't just at football games. They dutifully line up every morning and every evening and jam the roads.

Yes, Toyota can probably do very well with even a 5% market share. And there will be some people more likely to buy them if they are built in Texas. Texas truck drivers are funny that way.

It wasn't that long ago that there were folks talking about the "death" of the v-8. Now you can get a minivan with a v-10 / 800 horsepower in it. Progress!
2003-02-11 12:56:07 PM  
Like there aren't enough trucks and SUVs in Texas as it is. I can't drive down the street without being sandwiched between the two.
2003-02-11 12:57:48 PM  
*imagines a Darkhairedgirl sandwich*

2003-02-11 12:58:41 PM  
Yay! More inefficient, road-hogging V8s whose sole purpose is looking tough in the B-B-Q parking lot.

From their visit did they also learn that big pickmup trucks have to have bench, not bucket seats so the little lady doesn't have to sit 5 feet away?
2003-02-11 12:58:49 PM  
but I love my toyota truck
2003-02-11 12:59:56 PM  
btw, uncooked corn tortillas taste like crap.

I second that.
2003-02-11 01:03:36 PM  
Is THAT what crap tastes like ?....gee, after all these years of wondering.
2003-02-11 01:05:34 PM  
They were going to put the factory in Chicago after seeing everyone tailgate at a Cubs game. That is, until they discovered the announcer was named--wait for it--Harry Carey.

I get jokes!
2003-02-11 01:06:18 PM  
Those of you who take issue with what others drive, please go ahead and pat yourselves on the back for being better than everyone else, then STFU.

Your car uses gas too and the manufacturing of it created more pollution than my SUV ever will.

Feel better?
2003-02-11 01:06:43 PM  
"You eat pieces of crap for breakfast?"
2003-02-11 01:09:53 PM  
How Now Brown Cow
2003-02-11 01:10:59 PM  
I don't think there can be *more* trucks in Texas... I just think they are looking to have the current truck owners buy a Toyota next time... Although I don't think that is going to be that common. Truck owners, like WickedWanda said, are some of the most loyal out there. I have a Dodge, and that's what I will buy next time too. I looked at Toyotas when I bought mine, but didn't like them. It felt like I was driving a compact car in the body of a truck. I just can't imagine a good ol' boy Texan driving a Toyota.
2003-02-11 01:12:13 PM  
actually, toyota narrowed there town search to 2 places. san antonio, and some town in arkansas. what a tough choice. either you get red neck white trash land, or just white trash. i feel the choice was simple, they went with the white trash with more flavor.
2003-02-11 01:14:31 PM  
i live in corpus christi, which is a little over 130 miles from san antonio. our port will be used to ship parts into and out of the toyota factory. it is a huge boom to our economy. i was just wondering if toyota did demographic research about the huge amount of minorities in our area and their direct relationship to worthless lawsuits? toyota has no idea what they have gotten into. all i can say is learn to habla espanol, mr moto. and hire good defense lawyers.
2003-02-11 01:14:33 PM  
I just can't imagine a good ol' boy Texan driving a Toyota.

Truck owners are probably the most loyal of any auto buyers; however the category itself has very low levels of brand loyalty even when customers are highly satisfied with their current auto.

I imagine that the real loyalty problem is US auto market loyalty rather than specific brand loyalty. By building the trucks in the US and thereby supporting the US economy in a more obvious way, it will help overcome some of this barrier.
2003-02-11 01:17:33 PM  
I'm turning japanese...
2003-02-11 01:18:03 PM  
Toyota is going to sell a ton of trucks in Texas. Don't discount State loyalty, something Texas has plenty of. Sure beats buying a Dodge truck that was built in Mexico.
2003-02-11 01:18:53 PM  
I think this is the new plant that was also up for being located in Marion, Arkansas (yeah, there really is a town called "Marion" and I bet you'd have difficulty finding it on a map). If the Toyota execs wanted to see trucks by the score, all they have to do is walk down the aisle of any parking deck in downtown Little Rock.

I can't wait until the next time I drive down to Texas in my own Toyota (purchased last week, no less). I bet my Matrix is going to make the rednecks down there look at me like a total nutcase.
2003-02-11 01:19:56 PM  
Good thing they didn't go to a AZ Cards game. Hate to see what a Toyota RV would look like...
2003-02-11 01:19:59 PM  
Any of you arm-chair business forecasters probably don't know that in south Texas, Toyota (if not the most driven) is at least the 2nd or 3rd most driven truck. There are tons of Tundras and Tacomas in my city, and everyone loves the Tundra. It's a cool truck. More people drive Ford cars (Mustangs, too god damn many of them), and there are quite a few Chevy and Dodge trucks, but moreso Dodge Durangos rather than pick ups. Toyota made a great move doing this, their trucks are really popular here.
2003-02-11 01:21:03 PM  
wtf do you mean when you say truck? Are you talking about a ute or a 4WD or a goddamn semi-trailer?
2003-02-11 01:23:10 PM  
Also, truck loyalty is fickle in any of the city areas, nobody gives a shiat about the brand. They pay more attention to style and price. Out in the rural areas of Texas like Uvalde and all of those hick towns you'll find that goofy tribal "Ford" and "Chevy" uber-loyalty. But the rural areas aren't as big of a market as San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi.
2003-02-11 01:24:23 PM  
Sure beats buying a Dodge truck that was built in Mexico.

Mine was built in Warren, Mich (aka Dodge City). I forget what the exact makeup of parts are, but it was somewhere around 75-80% domestic. None of those Mexican trucks for me, thank you.
2003-02-11 01:24:27 PM  
"Cho made the remarks at the Institute of Texan Cultures"
What is it, a Combined Brewery/Gunsmith/BBQ Restaurant/Ford Dealer?

- R
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