Tough issues at Toyota? No, say the dealers who attended the 20-minute make meeting at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention.
In fact, Toyota dealers at the meeting stood and applauded their relationship with Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
'We're an extremely happy group of dealers,' said Lou Kairys, president of Lustine Automotive Group in Hyattsville, Md.
Kairys said dealers' only concern 'is how soon and how many Tundras (Toyota's new, full-sized pickup) they are going to get.'
Dealers were told that the Tundra will ramp up very slowly at the new assembly plant in Princeton, Ind.
John Matt, Toyota's vice president of private distributors, said he told the dealers the automaker will begin shipping Tundras in April or May.
'By the year 2000, we will be in the neighborhood of producing 90,000 to 100,000 Tundras, and then we'll see where it goes from there,' Matt said.
He said most of the dealers' questions were product-related.
'There was nothing (questions) to do with distribution, processes, or any of the other matters,' said John McGovern, a Toyota senior vice president.
Toyota dealers get five new products this year. In addition to the Tundra, Toyota will launch a restyled Celica; the Echo, which is aimed at the youth market; the MR2 Spyder, an image car; and a new Avalon.