Jim Press, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., is known as a magnetic speaker. Sometimes he's outlandish, other times he gets a laugh from turning the common-sense remark on its ear. At the J.D. Power and Associates International Automotive Roundtable, he discussed a number of topics. A summary follows.
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"We don't have enough money to hire people to watch what other people's sales are. We just watch our own sales. It's like the Tour de France, with all these stages. Maybe sometimes someone gets a yellow shirt."
"J.D. Power says our share is going down next year. That would be great, because our projections show Toyota is going to grow 6 or 7 percent, so that means the overall market will grow 9 or 10 percent."
"Every time I get depressed about my job, I go to the hospital and look in the nursery. Everybody is happy there, with all the babies. I'm happy because I see 20 purchase cycles in every teeny little basket."
"We don't (have some guys) go to dumb school and get sent to Toyota and (others) go to smart school and get sent to Lexus."
"We took it from computer to sheet metal in 14 months, without a single prototype. Now we're using that one to figure out why it took so long before."
"There are detractors creating an air of distrust. We need to clean up our ranks and make sure no one has ammunition. This isn't just one dealer in Tennessee, it's everyone in this room."
"How do you do that? With a gun? Do I ask for your share, your gold watch and your wife's purse?"
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