Toyota's reputation has been stung by a spate of recalls, and CEO Katsuaki Watanabe said last month that the company will delay some launches three to six months to give engineers time to fine-tune quality. So what's likely to be delayed?
Nothing that would push back the opening of three North American plants, Toyota says. The delays will not include the new Tundra, set to start production at a new factory in San Antonio in November. And they will not delay the opening of a new line in Lafayette, Ind., which will build Camrys next year, or a $950 million plant in Woodstock, Ontario, that brings the RAV4 SUV to North American manufacturing for the first time.
That leaves several potential targets: the Avalon, Camry Solara, Sienna minivan, Sequoia SUV, Matrix, Lexus RX 330 SUV and Tacoma pickup. Each of those North American-made nameplates is in the midst of scheduled design updates.