"We can get really significant critical mass of our dealers in about two to three years," Christ said.
Robby Findlay, chairman of the Toyota National Dealer Advisory Council, said Christ was asked in the meeting whether SmartPath would ever be required, and dealers were told that it would not be.
Also in the meeting, Findlay said, a dealer asked why the Land Cruiser was discontinued in the United States after a 63-year run. Christ said that the once spartan and rugged off-roader had morphed into a luxury vehicle, but he "left dealers hopeful that Toyota was trying to find a new vehicle to plug [into our lineup] under that nameplate," Findlay said.
Christ also reiterated to dealers that Toyota planned to keep its existing facilities requirements in place, despite the growing shift to digital retailing, Findlay said.