Toyota's recall over sticking gas pedals is starting to impact its sales totals.
Toyota Motor Sales said Tuesday that its January sales were 98,726 vehicles, down 8.7 percent from a year ago on an average selling day basis (statement). Within that sum, the Toyota nameplate saw sales fall 12 percent from a year ago to 83,279 units. On Jan. 26, Toyota suspended sales on eight models, or 60 percent of inventory.
The company on Monday detailed a fix for the sticking gas pedal problem. Critics, however, called the fix a Band-Aid on a flawed design. The Toyota saga touches on multiple themes: Business communication, crisis management, supplier relations and managing a global enterprise to name a few.
On a green note, Toyota said says of its hybrid vehicles were up 11.2 percent in January compared to a year ago.
Ford appears to be gaining at Toyota's expense. Ford said Monday that its sales were up 24 percent in January from a year ago. GM sales were up 14 percent.
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