man hat Angst,dass es Probleme gibt in USA wegen des steigend hohen Anteils von Toyota am Automarkt hier:Toyota North America President Jim Press, who is 60, was named Thursday as the first non-Japanese member of Toyota's board amid growing fears of a political backlash for the company's booming U.S. sales. His appointment was the latest step in Toyota Motor Corp.'s efforts to bolster its international standing and comes as Toyota is boosting sales in North America, grabbing market share away from Detroit automakers.Ford Motor Co., DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group and General Motors Corp. have struggled in recent years with declining sales, plant closings and production and job cuts. By contrast, Press, now in his fourth decade with the company, has helped oversee a period of unprecedented prosperity as its fuel-efficient vehicles fill a need created by shifting consumer demands.....
Toyota last year marked its fifth year in a row of global growth in sales. Its U.S. sales rose 12.9 percent in 2006, catapulting it past Chrysler Group as the No. 3 seller of autos in the U.S.
Toyota could surpass GM next year as the world's No. 1 automaker, ..Responding to a question from the audience, Press said Toyota was still open to opening a manufacturing plant in Michigan.
The company is currently building a $150 million technical center near Ann Arbor that will hire another 400 engineers by the time it opens next year, but analysts say the automaker, mindful of labor costs, is leery of heavily unionized Michigan.