Toyota UK Reports Processing 80 Percent of Recalls
Although the numbers involved were massive, more than 180,000 cars being recalled in the UK only, Toyota service centres throughout the country managed to fix 80 percent of the cars with minimum delay. The programme also implied that no new or used vehicles were to be sold without being adjusted first.
Sales of Toyota vehicles in the UK continued to prosper in spite of the recall programme, the company recording increases both in March and in the first quarter of the year.
March 2010 sales went up 15.5 percent as compared to March 2009, more than 18,000 units being sold in the UK. The first three months of 2010 were also better sales-wise, with more than 28,800 cars sold (an increase of almost 7 percent). Toyota’s greatest performer was the Prius full-hybrid, whose sales tripled during Q1, to almost 4,000 units. It’s by far Britain’s best sold hybrid.
The company also benefited from the government scrappage scheme, many owners trading in their old cars for a new Toyota. 4,770 new cars were sold by the Japanese automaker in the first quarter of 2010 through the clunkers programme alone. Total scrappage-generated sales amount to almost 28,000 units, 28,500 units if light commercial vehicles are counted.
In the U.S., the worst-hit market by the recalls, Toyota recorded an increase of 35.3 percent in March, selling 186,863 units. In the first quarter of 2010, sales rose 8.7 percent, to a total of 385,686 vehicles.