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It comes as no surprise that the Tesla Model 3 is impacting Toyota Prius Sales. Automotive News reminds us that Toyota is a top dog in the automotive industry. The automaker boasts very loyal customers and high profitability. However, at a recent meeting surrounding Lexus facilities upgrades, the company’s future outlook was a critical topic, primarily...
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TonyPham

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Received a very nice courtesy phone call from Roseville Toyota today & the gentleman kindly offered very "special" sales of Sedans, Trucks and Vans. I said, "Um, thanks, appreciate the call, but going a different direction for a while."
 
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HGREY

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Right after I bought my Model S in Aug 2017, I wrote to Lexus corporate brass in Japan and informed them that they had just lost a loyal customer of 13 years due to the lack of even an announcement about a future all electric Lexus vehicle. I know Lexus/Toyota believes that drivers want hybrid technology (and I'm not sure what they're thinking with the Mirai!?) What did I hear back....[crickets, crickets...]
 
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CarlK

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Am I alone in dreaming of Tesla Engineering and Technology built by Toyota?

Don't get your wishes up. Toyota reliability, or for that matter all Japanese or German if they have that, is build upon doing pretty much same things year after year again. Look at the first gen Lexus RX and the current 4th gen 30 years later how much difference do you see? Even the engine is basically the same.
 
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SMAlset

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Both of our cars prior to our Teslas were Toyotas. After a number of service issues with our cars we ended up really disliking the dealership in our area and we both disliked the styling and new models they came out with, plus no commitment to Apple Play for the longest time (was something I had felt was important to me at that point) and no commitment to BEV. Did not want a hybrid and no way willing to look at a hydrogen car. Despite holding up pretty well, we were more than happy to turn our backs on Toyota and embrace Tesla with our second car a year after our first.

I remember looking at the Model S and Model 3 ordering spreadsheets here while waiting for our deliveries and remember the spreadsheet column on what are you trading in or coming from. Lots of owners with Toyotas listed so I’m not surprised they lost a good chunk of marketshare. Like us, many former Toyota owners also remarked on TMC that their Tesla was the most expensive car purchase they had made. I saw this brought up in an article I read today saying new car buyers were willing to spend more on EV technology over traditional cars. I think many here already saw that trend. Guess that left many manufacturers in the dust with their future model thinking.
 

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