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AUTO SHOW-TOYOTA
(2007-11-15)
(wgvu) - IT'S USUALLY THE DARLING OF THE LOS ANGELES
AUTO SHOW.
BUT TESTY RELATIONS WITH ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND QUESTIONS ABOUT
QUALITY ARE MAKING THE SHOW A HEADACHE FOR TOYOTA THIS YEAR.
IT DOESN'T HELP THAT TOYOTA CHOSE TO INTRODUCE A FULL-SIZE SPORT
UTILITY VEHICLE AT THE SHOW. OR THAT THE REDESIGNED SEQUOIA DOESN'T
HAVE A HYBRID OPTION LIKE FULL-SIZE SUVS FROM GENERAL MOTORS AND
CHRYSLER ALSO MAKING THEIR DEBUT.
SOME ENVIRONMENTALISTS PICKETED TOYOTA OUTSIDE THE SHOW. THEY
PLAN FURTHER PROTESTS TODAY.
BOB CARTER IS TOYOTA'S U.S. SALES MANAGER. HE SAYS THE AUTOMAKER
SUPPORTS TOUGHER FUEL ECONOMY STANDARDS, BUT DOESN'T WANT THEM
DECIDED AT THE STATE LEVEL.
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