The future of Toyota

Some of Toyota’s U.S. plans are now more than 20 years old, and a growing number of its workers are paid the top wage of about $25 an hour.  That’s less than Detroit’s veteran union hands make now, but a contract inked last fall will enable U.S. automakers to replace many highly paid employees with cheaper workers.  By 2011, Toyota’s cost advantage over Detroit could disappear.

By late 2009, Toyota’s assembly plant in Georgetown, Kentucky could have the highest labor costs of any auto factory in the country.  Here is the story.

When I visited Utah, I rented a Hyundai and I have to say it drove very nicely…


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