Toy­ota to lengthen devel­op­ment of ve­hi­cles, add qual­ity con­trols

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

Toy­ota Mo­tor Corp. is ex­tend­ing the time it takes to de­velop new ve­hi­cles by about four weeks for more qual­ity checks in the wake of its mas­sive safety-re­lated re­calls, a top ex­ec­u­tive said Wed­nes­day.

Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Takeshi Uchiya­mada said the com­pany has learned a lot from its re­calls of more than 8.5 mil­lion ve­hi­cles world­wide, in­clud­ing the need to slow the pace at which it de­vel­ops new cars. Toy­ota cur­rently takes about 24 months on av­er­age to bring a new ve­hi­cle to mar­ket in Ja­pan, Uchiya­mada said. The time varies some­what in other mar­kets, in­clud­ing the United States.

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