Jim Press is a guy who left Toyota Motor Corp. in 2007 to go work for Chrylser.
Need I say more about his ability to envision the future?
Press apparently was trying to help out his old pal at Toyota when he emailed this statement to The Wall Street Journal about Toyota’s sticky gas pedal crisis.
“The root cause of their problems is that the company was hijacked, some years ago, by anti-family, financially oriented pirates,” he wrote. “They didn’t have the character to maintain a customer first focus.”
I read this to mean a bunch of greedy profiteers took over the company and did everything on the cheap, even at the expense of human lives, to make themselves a buck. And how is this different than any other corporation, Mr Press?
When Press couldn’t pull this kind of stunt off at Chrysler, he turned to the government for a bailout.
I’m not sure how much help his statement is going to be for Toyota when it goes to court on wrongful death claims.
Sure, Press was just sticking up for Toyota’s president Akio Toyoda, who was unmercifully grilled before Congress this week. But he probably did more harm than good.
“Akio Toyoda is not only up for the job, but he is the only person who can save Toyota,” Press said.
Maybe Toyoda would be better off getting a recommendation from someone at Zastava Corp., which used to make a car called the Yugo.