TOYOTA Motors SWOT Analysis (2016)

TOYOTA Motors SWOT Analysis (2016).

CEO: Akio Toyoda

– Number of Employees: 348,000

– Competitors: Ford, Nissan, Hyundai, GMC, Maruti, Chevrolet, Honda, Volkswagen

 Japanese motor giant Toyota was not off to a very god start in 2016.  Faulty airbags and product recalls hurt it deeply. Its US revenues fell during the first half of the year. However, the brand’s spirit is not hurt. Apart from these fluctuations, Toyota has remained strong. It is because of its brand size, global presence and heavy focus on R&D. The brand has gained a unique identity and position in the industry. Toyota Prius’ sales were mainly hit by the falling gas prices. Simultaneously, Tesla motors is set to release its own affordable version of electric cars. This can be expected to increase the competition for Toyota Prius.
The good news is that Toyota is making heavy investments in self-driving technology like some of its rivals. It wants its driverless cars to be on the roads by 2020. So, overall Toyota seems to be in a  mood to aggressively chase the number 1 manufacturer’s position. A SWOT of Toyota reveals a strong brand with an established brand image. Toyota is a strong brand. For years, customers have loved its style and technology. However, there have been small setbacks down the course of time.

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