Toyota to set up quality control centers in China

16:33, April 23, 2010      

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Toyota Motor Corp intends to set up six quality control centers in China to strengthen quality management in the vast market, said Satoru Mori, managing director for Toyota China, said on Thursday.

"China is a most important market, just as Japan and U.S.," Satoru Mori, said in an interview before a motor show started in Beijing on Friday. The massive global car recalls covered the RAV4 sport utility vehicle sold in China.

The quality control centers in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Tianjin and Changchun will try to contact customers within 24 hours when vehicle failures are reported, he said.

Mori predicted that China's auto sales may hit 15 million units in 2010. Last year, over 13 million new cars have been sold in China.

Mori also said Toyota intends to offer low price vehicles, worth of 1,000,000 Japanese Yen, or 73,000 RMB, in small car market to increase customers and fight against Korean cars. "We will put on the market a new model whose development has been joined by local staff," he emphasized.

As for eco-friendly cars that the Chinese government is seeking to diffuse, Mori said Toyota is considering using its plug-in hybrid car to take part in demonstration tests in China. Such vehicles can run on both fossil fuels and a battery that can be charged at home. Moreover, lower price vehicles will be launched in China that has grown into the world's largest vehicle market to enhance Toyota's popularity.

By People's Daily Online


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