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iSentia index: bushfires, Toyota and drought dominate discussion

Requests for the Coalition to help out a number of Australian industries were strong in the media this past week.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: Rorschach tests Schapelle, Woody and the ABC

The Schapelle Corby media frenzy … Dylan Farrow vs Woody Allen … royal commissions and more…

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Toyota exit without an industry policy is economic vandalism

Toyota’s decision to leave Australia in 2017 sounds the death knell for Australian manufacturing. Who is to blame?

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Ask the economists: will the loss of car-making drive us to recession?

With Toyota announcing it will cease Australian operations, the age of car manufacturing in Australia is over. Crikey media writer Myriam Robin and SmartCompany journalist Yolanda Redrup ask the experts what the impacts will be.

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Toyota decision should herald the immediate end of car tariffs

The decision by Toyota to end manufacturing in Australia means there is no further rationale for our remaining car tariffs. The government should immediately dump them.

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Labor’s car pitch a poor fit with its economic story

Labor giving yet more money to the parasites of Detroit and Tokyo subtly undermines its otherwise sound campaign pitch, that the economy needs support.

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Drive off: it’s time to stop inflicting economic damage on Australia

Handouts to the automotive sector hurt Australia and, if not abolished, should at least opened up to the rest of the manufacturing sector.

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Kohler: Toyota’s tragic mining collision

The job cuts at Toyota this week — based on performance criteria — was a direct consequence of the mining boom and the high Australian currency.

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THE POWER INDEX | COMPANIES|

Meet Toyota’s Max the Axe

Despite receiving over $100 million in government handouts, Toyota’s Max Yasuda has presided over plummeting sales and retrenched 350 workers at Altona, the company’s biggest car manufacturing plant.

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Why state governments need to get out of industry policy

Much damage can be done in the name of industry assistance by state governments.

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Oh what a terrible feeling: Toyota to axe 350 jobs

Crikey media wrap: Toyota employees were told yesterday that 350 jobs are to be axed from its Altona North factory in Melbourne, in a decision that will affect the entire industry.

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Reuters | COMPANIES|

Oh what a feeling — 1.66 million Toyotas to be recalled

It’s time for another Toyota recall. This time 1.66 million Avalons, Highlanders and other vehicles are to be recalled in the United States and Japan, following a defects involving the master cylinder brake seal.

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New Matilda | COMPANIES|

Toyota: oh, what a failure

With Toyota having recall after recall, yet still having issues with Sudden Unintended Acceleration, is it a surprise that consumers are so scared of new automobile technology? Glen Fuller explains.

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Toyota recall: debacle puts it in good, if dire, company

Toyota has joined the pantheon of car companies that have erred on the side of lethal danger, writes Binoy Kampmark.

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Wall Street Journal | COMPANIES|

Toyota CEO: How we stopped listening to our customers

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda has penned another apologetic op-ed about the brake recall plaguing Priuses and other safety stuff-ups, this time outlining the future plans for the company. Will it appease customers?

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AP | COMPANIES|

How many people has Toyota killed?

Since Toyota started recalling its cars due to dodgy accelerators and brakes, an increasing number of road deaths have been linked to the problems. The alleged US death toll now stands at 34, and complaints continue to mount.

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The Guardian | ENVIRONMENT|

Why people love to see the Prius fail

The recent global recall of the Toyota Prius has caused an “outbreak of global gloating”, says author Toby Litt. For anti-environmentalists, there’s delightful schadenfreude in seeing ultimate symbol of tree-hugging do-gooders fail.

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Prius debacle drives hole through the Camry

Toyota launched Australia’s first locally-produced hybrid on Monday, but the event has been smothered by the latest recall to hit the battered carmaker, writes James Stanford.

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Reuters | COMPANIES|

How Toyota broke down

Reuters goes behind-the-scenes at Toyota with a fly-on-the-wall look at how the wheels fell off its recent product recall, turning a bad situation into a total car-crash.

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Washington Post | COMPANIES|

Toyota President: We’re off to the mechanic

Toyota’s image is taking a huge battering, with the company recalling thousands of cars around the world — including 2400 in Australia. President Akio Toyoda takes to the WashPo’s op-ed pages to explain how he plans to repair public trust in the company (might take a few weeks — need to get parts in from overseas…)

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AP | COMPANIES|

Toyota’s mates in high places

Toyota is about to face investigation over its massive recall and dodgy brakes, but half the politicians doing the “investigating” have close ties and vested interests with the company, according to an AP report.

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CNNMoney | COMPANIES|

Toyota knew about dodgy Prius brakes

Toyota is recalling about 270,000 Prius cars in the US and Japan due to dodgy brakes — and Australia could be next. But here’s the kicker: according to CNN, the company knew as far back as January, and said nothing, putting thousands of lives at risk.

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The Yaris end of social media

For a company that trades on a ‘feeling’, Toyota does not seem to care about goodwill when it comes to their latest user-generated Yaris commercial. But is it all just a punk on social media and the advertising industry?

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mUmBRELLA | ADVERTISING|

Toyota’s new ad: sexist and incestuous?

A new ad for Toyota featuring a girl’s father and boyfriend having an innuendo-laden conversation about taking her virginity with lines like “I’ll have her on her back by 11” and “She can take a good pounding” is causing a bit of a stir online. Toyota says it’s “funny”.

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Drive | ENVIRONMENT|

Toyota invents its own climate-cooling flower

Manufacturing the Toyota Prius produces more CO2 than normal cars, so the company came up with a novel solution: engineer a new species of flower to plant around factories that reduces the temperature and the energy needed for cooling, thus offsetting the carbon emissions.

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