Toyota Eyes Chance to Pass by Anthony Faiola, Washington Post:
The mainstream press continues to note the success of Toyota.
Ogiso said Toyoda had grown increasingly concerned that gas-engine auto manufacturing would eventually become a sunset industry given the limits of global oil supplies and increasing pressure to curb emissions. Focused more on a long-term advantage than the short-term gains that U.S. automakers are under pressure from Wall Street to produce, Toyota put hundreds of engineers to work on creating a new engine that would double average gas mileage and cut emissions by 80 percent. Conventional engines were quickly ruled out. “We found that the only way to achieve that goal was building a whole new type of car,” Ogiso said.
This shows several of Deming’s ideas which are part of the Toyota Production System (lean manufacturing) most importantly: constancy of purpose. Several of the seven deadly diseases are also seen in the collapse of GM, such as: emphasis on short term profits, mobility of top management and excessive medical costs.
Toyota continue to execute on many fronts continual improvement, innovation and strategic planning.