TTAC Called It: Toyota Raises Prices. A Bit.
In General Motors Death Watch 182, I reported on GM's decision to squeeze a little more blood from the stone known as U.S. sales, by raising their product prices by 3.5 percent across the board. I pointed-out that Toyota could eat some more of GM's market share simply by NOT raising their prices or, God help Motown, lowering them. I predicted that ToMoCo would raise their prices, to maintain profitability and avoid any possibility of an anti-transplant backlash. And so they have. The AP [via The International Herald Tribune] reports that Toyota will up prices by a little over one percent– except for the hot-selling Prius (up 2.2 percent or $500). The timing is curious; the news arrived on the same day that GM lowered and extended its employee pricing. In any case, it's clear that Toyota is treading carefully, refraining from delivering the killer blow that's well within their power. They're leaving that for The Big 2.8 themselves.