Nissan And Toyota: Mutiny About The Bounty

Cammy Corrigan
by Cammy Corrigan
nissan and toyota mutiny about the bounty

When the Toyota recall debacle kicked off, there were two types of reactions from their competitors. There were the ones who went after Toyota customers like a Catholic priest after a choir boy. And then, there was the “we are taking the high road” brood. Franco-Japanese Nissan were a part of the “we are way above this” bunch. They confirmed that they wouldn’t be introducing programs to woo Toyota customers. Who would want a Nipponese cannibalisation in the far abroad?

Somebody must have missed the memo.

Down in the Carolinas, the Post and Courier reports that Nissan offers an allegedly “nationwide” bounty of $1000. Payable to any Toyota driver who buys a new Nissan. However, the twist is, the Nissan dealer doesn’t want the Toyota in question on his lot. Oh, no, they would have to sell the toxic trade-in. You just show proof of registration of a ToMoCo-mobile, one G will drop on the hood, and you are good to go. You could buy thousands of Nissans and become a millionaire!

Of course, it’s all in the name of a good cause. “Nissan is not trying to destroy Toyota’s name,” Carl Hall of Morris Nissan in West Ashley said with a straight face and a sugar blossom drawl. “We are just trying to assist people who have any doubts with their product right now.”

Whatever helps you sleep at night, Mr Hall. Naturally, the Toyota dealership in the same town has a different take. “It’s an opportunist taking advantage of a situation,” protests Paul Whatley, general manager of Gene Reed Toyota in North Charleston. “That’s probably not a good thing to do. I think it’s a very dangerous thing for them to do. All car manufacturers have recalls.”

Do they really? Try before you buy.

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  • Mervich Mervich on Feb 18, 2010
    montyz81: The best built, best designed and most reliable/trouble free car I have ever owned was a (purchased new) metallic red 1979 Datsun 280ZX. Members of the fairer sex were quite enamoured with it as well! For all the mentioned reasons, it was always loads of fun to drive! I sold it for a 1982 BMW 5 series money hole. Mervich

  • Bertel Schmitt Bertel Schmitt on Feb 18, 2010

    This discussion is closed. Move on.

  • Conundrum Can't see that the Espada chassis had much to do with the Miura. The Miura had a rear-mounted transverse V12 with the transmission and final drive all part of the engine block. So it's a bit of a stretch saying the north-south V12 and regular transmission Espada chassis was related to the Miura. It looks to be no more than an update of the 400 GT. And short and long-arm independendent suspension was hardly unique -- a '53 Chev had that in front, it was standard for years on most cars that didn't have Mac struts. The Brits call SLA suspension double wishbone, so Honda thought that sounded more mysterious than SLA and used that terminology in ads, but it's the same thing. Only a few mid '30s cars had same length upper and lower A-arms like a '36 Chev, before the obvious advantage of a short upper arm for camber control was introduced. Of course Ford used a dead beam front axle until 1949, so it was last to climb out of the stone age.Do you have a link to a reference that says the Miura and Espada chassis were related?
  • FreedMike One of the things that we here in North America often forget about Europe is that it's a COMPLETELY different world to drive in. Imagine driving in the downtown area of the city you live in 24/7, and never leaving it, and you have a decent simulation of what it's like to drive in a place like Paris, or London, or Rome - or Manhattan, for that matter. As far as the "dystopia" is concerned, I don't really see it that way. This isn't made for people living in the 'burbs - it's for urban dwellers. And for that application, this car would be about perfect. The big question is how successful the effort to provide large-scale EV charging in urban areas will be.
  • Matzel I am hoping that Vee-Dub will improve the UX and offer additional color options for the 2024 Mk8.5 refresh for Canada. Until then, I'll be quite happy with my '21 GTI performance pack. It still puts a smile on my face going through the twisty bits.
  • Stanley Steamer There have been other concepts with BYOT, that I have always thought was a great idea. Replacing bespoke parts is expensive. If I can plug in a standard 17" monitor to serve as my instrument panel, as well as speakers, radio, generic motors, batteries, I'm for it. Cheaper repair, replacement, or upgrade costs. Heck I'd even like to put in my own comfy seats. My house didn't come with a built in LaZboy. The irony is that omitting these bespoke items at the point of sale allows me to create a more bespoke car as a whole. It's hard to imagine what an empty rolling monocoque chassis would look like capable of having powertrains and accessories easily bolted on in my garage, but something like the Bollinger suv comes to mind.
  • Iam65689044 Sometimes I'm glad the French don't sell in America. This is one of those times.