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Neil Cavuto on Gov’t Toyota Findings

Fox’s Neil Cavuto spoke about the Federal Investigation that found no issues with Toyota’s electronic systems. The transcript follows and it’s a good read:

I’ve be waiting on the wires for someone at the White House to apologize to Toyota today. So I’ll keep looking for anyone in the government to apologize to Toyota. The ones who said Toyota was darn near Lucifer on wheels and happy with killing people, and that virtually all Toyotas had serious flaws.

How else do you explain all the Toyota cars suddenly accelerating and forcing the auto maker to recall more than 12 million vehicles? Don’t tell the transportation department guys it was just a stupid floor mat or a stressed-out driver. It had to be something deeper. More sinister. Electronic. Right? Wrong. Apparently very wrong.

Transportation secretary Ray Lahood is saying so himself. And I quote:

“We enlisted the best and brightest engineers to study Toyotas electronic system. The verdict is in: There is no electronic-based cause for unintended acceleration.”

This is after Toyota said the same thing, it couldn’t find any electronic flaws. Even after the company paid $8 million in fines for recalls that it spearheaded, that it suggested — not the government. Even after the government enlisted NASA engineers to rigorously examine Toyota cars and review 280,000 lines of software code in those cars. After all of that, even our best and brightest with rockets could find nothing electronically wrong with the cars.

So after having its name dragged through the mud, its reputation destroyed worldwide, after being made the brunt of jokes, not so much as “oops, sorry guys” from our government.

Trust me, I have no Tercel or horse or whatever in the race. I’m not an apologist for Toyota. Just a guy suggesting that maybe someone in government should just apologize to Toyota. They’re due that.

Or maybe all of this was a sham… To help someone else at a weird time.

Transcribed from Neil Cavuto, Fox News, 2/8/2011


2011 Scion iQ Review and Prices

Reprinted by Wesley Chapel Toyota from
2011 Scion iQ Review and Prices
by Chris Poole
2009 New York Auto Show
Scion displayed an iQ concept at the 2009 New York Auto Sho
w.­Consumer Guide’s Impressions of the 2011 Scion iQ
Toyota is out to get Smart with a clever new microcar. Though designed for Europe and Japan, the iQ is coming stateside with Scion badges to help us cope with soaring fuel prices and growing urban congestion.


What We Know About the 2011 Scion iQ


As if to answer critics of its big, thirsty, and environmentally hostile trucks, Toyota is launching a thrifty Earth-friendly microcar called iQ. The petite 2-door hatchback bowed as a concept at the autumn 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany and was shown in production trim at the March 2008 Geneva Auto Salon in Switzerland. Billed as an “intelligent solution to urban transport,” the iQ was designed at Toyota’s ED2 studio in southern France, but is built in Japan. Toyota hopes to sell 100,000 in 2009. Europe and Japan are the intended markets, but the iQ is being whispered for U.S. sale as a 2011 Scion model. If it comes here, it would be our market’s first direct alternative to the Smart ForTwo from Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG, a car generating much interest amid soaring fuel prices and a worsening economy.




The 2011 Scion iQ uses a new, dedicated architecture and differs from the Smart in many ways despite a similar phone-booth silhouette and wheels way out at the corners. Where the German-brand mini drives its rear wheels with a small 3-cylinder engine mounted in back, the iQ has an up-front engine and front-wheel drive. The Scion is also larger than the Smart, standing some 10 inches longer, nearly 5 inches wider, and 2.4 inches lower on a 4.7-inch-longer wheelbase.

These larger dimensions combine with several packaging innovations to make the iQ a nominal four-passenger runabout versus the two-seat Smart. Toyota says the interior furnishes “3+1” accommodation, with room for one adult behind the front passenger and a second rear seat that can carry a small child or be folded up for cargo.
Updated by Don Sikora II 08.25.2009