One Spin One Win

Within minutes of writing about how poorly the Prius is selling in the US, the article from BusinessGreen.com also goes on to say how well the Prius and Toyota are doing in Japan . . .

However, while Toyota may be enjoying mainstream success in Japan, it is continuing to struggle in the US, where the company has been hit by the slump affecting the entire auto industry.

I came across this story that says Toyota’s sales for May were down 25% in Japan. Is this the new definition of success?

May 28, 2009, Toyota Motor Corp’s sales in Japan so far in May are down roughly 25 percent from the same period last year, President Katsuaki Watanabe said on Thursday.

As a consumer of news, when one source says sales are good, and the other one says sales are bad, it makes one question not only the value of the news out there but the level of trust in the source.

Naturally you have to consider the source. In this case,  between a green website BusinessGreen.com and Reuters, I don’t know about you but I’m not feeling very trustworthy of either. The value of it is right up there with playing the wheels on the boardwalk. Put down your quarter dollar and spin the wheel. Then leave with a plastic toy made in China.

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