Bob Carter, Toyota, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Bob Carter is vice president and general manager of the Toyota division of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A..

Toyota’s vehicle days on the dealers lot is good, but their sales were down 2007-2008. Does Carter see a better 2009?

Are Toyota and the Detroit 3 workers paid the same?

I asked all the executives this question:

Our federal tax dollars go to the government so that they can create Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE). Automotive companies spend money to fight CAFE or to implement CAFE. In either case, the consumer is paying more taxes, or more for the car. Would it be better to give an escalating tax credit to the consumer that buys a high mileage car? For example, give a tax credit of $5,000 for a car that gets 30 mpg and is 40% made in the USA? A bigger tax credit for more mpg and a bigger percentage of made in the USA?

What does Carter think of this idea?

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.