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Export strategies to the U.S. market: Toyota, Nokia and Sony


[This case is restricted. Please contact the Case Centre for more details] In 2003, Toyota sold 6.78 million vehicles and replaced Ford as the world’s second largest car manufacturer—a stronghold the American company had held for seven decades. Toyota’s capitalization was US$110 billion (more than twice its nearest competitor), worldwide profits of US$12 billion, and 264,000 employees. In the past year, its market share in the U.S. increased from10.1 to 11.2 percent. For a company that now creates new models with famous efficiency, it has come a long way from it original entry into the U.S. market. In 1957, Toyota exported the Toyopet Crown, and its sales were disastrous. The car was underpowered, and the initiative displayed the company’s complete naivety about the market.

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Case Description
Business Case Study NoUA-2004-006
Number of Pages24
CategoryHistorical narrative; Teaching case
CompanyToyota Motor Corporation (TMC); Nokia Oyj; Sony Corporation
Setting - CountryInternational

SourceAuckland, NZ. Publisher: University of Auckland Business Case Centre. Pages: 1 - 25