Is the body number the same as the VIN (serial number) ??Well to top all you guys, I work at the toyota plant in georgetown in KY. I build the Venza. Its going to be a great cross-over! There are still a few things were working out on them but just remember its a toyota and it will run forever. I hope to have one soon myself! Were the only plant that builds them so there going to be hard to get ahold of untill we get some out to market. Hey pjpro if you buy one hit me up I can run the body number and see if it had any problems before it left the plant.
I found it funny that Toyota was taking this approach with the Venza. When I first started adding them to our inventory, I was surprised that both Toyota and my corporate office classify the vehicle in the "car" category, which leads me to believe Toyota is taking the "wagon" approach to this vehicle. Some nice features, but I am not thrilled about the front end. The nice part is that (at least in these early stages) they come pretty much stuffed to the gills. I am a big fan of panoramic roofs (or is it rooves?) in vehicles. I have yet to be able to actually see one in person. My dealership had all three of them sold when they hit the ground, and since I'm at a remote location I can't just walk outside and look at it...Maybe pictures do it no justice on the front end...I was at the local dealership yesterday and test-drove a new Venza - no surprises as I found it to be everything I'v heard and read about. The interesting aspect of the marketing literature and sales pitch is - it is a wagon and little mention of it being a crossover from the SUV. They are definitely distancing themselves from the SUV image.
I was also told that the ETA of any order is realistically 8-weeks unless you are willing to by one of the fully loaded models being forced fed to the dealerships. The Venza I drove sticker'ed out at $39K ad change.
Very nice ride and interior appointment
There were three at the specific store that I oversee. And each of them was around the $39k mark...we'll see more of them hopefully come in at a different price point, especially since they are slated to release the 4 cylinder versions later this month. Also, mainly because of location, we have yet to see a front wheel drive one. I should check the other three Toyota stores and find out what their packages have come in at...Wow! I have yet to see a Venza for $39k. We have had a few here, and the most expensive was about $34k. Of course it didn't have navigation or the panoramic moon roof.
I think Toyota's strategy is pretty similar to most manufacturers. If you want to create hype about a product, make it hard to find. People see it, feel it, fall in love with it, hopefully buy it. The tragedy is that they are releasing a new product in some pretty thick economic turmoil. Sales of every model are down. They announced closing their JAPANESE plants for 11 days to reduce their inventory supply. I think that people looking for the best deals on crossover wagon type vehicles will see the Venza, and some will find that it's worth the wait. Others will be comparison shopping and find STEEP discounts on similar type vehicles and jump at the opportunity. I don't think Toyota is counting on the Venza to be a revolutionary new product to save their brand from future slumps. They'll sell as many as they think they can, at a pace that they think is best. Gas prices are not outrageous at the present moment, so it's not like there is this huge demand for crazy fuel efficient vehicles. They're just trying to fill what they believe is a gap in their product line - a "niche" (sp?) so to speak...here's an observation - for what it's worth?
Most, if not all the dealers in the NE area only have a couple Venza's in inventory and are advising 6-8 weeks order delivery from the factory.
They have a few on-hand for the potential buyer touch and feel interest and test drives. Seems toyota's strategy is build-to-order with a built-in delivery lag that supports a batch-build for factory economy and efficiency.
The new national Ad campaign on TV also seems to be geared toward building buyer demand and delivery towards the spring time. Unless you want to buy a fully loaded V6 Venza now.
A fundamentally sound strategy - it'll be interesting as to how it plays out.....
The only potential downside is losing a current customer who wants/needs to buy now and moves on to another heavily discounted make/model. Given toyota's akcnowledged slip in it's commitment to Kaizen during the past several years, current brand quality perceptions may not be enough to fend off today's steep competitive discounts??
Your thoughts and observations?