Do you want to know how to analyze the SWOT of Automobile company Toyota? In the this post, we analyze PESTEL Model first...
In order to formulate a strategy view, the current business environment of the auto industry is analyzed. The business environment is mainly analyzed in the PESTEL framework and the Porter’s five forces model. In this post, We analyze PESTEL Model first, and this will help you analyse the Opportunities and Threats of Toyota…
Political Factors In the background of the financial crisis, each country’s government carried out the relating remedy policy to protect or stimulate each important industry, including the annotative industry. For example, in end of 2008, U.S. government gave $17.4 billion short-term loans to General Motors and Chrysler to help them. In March, 2009, Toyota has asked for $2 billion loan from the Japanese Government.
These loan policies may help the vehicles corporation survive in the difficult position caused by the financial crisis. In addition, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board took the quantitative easing policy, which leads the global asset price inflation to protect U.S. trade. Therefore, these policies would help each country to spur its own automotives industry and protect others country automotives corporation to occupy the market share.
Economic Factors The automotive industry shows the recovery evidence. The General Motors paid back $8.1 billion in emergency government loans and Chrysler demonstrated that it started to produce an operating profit. In the United States, the passenger vehicle sales rose 12.3 million in 2010 compared with 11.3 million in 2009. It is the first time that the sales exceed 10.0 million since the financial crisis, September 2008. In Canada, the revenue of passenger vehicle was 1.61 million compared with 1.56 million last year, due to the new growing point light trucks.
The Asian automotive market was the bright point in the past several years. For example, the Chinese new automotive reached 9.32 million in 2010, while the Indian automotive reached to 1.82 million, which is shown in the Figure 1. These positive data will increase the confidence of investors, and the rising of Asia market will attract more automotive corporations.
Social Factors Due to the increasing price of the oil, more and more people choose the small displacement engines due to its high efficiency. For example, 140,000 Chevrolet Cruze with small displacement engines were purchased in the first six months of 2010. This tendency will lead the manufacturer to produce the small displacement engines. For instance, GM and SAIC develop small displacement engines, and Toyota plans to launch more such types of cars in China.
In addition, with the rising power of the middle class in China, they became the main purchasing power of automotive, which help China to become the largest growing car market in the world. It is demonstrated that China’s middle class occupies 23% of its total population.And the luxury cars also are preferred in China. For example, Beijing includes 8,800 billionaires and 143,000 millionaires. Most of wealthy own between a minimum of two to five luxury cars millionaires. This may lead the changing of the production direction about the vehicles types.
Technology Factors Regarding to the precious energy resource, the demand for vehicle drove by other types of energy caused the interest of vehicle interest, so such types of vehicles were invented by the vehicles manufactures. For example, Hybrid electric vehicle is such type vehicle which comprises of a conventional engine propulsion system with an electric propulsion system. The features of these cars are to achieve both the better fuel economy and a better performance. Toyota leading brand Prius, was sold in 80 countries for 2 million in 2010.
General Motor was developing innovative battery technologies and hybrid systems that will help hybrid and electric vehicles travel farther, which may be used in the brand Cleveland. This tendency may cause the basic transformation in the automotive industry, and attract more automobile manufactures concentrate on the hybrid engine system.
Environmental Factors The waste gas emitted by the vehicles became the hot point in the recent years. The stringent emission standards for the passenger and light vehicles were adopted by the European Union (EU) Commission and the EU Parliament since 2005. In the standards, the automotive corporation must be responsible for the emission performance of these vehicles. And another severe emission standard was adopted by EU in 2009.
And the EU Commission plans to carry on more severe standards. And different countries have the different emission standard. For example, the national emission standard of Australia is more stringent than several Asian countries. Thus, with the more stringent emission standard, the additional costs should be spent by the automotive manufacturers to meet it in the factors of product development, testing and manufacturing operations.
Legal Factors Each country operated the legal policy to protect its own automobile corporation benefit. The Asian countries changed their import duty for the automobiles. For example, it is demonstrated by China government, the preferential taxes will be ended on the small displacement cars, in order to reduce the pollution in the large cities. India also reduced the import duty and excise duty on hybrid cars, and reduced the tax on the auto component aimed at helping the Indian auto component manufacturers.
In 2009, U.S. government would restrict imports of Chinese commercial low cost tires, and increased the additional tariffs. This caused that the U.S. automotive corporation cannot chose the expensive European tires instead of Chinese tires, which increased the cost of the manufacturers. Thus, the manufactures should adjust their strategy according the various ration legal policies.