In today’s installment of “Woah woah woah… you guys are CAR SALESMEN,” Audi has politely asked one of its Chinese dealers to please remove a banner asking for the death of all of Japan. I know Crazy Eddie had Crazy Prices, but this is a new sales tactic that really has some pizzazz.
The anti-Japan message captured in the photo of the unidentified dealership doesn’t reflect Audi’s views, said Lu Minjie, a spokeswoman at FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co., the venture that makes Audi-brand cars in China. Audi, which counts China as its biggest market, asked its dealers to be reasonable in expressing patriotism, she said.
On the other hand, the head of Toyota cares about the dispute so much that he really got to the heart of the ongoing China-Japan dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands after seeing images of the riots:
“It was unbearable to watch,” Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota and chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said today in a briefing in Tokyo. “Seeing cars damaged like that, for me, it felt like my body was receiving the blows.”