When Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda walked on to the stage before his company unveiled a new line of Prius hybrid models, it was a reminder of where Toyota has been in the last year.
And a glimpse of where he'd like to take the company, notably back towards strong growth in the U.S.
Last year, the recall of millions of carslinked to unintended acceleration caused Toyota to suspend production for a month and limited sales. They were up fractionally when every other major automaker posted strong gains in the U.S. Toyota hopes to turn the page in 2011 with Mr. Toyoda saying his company has learned from its mistakes.
But Toyota's problems go beyond the recalls.