Yes, I think you could say that they were a feast for my eyes. As you know, people of our generation have an invariable sense of excitement before the release of new cars. Last year’s Tokyo Motor Show where President Toyoda resolved to change the vision of future cars completely was originally the type of place where new vehicles are typically announced.
At such places, people who attend are naturally filled with excitement, but, in this case, I felt lucky because I could watch everything in one video. After all, the pleasure that you feel from seeing the unveiling of a new model is irreplaceable.
Essentially, your plate should be full handling the Woven City project.
This itself is already a huge task. Apart from that, there is robotics development in TRI, for autonomous driving, as you know.
This is an extremely sensitive issue in every aspect.
While working on this project, how will they handle the other three pillars: hydrogen, hybrid, and battery electric vehicles?
On top of that, President Toyoda knows everything about the development of hardware for the Crown, the Prius, former motorsports type vehicles, saloon type vehicles, and future vehicles, etc.
Everything has been determined at his discretion, and everyone follows his decisions. It was really surprising that he has been involved with everything in all sections.
What was striking is that everyone in the video, including President Toyoda, of course, had the same smiles.
They are not pessimistic about the current COVID-19 pandemic. Even under such circumstances, they will definitely be all right if they keep believing until “after COVID-19”. Nothing is impossible. Each has a whirl of positive remarks inside with a smile on their faces, and I can sense the driving power in their firm, determined eyes. I can see that. This is why this video makes me feel great.
This video is a welcome distraction from the current economic downturn or lockdowns in places like Europe. Amid a gloomy situation like this, watching this video has made more and more people smile, because it revealed the messages, “never give in” and “never surrender”. Since this video offers a glimpse of a bright future, reminds of solid results of the past, and expresses the very thorough work and efforts that are currently being undertaken, this video will make you smile, and provide you strength and courage. That is why I recommend this video to everyone.
Personally, if Toyota’s employees watch this video, I think they will feel absolutely honored to be an employee of Toyota. However, I do not think that the intent is to make them feel proud. I feel that President Toyoda has really wanted to say these things, and his answers to the questions in the interview are said because all of this was what he really wanted to say.