Big Problems for These Automakers

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Austin Smith, consumer goods editor and analyst, along with Brendan Byrnes, industrials editor and analyst, discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, they discuss Toyota, which recently released its full-year fiscal projections. The company expects to see net profit decline by 54%, and it may cede its No. 1 global automaker title to GM next year. This is due to a combination of factors, chief among them being the strength of the yen.

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At the time thisarticle was published Austin Smith does not own shares of the companies listed above. Brendan Byres owns shares of Ford. The Motley Fool owns shares of Ford.Motley Fool newsletter serviceshave recommended buying shares of Ford and General Motors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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