You could have been forgiven for thinking just-auto had become an extension of the Toyota PR machine this week, given the number of stories about the automaker. Just the way it goes, some times.

Among those items - the sale of 10m Camrys in the US (seems like only yesterday I was reading about Job One at the then-new Kentucky plant but it was in fact in 1988). Toyota was relatively late to the Japanese 'transplant' party after rivals Nissan and Honda ('79 if you count Ohio-built Gold Wing motorcycles as 'vehicles'; first US-produced car was the Accord in 1982, if memory serves).

Even so, 10m units since 1983 ain't bad with most of those, from '88, built locally though the odd Hybrid was still imported until recently. And the US plants all have some decent export history, too.

Other Toyota news included the Prius - again - topping the half year sales chart in Japan (with older siblings shipped, used, to a new life on taxi fleets in New Zealand, I note as an aside), strong sales in Australia (where the Corolla has displaced its nemesis, the Mazda 3, whose full re-do is currently attracting attention) and in the aforementioned NZ, the smallest recall I can, er, recall for a long time though it was actually part of a larger global sweep to fix a pesky electronic glitch due to the emergency resourcing necessary after the Japanese earthquake, and the start of Corolla sedan production in Turkey.

Our Man in America, meanwhile, hunched over his abacus, reported a June sales tally a whisker short of SAAR of 16m - the last time we saw 16m breached was in November 2007.

Chrysler, having come to a deal with NHTSA over Jeep recalls earlier, announced it was (separately) calling back another 841,000 spread, this time, across its model range.

We also had our first glimpse at the revived Datsun, this time aimed at emerging markets. It will be interesting to see how the alliance does with this 'new' brand, after its success with Dacia, but I can see it taking advantage of a good reputation dating back decades both at home (starting as a manufacturing licensee of 'Austin of England') and, from the late '50s, in export markets.

Best of British, and all that.

Have a nice weekend.

Graeme Roberts, Deputy Editor,