I'm not especially enamoured of this blog becoming more of a financial blog than a car / driving blog.
But there's no doubt finance is a big part of the car game these days.
And look who had their worst financial fiscal year ever - mighty Toyota!
In the January - March quarter for this year, Toyota actually lost more than General Motors did in the same time frame.
Of course, Toyota, having overtalen GM as the top-selling car maker in the world just last year, is in 'way better financial shape, having posted some gains in recent quarters.
And they still sit on a pile of cash bigger than - well, some really big thing.
But Toyota also went to a Japanese-government controlled bank a month or so ago looking for two billion dollars worth of support.
It IS tough out there.