Is 'Toyota' a generic term for a Japanese/Asian import car in Texas?

Mom, kids pulled from car at gunpoint (video link)

A woman calls the cops in Forney, TX to report someone possibly waving a gun out of the window of a speeding car. Her call:

What do the police do? They pull over a burgundy Nissan Maxima occupied by a mother and her young children and order them out of the car at gunpoint. I’ve only stayed in Texas once, overnight. Could be a regional thing, but does ‘beige’ or ‘tan’ mean ‘dark reddish’ there? Does ‘Toyota’ mean any Japanese car (or any Asian import)?


You focused on the wrong half of the sentence.

What, the part where male means female and kids?

Agent Johnson: This is Agent Johnson from the FBI. Be on the lookout for a 1936 maroon Stutz Bearcat!


Chief Wiggum: Ehh, that was really more of a burgundy.

At 1:38 in the video, the officers lied when they said they were looking for a vehicle with those plates.

To answer the OP title Q:

IME, anyways. Now, that’s not to say that some ONE person may do that, because ignorant people exist in all areas, but as a regular Texas thing? Nope.

And now, we await all the anecdotal posts stating that “I heard it, yeah, totally a thing.” :wink:

Demographics of Forney might have more to do with who got pulled over rather than some car description.

I haven’t been there in 20 years, tho…

It used to be “Calling all cars – calling all cars – Be on the lookout for a blue late-model sedan.”

In Texas we distinguish between three types of vehicle…three types of vehicle, Pickups, Toyotas, and…ummm…uhh…ooops.

Can’t say I’ve ever heard “Toyota” used as the generic name for Japanese cars.

My guess is that the woman knew it was a japanese import, but didn’t actually know whether the Maxima in question was a Nissan or a Toyota.

Still, I’m guessing that if you’re a licensed peace officer in the DFW area, that Forney isn’t exactly where the best choose to work. I’d bet low pay and a mostly rural area make it fairly unattractive to all but the actual local yokel cops. Hence the stupidity of pulling over a burgundy Maxima with a white mother and child, instead of a tan Toyota with 4 black males.

The linked video shows a Black woman.

In south or west Texas, you always slow down when you see a sedan. Only the police drive sedans, everyone else drives a pickup.

Remember, the police officer is getting a description of the suspect second hand and there’s the possibility that the eyewitness’s statements don’t match with reality. I don’t know about the rest of you, but depending on the lighting I sometimes have difficulty being absolutely sure what color a vehicle is at night. I’m not going to argue that the actions of the officer in this case was correct. But I don’t think he was an idiot for taking interest in the car.

And, no, Toyota is not a generic term for a Japanese/Asian car in Texas.

Excluding the color of the car, I don’t think I would fault any witness from confusing the manufacturer of this car with this one.

If a witness or police officer cannot differentiate between a light shade like tan or beige, and a dark shade like burgundy or maroon, is it useful to include a colour at all? Why not just look for ‘a car’? Possibly with people in it.

Was it a “mistake” when they lied about the matching license plate number?

Sure, it was a verbal typo. I often matching your license number make the same exact mismatching your license numbertake when I’m typing something.

Nope. That’s obviously a lie.

I think it’s pronounced “tie-ota” in Texas. As in: that’s one a’ them Tie-otas."