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Toyota History




Toyota History

Entering the passenger car market in 1936 with the Model AA, Toyota has become one of the most recognised motor vehicle brands in the world. Founded by Kiichiro Toyoda, Toyota was a division of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works until it became an independent company in 1937 as Toyota Motor Company.In 1982, Toyota Motor Company merged with Toyota Motor Sales to form the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC).

Below is a brief timeline on the history of Toyota

1933 Automobile department is established at Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Ltd
1935 The Toyoda precepts are compiled
1936 The AA Sedan is completed
1937 Toyota Motor Co, Ltd is established
1950 Company faces a financial crisis; Toyota Motor Sales Co, Ltd is established
1955 The Toyopet Crown, Toyopet Master and Crown Deluxe are launched.
1957 The first prototypes of the Crown are exported to USA and Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A, Inc is established
1965 Toyota wins the Deming Application Prize for quality control
1966 The Corolla is launched and business tie-up with Hino Motors Ltd begins
1974 Toyota Foundation is established
1982 Toyota Motor Co, Ltd and Toyota Motor Sales Co. Ltd are merged into Toyota Motor Corporation
1984 Joint venture with GM ( NUMMI) begins production in the USA
1988 Toyota Motor Manufacturing, USA, Inc (present TMMK) begins production
1989 The Lexus brand is launched in USA
1992 Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd begins production
1997 The Prius is launched as the world first mass-produced hybrid car
1999 Cumulative domestic production reaches 100 million vehicles
2002 Toyota enters Formula One World Championship.Tianjin Toyota Motor Co. Ltd begins production in China.
2004 The Toyota Partner Robot is publicly unveiled
2008 Worldwide Prius sales top 1-million mark