20 Facts You Didn’t Know About Toyota

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Toyota has been a household name for decades - here are 20 facts about one of the most recognizable companies in the world.

1. Founding Father

Toyota was founded in Japan by Kiichiro Toyoda. Members of the Toyoda family have headed the company ever since - current CEO Akio Toyoda is a direct descendant.

Toyota was founded in Japan by Kiichiro Toyoda. Members of the Toyoda family have headed the company ever since – current CEO Akio Toyoda is a direct descendant.

2. Humble Beginnings

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Toyota’s automobile business traces back to an automated loom business, which was sold to provide the capital for automobile production.

3. Name

The Toyota Motor Corp. logo is displayed on the steering wheel of a Harrier crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) displayed at the company's head office in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Toyota, the worlds largest automaker, raised its full-year profit forecast for the third time in as many quarters as the weaker yen boosts earnings from Prius and Lexus vehicles exported out of Japan. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The name Toyota comes from the family name Toyoda, which literally translates into “fertile rice paddies”.

4. First Car

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Toyota produced its first car in 1937, although at that time most production was used for war purposes. Passenger car production resumed in 1947.

5. American Import

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The first Toyota was imported in the USA in 1957, a Crown sedan. Today, the US is one of Toyota’s largest markets.

6. Brands

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 05: Jay Klein helps to prepare the Lexus exhibit at the Chicago Auto Show on February 5, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The show, which is held at McCormick Place, runs February 8-17. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

 

Toyota operates under relatively few brand names, unlike some other auto manufacturers. The only other wholly-owned brands under Toyota are luxury brand Lexus and entry-level brand Scion.

7. Marques

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8. World Status

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Toyota is now ranked the 12th largest company in the entire world by revenue.

9. Number 1

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Toyota is the number 1 auto company in the world, ahead of both VW Group and GM.

10. Production

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Toyota became the first automaker ever to produce more than 10 million cars in one year, in 2013.

11. Recalls

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Despite a longstanding reputation for reliability, Toyota set a record in 2009 for the number of vehicles recalled (most for unintended acceleration issues).

12. Lineup

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Toyota has one of the largest and most varied lineups of any automaker, with close to 100 different models that vary widely between different regions of the world.

13. Toyota Prius Innovations

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The Prius is one of the first mass-produced hybrid vehicles, and by now it is by far the best selling hybrid in the world.

14. Future Tech

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Toyota is actively pushing hydrogen fuel cell technology and will launch one of the first mass-produced dedicated hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, the Mirai, in 2016.

15. Record Sales

 

Toyota has been a household name for decades - here are 20 facts about one of the most recognizable companies in the world.

The Toyota Corolla is now in its 12th generation and has sold more than 40 million worldwide, making it one of the best selling nameplates in history.

16. Made in Americaplant

Toyota has manufacturing operations all around the globe, including several large plants in the US that manufacture sedans and pick-up trucks.

17. TRD

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Toyota’s official tuner and racing division is TRD, which stands for Toyota Racing Development.

18. Motorsport

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Toyota actively sponsors many motorsport activities, among them the famous Long Beach Grand Prix in California.

19. Sponsorships

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Besides manufacturing cars, Toyota also sponsors everything from scholarships to sports stadiums.

20. Motto

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The current tagline for Toyota USA is “Let’s Go Places”

Source : http://www.rantcars.com/2015/03/28/20-facts-you-didnt-know-about-toyota/

 

 

 

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