History of Toyota


Ever since its founding, Toyota has sought to contribute to a more prosperous society through the manufacture of automobiles, operating its business with a focus on vehicle production and sales.
To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the company has compiled 75 Years of Toyota. Have a look at the company's progress over the last three-quarter century.


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History of Technological Development

Toyota is striving to develop automobiles that meet the needs of our customers while at the same time achieving an optimal balance between consideration for the environment, safety, drivability, comfort and reliability.

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1867Birth of Sakichi Toyoda.
1924Sakichi Toyoda invents Toyoda Model G Automatic Loom.
1929Automatic-loom patent is sold to a British company.
1930Kiichiro Toyoda begins research on small gasoline-powered engine.
1933Automobile Department is established at Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd.
1935The Toyoda precepts are compiled.
1936The AA Sedan is completed.
1937Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. is established.
1938Honsha Plant begins production
1950Company faces a financial crisis; Toyota Motor Sales Co., Ltd. is established.
1951Suggestion System begins.
1955The Toyopet Crown, Toyopet Master and Crown Deluxe are launched.
1957The first prototypes of the Crown are exported to the United States; Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. is established.
1959Motomachi Plant begins production.
1962Joint Declaration of Labor and Management is signed.
1965Toyota wins the Deming Application Prize for quality control.
1966The Corolla is launched; business partnership with Hino Motors Ltd. begins.
1967Business partnership with Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. begins.
1974Toyota Foundation is established.
1975The prefabricated housing business begins.
1982Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Sales Co., Ltd. are merged into Toyota Motor Corporation.
1984Joint venture with General Motors (New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.) begins production in the USA.
1988Toyota Motor Manufacturing, USA, Inc. (present TMMK) begins production.
1989The Lexus brand is launched in the USA.
1992Toyota Motor Manufacturing (United Kingdom) Ltd. begins production.
1997The Prius is launched as the world's first mass-produced hybrid car.
1999Cumulative domestic production reaches 100 million vehicles.
2000Sichuan Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. begins production in China.
2001Toyota Motor Manufacturing France S.A.S. begins production in France.
2002Toyota enters Formula One World Championship; Tianjin Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. begins production in China.
2004The Toyota Partner Robot is publicly unveiled.
2005The Lexus brand is introduced in Japan.
2008Worldwide Prius sales top 1 million mark.
2010Worldwide Prius sales top 2 million mark; Toyota and Tesla Motors agree on joint EV development.
2011Worldwide Hybrid Vehicle sales top 3 Million mark; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc. begins production in the USA.
2012Worldwide sales of TMC hybrids top 4 million units