Activities by Region

China

Before World War II, Toyota built plants in Tianjin and Shanghai and conducted local assembly in China. From the early 1970s, after China's return to the United Nations was formally decided, Toyota transferred technology, worked to develop the auto parts industry and actively trained personnel in order to contribute to the development of the Chinese automobile industry.

Since 2000, Toyota has started full-scale auto production and sales and established nine local production companies and four distributors.

China

Year
Month
Events
1936
July
Exports to northeastern China commenced with four G1 Truck units
1938
April
Operations commenced at Tianjin Plant; truck and bus assembly commenced
1939
May
Operations commenced at Shanghai Plant; GB Truck assembly commenced
1940
February
Tianjin Plant split off to establish Hokushi Jidosha Kogyo
1942
February
Shanghai Plant split off to establish Kachu Toyoda Jidosha Kogyo
1958
February
Crown and large truck displayed at exhibit of Japanese products in Guangzhou and Wuhan
1964
April
Crown exports commenced after the founding of the People's Republic of China
1971
September
Toyota affiliate mission visits China for the first time
1972
September
Toyota visited by Chinese auto industry representatives
September
Single order for 1,100 Dyna units received
1978
June
First Automobile Works (FAW) conducts training at Toyota
November
Visit to and observation of FAW made
1979
April
Visit made to Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation
1980
July
Beijing City Toyota Motor Maintenance Center, the first Toyota Authorized Service Station (TASS), established in Beijing
October
Beijing Representative Office opened
1981
June
Toyota Production System training conducted at Changchun FAW
1982
March
TASS established in Guangzhou
1983
May
Guangdong Materials Office and Machinery Company Japan Mission visit Toyota
October
SKD assembly of 16,600 Toyoace units commenced at six plants including Guangdong FAW Manufacturing
1984
December
Toyoace technical support provided in Guangzhou
1985
June
Guangzhou Representative Office opened
July
Joint research conducted on `China Automobile Development Strategy' with the State Planning Commission (now the National Development and Reform Commission)
November
Service training centers established in Beijing and Guangzhou
1986
June
Toyota exhibits at first Beijing Motor Show and participates every subsequent year
1987
May
Automotive Industry Promotion Policy prepared through Japanese-Chinese research submitted to State Council
June
China's first driving school established with TMC's cooperation
 
Charade production commenced with technical support from Daihatsu
1988
November
Hiace body production technical support agreement signed with Shenyang Jinbei Automotive Co.
1989
April
Hiace body production technical support agreement and die and equipment sale agreement signed with Shenyang Jinbei Automotive Co.
1990
September
Technical Training Center of Toyota Jinbei of China Automotive Industry established; primary support commenced
1991
November
Commercial vehicle production commenced (first vehicle line-off) at Shenyang Auto in Shenyang City; support also provided by Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd.
1992
September
Additional technical support agreement signed with Shenyang Jinbei Automotive Co.
1993
June
Toyota Motor (China) Limited established
1994
November
TMC participates in China Family Car Symposium (PSE) (also participates in 1995, 1996, and 1997)
1995
January
China Domestic Production Technical Support Center established
June
TMC participates in the Beijing International Automotive Parts and ITS Exhibition
October
Ceremony conducted to mark completion of second phase of the Technical Training Center of Toyota Jinbei of China Automotive Industry
December
Tianjin Fengjin Auto Drive Parts Co., Ltd. established as axle and differential production joint venture
1996
May
Tianjin Toyota Engine Co., Ltd. (now Tianjin FAW Toyota Engine Co., Ltd.) established
1997
February
Tianjin Toyota Forging Co., Ltd. established
April
TMC participates in the Beijing International Automotive Parts and ITS Exhibition
April
Financial support provided to scientific research at Tsinghua University and Tianjin University and technology exchange conducted
July
Tianjin Jinfeng Auto Parts Co., Ltd. established as a steering production joint venture
September
Japanese-Chinese Joint Logistics Research Conference held
December
Toyota participates in electric vehicle testing project in China
1998
February
Toyota Motor Technical Center (China) Co., Ltd. established
April
Corolla donated to Beijing Motor for training purposes
June
RAV4 EV donated to Chinese electric vehicle project
June
Line-off ceremony conducted at Tianjin Fengjin Auto Parts Co., Ltd., a joint venture constant velocity joints production company in Tianjin
July
Line-off ceremony conducted at Tianjin Toyota Motor Engine Co., Ltd. (now Tianjin FAW Toyota Engine Co., Ltd.), a joint venture engine production company in Tianjin
November
Sichuan Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. (now Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.) established
December
Ceremony conducted to mark establishment of and groundbreaking for Sichuan Toyota Motor
1999
January
Line-off ceremony conducted at Tianjin Toyota Forging Co., Ltd., a forged parts production company in Tianjin
July
TMC Honorary Chairman Shoichiro Toyoda named chairman of the Japan-China Investment Promotion Organization
September
Technical course seminars conducted at Tianjin University and Tsinghua University
2000
June
Tianjin Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. (now Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.) established
December
Line-off ceremony of Coaster mass-production vehicles held at Sichuan Toyota
2001
April
Tree planting (1,500 ha) conducted in Fengning Manchu Autonomous County in Hebei Province (10-year plan)
July
Toyota Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd. established
December
Granvia technical support agreement signed with Shenyang Jinbei Passenger Vehicle Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
2002
August
Comprehensive tie-up agreement signed by FAW Group Corporation and TMC
October
Vios line-off conducted at Tianjin Toyota
2003
April
Merger agreement signed by FAW Group Corporation and Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.
June
Letter of intent for joint venture signed with Guangzhou Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. (GTMC)
July
Establishment of Changchun FAW Fengyue Automobile Co., Ltd. announced
July
`FAW Toyota Motor Sales Co., Ltd. Joint Venture Agreement' signed by FAW Group Corporation and TMC
July
Joint research conducted with China on energy saving and low-pollution technologies
September
Tianjin Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. renamed Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.
September
Land Cruiser Prado line-off conducted at Sichuan Toyota
September
FAW Toyota Motor Sales Co., Ltd. established
October
Land Cruiser 100 line-off conducted by Changchun FAW Fengyue Automobile
October
Terios line-off conducted at FAW Huali (Tianjin) Motor Co., Ltd.
November
`FAW Toyota Engine Co., Ltd. Joint Venture Agreement' and other agreements signed by FAW Group Corporation and TMC
2004
February
GAC Toyota Engine Co., Ltd. established as automotive engine production joint venture company
February
Corolla line-off conducted at Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. (TFTM)
March
Toyota FAW (Tianjin) Dies Co., Ltd. as a stamping die production company
March
FAW Toyota (Changchun) Engine Co., Ltd. established as automotive engine production joint venture company
March
Corolla line-off conducted at Tianjin FAW Toyota
April
Support provided for afforestation system development in Hebei Province
September
GTMC established
September
Agreement on cooperation with FAW Group Corporation to promote the use of hybrid vehicles announced
November
Toyota Motor Technical Center (China) places branches in Changchun and Beijing
December
V6 engine line-off conducted at FAW Toyota (Changchun) Engine Co.
2005
January
Crank/cam production commenced at GAC Toyota Engine Co., Ltd.
March
Center of Industrial Development and Environmental Governance (CIDEG) established at Tsinghua University's School of Public Policy and Management.
March
Crown line-off conducted at Tianjin FAW
April
FAW executive trainees accepted
April
Sichuan Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. changes name to Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. (SFTM)
July
SFTM merges with Changchun FAW Fengyue Auto Co., Ltd. to establish SFTM Chanchun Fengyue Co.
July
Toyota China Youth Environmental Protection Aid Program established
August
`Prius Technical License Agreement' signed by FAW Group Corporation and TMC
October
Reiz line-off conducted at Tianjin FAW Toyota
October
Engine assembly commenced at GAC Toyota Engine Co., Ltd.
October
Hands-on safe driving seminar conducted with Beijing Traffic Management Bureau
November
Traffic safety placards donated to school children in Beijing
December
Prius line-off conducted at SFTM Chanchun Fengyue Co.
2006
March
Research center established to conduct joint research with Tsinghua University
March
Study assistance fund established to support students in mid-western regions
May
Camry line-off conducted at GTMC
July
Line-off ceremony conducted for the new Hongqi at FAW Car Co., Ltd. (FCC)
November
Hands-on safe driving course conducted in Guangzhou City
November
Mass production of the new Hongqi commenced at FAW Car Co., Ltd. (FCC)
2007
March
Ceremony held for the Toyota Environmental Protection Aid Program for China's Youth 2006 Awards
April
Program for training automotive maintenance technicians announced
May
New Corolla line-off conducted at Tianjin FAW Toyota
July
Tong Fang Global Logistics Co., Ltd. established
November
Shanghai Traffic Safety Hands-On Program conducted
December
Land Cruiser 200 line-off conducted at SFTM Chanchun Fengyue Co.
2008
February
Redesigned Vios line-off conducted at Tianjin FAW Toyota
May
Yaris line-off by GTMC
May
Ceremony held to mark establishment of afforestation center
September
Guangzhou Toyota Motor Co., Ltd renamed GAC Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.
September
7th Support Signing Ceremony held at Technical Training Center of Toyota Jinbei of China Automotive Industry
2009
March
RAV4 line-off conducted at Tianjin FAW Toyota
May
Highlander line-off conducted at GAC Toyota
August
Tianjin Traffic Safety Hands-On Program conducted
December
Redesigned Crown line-off by Tianjin FAW Toyota
2010
April
Camry Hybrid launched by GTMC
May
Ceremony held to mark relocation of operations at SFTM
May
Redesigned Land Cruiser Prado line-off conducted at SFTM
October
China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) starts joint verification tests of Prius Plug-in Hybrid with Tianjin government
November
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China) Co., Ltd. established
2011
August
GTMC cumulative production reaches 1 million units
September
Cumulative engine production at Tianjin FAW Toyota Engine Co., Ltd. reaches 2 million units
October
Groundbreaking ceremony held at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China) Co., Ltd.
October
AR engine production commenced at GAC Toyota Engine Co., Ltd.
December
Redesigned Camry line-off conducted at GTMC
December
Production of third-generation Prius commenced at SFTM Chanchun Fengyue Co.

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