Toyota events
General events
1931
 
 
August
Tobata Casting Co., Ltd. enters the automobile industry by acquiring the stock of DAT Jidosha Seizo Co., Ltd.
 
 
September
The Manchurian Incident breaks out
1932
 
 
March
Ministry of Trade and Industry standard model car launched and named the 'Isuzu'
 
 
July
Passenger car 'Atsuta-Go' completed as part of plans to make the Chukyo region of Japan into an area like Detroit
December
Shonaigawa Rayon Company established
 
 
1933
 
 
March
Ishikawajima Automotive Works merges with DAT Jidosha Seizo Co., Ltd. to form Automobile Industry Co., Ltd.
 
 
March
Tobata Casting establishes its Automobile Division
 
 
March
Japan withdraws from the League of Nations
August
Ten prototype bike motors completed
 
 
September 1
Toyoda Automatic Loom Works establishes its Automobile Division
 
 
November
Juichi Nakamura, the mayor of Koromo-cho, is asked for help in arranging land for Koromo Plant
 
 
 
 
December
Kyodo Kokusan Jidosha K.K. established
 
 
December
Nippon Sangyo K.K. and Tobata Casting establish Automobile Manufacturing Co.
1934
January 29
Toyoda Automatic Loom Works makes decision to enter the automobile industry at an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders
 
 
January
Toyoda Automatic Loom Works establishes its Steel Manufacturing Division
 
 
March
Automobile Division's prototype plant completed
 
 
 
 
April
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. established
 
 
June
Automobile Manufacturing Co. renamed Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
July
Steel mill of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works completed
 
 
September 25
A-type automobile engine completed
 
 
1935
 
 
April
Nissan completes the first Datsun at its Yokohama Plant
May
Model A1 prototype passenger car completed
 
 
 
 
July
Ford Japan purchases land for a plant in Yokohama
August 25
First Toyoda Model G1 Truck prototype completed
August
Japanese government makes a cabinet decision on the Law Concerning the Manufacture of Motor Vehicles
October 30
Principles of Toyota established
October
High-Speed Engine Manufacturing Company established
November
Shotaro Kamiya, and the other parsons, join Toyoda Automatic Loom Works and Sales Division is established
November
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. completes the first Japanese diesel bus
November 21-22
Toyoda Model G1 Truck debuted at the Tokyo Jidosha Hotel Shibaura Garage
 
 
December 8
Toyoda Model G1 Truck debut session held at Hinode Motors (now Aichi Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.)
December
Nihon Diesel Industries, Ltd. (now UD Trucks Corporation) established
December 14
Plant site with area of approx. 1.91 million m2 acquired at Koromo-cho
 
 
1936
January 19-21
DA model, low-floor bus chassis announced
 
 
 
 
February
February 26th Incident takes place
April
Model AA passenger car production commenced
April
Nissan purchases machining facilities from Graham-Paige Motors Corp. (of the U.S.) and begins selling the Nissan Model 70 in 1937
April
Eiji Toyoda joins Toyoda Automatic Loom Works
 
 
May
Automobile Research Laboratory established in Shibaura, Tokyo
May
The Automotive Manufacturing Industries Law promulgated
May
PR magazine 'Toyoda News' launched
 
 
May
Kariya Assembly Plant completed
 
 
July
Four Toyoda Model GA Trucks loaded onto a ship (bound for what is now Northeast China)
 
 
September 14-16
Exhibition held commemorating the completion of a Toyota car produced in Japan for the general public. Model AA, AB phaeton, GA truck, and other vehicles announced (Tokyo Prefecture Chamber of Commerce and Industry Promotion Hall)
September
Japanese government restricts business operations of GM Japan and Ford Japan
September 19
Japanese government designates Toyoda Automatic Loom Works as a company allowed to manufacture automobiles under the Automotive Manufacturing Industries Law
 
 
September 25
Toyota logo established through a public suggestion process (Product name changed from 'Toyoda-go' to 'Toyota-go')
 
 
September
Production of GA truck (improved version of model G1) commenced
 
 
October 31
Toyoda Kinyu Kaisha (now Toyota Tsusho Corp.) established to handle installment selling of automobiles
 
 
 
 
November
The German-Japan Anticommunist Treaty signed
 
 
December
Import duties on completed vehicles and parts increased
1937
February
Toyoda Automatic Loom Works' Shanghai Repair Plant completed
February
Tokyo Nissan Auto Sales Co., Ltd. established
 
 
April
Automobile Industry and the Automotive Division of Tokyo Gas Electric Engineering Co., Ltd. (TGE) merged to form Tokyo Auto Industry
 
 
May
Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH (predecessor to VW) established in Germany
August 28
Toyota Motor Co., Ltd established;
- Risaburo Toyoda and Kiichiro Toyoda appointed company president and vice president, respectively
 
 
September 29
Toyoda Automatic Loom Works' automotive manufacturing operations handed over to Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.
September
Three wartime control laws promulgated
 
 
September
Kyodo Kokusan Jidosha K.K handed over to Tokyo Auto Industry
 
 
December
Nippon Sangyo K.K. renamed Manchurian Industrial Development Company and moved to Manchuria in northeastern China
1938
January
Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. establishes Tianjin Plant in China (operation commenced in April)
January
Japanese Cabinet makes a decision on a materials mobilization plan
 
 
March
Aircraft Manufacturing Industry Act and Machine Tools Manufacturing Industry Act promulgated
 
 
May
Ticket system for heavy oil and volatile oil implemented
 
 
May
National Mobilization Law put into force
 
 
May
VW debuts the Beetle
August 10
Toyota Department Store (predecessor to Toyota Consumers' Co-Operative) established, selling daily necessities to employees
August
Official notice from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry bans manufacturing of passenger cars as a rule
October 1
Toyota Motor Co. Health Insurance Society (now Toyota Motor Health Insurance Society) established
 
 
October
Metric system adopted replacing the imperial system
 
 
November 3
Ceremony held to mark the completion of the Koromo Plant (now Honsha Plant) and operation commenced
 
 
November
Airplane research laboratory established inside the Koromo Plant
 
 
November
Toyota Kouka Seinen Gakko opened (with apprentice education commencing in April 1939)
 
 
December
Production of the GB truck (modified version of the GA model with the B-type engine installed) commenced
December
Japan Automobile Manufacturing Industry Cooperative established to handle allocation of parts and materials
1939
 February
Battery Research Laboratory established inside the Shibaura Plant
 
 
May
Automobile assembly plant in Shanghai completed, and production of GB truck commenced
May
System for regulating passenger car distribution prices commenced based on the Temporary Measures Law on Imported/Exported Products
 
 
May
Manchuria Automobile Manufacturing Company established
June
Production of DB-type, low-floor bus chassis commenced
 
 
 
 
August
Ministry of Commerce and Industry establishes the Automobile Technology Committee
September
AE passenger car prototype completed
September
World War II breaks out
November 7
Kyoryokukai (voluntary organization of suppliers) formed
 
 
November
Purchasing rules established
 
 
December 8
AE passenger car renamed Shin-Nihon through a public suggestion process
December
Ford Japan and GM Japan cease operations
December
Both annual production and annual sales in Japan reach 10,000 vehicles
 
 
1940
January
Shin-Nihon announced at the Koromo Plant, inviting dealer delegates
 
 
February 5
Round seminar about repairing and round service targeting general service facilities commenced
 
 
February 20
Tianjin Plant split off to establish Hokushi Jidosha Kogyo
 
 
March 8
Steel Manufacturing Division of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works made independent to establish Toyoda Seiko, Ltd. (now Aichi Steel Corporation)
 
 
April 15
Hiratsuka Jidosha Buhin Seisakusho established through joint financing with dealers
 
 
 
 
August
Japanese government implements control over distribution of large trucks and buses for private-sector use
September 14
Toyoda Physical and Chemical Research Institute established
September
Tripartite Pact formed between Japan, Germany and Italy
 
 
December
Japanese government implements control over distribution of small trucks

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