Toyota events
General events
1961
 
 
February
Fuji Precision Industries is renamed Prince Motor Co., Ltd.
April 1
Tsunashima Vehicle Center completed as the base for distributing cars in the Tokyo area
April
Japan revises Commodity Tax Law (setting the tax for compact passenger cars at 15%)
April
Chubu Japan Institute of Automobile Service Technicians opened (now Toyota Nagoya Automobile College)
April
Japan liberalizes importation of trucks and buses
 
 
April
Hino launches the passenger cars Contessa and Briska
 
 
May
Japan's MITI announces its vision for organizing passenger car manufacturers into three groups
June 30
Publica (UP10) launched
June
Japan's Metropolitan Police Department opens the Traffic Information Center
June 30
Operation of Publica channel dealers commenced
 
 
June
Decision made for company-wide introduction of Total Quality Control (TQC) methodology
 
 
 
 
July
Japanese government promulgates the Installment Sales Act
August 11
President Taizo Ishida appointed Company Chairman, and Vice President Fukio Nakagawa appointed President
 
 
September 8
Haruhi Plant (now Haruhi Center) completed
September
Japanese Cabinet decides to accelerate the implementation of the trade liberalization plan
 
 
September
Renault launches the '4' front-wheel-drive, basic car
 
 
November
First Japan-U.S.A. Joint Committee on Trade and Economic Problems held
December
Cost Conference established in order to manage cost throughout the entire company
 
 
December
Annual export volume of 10,000 vehicles achieved
 
 
1962
 
 
January
Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers' Unions established
February
Distributor agreement signed with Toyopet Commercials of South Africa (now TSAM)
February
Toyo Kogyo launches the Mazda Carol passenger minivehicle
February 24
Joint Declaration of Labor and Management signed with Labor Union
 
 
 
 
March
Japan and U.S.A. sign General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
 
 
March
Nissan commences operation of its Oppama Plant dedicated to passenger cars
April 27
Seihokai, a voluntary supplier association, established by mold, jig, and gauge manufacturers
April
Isuzu launches the Bellel
 
 
April
Japan's Industrial Structure Investigation Committee establishes Passenger Car Subcommittee
June 8
Publica Van (UP16V) launched
June
Japanese government promulgates the Act on Assurance of Car Parking Spaces and Other Matters
June 19
Agreement on CKD assembly signed with Delta Motor Corporation of the Philippines (agreement dissolved in March 1984)
 
 
June
Chief Policy Committee established between Toyota Motor and Toyota Motor Sales
 
 
June
Production commenced at Motor Assemblies (now TSAM) of South Africa
 
 
July 19
First company-wide audit conducted (name changed to operation check in May 1966)
 
 
October
Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd. (TMT) established in Thailand
October
Japan implements trade liberalization for 230 items (88% liberalization rate)
 
 
October
Shin Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries launches the Minica light passenger car
 
 
October
Nissan launches the Datsun Fairlady 1500 (SP310)
 
 
October
Cuban Missile Crisis occurs
 
 
October
Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) founded
November 6
Eihokai, a voluntary association made up of construction companies and facility manufacturers, established
 
 
November 30
Fukuju Maru No.11, Toyota's first dedicated vehicle cargo ships, enters service
 
 
November
Agreement to export CKD parts signed with Australian Motor Industries (AMI) of Australia (now TMCA)
 
 
December
One Crown sample exported to Denmark
 
 
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Value Analysis (VA) introduced this year
 
 
1963
January 4
Corporate policy clearly specified and announced
 
 
January 4
Toyota Nagoya Education Center established
 
 
January 4
Toyota Tokyo Education Center established
 
 
February 1
My Car Loan, a system for financing automobile purchases, commenced
February
Japan announces its intention of moving to Article XI status at the GATT Director's meeting
March 1
New car warranty coverage significantly extended (from 3 months or 10,000 km to 1 year or 20,000 km for new cars of all models)
 
 
March 6
Board of Managing Officers established
 
 
March 13
System of assigning company directors various functions implemented
 
 
April 1
Light Bus (RK170B) launched
 
 
May 3
Crown, Corona, and Publica win class championships at the First Japan Grand Prix
 
 
May 18
Distributor agreement signed with Erla Auto Import of Denmark
 
 
July 1
Publica Deluxe (UP10-D) launched
 
 
July 27
Toyota Motor Sales establishes Melbourne Representative Office
July
Shin Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries launches the Colt 1000
 
 
August
Honda launches the T360 four-wheeled mini-truck
September
DA80C model, cab-over large truck launched
September
Nissan launches the Datsun Bluebird model 410
October 21
Light Stout (RK40) launched
October
Honda launches the S500
October 21
Publica Convertible (UP10S) launched
 
 
November 1
DC80C model, cab-over medium-size truck launched
November
Isuzu launches the Bellett
 
 
November
U.S. President Kennedy is assassinated
 
 
November
Porsche launches the 911
December
Joint export conference held by Toyota Motor and Toyota Motor Sales, adopting the First Five-Year Export Plan
 
 
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Production control method using 'Kanban' commenced this year
 
 
1964
February 10
Operation of Toyota Motor Thailand assembly plant commenced
 
 
March 12
Toyofuji Shipping Co., Ltd. established, specializing in marine transport of Toyota vehicles
March
Ford launches the Mustang
March 13
Export of passenger cars to the U.S.A. resumes with Tiara 1900 samples
 
 
April 20
Crown Eight (VG10) launched
April
Japan becomes an IMF Article VIII country
 
 
April
Japan joins OECD
May 19
Distributor agreement signed with Louwman & Parqui B.V. of the Netherlands
 
 
May 25
Domestic Marine Transport Base (now Nagoya Wharf Center) completed at the Port of Nagoya
 
 
 
 
June
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. established (merging Shin Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries, Mitsubishi Nippon Heavy-Industries, Ltd., and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Ltd.)
July 1
Distributor agreement signed with Canadian Motor Industries (CMI) of Canada (now Toyota Canada)
July
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launches the Debonair
September 1
QC Promotion Group established
 
 
September 14
New Corona undergoes 100,000-km continuous open driving test
 
 
 
 
October
Operation is commenced at the Yatabe High Speed Test Course in Yatabe-machi, Ibaraki Prefecture
 
 
October
Toyo Kogyo launches the Familia 800 sedan
 
 
October
Tokaido Shinkansen Line opens
 
 
October
Tokyo Olympics held
1965
February 12
115 Crowns loaded on a ship as part of the first full-scale export to Canada
February
Bombing of North Vietnam by the United States Armed Forces commences
 
 
March
Sanyo Special Steel Co., Ltd. applies for protection under the Corporate Rehabilitation Law
April 1
Toyota Sports 800 (UP15) launched
 
 
April 2
Samples of Corona (RT43-L) exported to the U.S.A.
 
 
April 27
Loan agreement for 11 million dollars signed with Export-Import Bank of Washington
 
 
 
 
May
Japanese Diet adopts ILO Convention 87
 
 
June
Yamaichi Securities Co., Ltd. receives special financing from Bank of Japan
 
 
June
Japan-Republic of Korea Basic Relations Treaty signed
July 1
Corona Hardtop (RT50) launched
July
Meishin Expressway fully opens
August
Distributor agreement signed with Motor Import of Great Britain (now Toyota GB)
August
Suzuki launches the Fronte 800
September
Kamigo Plant begins production of M-type engines
 
 
September
Production commenced at ECASA of Costa Rica (production stopped in October 1982)
 
 
October 25
Newly developed M-type, 6-cylinder engine installed in the Crown
October
Japan liberalizes importation of completed passenger cars
 
 
October
Japan Automobile Importers Association established
 
 
October
Nissan launches the President Model 150
November 6
Kamigo Plant completion ceremony held
November
Nissan's Oppama-maru, a ship dedicated to transporting automobiles, enters service
November 10
Deming Prize for major advances in quality improvement received
November
Japanese Cabinet decides to issue government bonds to combat the recession
November 12
Corona, 5-door sedan (RT56) launched
 
 
 
 
December
Japan is elected a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council
1966
January
10-day order system adopted
 
 
January
Agreement for CKD assembly signed with Shinjin Motors of South Korea (agreement dissolved in October 1972)
 
 
 
 
March
Japan Auto Appraisal Institute established
 
 
March
Japan's population exceeds 100 million according to Ministry of Justice's resident registry total
 
 
April
Nissan launches the Datsun Sunny 1000
 
 
May
Fuji Heavy Industries launches the Subaru 1000 (first mass-produced front-wheel drive vehicle in Japan)
 
 
May
Cultural Revolution occurs in China
July 23
Toyota Rental Car Services Co., Ltd. (now Toyota Tokyo Rental & Leasing Co., Ltd.) established
 
 
 
 
August
Nissan and Prince merge
 
 
August
Nissan enters the rental car business
September 24
Takaoka Plant commences production of Corolla
September
Ministry of Transport begins regulating the CO concentration in exhaust emissions from gasoline-powered vehicles (3% or lower)
 
 
September
Daihatsu launches the Fellow minivehicle
October 15
Toyota Motor, Toyota Motor Sales, Hino Motors, and Hino Motors Sales announce business alliance
 
 
November 15
Corolla (KE model) launched
 
 
November 9
Design Dome completed
 
 
November 25
First All-Toyota Total Quality Management Competition held
 
 
November 25
Toyota Tokyo Parts Distributor Co., Ltd. established
 
 
November
Automobile Performance Testing Course completed at the Higashi-Fuji Proving Ground (now Higashi-Fuji Technical Center)
 
 
November
PR magazine 'Cars and Their World' launched
- (publication suspended after Issue No. 271 September 1997)
 
 
December 1
Nationwide standard warrantee system applied to used cars
December
Japan's MITI establishes Automobile Distribution Rationalization Council
December 7
Takaoka Plant completion ceremony held
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Japan enters the Izanagi economic boom (1965-70)
1967
February 13
New company building of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. completed in Torrance, California
 
 
February
Production commenced at Steels Motor Assemblies of New Zealand
 
 
March
New York Representative Office established
March
Honda launches the N360 passenger minivehicle
April 1
Special warranty on parts set to 2 years or 50,000 km
April
Automotive Industrial Association and the Japan Small Vehicle Manufacturers Association merge to form Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association
April 7
Production commenced at the Toyota del Peru S.A. assembly plant
 
 
May 12
Briska (GY10) launched through an alliance with Hino Motors
May
Major nations agree on the Kennedy Round
May 16
Toyota 2000GT (MF10) launched
May
Toyo Kogyo launches the Mazda Cosmo Sport powered by a rotary engine
 
 
June
Middle East War breaks out
 
 
June
Suzuki launches the Fronte 360 passenger minivehicle
 
 
June
Car ownership in Japan exceeds 10 million vehicles
July 25
Export base Nagoya Toyota Wharf completed (now Nagoya Wharf Center)
July
Japan implements Phase 1 Capital Liberalization
July
All-Toyota Technical Council established
 
 
 
 
August
Japanese government promulgates Basic Law for Environmental Pollution Control
 
 
August
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) established
 
 
September
NSU launches the Ro80 powered by a rotary engine
October 2
Hiace (PH10) launched
October
Honda commences operation of its Suzuka Plant
October 13
President Fukio Nakagawa passes away
 
 
October 30
Executive Vice President Eiji Toyoda appointed President
 
 
November 1
Toyota Auto channel dealers commence operation
November
Isuzu launches the Florian
November 9
Toyota Motor, Toyota Motor Sales, and Daihatsu sign memorandum related to business collaboration
 
 
November 15
Miniace (UP100) launched
 
 
November
Century (VG20) launched
 
 
 
 
December
First Japan-U.S.A. Automobile Conference held
1968
February
Production commenced at Champion Motor of Malaysia (now ASSB)
 
 
March 21
Hilux (RN10) launched
 
 
April 25
Toyota Traffic Environment Committee jointly established by Toyota Motor and Toyota Motor Sales
April
Nissan launches the Laurel
April
Agreement on CKD assembly signed with Lio Ho Motor Co. of Taiwan (agreement dissolved in January 1973)
 
 
April
Production commenced at Campbell Industries of New Zealand (production terminated in October 1998)
 
 
May 1
Corolla Sprinter (KE15) launched
 
 
 
 
June
Japanese government promulgates the Air Pollution Control Act and Noise Regulation Act
 
 
June
Daihatsu Motor Sales Co., Ltd. established
July 1
Miyoshi Plant completion ceremony held
July
Japan implements traffic ticket and fine system
 
 
July
Automobile acquisition tax newly instituted
August 10
Kamigo Warehouse (now Kamigo Consolidation Center [KCC]) completed
August
Japan-U.S.A. Automobile Negotiation ends in agreement
September 21
Corona Mark II (RT60) launched
 
 
October 25
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Dealers' Conference held in Tokyo
October
Nissan and Fuji Heavy Industries sign business collaboration agreement
October
Agreement on exporting CKD parts signed with Salvador Caetano of Portugal (production commenced in November)
 
 
November 23
Toyota Maru No.1, a ship dedicated to shipping vehicles to the U.S.A., enters service
 
 
December 3
Annual production of 1 million vehicles reached
December
Isuzu launches the 117 Coupe
1969
January
All-Toyota President Meeting established
January
Ford of Europe launches the Capri
February 3
Light Bus completely redesigned and launched under the new name 'Coaster'
 
 
March 1
Name of Publica dealers changed to Toyota Corolla dealerships
March
Fiat launches the 128 front-wheel drive vehicle
April 2
First All-Toyota Traffic Safety Campaign held
April
Japan lowers import duties on large passenger cars
April
Brussels Representative Office established
April
Ministry of Transport revises Vehicle Safety Standards and strengthens enforcement of 12 items related to safety measures
 
 
May
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Chrysler sign memorandum establishing a joint venture company
 
 
May
Tomei Expressway fully opens
June 17
All-Toyota comprehensive quality check that includes suppliers conducted
June
Ministry of Transport orders Toyota and Nissan to inspect all vehicles subject to recall
June
Special Committee on Recall Issues established between Toyota Motor and Toyota Motor Sales
 
 
July 26
Toyota Summer School commenced
July
American Apollo 11 lands on the moon
August
Production of Corolla commenced at Thai Hino Industry Co., Ltd.
 
 
September 1
Massy Dyna (QC10) launched
September
Ministry of Transport tightens regulations related to CO emissions from gasoline-powered vehicles
September
All-Toyota Planning and Research Meeting established
 
 
September
Toyota Quality Management Prize established
 
 
 
 
October
Japanese Cabinet decides to implement capital liberalization related to automobiles as of October 1971
December
Annual sales volume in Japan tops 1 million vehicles
December
Nissan launches the Fairlady Z
1970
 
 
January
Nissan, Toyo Kogyo, and Ford jointly establish Japan Automatic Transmissions
February 1
Total Vehicle Engineering Administration Office resurrected; Inspection Department established at all plants
 
 
 
 
March
Japan World Exposition held
 
 
April
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries splits off its automobile division, establishing it as Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
 
 
May
Japan lowers import duties on compact passenger cars
 
 
May
Lead pollution problem occurs in Ushigome Yanagicho, Tokyo
July
Toyota Motor and Toyota Motor Sales establish the Joint Conference on Safety and Anti-pollution Measures
July
Photochemical smog occurs in Suginami-ku, Tokyo
September 1
Toyota Motor Workers' Union splits into Toyota Motor Labor Union and Toyota Motor Sales Labor Union
September
Japanese Cabinet decides to pull in the schedule for capital liberalization related to passenger cars by half a year
September
Distributor agreement signed with Deutsche Toyota-Vertrieb of Germany
 
 
October 21
First wharf for Toyota's exclusive use completed at the Port of Benicia near San Francisco by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
October
Nissan launches the Cherry
November 14
Liteace (KM10) launched
 
 
November 17
Awarded the First Japan Quality Medal
 
 
November
Production of the Celica and Carina commenced at the Tsutsumi Plant
 
 
December 1
Carina and Celica (TA10 and TA20) launched
December
Japan passes 14 pollution-related laws
December 1
Daily order system adopted in conjunction with the launch of the Celica
December
Muskie Act for preventing air pollution passed in the U.S.A.
December 11
Tsutsumi Plant completion ceremony held
 
 

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