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1991
January 17
Former Toyota Motor Sales President Sadazo Yamamoto passes away
January 24
Establishment of Toyota Motor Poland Company Limited announced
January
Gulf War begins
January 21
Cynos (model EL44) launched
 
 
January
Request made by UAW to Japanese government to revise voluntary export restraints on passenger cars to the U.S. to a share basis
January 31
New Toyota Kuragaike Commemorative Hall showroom opened
 
 
 
 
February 1
Tokyo Branch office changed to Tokyo Head Office
 
 
 
 
February 18
Toyota Osaka Showroom (AMLUX OSAKA) established in Umeda
 
 
 
 
February 25
Cumulative domestic vehicle production tops 70 million units
 
 
 
 
May 30
Engineering Building No. 12 completed
May 31
Expansion of TTC and CALTY, R&D facilities in the U.S., completed
 
 
 
 
 
 
June
Large pyroclastic flows from Mount Unzen-Fugen in Nagasaki Prefecture
 
 
 
 
June
End of apartheid system (segregation) declared in South Africa
July 8
Provision of electric vehicles to local governments announced
July 6
Operations commented at training center in Bahrain
 
 
July 8
Sales of Caelum and Micro Caelum computer software announced
 
 
 
 
July 11
Sales tie-up in Japan with Volkswagen AG and Volkswagen Audi Japan announced
 
 
 
 
August 2
Cumulative domestic motor vehicles registrations reaches 40 million units
 
 
 
 
August 5
World's first seat coverings with advanced odor-removal function announced
 
 
 
 
August 29
Toyota Super Olefin Polymer, a new resin material, developed
 
 
 
 
September 30
Windom (model VCV10) launched
September 4
Line-off of first truck at NUMMI
 
 
October 11
Aristo (model JZS147) launched
October 17
Opening ceremony held for Toyota Authorized Service Station (TASS) in Shanghai, China
October
Tokyo Electric Power Company develops IZA high-performance electric vehicle
October 24
Operations of Yamanashi Housing Works commenced (plant operations conducted by Kanto Auto Works, Ltd.)
 
 
October
Each October designated at Recycling Promotion Month by Japan's Environment Agency
November 11
Plan to purchase 5 billion dollars of American products in FY1994 announced
November 4
Commercial vehicle production commenced by Shenyang Auto in Shenyang, China
November
System of driver's licenses limited to vehicles with automatic transmissions established in Japan
December 18
Toyota New International Cooperation Program announced
December 10
Completion of new painting plant at NUMMI announced
December
Provisional decision made by U.S. Department of Commerce that dumping of Japanese minivans occurred
 
 
December 27
Import and sales company established in Hungary
December
Soviet Union ceases to exist
1992
January 1
Guiding Principles at Toyota adopted
 
 
January
U.S. President George H. W. Bush visits Japan during an economic mission of the heads of the Big Three
January 13
Estima Lucida and Estima Emina (models TCR10G/20G and CXR10G/ 20 G) launched
 
 
January
Nissan launches March (model K11)
January 16
Toyota Earth Charter adopted
 
 
 
 
 
 
February 5
Lexus SC 400 (sold in Japan under the 'Soarer' name) named American Import Car of the Year
 
 
 
 
March
Cumulative vehicle production reaches 1 million units and cumulative engine production reaches 500,000 units at TMCA (Australia)
March
Bill imposing 25% tariff on minivans passed by U.S. Senate
April 1
DUO new sales channel established; sales of VW and Audi vehicles started
 
 
April
Voluntary export restraints on passenger cars exported to the U.S. continued (1.65 million vehicles/year) (through March 1994)
May 18
Corolla Ceres and Sprinter Marino (models AE100 and 101) launched
 
 
 
 
June 12
Start of sales of Caelum ae-50 high-performance graphics announced
 
 
June
LH Car production commenced by Chrysler of the U.S.
June
Ordinary euro and U.S. dollar bonds worth 1 billion dollars maturing in 1997 issued
 
 
 
 
July 16
Start of R&D in Advanced Safety Vehicle (ASV) announced
 
 
July
Yamagata Shinkansen linking Fukushima and Yamagata opened
 
 
 
 
 
Japan-U.S. summit meeting held; U.S. president calls for opening of automobile, automotive parts and semiconductor markets
August 6
Development of new solar car announced
 
 
August
U.S. Big Three express dissatisfaction with ITC ruling on Japanese minivans and file suit
 
 
 
 
August
Agreement reached on North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by U.S., Canada, and Mexico
September 1
Scepter Stationwagon (model VCV15W) produced by TMM (U.S.) launched
September 8
Line-off of first engine at TMUK engine plant in the U.K.
September
Honda announces withdrawal from F1 racing
September 24
Educational Foundation Toyota Kobe Institute established (TOYOTA AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING COLLEGE OF KOBE opened in April,1993)
September
Toyota Supplier Support Center (TSSC) established in U.S.
 
 
September 25
Executive Vice President Tatsuro Toyoda appointed President
September
Operations commenced at Toyota Autoparts Philippines Inc. (TAP), a transmission production company
 
 
September 30
Trial sales of Townace electric vehicle announced
 
 
 
 
September
Center System established in engineering divisions
 
 
 
 
October 20
Crown Majesta electric vehicle developed
 
 
October
Honda launches Odyssey
October 22
Aluminum wheel production started at Toyota Motor Hokkaido, Inc. (company established in Feb. 8, 1991)
 
 
 
 
November 2
Scepter Sedan launched
November 27
Opening ceremony conducted for Australia training center
 
 
November 16
Caldina (ST190G) launched
November
Plant completed at T&K Autoparts Sdn. Bhd. joint venture in Malaysia
 
 
December 22
Operations of Toyota Motor Kyushu, Inc. commenced
December 16
Operations of TMUK commenced
December
GM announces closure or sale of nine additional plants in the U.S.
1993
 
 
 
 
January
European Community integrated market established
 
 
 
 
January
15th Paris-Dakar Rally won by Mitsubishi Pajero
 
 
 
 
January
Maintaining of voluntary restraints on passenger cars exported to the U.S. at 1.65 million vehicles announced by MITI
February 26
Toyota Environmental Action Plan adopted
 
 
 
 
March
Certification received by Toyota Sales Staff Technical Skills Test System from Minister of Labour
 
 
March
Nissan delivers one Cedric EV unit to Japan's Environment Agency and Toyota delivers one Crown Majesta EV to Tokyo Metropolitan Government
 
 
April 22
First vehicle produced at Indus Motor Company Limited in Pakistan
 
 
 
 
April 22
Opening ceremony conducted for Toyota Technical Center U.S.A.'s test track in Arizona
 
 
May 21
Resort hotel FORESTA HILLS completed
May 31
Opening of service plant in St. Petersburg, Russia announced
 
 
June 21
Production of automatic transmissions by Toyota Motor Hokkaido, Inc. started
June 7
Opening ceremony conducted for Toyota Part Centre Europe, a parts logistics base in Europe
 
 
 
 
June 29
Agreement with GM to continue NUMMI business announced
 
 
 
 
July 20
Opening of service plants in Nakhodka and Khabarovsk in Russia's far east announced
July
Mitsubishi announces Capital tie-up with Chrysler Corporation
 
 
July 23
Graduation ceremony conducted for first class of Technical Training Center of Toyota Jin Bei of China Automotive Industry
July
19th G7 summit (Tokyo summit) held
 
 
 
 
July
Agreement reached by Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa and President William J. Clinton on framework for comprehensive Japan-U.S. economic agreement
 
 
August 10
Export of Camry produced in Australia to Thailand commenced
August
Tokyo Bay Rainbow Bridge opens
September 9
Lifecreation Co., Ltd., an off-road course company, established with Araco Corporation
September 21
Toyota wins 1993 WRC manufacturer's championship
September
Agreement reached at Japan-EC Automobile Summit
September 9
Cumulative domestic automobile production reaches 80 million units
 
 
September
Suzuki launches Wagon R
September 30
Scepter Coupe produced in the U.S. launched
 
 
 
 
September
Imports of engine parts at TMUK commenced
 
 
 
 
October 27
Toyota Caelum Incorporated established with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
November
China visited by Japanese Automobile Industry Mission, a joint public and private sector group
 
 
 
 
November
Basic Environment Act promulgated
 
 
December 17
Opening ceremony conducted for training center in Panama
 
 
 
 
December 21
Establishment of joint venture import and sales distributor in the Czech Republic announced
 
 
1994
January 27
Curren (model ST206) launched
January 27
Agreement reached with Volkswagen on continuation of commercial vehicle production
January
NAFTA takes effect
 
 
 
 
January
Conference established to promote the development of integrated systems for communications between roads and vehicles
 
 
February 5
New sedan, Avalon, displayed at the Chicago Auto Show
 
 
 
 
March 25
Automobile production project in Argentina announced
March
Agreement reached on 984,000 vehicle quota for exports to the EU
 
 
 
 
March
MITI announces elimination of voluntary export restraints on vehicle exports to the U.S.
 
 
April 19
Opening ceremony held for TMME new head office
April
Kyohokai joined by GM
May 10
RAV4 L and RAV4 J (models SXA10G) launched
 
 
May
America's JD Power announces quality survey results; Japanese cars hold eight of the top 11 positions
May
President Tatsuro Toyoda appointed president of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JAMA)
 
 
 
 
May 27
Chairman Shoichiro Toyoda appointed chairman of Japan's Federation of Economic Organizations
 
 
 
 
June 11
TOYOTA Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology opened
June 13
Groundbreaking ceremony conducted for parts center in the U.S.
 
 
 
 
July 27
Engine exports from TMUK (U.K.) to Turkey announced
July
Big Three invested in by the Export-Import Bank of Japan to provide support for right-hand drive cars
September 1
Baby seats and new child seats launched
September 12
Avalon production commenced by TMM (U.S.)
September
Kansai International Airport opened
September 7
Decision made to use Toyota dealers as a sales channel for GM passenger cars
 
 
 
 
October 14
Hybrid electric bus developed
October 14
Opening ceremony conducted for service training center in Kenya
October
Agreement reached at Japan-U.S. summit in three areas excluding automobiles and automotive parts
 
 
October 15
Opening ceremony conducted for new Toyotasa plant in Turkey
 
 
 
 
October 25
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award won
 
 
1995
January 30
Toyota Personal Selection, a new system for selection of vehicle specifications, introduced
 
 
January
World Trade Organization (WTO) established
 
 
 
 
January
The Great Hanshin Earthquake (magnitude 7.3) occurred
 
 
February 23
Agreement on establishment of lift truck production company in France signed
 
 
March 2
Completion of the Toyota ASV Advanced Safety Vehicle announced
March 7
Toyota RAV4 5-door displayed at the Geneva International Motor Show
March
System for paying tolls by credit card introduced by Japan Highway Public Corporation
 
 
March 31
Opening ceremony conducted for Altona Plant by TMCA (Australia)
March
Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway occurred
April 12
Signing of basic agreement on reciprocal product supply with Hino and Daihatsu announced
April 14
Opening ceremony conducted for China Domestic Production Technical Support Center
April
Automotive Dispute Resolution Center established
 
 
 
 
April
Yen traded at $1/\79.75 on Tokyo foreign exchange market
May 9
Avalon (model MCX10) launched
 
 
May
Breakdown of Japan-U.S. automobile and automotive parts talks
May
Vice Chairman Masami Iwasaki appointed chairman of JAMA
 
 
 
 
June 10
Former Chairman Masaya Hanai passes away
 
 
June
Daihatsu Zebra designated a people's car by the Malaysian government
June
New International Business Plan announced
 
 
June
Seibu Motor Sales Co. acquired by Chrysler Corporation
 
 
 
 
June
Basic agreement reached in Japan-U.S. automobile negotiations
 
 
 
 
July
Product Liability Act promulgated in Japan
 
 
 
 
July
Ban on Japanese car imports partially lifted by South Korean government
 
 
 
 
July
Vehicle inspection system largely deregulated
August 5
RAV 4 EV wins world's first electric vehicle rally
 
 
 
 
August 22
Granvia (models RCH11W and KCH10W) launched
 
 
 
 
August 25
Executive Vice President Hiroshi Okuda appointed President
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 6
Business license acquired from Vietnamese government for Toyota vehicle production and sales in Vietnam
 
 
 
 
September 16
Toyota Prius next-generation sedan displayed at Frankfurt Motor Show
 
 
October 16
Toyota Cavalier (model TJG00) manufactured by GM unveiled (launched January 1996)
October 10
Opening ceremony conducted for TMMC (Canada) engine plant (groundbreaking conducted on May 9)
October
Ministry of Transport designates 'Cavalier' model
 
 
October 12
Completion ceremony conducted for second phase of Technical Training Center of Toyota Jin Bei of China Automotive Industry
October
Ceremony marking start of construction of No. 2 Tomei Expressway conducted by Japan Highway Public Corporation
 
 
November 16
Ceremony conducted to mark introduction of Toyota Parts Procurement System (TOPPS) for productivity enhancement at service plants of Philippines dealers
November
Second ITS World Congress held in Yokohama
December 13
Former Toyota Motor Sales Chairman Seishi Kato passes away
December
Tianjin Fengjin Auto Parts Co., Ltd., TFAP a joint venture in China, established
 
 
December 19
Crown Comfort (model YXS10) and Comfort (model YXS11) launched
 
 
 
 
1996
January 1
2005 Vision adopted with Harmonious Growth as its main theme
 
 
 
 
January 9
Megacruiser (model BXD20V) launched
 
 
 
 
January 22
Start of monitoring of electric vehicles with new high-capacity batteries announced
 
 
 
 
 
 
February
TMMI established in the U.S.
February
People's Car Plan announced by Indonesia
March 7
Acquisition of ISO 14001 environmental management certification announced by Takaoka Plant
March 6
TASS certified service station opened in Moscow, Russia
March
Percentage of cars in Japan that have automatic transmissions exceeds 80%
 
 
March 15
Cancellation of joint venture business with GM in Australia announced
 
 
 
 
March 29
Cooperation provided to California's electric vehicle demonstration program
 
 
April 3
TACTI CORPORATION, a franchiser of automotive shops, established
 
 
April
Mazda placed within Ford Group
 
 
 
 
April
Operation of Vehicle Information and Communication System (VICS) started
May 21
Ipsum new concept family vehicle launched
May 16
Tianjin Toyota Motor Engine Co., Ltd., an engine production joint venture, established in China
May
GM moves head office building
May 30
Opening ceremony held at Kiyosu Training Center
 
 
 
 
June 11
GENESIS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC. established
June 10
Start of trial sales in South Korea announced
 
 
June 20
Toyota Classic based on the Toyoda AA launched
 
 
 
 
July 10
Tokyo Design Research Laboratory established
July 1
Kuozui Motors Ltd. absorbs Fengyung Corporation
July
ASEAN Automotive Federation (AAF) established
July 16
Toyota High-Tech Research Grant Program commenced
 
 
July
Long-term ITS vision prepared by five ministries and agencies (including the National Police Agency)
 
 
 
 
July
Japan Federation of Economic Organizations adopts Environmental Appeal
August 5
Completion of fuel-efficient/high output Toyota D-4 direct injection gasoline engine announced (vehicles equipped with D-4 launched on December 20)
August 7
Production of Corolla by Brazil's TDB announced
 
 
August 8
Car Tech Fuji, the first company established through an entrepreneur recruiting program
 
 
 
 
September 30
Cumulative domestic automotive production tops 90 million units
September 18
Groundbreaking ceremony conducted at TMMWV, a new engine plant in the U.S.
 
 
October 4
Development of near-future fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) using fuel cells announced
October 1
TMMNA (U.S.) established as North American manufacturing headquarters
 
 
 
 
October 8
Acquisition of Toyota South Africa (Pty) Ltd. (TSA) shares announced
 
 
 
 
October 10
Opening ceremony conducted for Toyota Motor Vietnam Co., Ltd.
October
Nippondenso Co., Ltd. renamed DENSO Corporation
November 9
All Toyota Big Holiday held (held once each year to present)
 
 
 
 
December 3
Start of information dissemination to dealers using satellite communications announced
December 9
First vehicle produced at Toyota Argentina S.A.'s (TASA) Zarate Plant
December
Charter of Corporate Behavior revised by Japan Federation of Economic Organizations
December 10
Camry Gracia (model MCV21 and model SXV20) launched
 
 
 
 
December 10
Primearth EV Energy Co., Ltd. established as joint venture with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and Matsushita Battery Industrial Co., Ltd.
 
 
 
 
1997
January 1
Marketing group system introduced in domestic marketing divisions
January 31
Soluna, an overseas production-only passenger car, launched in Thailand
 
 
January 13
Corolla Spacio (model AE111N) launched
 
 
 
 
February 26
Development of Brake Assist, a new safety technology that operates the brakes in emergencies, announced
February 12
Opening ceremony conducted for parts center in the U.S.
February
Fire occurred at Aisin Seiki plant;
- Production on all Toyota lines suspended
 
 
February 27
Tianjin Toyota Forging Co., Ltd. (TTFC), a company that produces raw forging blanks in China, established
 
 
March 11
Elimination of dichloromethane (a volatile organic compound) from manufacturing processes completed
 
 
March
Daihatsu launches Terios
March
Production of two-ton class small trucks transferred to Hino Motors
 
 
 
 
April 1
Guiding Principles at Toyota revised for first time in five years
April 15
Opening ceremony conducted at TMP's Santa Rosa Plant in the Philippines
April
Japan's consumption tax rate raised to 5%
April 8
Hiace Regius (models RCH41 and KCH40) launched
April 25
Opening ceremony conducted at TMT Gateway Plant in Thailand
 
 
April 14
New recycling technology for repaired and painted bumpers developed
 
 
 
 
May 20
Raum (model EXZ10) launched
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
June
Global warming mitigation measures proposed by Japan's Environment Agency
July 1
Toyota Motor Tohoku Corporation established
July 29
Tianjin Jinfeng Auto Parts Co., Ltd. (TJAC), a steering and propeller shaft production joint venture in China, established
July
Hong Kong returned to China by the U.K.
July 9
First Toyota Environmental Forum held
 
 
 
 
August 1
Virtual Venture Company established
 
 
 
 
August 22
Modified Coaster Hybrid EV (model HZB50Z) launched
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 8
Opening ceremony held at TMMC No. 2 Plant in Canada
September
Announcement made that Tokyo Motor Show will be held separately for commercial vehicles and passenger cars starting in 1999
 
 
 
 
 
Nissan announces Hybrid system
October 6
RAV 4 L V EV electric vehicle launched
October 6
Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Ltd. (TKM) established in India
October
Greenhouse gas emissions reduction target proposal announced by Japanese government
October 14
Prius (model NHW10) launched;
- Prius wins the 1997-1998 Car of the Year Japan Award as well as the 2004 North American Car of the Year Award and the 2005 European Car of the Year Award
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
November
The Hokkaido Takushoku Bank, Ltd. collapses
 
 
 
 
November 24
Yamaichi Securities Co., Ltd. voluntarily closes down operations
December 25
Harrier launched
December 5
Agreement on electric vehicle testing project signed in China
December 1
Third Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held
 
 
December 8
Site for new plant in Europe (now TMMF) selected in France
December 18
Tokyo Bay Aqua Line opened
1998
January 28
Establishment of Toyota Turbine and Systems Inc. announced
 
 
January
Asian currencies and share prices plunge
 
 
 
 
February
XVIII Olympic Winter Games, Nagano opened
March 25
Acquisition of NOx catalytic converter system patents in 10 countries announced
March 3
Yaris displayed at Genera International Motor Show
March
Start of vanity plate reservations announced by Japan's Ministry of Transport
 
 
March 3
Plan to increase production capacity of TMMI (U.S.) announced
 
 
April 6
Suppliers' Center completed on TMC's Head Office site
 
 
April
Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge opened in Japan
April 7
ISO 14001 certification obtained for product environmental management system
 
 
April
BMW makes agreement to acquire Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
May 14
Progres (model JCG10) launched
 
 
May
Daimler-Benz and Chrysler merge
May 29
Gaia (model SXM10G) launched
 
 
 
 
May
All-Toyota Global Warming Prevention Council established; members include 25 affiliates
 
 
 
 
June 1
Joint development of EV charging system with GM announced
June 15
Increase in TABC (U.S.) production capacity announced
 
 
June 25
Production, processing and sale of agricultural products using biotechnology added to business purposes
 
 
 
 
July 11
Toyota Heartful Plaza Tokyo, a comprehensive exhibit site for the Welcab series, opened
 
 
 
 
July 22
Memorandum on cooperation in recycling and navigation fields signed with Volkswagen
July 9
Line-off ceremony conducted at engine production joint venture in Tianjin
 
 
July 28
Toyota Mapmaster Inc. established
July 9
Establishment of Toyota Motor Technical Center (China) Co., Ltd. announced
 
 
August 3
Nadia launched
August
Australian Afforestation Pty. Ltd. established as a joint venture with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (afforestation site purchased in December)
 
 
August 18
Auto dealer channel renamed Netz dealer channel
 
 
 
 
August 28
Reinforcement of alliance with Daihatsu announced
 
 
 
 
August
Operations of ASR recycling plant (world's first on a mass level ) commenced
 
 
 
 
September 2
Development of new-generation one-liter gasoline engine announced
September 18
Opening ceremony conducted at TDB's Indaiatuba Plant in Brazil
September
Japan's Environment Agency substantially tightens emissions restrictions
September 24
Duet (model M100A) launched (OEM supply from Daihatsu)
September 28
Toyota European Environmental Action Plan announced
 
 
October 1
'Toyota Forklift' sales channel changes name to 'Toyota L&F'
October 12
Opening ceremony conducted at TMUK's No. 2 Assembly Plant in the U.K.
October
New minivehicle standards implemented
October 14
Development of recycling systems for Prius batteries announced
October 14
Opening ceremony conducted at cold region center in Canada
October
Decision made by American Automobile Manufacturers Association to disband within the year
October 28
Agreement on technology tie-up for new automobile systems with Exxon announced
October 27
Climate Protection Award received from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 
 
October 30
Altezza (model SXE10) launched
October
Toyota Motor Europe Manufacturing (TMEM) (now Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA [TME]) established
 
 
October 26
Construction completion ceremony conducted at Toyota Motor Tohoku plant
October 31
Ceremony conducted in Thailand to mark export of Hilux to Australia
 
 
 
 
November 12
Groundbreaking ceremony conducted at TMMF in France
 
 
 
 
December 10
Line-off ceremonies conducted at TMMI and TMMWV in the U.S.;
- Production of automatic transmissions commenced
December
Kokusai Denshin Denwa Co., Ltd. and Teleway Japan Corporation merge to form KDD Corporation
 
 
December 18
Sichuan Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. (SCTM) established and groundbreaking ceremony conducted
December
Noise regulations tightened by Japan's Environment Agency
1999
January 13
Vitz (model SCP10) launched
January 11
Start of support for educational safety program for elementary school students in the U.K. announced
January
EU single currency introduced
January
Vitz named the 1999-2000 Car of the Year Japan
 
 
 
 
January
Global Body Line (GBL) completed
January 29
Line-off ceremony conducted for forged components used in constant velocity joint held at TTFC (China)
January
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) established in the U.S.
 
 
 
 
January
Acquisition of Volvo's passenger car division announced by Ford
 
 
 
 
February
Seven prefectures and cities including Tokyo establish new emissions standards
 
 
 
 
February
First model certification in Japan for a natural gas-powered vehicle acquired by Honda
March 19
MEGA WEB (a facility with new cars as its theme) opened at Tokyo Waterfront City
 
 
March
Nissan signs capital alliance agreement with Renault
 
 
 
 
March
Palette Town complex opened
- at Tokyo Waterfront City with participation by TMC, Mori Building Co., Ltd., Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and other companies
April 19
Agreement with GM reached on joint R&D on vehicles with advanced environmental technologies
 
 
April
Revised Equal Employment Opportunity Law promulgated
April 27
Memorandum of establishing global standards for onboard multimedia technologies signed by five of the world's leading automakers
 
 
 
 
April
National organization established by merger of three regional Kyohokai
 
 
 
 
May
Crayon compact commuter electric vehicle sharing system developed; Trial operations commenced in area around the head office in Toyota City
May 27
Opening ceremony conducted at service training center in Cameroon
May
Onomichi-Imabari route of Honshu-Shikoku Bridges completed in Japan
May 17
Cami (model J100E) launched (OEM supply from Daihatsu)
 
 
May
Honda competes in Formula One racing
May 31
Decision to establish CarLots, a large-scale used care retail outlet, announced
 
 
 
 
May
Toyota Biotechnology and Afforestation Laboratory established
 
 
 
 
May
Chairman Hiroshi Okuda appointed president of the Japan Federation of Employers' Associations
 
 
 
 
June 5
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global 500 Award won
 
 
June
ITS Promotion Office established by MITI
June 11
Restored Kiichiro Toyoda residence and Toyota Establishment Exhibit Room located at the Toyota Kuragaike Commemorative Hall opened to the general public
 
 
June
MITI and automobile related organizations decide to establish recycling support center
June 25
Executive Vice President Fujio Cho appointed President
 
 
June
Ban on import of Japanese automobiles in South Korea fully lifted
 
 
 
 
July
Use of child restraint systems made obligatory as of April 1, 2000
August 2
WiLL cross-industry project launched
 
 
August
Campaign to exclude diesel-powered vehicles from Tokyo launched by Tokyo Metropolitan Government
August 6
Camry Gracia launched
 
 
 
 
August 27
Trial operation of IMTS next-generation traffic system announced
 
 
 
 
August 31
Platz (model SCP11) and Fun Cargo (model NCP20) launched
 
 
 
 
September 3
New painting technology using water-borne paints developed
September 29
TMC shares listed on New York and London stock exchanges
 
 
October 4
Cumulative domestic automotive production tops 100 million units
 
 
October
Hino Motors, Ltd. and Hino Motor Sales, Ltd. merge to establish new Hino Motors, Ltd.
October 12
MR-S (model ZZW30) launched
 
 
 
 
November 26
Opening of Gazoo Shopping Mall announced
November 9
Groundbreaking ceremony conducted for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland Sp.zo.o. (TMMP)
November
RJC Car of the Year won by Cedric/Gloria
 
 
November 16
Yaris declared 2000 European Car of the Year
November
Beijing Declaration adopted at Beijing ozone conference
 
 
 
 
December
Fuji Heavy Industries announces capital and business alliance with GM
 
 
 
 
December
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announces alliance for truck and bus development, production, and sales with Volvo
2000
January 17
WiLL Vi (model NCP19) launched
 
 
 
 
February 3
bB (model NCP30) launched
February 29
New RAV4 displayed at Geneva International Motor Show
 
 
March 6
Agreement reached on reinforcement of business tie-up with Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
March 17
Opening ceremony conducted at TKM plant (India)
March
Capital alliance announced by DaimlerChrysler AG and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
 
 
March 25
Indus Motor Company Limited, a Pakistan joint venture company, begins mixed production of Toyota and Daihatsu vehicles (Cuore)
 
 
April 1
New visual identity (VI) introduced by Toyota Vista dealerships at time of 20th anniversary of establishment
 
 
April
37 vehicles certified as low-emissions vehicles by Ministry of Transport
April 15
Operations of Toyota Usedcar Purchase (T-UP) car buyer's network commenced
 
 
 
 
April 7
Pronard (model MCX20) launched
 
 
 
 
May 24
Opa (model ZCT10) launched
May 9
Ceremony conducted to mark opening of ED2 new design center in Cote d'Azur in France
May
Japan's Driver's license system regulations loosened
May
Chairman Hiroshi Okuda appointed chairman of JAMA
May 22
Opening ceremony conducted at TMMWV engine plant in the U.S.
 
 
June 27
Donation of Type-G Toyoda Automatic Loom to Science Museum in London announced
 
 
 
 
July 7
Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a holding company of finance companies that provide automobile sale and other financial services, established; Toyota Financial Services Securities Corporation established on the 19th
July 10
Ceremony conducted to mark opening of Automobile Maintenance High-Tech Education Course in Malaysia
 
 
July
Construction of Cost Competitiveness 21 (CCC21) total cost reduction campaign commenced
July 12
Groundbreaking ceremony conducted at Tianjin Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. (now Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.)
 
 
 
 
July 31
Toyota GB being made a wholly-owned subsidiary announced
 
 
September 28
Sparky (model S221E) launched (OEM supply from Daihatsu)
September 27
Groundbreaking and line-off ceremony conducted at new TMMI plant (East Plant) in the U.S.
 
 
November 1
Management participation in Fuji International Speedway Co., Ltd. owned by Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.
 
 
 
 
November 10
Colorful Town Gifu operated by Toyota Automall Create opened
 
 
 
 
November 24
Kluger V (model ACU20W) launched
 
 
 
 
December 4
Zero landfill waste achieved companywide
December 15
Line-off ceremony conducted for first minibus at SCTM in Sichuan, China
December
Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly bans operation in Tokyo of vehicles that exceed metropolitan emissions standards
December 26
Decision made to conclude agreement on integration and transfer of logistics and lift truck businesses to Toyota Automatic Loom Works, Ltd.
 
 
 
 

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