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2001
January 9
Agreement with GM to jointly develop fuel for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) announced
January
Passenger car manufacturer TMMF begins operations in France
 
 
January 24
Corolla Runx (model ZZE123) and Allex (model NZE121) launched
 
 
 
 
February 27
New fuel cell hybrid vehicle developed
 
 
February
Japan's METI creates program to support CFC recovery equipment
March 16
33% stake acquired in Aioi Insurance Co., Ltd.
 
 
 
 
April 1
L&F business transferred to Toyota Automatic Loom Works, Ltd.
Apri
PT. Toyota Bio Indonesia established in joint venture with Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
 
 
April 6
WiLL VS (model ZZE127) launched
 
 
 
 
April
Next-generation traffic system, IMTS, introduced in Awajishima in Hyogo Prefecture
 
 
 
 
April
Toyota Finance Corporation releases TS Cubic Card
 
 
 
 
April
The Toyota Way 2001 adopted
 
 
 
 
June 4
Brevis (model JCG10) launched
 
 
June
Honda launches the Fit
June 15
Estima Hybrid (model AHR10W) launched
 
 
 
 
July 3
Brake systems and parts development and sales company, ADVICS CO., LTD., established jointly with Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
 
 
 
 
July 6
Verossa (model JZX110) launched
 
 
 
 
August 30
Majority of issued shares in Hino Motors, Ltd. acquired by subscription to third party allocation of shares
 
 
August
Toyota Automatic Loom Works, Ltd. changes name to Toyota Industries Corporation
 
 
 
 
September
Simultaneous multiple terrorist attacks (9/11) take place in the U.S.
October 5
Agreement reached with GM for joint research on a telematics service for the Japanese market
 
 
 
 
November 16
Voxy and Noah (model AZR60G) launched
November 21
Production of Daihatsu Terios commenced at Toyota de Venezuela Compania Anonima (TDV)
 
 
December 7
Vehicle theft security enhanced;
- Engine immobilizer made standard on all passenger vehicles
 
 
December
Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism lays out strategy to promote use of low-emission vehicles;
- Aims to increase number of low emission vehicles to 10 million by 2010
December 21
Establishment of global human resources development organization, Toyota Institute, announced
 
 
December 20
GM Japan becomes a member of JAMA
December 25
Premio and Allion (both ZZT240) launched
 
 
 
 
2002
January 25
Mark II Blit launched
January 4
Construction of new plant, TMMBC, in Mexico announced
 
 
 
 
January 9
Joint venture agreement signed for production of compact passenger cars with PSA Peugeot Citroen S.A.
 
 
February 1
Conference on 'Monozukuri (conscientious manufacturing) in the 21st Century' held
- as part of a special program, 'Aiming for Sweeping Advances in the 21st Century', commemorating 50 years since the passing of Kiichiro Toyoda
February 19
Exporting of TMMT Corollas built in Turkey commenced
 
 
March 3
Toyota enters Formula 1 racing series
 
 
 
 
March 20
First Overseas Regional Production Environment Conference held to improve global environmental management and enhance initiatives
 
 
 
 
April 1
2010 Global Vision announced
April 1
Holding company in Europe, Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (TME), established
April
USTR report on trade barriers published; Pressure exerted for liberalization of Japanese market
 
 
April 16
Joint venture established for vehicle parts production in India
- This Joint venture company is Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts Private Limited (TKAP) to produce manual transmissions with Kirloskar System Ltd.
 
 
May 8
ist (model NCP60) launched
 
 
May
Kyoto Protocol ratified by Japan
May 22
Alphard G and Alphard V (both model MNH10W) launched (produced by Toyota Auto Body)
 
 
May
Japan Business Federation formed by the amalgamation of Japan Federation of Economic Organizations and Japan Federation of Employers' Associations
May 25
Hiroshi Okuda becomes chairman of Japan Business Federation
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 7
Opening ceremony held at new Poland plant, TMMP
 
 
 
 
June 25
Increase in proportion of shares held in Toyota South Africa (Pty) Ltd. announced
 
 
July 2
Probox (model NCP50V) and Succeed (model NCP51V) launched;
- Produced by Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.
July 15
Establishment of peat business company in China announced
July
Road Transport Vehicle Act amendment, including tighter regulations for vehicle recall systems, passed in Japan
 
 
July
Cumulative vehicle production in North America reaches 10 million units
July
End-of-Life Vehicle Recycling Law promulgated in Japan
 
 
 
 
July
Law passed in California to reduce vehicular emissions of greenhouse gases
August 20
Production of Voltz (model ZZE136) by NUMMI announced (joint planning and design with GM)
August 29
Basic agreement entered into with Chinese FAW Group Corporation for automotive joint activities in China
 
 
August 23
Corporate bond offering of 150 billion yen made
 
 
 
 
August 28
Development of information network service, G-BOOK, announced, and Dedicated website launched on September1
 
 
 
 
September 2
Basic agreement concluded with Nissan for deal involving technical cooperation on hybrid systems
September 19
IMV Project announced
September
First OPEC summit in Japan held in Osaka
September 13
Caldina launched
September 26
100% ownership of Toyota Espana S.L.U. (TES) in Spain
September
Leaders of automotive industries in Japan, the U.S., and Europe meet for the first time in Paris
September 27
TMC and Hino Motors acquire certification from the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for road use of fuel cell hybrid commuter bus (FCHV-BUS2)
 
 
 
 
October 7
New Hilux Surf and new Land Cruiser Prado launched
October 8
Tianjin Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. begins production of new Vios
 
 
October 21
WiLL Cypha (model NCP70) launched
 
 
 
 
November 18
Certification for fuel cell hybrid passenger cars acquired from the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
 
 
 
 
December 2
Limited marketing of FCHVs commenced
 
 
 
 
2003
January 1
Division system abolished and replaced by Group system
 
 
January
Japan Business Federation releases future vision for Japan: 'Envisioning a Vibrant, Attractive Nation in the Twenty-First Century'
January 10
Continuous communications test carried out using Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), an intelligent transport system (ITS) technology
 
 
 
 
January 20
Wish (model ZNE10G) launched
 
 
 
 
 
 
February 25
Capital relationships with European marketing and sales companies reorganized
 
 
 
 
March 28
New casting plant announced to establish at Bodine Aluminium, Inc. in Tennessee
March
Iraq War starts
April 1
Home sales company, TOYOTA HOUSING CORPORATION, established
April 9
Agreement reached with FAW to jointly produce four Toyota models in China
April
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak spreads in Asia
April 17
Next-generation hybrid system, THS II, developed
 
 
 
 
May 13
Sale of six fuel cell hybrid passenger vehicles to Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya City, and four energy companies announced
May 12
Production of V8 engines commenced at TMMAL in the U.S.
May
Eco-Drive Promotion Liaison Committee, an organization formed by four Japanese government agencies, holds its first meeting
June 9
Toyota Recycle Vision announced
June
TMS in the U.S. introduces Scion brand
June
Number of ETC in-vehicle devices installed tops 1 million
June 26
New management system introduced, and managing officer position created
June
Decision to set up R&D bases in Thailand and Australia announced
 
 
 
 
June 12
TTCAP-TH established in Thailand, and TTCAP-AU in Australia
 
 
July
Global Production Center (GPC) established
 
 
July
Mazda and Isuzu agree to supply Isuzu-made small trucks on an OEM basis
July 30
Alphard Hybrid launched
 
 
 
 
 
 
August
Manufacturing and sales operations at TAM (Indonesia) separated, and TMMIN becomes the manufacturing entity
August
Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport commences work on establishing a system to rate the accessibility of vehicles to the disabled and elderly
September 1
New Prius (NHW20) launched
September 29
Line-off ceremony for Lexus held at TMMC in Canada
 
 
September 3
Addition of Dyna and Toyoace hybrid models and models equipped with DPNR clean diesel system announced
 
 
 
 
September 3
Agreement reached with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation for collaboration on G-BOOK service
- Mitsubishi models in Japan to be equipped with G-BOOK terminals starting in 2005
 
 
 
 
September 29
Sienta (model NCP81G) launched
 
 
 
 
October 6
Avensis (model AZT250) launched
October 8
Land Cruiser 100 rolled out at Changchun FAW Fengyue Auto Co., Ltd.
 
 
December 2
Main Technical Building (Technical Center) reopened after renovation
 
 
 
 
December 16
Customer Assistance Center starts accepting calls 365 days of the year
 
 
 
 
2004
January 9
Honda and Toyota Group announce joint implementation of ASR processing and recycling business
 
 
January
Avian influenza outbreak occurs in Yamaguchi Prefecture
January 20
Vice Chairman Iwao Isomura passes away
 
 
January
Japanese government sends Self-Defense Forces to Iraq
January 26
Ceremony held to mark the start of building construction in the urban redevelopment project outside Nagoya station jointly carried out with Towa Real Estate Co., Ltd. and The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd.
 
 
 
 
February 10
Agreement reached with Mazda on providing G-BOOK service for Mazda vehicles
February 25
Joint venture manufacturer of automotive engines, Guangqi Toyota Engine Co., Ltd., established in China
February
Amended Worker Dispatch Law takes effect
March 9
Agreement with Ford for licensing of hybrid system and emissions purification patents announced
March 4
Automotive stamping-die producer, Toyota FAW (Tianjin) Dies Co., Ltd. (TFTD), established in China
 
 
 
 
March 25
Joint venture manufacturer of automotive engines, FAW Toyota (Changchun) Engine Co., Ltd., established in China
 
 
April 20
New display facility, Toyota Universal Design Showcase, opened at Mega Web car theme park
April 13
Decision made to produce gears for automatic transmissions at TMMWV in the U.S.
 
 
May 1
Netz and Vista dealer channels merged to create new Netz channel
May 17
Exporting to Thailand of Avanza vehicles produced by ADM in Indonesia commenced
May
10 Central and Eastern European countries join the EU, bringing EU membership to 25 countries
 
 
May 27
Prius hybrid system wins highest accolade from British motoring magazine
 
 
June 7
Passo (models QNC10 and KGC15) and Daihatsu Boon, compact cars jointly-developed with Daihatsu, launched
 
 
 
 
July 26
Porte (models NNP10 and NNP11) launched
July 6
On-road trial of emissions reduction technologies commenced with Shell in the U.K.
July
JAMA and Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport abolish the voluntary 280 horsepower limit on Japanese vehicles
August 18
Test run of IMTS buses commenced at Expo 2005 Aichi Japan
August 25
TMT in (Thailand) launches new Hilux Vigo pickup truck, the first model in the IMV series
 
 
August 19
Large-scale used car dealership, CarLots, opened at two locations in Tokyo
 
 
 
 
September 28
Isis (model ANW10W, etc), minivan models launched (produced by Kanto Auto Works)
September 1
Joint vehicle production and sales company (GTMC) established with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. in Guangzhou, China
 
 
 
 
September 1
Production at TMMIN (Indonesia) of new IMV series minivan model, Kijang Innova, announced and commenced
 
 
 
 
September 15
Cooperation agreement with FAW Group Corporation to promote wider use of hybrid vehicles in China announced
 
 
October 1
Researching of engine technologies using synthetic GTL fuel commenced with Hino Motors and Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.
 
 
October
Toyoda Boshoku merges with Araco Corporation (interior components) and Takashimaya Nippatsu Industries (Takanichi) and changes name to Toyota Boshoku Corporation
 
 
 
 
October
11th ITS World Congress held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
November 9
Mark X (models GRX121, GRX120, and GRX125) launched (produced by Kanto Auto Works)
November 15
New Prius wins 2005 European Car of the Year Award
November
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry publishes guidelines on personal information protection
 
 
November 17
After-sales service technology and personnel training centers established in Shanghai and Guangzhou, China
 
 
 
 
December 6
Decision made to consolidate North American R&D and manufacturing operations into one company
December
Sumatra-Andaman earthquake hits western Indonesia
 
 
December 17
Sales financing company in China obtains approval to commence business
 
 
 
 
December 17
FAW Toyota Changchun Engine Co., Ltd. (FTCE) begins engine production in Changchun, China
 
 
2005
January 11
TOYOTA Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology renovated and expanded;
- First public exhibition of Toyota Collection opens on Feb. 14
January 17
Engine parts line-off ceremony held at Guangqi Toyota Engine Co., Ltd. (GTE)
January
End-of Life Vehicle Recycling Law takes effect
January
New main building opened at Toyota Head Office
January 19
Line-off ceremony for new Avalon held at TMMK
 
 
February 28
Ceremony held for reopening of Fuji International Speedway
February 1
Opening ceremony held at TMMBC in Mexico
February
Kyoto Protocol, setting numerical reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions, comes into force
 
 
February 15
TKM in India commences production of Innova, a new minivan model in the IMV series
February
Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) opens
 
 
February 28
Joint production of Peugeot 107, Toyota Aygo (model KGB 10L, etc.), and Citro?n C1 commenced at TPCA in Czech Republic
 
 
 
 
February 28
Production of new Hilux pickup truck, an IMV series model, commenced at TASA in Argentina
 
 
March 10
Opening ceremony for the Toyota Group pavilion held at Expo 2005 Aichi Japan
March 18
Line-off ceremony for Hilux held at ASSB in Malaysia
March
2005 World Exposition, Expo 2005 Aichi Japan, opens
March 22
Harrier Hybrid (model MHU38W) and Kluger Hybrid (model MHU28W) launched
March 21
Crown production commenced at TFTM in China
 
 
 
 
March 21
Diesel engine production commenced at TMIP in Poland
 
 
April 20
Toyota Shirakawa-Go Eco-Institute opened in Shirakawa-mura, Gifu Prefecture
April 14
Production of new Hilux pickup truck, an IMV series model, commenced at TSAM in South Africa
April
Personal Information Protection Law takes effect
 
 
 
 
April
Full protection of deposits in financial institutions in Japan removed
 
 
May 11
Opening ceremony held at TTCAP-TH R&D base in Thailand
 
 
June 23
Executive Vice President Katsuaki Watanabe appointed President
June 14
Ceremony held to mark commencement of construction of vehicle production plant, TMMR, in St. Petersburg, Russia
 
 
July 1
Leasing of FCHVs commenced
July 6
TMUK awarded 2005 Queen's Award by the British government
 
 
 
 
July 25
Ceremony held in South Africa to mark the commencement of IMV exports to Europe
 
 
August 30
Lexus dealerships commence operations in Japan
 
 
 
 
September
Global cumulative sales of Camry top 10 million
September 13
Plans to establish Toyota Vietnam Foundation announced
September
Expo 2005 Aichi Japan ends (visitors total 22.05 million)
 
 
September 15
Opening ceremony held at TMIP in Poland
 
 
 
 
September 27
IMV series Hilux at TDV in Venezuela launched
 
 
October 3
Ractis (model SCP100, etc.) launched
October 24
TFTM in China commences Reiz production
October
Fuji Heavy Industries dissolves capital alliance with GM
October 5
Basic agreement for business alliance reached with Fuji Heavy Industries
 
 
 
 
November 28
Belta (model KSP92, etc.) launched
November 21
Line-off ceremony for new Yaris held at TMMF in France
 
 
 
 
November 22
Guangqi Toyota Engine Co., Ltd. (GTE) commences AZ engine production
 
 
 
 
December 15
Prius production commenced at SFTM in China
 
 
2006
January 17
Rush and Daihatsu Bego launched
January 10
TMV in Vietnam announces commencement of Innova production and sales
January
JTEKT Corporation established
 
 
January 17
TMT in Thailand announces commencement of Yaris production and sales
 
 
 
 
February 10
Opening ceremony held at North American Production Support Center
 
 
March 9
Fuel cell hybrid buses go into operation around Central Japan International Airport
March 21
Toyota Study Assistance Fund established in China
 
 
March 13
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) enters into production outsourcing agreement with Fuji Heavy Industries
March 23
Research center established at Tsinghua University in China
 
 
 
 
March 23
Opening ceremony held at European Global Production Centre (E-GPC)
 
 
 
 
April 29
Tundra wins all top five places at Gateway 200, the fifth race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
April
Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Tomen Corporation merge
 
 
 
 
April
Isuzu announces dissolution of capital alliance with GM
May
Chairman Fujio Cho appointed as chairman of JAMA
May 23
GAC Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. (GTMC) begins Camry production
 
 
 
 
July 3
Production support company for the Asian region, TMAP Thailand, established
July
Japan-Malaysia Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) comes into effect
July 15-17
Toyota hybrid entered in the 13th Tokachi 24-Hour Race for the first time, and finishes with excellent results
 
 
July 24
Nissan posts worldwide cumulative production of 100 million units
 
 
August 8
Training course for Asian production affiliates established at Asia-Pacific Global Production Center
 
 
September 19
Lexus LS 460 (model USF40) launched;
- Wins Car of the Year Japan 2006-2007
 
 
 
 
October 23
Auris (model NZE151H, etc.) launched
October 12
Camry Hybrid production commenced at TMMK in the U.S.
 
 
November 7
Basic agreement for business collaboration entered into with Isuzu
November 6
Yaris production commenced for the first time at Kuozui Motors in Taiwan
 
 
 
 
November 17
New Tundra production commenced at TMMTX in the U.S.
 
 
December 21
Blade (model AZE156H, etc.) launched
 
 
 
 
2007
 
 
January 23
Crown becomes first vehicle to earn five-star safety rating in Chinese collision safety tests
 
 
 
 
January 11
Line-off ceremony for new Tundra held at TMMI in the U.S.
 
 
 
 
February 2
Line-off ceremony for a new V8 engine for the Tundra held at TMMAL in the U.S.
 
 
 
 
February 26
Auris production commenced at TMUK in the U.K.
 
 
March 6
Grand opening of Midland Square office and commercial tower in Nagoya takes place
March 8
Auris production commenced at TMMT in Turkey
 
 
 
 
March 13
Opening ceremony held at Ban Pho Plant in Thailand
 
 
April 19
Toyota FCHV put into service around Central Japan International Airport
April 1
R&D base and production support company for the Asian region, TMAP-EM, established
April
Nissan supplies Mitsubishi on an OEM basis for the first time
April 26
28 cogeneration systems supplied to Toho Gas Co., Ltd. for participation in the Stationary Fuel Cell Large-scale Demonstration Project
April 1
New R&D and manufacturing company headquarters, TEMA, established in North America
 
 
 
 
April 18
Ground-breaking ceremony held at TMMMS in the U.S.;
- Highlander production scheduled to commence in 2010
 
 
 
 
April 20
Line-off ceremony for Toyota vehicle held at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA)
 
 
May 17
Lexus LS 600h and LS 600hL (model UVF45, etc.) launched
May 25
Sale of FFVs commenced in Brazil (capable of running on 100% bioethanol)
May
Mitsubishi and two other companies establish new company to develop and produce lithium-ion batteries for vehicles
 
 
 
 
May
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announces Next-Generation Vehicle and Fuel Initiative
 
 
July 3
Innova production commenced at the Kuozui Motors Ltd. Kuanying Plant in Taiwan
July
Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake hits northwest Niigata region of Japan
August 23
Basic agreement reached with Isuzu for collaboration on development, production, and supply of small diesel engines
August 1
Opening ceremony held at Toyota Technical Training Institute in India
 
 
August 30
Vanguard (model ACA33W, etc.) launched
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
September
Tokyo metropolitan bus system commences operation of biodiesel-fueled buses
October 9
Corolla Rumion (model NZE151N, etc.) launched
October 1
Tong Fang Global Logistics Co., Ltd. (TFGL), a joint venture established with FAW and Guangzhou Automobile, commences operations
 
 
October
CSR Committee established
 
 
 
 
November 29
Tokyo region's first auto mall, Tressa Yokohama, opened
November 26
Sequoia production commenced at TMMI in the U.S.
 
 
December 25
Lexus IS F (model USE20) launched
December 11
New Land Cruiser production commenced at Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. (SFTM) in China
 
 
 
 
December 21
Line-off ceremony held at TMMR in Russia
 
 
2008
 
 
 
 
January
Tata Motors Limited unveils the Nano
March
Photovoltaic power generation system with one of the world's highest rated outputs of 2,000 kW installed at Tsutsumi Plant
March 4
TSAM in South Africa holds ceremony to mark the commencement of Corolla exports to Europe
 
 
 
 
March 9
Toyota Camry achieves first victory at the Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR's (U.S.) premier series
 
 
April 10
Agreement with Daihatsu and Fuji Heavy Industries to expand cooperation in development and production announced
April 1
Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRI-NA) established
 
 
April
Cumulative worldwide Prius sales top 1 million units
 
 
 
 
May 18
Activities to develop sustainable plant activities commenced at Tsutsumi Plant with public tree-planting event
May 9
Opening ceremony held at new premises of TMAP-EM in Thailand
May
Major earthquake hits China's Sichuan Province
June 3
Vehicle-type certification acquired for new Toyota FCHV-adv (advanced fuel cell hybrid vehicle)
 
 
June
Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku Earthquake strikes northern Japan
July 3
Former Vice Chairman Shigenobu Yamamoto passes away
July 31
Ceremony held to mark the start of construction of second plant at TKM in India
July
G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit held
July 7
78 hybrid and other vehicles supplied for use at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit
 
 
 
 
July 28
Central Motor Co., Ltd. made into wholly owned subsidiary
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 10
Plug-in hybrid car road test commenced in the U.K.
September
Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapses
October 1
Online, three-dimensional virtual city, Toyota Metapolis, launched
October 9
Opening ceremony held at new campus of Toyota Technical Center, USA, Inc. in York Township, Michigan
 
 
 
 
October 27
Ceremony held to mark the start of construction of new plant at Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. (SFTM)
 
 
November 20
iQ (model KGJ10) launched
 
 
 
 
December 25
Passo Sette (model M502E, etc.) and Daihatsu Boon Luminas launched
December 4
Line-off ceremony for RAV4 held at TMMC's second plant in Canada
December
Honda announces withdrawal from Formula One racing
2009
January 19
Lexus RX 350 (model GGL10W, etc.) launched; Lexus RX 450h (model GYL15W, etc.) launched in April
 
 
January
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group Holdings, Aioi Insurance Co., Ltd., and Nissay Dowa General Insurance agree to business merger
February 9
The Research Association of Innovative Bioethanol Technology established by six private-sector companies
 
 
February
Honda launches the Insight
March 11
TMC announces development of the world's first rear-seat center airbag
 
 
March
Discount on expressway tolls introduced in Japan (a maximum of 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays)
April 1
Toyota Loops commences operation
April 21
Lexus announces plans to enter LF-A prototype in 24 Hours Nnrburgring race
April
Tax cuts for eco-friendly vehicles introduced in Japan
 
 
 
 
April
Chrysler (U.S.) files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
May 7
Lexus IS 250C (model GSE20) convertible launched
May 25
GAC Toyota Motor commences Highlander production
May
Eco-points program for energy-efficient consumer electronics commences in Japan
May 8
Net loss of 436.9 billion yen for fiscal year ended March 31, 2009 announced
 
 
 
 
May 18
Third-generation Prius (model ZVW30) launched
 
 
 
 
May 25
Toyota Sales Logistics College opened
 
 
 
 
June 23
Executive Vice President Akio Toyoda becomes President
 
 
June
GM (U.S.) files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
June 23
E-commerce added as business objective
 
 
June
GM announces plans to withdraw from NUMMI joint venture
July 14
Lexus HS 250h (model ANF10) launched
 
 
July
U.S. introduces system for supporting purchase of fuel-efficient vehicles (late Jul.)
August
Cumulative worldwide hybrid vehicle sales top 2 million units
August 21
Decision to produce four-cylinder engines at TMMAL in the U.S. announced
August
GM discontinues Pontiac Vibe production at NUMMI
 
 
August 28
Decision to end production contract with NUMMI announced
 
 
September 1
TMC and Hino Motors, Ltd. test the functionality of breathalyzer ignition-interlock system for fleet management in cooperation with Japanese transport companies
 
 
 
 
October 5
Toyota finishes in second place at Round 15 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship Japanese Grand Prix
October 8
Highlander production commenced at TMMI in the U.S.
 
 
October 20
New vehicle distribution system, SLIM, exhibited at 1st Automotive Telecommunication Technology Tokyo (ATTT) convention
October 20
Sales of Toyota-brand vehicles commenced in South Korea
 
 
October 21
TMC announced the launch of the Lexus LFA (model LFA10)
 
 
 
 
October 23
Announcement made that housing operations to be integrated under TOYOTA HOUSING CORPORATION to strengthen business
 
 
 
 
October
Toyota Marketing Japan Co., Ltd. Established
 
 
 
 
November 4
Toyota's withdrawal from Formula One racing announced
November 23
Lexus GX 460 exhibited for the first time at Auto Guangzhou 2009
November
New photovoltaic power generation buyback program commenced in Japan
 
 
November 25
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. announces voluntary measures to remedy floor mat problem
 
 
December 7
Sai (model AZK10) launched
December 10
Announcement made concerning new compact car for India to be unveiled at Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi
 
 
December 14
Plug-in hybrid vehicle introduced to markets
December 11
Line-off ceremony for Camry Hybrid held at TMCA in Australia
 
 
December
Toyota Motor Sales & Marketing (TMSM) established
December 17
Toyota Group announces restructuring of small truck production in Indonesia
 
 
2010
January 15
TMC announces rollout of 'G Sports' sports car conversion series in mid-2010
 
 
 
 
February 9
Recall related to the ABS control computer in Prius, Prius PHV, Sai, and Lexus HS 250h models announced
February 1
Details of remedy for accelerator pedal problems in recalled vehicles announced
February
Massive earthquake (magnitude 8.8) hits Chile
 
 
February 24
President Toyoda attends U.S. congressional hearing
 
 
March 30
Inaugural meeting of Toyota's Special Committee for Global Quality held
 
 
 
 
April
Internal awards program, 2009 Toyota Awards, held (engineering category from April 1, other categories from April 8)
April 1
Production ends at NUMMI
April
Renault-Nissan and Daimler of Germany agree on capital and business alliance
April 20
Details of remedy for vehicle stability control (VSC) problems in the Lexus GX 460 and other vehicles announced
April 12
Line-off ceremony for Camry Hybrid held at GAC Toyota Motor in China
April
Next-Generation Vehicle Strategy 2010 announced by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
 
 
April 27
Plug-in hybrid vehicles introduced in Europe, and large-scale tests commenced in Strasbourg, France
 
 
May 21
Collaboration with Tesla Motors on electric vehicle development announced
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 23
Line-off ceremony for Auris Hybrid held at TMUK's Burnaston Plant in the U.K.
June
Panasonic EV Energy Co., Ltd. changes its name to Primearth EV Energy Co., Ltd.
 
 
August 6
Line-off ceremony for Tacoma pickup truck for North American market held at TMMTX in the U.S.
August
GM (U.S.) applies for relisting on stock exchange
September 16
Rokkasho Village smart grid demonstration project commenced
 
 
September
Subsidies for eco-friendly vehicles end in Japan
September 28
Agreement for Daihatsu to supply light vehicles on an OEM basis announced
 
 
 
 
October 1
Housing operations integrated under TOYOTA HOUSING CORPORATION
October 25
Decision to establish new company for SUV assembly in Egypt announced
October
Japan and India agree to enter into an economic partnership agreement (EPA)
October 5
Development of an advanced energy management system, Toyota Smart Center (TSC), announced
October 28
TMC agrees to commence plug-in hybrid vehicle verification tests in Tianjin, China
 
 
 
 
November 5
Ceremony held to commemorate cumulative sales of 20 million units in Europe
November
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting held in Yokohama, Japan
 
 
November 17
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China) Co., Ltd. (TMEC) established in China
November
16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16) held in Mexico
 
 
November 29
Line-off ceremony for Prius held at Toyota Motor Thailand's Gateway Plant
 
 
December 4
FJ Cruiser (model GSJ15W) launched in Japan
December 27
Line-off ceremony held for new compact car, the Etios (model NGK15R), at TMK in India
December
Nissan launches the Leaf in Japan, the U.S., and Europe
December 15
First Lexus LFA for commercial sale produced at the LFA Works at Motomachi Plant
 
 
December
GM launches the Chevrolet Volt
2011
January 12
Lexus launches its first premium compact vehicle, the CT 200h (model ZWA10)
January 9
Establishment of Collaborative Safety Research Center in the U.S. announced
January
Democratization movement spreads from Tunisia across Arab nations
January
Toyota Fleet Leasing Co., Ltd. established
January 14
Auris Hybrid receives 2011 Yellow Angel Award from Germany's ADAC
 
 
 
 
February 24
Ceremony held to mark start of new plant construction at TKAP (India)
February
Strong local earthquake (magnitude 6.3) hits South Island of New Zealand
March 9
Toyota Global Vision announced
March 1
Basic agreement reached on Land Cruiser Prado assembly in Russian Far East
March
Great East Japan Earthquake (magnitude 9.0) strikes
 
 
March 21
Prius awarded top rating of five stars under U.S. automobile safety evaluation system operated by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
 
 
 
 
March 30
Ceremony held to mark signing of agreement with Tsinghua University to continue joint research at research center in China
 
 
April 6
Basic agreement with Microsoft on strategic partnership for construction of next-generation telematics platform announced
 
 
 
 
April 27
Agreement with WiTricity Corporation for technological collaboration on wireless vehicle battery charging system announced
 
 
 
 
May 13
Prius a (model ZVW40, etc.) launched
 
 
 
 
May 23
Basic agreement reached on strategic alliance with Salesforce.com for development of social network service for vehicle use (Toyota Friend)
 
 
 
 
June 14
Development of G-Station charger for EVs and PHVs announced
June 7
TMUK (Britain) announces introduction of large-scale use of photovoltaic panels
 
 
June
Kokoro Hakobu Project initiatives to support areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake launched
June 20
TMMF (France) announces installation of solar wall
 
 
July 1
Holidays changed from Saturdays and Sundays to Thursdays and Fridays until end of September
July 8
Ceremony held on completion of expanded facilities at TME Technical Center, including TME's first test track for research and development purposes in Europe
July
Japan Women's Football League (also known as Nadeshiko League) achieves first world championship victory by winning the Sixth Women's World Cup
July 13
Decision made to integrate Kanto Auto Works, Central Motor and Toyota Motor Tohoku with a target implementation date in July 2012; simultaneous announcement made that Toyota Auto Body and Kanto Auto Works to become wholly owned subsidiaries as of January 1, 2012
July 27
Expansion of production in India announced (increased production capacity at TKM and new production line at TKAP)
July
Terrestrial television signals replaced by digital broadcasting in 44 of Japan's prefectures (three prefectures in Tohoku region excluded)
August 22
Announcement made of collaboration with Ford on joint development of hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs, and on elements of next-generation telematics
August 4
GTMC (China) reaches cumulative production of 1 million units
 
 
September 26
Minivehicle Pixis Space (model L575A, etc.) launched
September 1
Ceremony held to mark cumulative engine production of 2 million units at TFTE (China)
 
 
 
 
September 13
TMMIN (Indonesia) announces decision to build Karawang Plant No. 2
 
 
 
 
September 30
Line-off ceremony for in-line 4-cylinder engine held at TMMAL (U.S.)
 
 
October 5
Decision made to roll out next-generation telematics service (using global cloud platform) for emerging markets
October 22
Cornerstone-laying ceremony held at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China) Co., Ltd. (TMEC)
October
Heavy rain in Thailand causes extensive flood damage
October 13
Corporate advertising campaign 'Fun to Drive, Again' launched
October
Production of new engine model started at GAC Toyota Engine Co., Ltd. (GTE)
October
Major earthquake (magnitude 7.2) strikes eastern Turkey
October 14
Decision made to support Nadeshiko League as official sponsor (until March 2013)
 
 
October
Exchange rate on Oceania markets reaches post-war record level of 75.32 yen to the dollar
October 27
E-Kizuna Project Agreement entered into with Saitama City
 
 
 
 
November 1
Support provided for development of Partner Robots for use in nursing and healthcare
November 17
Line-off ceremony held at TMMMS (U.S.)
November
Japanese Prime Minister Noda declares commitment to participation in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations
November 10
Memorandum of understanding concluded with Intel Corporation of the U.S. on joint research into technology for next-generation in-vehicle multimedia systems
 
 
 
 
November 29
Orders opened for Prius PHV (model DLA-ZVW35) (sales commenced on January 30, 2012)
 
 
 
 
December 1
Agreement reached with BMW Group on development of medium- to long-term cooperative relationship in environmental technology
December 16
IMV series production capacity enhanced at TASA (Argentina) Zarate Plant
December
New eco-car subsidies started
December 1
Pixis Van (model EBD-S321M, etc.) and Pixis Truck (model EBD-S201U, etc.) launched
 
 
 
 
December 26
Compact hybrid vehicle Aqua (model DBA-NHP10) launched
 
 
 
 

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