Key Events and Milestones in Toyota’s History
1933 – Sakichi Toyoda, an inventor, founded an automobile department established within textile loom maker Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, now known as Toyota Industries.
1935 – Right before the first Toyota dealership is established, the first vehicle, the Model G1 truck, is built.
1936 – Production starts of its first car, the Model AA.
1957 – First passenger car to be exported to the United States, the Crown, was made in Japan.
1962 – First overseas vehicle plant was established in Brazil.
1964 – First Asian vehicle plant outside Japan was established in Thailand.
1972 – A first record is set for production in Japan when it reaches a cumulative 10 million vehicles.
Decades of Innovation
1984 – Toyota’s first U.S. car assembly plant opens in California as a joint venture with General Motors.
1989 – Starts first luxury Lexus brand in North America.
1992 – First European car plant begins production in Britain.
1997 – They start to offer the Prius, the first mass-produced hybrid car.
1998 – Toyota takes majority stake in mini vehicle maker Daihatsu Motor.
1999 – Japan produces the 100 millionth Toyota vehicle.
A New Century
2001 – Toyota takes in truck maker Hino Motors with a majority stake.
2003 – Toyota’s 6.78 million vehicles produced overtakes Ford Motor in annual sales to become world No. 2 behind only General Motors.
2005 – Toyota takes minority stake in Fuji Heavy Industries, which made Subaru cars, for use of its U.S. factory and cooperation in vehicle technology development.
2006 – Toyota beefs up diesel engine technology by taking minority stake in truck maker Isuzu Motors.
2006 – Toyota reaches group global sales of 8.808 million vehicles, which exceeds GM’s by 128,000, making it the world’s biggest automaker.
2008 – Worldwide Prius sales exceeded 1 million units.
2009 – Worldwide hybrid sales reach 2 million units.
2014 – Company celebrated producing its 200-millionth vehicle.