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28Jul/090

History of Toyota

for those who have keen interest in toyota cars

[source: toyota website]

1867 Birth of Sakichi Toyoda
1924 Sakichi Toyoda invents Toyoda Model G Automatic Loom
1929 Automatic-loom patent is sold to a British company
1930 Kiichiro Toyoda begins research on small gasoline-powered engine
1933 Automobile Department is established at Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd.
1935 The Toyoda precepts are compiled
1936 The AA Sedan is completed
1937 Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. is established
1938 Honsha Plant begins production
1950 Company faces a financial crisis; Toyota Motor Sales Co., Ltd. is established
1951 Suggestion System is begun
1955 The Toyopet Crown, Toyopet Master and Crown Deluxe are launched
1957 The first prototypes of the Crown are exported to the USA Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. is established
1959 Motomachi Plant begins production
1962 Joint Declaration of Labor and Management is signed
1965 Toyota wins the Deming Application Prize for quality control
1966 The Corolla is launched Business tie-up with Hino Motors Ltd. begins
1967 Business tie-up with Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. begins
1974 Toyota Foundation is established
1975 The prefabricated housing business begins
1982 Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Sales Co., Ltd. are merged into Toyota Motor Corporation
1984 Joint venture with GM (NUMMI) begins production in the USA
1988 Toyota Motor Manufacturing, USA, Inc. (present TMMK) begins production
1989 The Lexus brand is launched in the USA
1992 Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. begins production
1997 The Prius is launched as the world first mass-produced hybrid car
1999 Cumulative domestic production reaches 100 million vehicles
2000 Sichuan Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. begins production in China
2001 Toyota Motor Manufacturing France S.A.S. begins production in France
2002 Toyota enters Formula One World Championship Tianjin Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. begins production in China
2004 The Toyota Partner Robot is publicly unveiled
2005 The Lexus brand is introduced in Japan
2008 Worldwide Prius sales top 1-million mark

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