Facts You May Not Know About Toyota

Facts You May Not Know About Toyota

1. Japanese automaker started its journey to worldwide recognition in 1933, when Toyoda Automatic Loom Work Ltd. opened its car manufacturing division. Before becoming an automobile giant, the company produced sewing machines.

2. The name Toyota is derived from the famous Japanese family name Toyoda, the founder of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Ltd. The change was made simply because Toyota sounds better as a company name.

3. Toyota’s latest catchphrase “Always a better way” is the history of the automaker, told in just three words.

4. Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in the world. In total, more than 40 million cars have been produced over 11 generations!

5. The Japanese automaker produced its very first passenger car back in 1935. The first vehicle entered the market under the name of Model A1, which was later changed to Model AA. Simultaneously, the company was developing its first truck, which later was given a name Model G1. The next year, in 1936 the Japanese car manufacturer started its foreign expansion: the first shipment of Model G1 trucks (four in total) was sent to China.

6. The Passionate Pursuit of Potential is the slogan of the luxury division of Toyota, which bears the name Lexus. The division has existed since 1983. Initially, the cars under the Lexus brand were intended only for the US market, but currently they are almost as popular as automobiles under the Toyota brand.

7. Nowadays, Toyota Motor Corporation is the world’s second-largest automotive manufacturer and the largest company in Japan. The top automobile manufacturer produces more than 5,000,000 cars per year. Toyota Group unites many different companies both related to automotive industry and those focused on developing other areas.

8. Since 2002, Toyota has been participating in the most prestigious racing competition – Formula-1.

9. The automobile brands currently owned by Toyota include Lexus, Scion, Daihatsu, Hino Motors, Subaru (FHI 8.9%), Isuzu (5.9%).

10. In 1999, Toyota reported the production of its 100-millionth vehicle.

11. The Toyota emblem was created in October 1989. It consists of three ovals: two perpendicular ovals in the center symbolize a strong relationship between the customer and the company. The combination of these ovals symbolizes the letter “T” – the first letter in the word “Toyota”. The space, which serves as a background, embodies the idea of ​​the global expansion of Toyota technology and its unlimited potential in the future. In 2014, in Krasnoyarsk, a Russian city, 1416 cars formed the biggest Toyota logo getting into the Guinness World Records book. As you may have already guessed, only Toyota cars were used in this installation.

12. In 1951, the Japanese car manufacturer launched a series of four-wheel-drive vehicles under the name Land Cruiser. It is now Toyota’s longest running series.

13. In 1965, Toyota produced more than 50 thousand vehicles under the Land Cruiser brand. The same year Land Cruiser became the best-selling car in the United States.

14. In the International Engine of the Year Awards Toyota got the third result in the number of victories. Only BMW and Volkswagen received more titles.

15. In 2012, The Toyota Tundra was used as a towing vehicle for a space shuttle weighing 68 tons. Toyota Tundra pickup in standard configuration delivered an obsolete space shuttle to its final destination – an honorary parking spot near the scientific center in Los Angeles.