Kiichiro Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation founder and former president was recently inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit. He was one of five industry leaders whose name was added to this year's Automotive Hall of Fame induction class. He is also the third person from Toyota to receive the honor of being inducted after Shochiro Toyoda and the late Eiji Toyoda.
Prior to starting the Toyota Motor Coporation we know today, Kiichiro Toyoda was credited in expanding Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, a textile business created by his father Sakichi Toyoda, into automotive manufacturing in 1933. He then served as president for Toyota from 1941 to 1950 before passing away in 1952 at the young age of 57.
Present during the awarding ceremony were a contingent of Toyota Motor Corporation executives and was led by Chairman of the Board, Takeshi Uchiyamada. Uchiyamada-san accepted Kiichiro Toyoda's award on behalf of the company the Toyoda family. The celebration was then highlighted by a replica of a 1936 Toyoda AA vehicle, the company's first production vehicle. The AA was designed and manufactured under the guidance of Kiichiro Toyoda himself.
"Kiichiro boldly changed Toyota's business model from automatic looms to automobiles without being constrained by previous successes. As his induction comes at a time when our industry is facing profound changes, I believe his message today would be to work hard to help the industry revolutionize the future of mobility, even if success is not immediate. I deeply appreciate the Automotive Hall of Fame for inducting my grandfather and our founder," said Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Coporation.
The Automotive Hall of Fame showcases the stories of those men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the automotive industry. Some of the notable people include Enzo Ferrari, Soichiro Honda, Henry Ford, and Ferdinand Porsche to name a few.