Vince Pornelos / Toyota Press | July 25, 2012 10:08
200,000,000 and counting
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has just clocked a major milestone in their global production: the Number One Japanese automaker has just produced their 200,000,000th vehicle.
The milestone occurred this past June, and took 76 years and 11 months ever since Toyota's humble beginnings, first producing cars like the G1 and A1 in August 1935. Back then, today's modern Toyota Motor Company was known as the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd. Automotive Department.
Kiichiro Toyoda founded the Toyota Motor in August 1937. The name 'Toyoda' was changed to 'Toyota' for easier pronunciation and the fact that the Japanese spelling of Toyota has 8 strokes, a lucky number.
Today, Toyota's most widely produced and best selling unit is the Corolla, with the 11th gen model being launched in Japan 2 months ago. The Corolla (Altis, locally) has already passed the 39.08 million production mark.
“I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to our customers the world over who made it possible for us to reach this milestone,” said Akio Toyoda, President, Toyota Motor Corporation in a statement. “I also have the most profound respect and gratitude for the efforts of all persons who were involved in developing, manufacturing, and marketing Toyota and Lexus vehicles over the years.”
Japan has amassed the majority of Toyota's production over the years, manufacturing 145.21 million vehicles. Overseas production totals 55.12 million units. Locally, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation also recently celebrated their own milestone with their 500,000th unit.
“We are determined to make our cars even better, to continue to give our customers the best possible product. This is the common goal of our 300,000 Toyota staff members worldwide,” concluded Toyoda.