Ever since its founding, Toyota has sought to contribute to a more prosperous society through the manufacture of automobiles, operating its business with a focus on vehicle production and sales.
To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the company has compiled 75 Years of Toyota. Have a look at the company's progress over the last three-quarter century.
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 begins.
1955 The Toyopet Crown, Toyopet Master and Crown Deluxe are launched.
1957 The first prototypes of the Crown are exported to the United States; 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 partnership with Hino Motors Ltd. begins.
1967 Business partnership 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 General Motors (New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.) 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 (United Kingdom) Ltd. begins production.
1997 The Prius is launched as the world's 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.
2010 Worldwide Prius sales top 2 million mark; Toyota and Tesla Motors agree on joint EV development.
2011 Worldwide Hybrid Vehicle sales top 3 Million mark; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc. begins production in the USA.