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Toyota Motor Corporation, commonly known as Toyota, is a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer. Founded in 1937, it is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world, producing millions of vehicles per year.


Toyota was founded in 1937 by Kiichiro Toyoda, the son of Sakichi Toyoda, who invented the automatic loom. Kiichiro Toyoda had a strong interest in automobiles and decided to create a car manufacturing division within his father’s company, the Toyota Automatic Loom Works.

The company’s first car, the Toyota AA, was introduced in 1936, but it was not until after World War II that Toyota began to expand globally. In the 1950s, Toyota focused on producing small, fuel-efficient cars, which proved popular during the global oil crisis of the 1970s.

In the 1980s, Toyota began to produce cars in North America and Europe, which helped the company expand even further. Today, Toyota is a global company with manufacturing facilities and offices in over 170 countries.


Toyota produces a wide range of vehicles, including cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. In addition, the company also produces hybrid and electric vehicles. Some of Toyota’s most popular models include:

  • Toyota Camry: a mid-size sedan that has been in production since 1982

  • Toyota Corolla: a compact car that has been in production since 1966

  • Toyota Prius: a hybrid electric car that was introduced in 1997

  • Toyota Tacoma: a mid-size pickup truck that has been in production since 1995

  • Toyota Sienna: a minivan that has been in production since 1998

In addition to its production vehicles, Toyota also produces engines, transmissions, and other automotive components.

Research and Development

Toyota is known for its commitment to research and development. The company invests heavily in innovative technologies, such as hybrid and electric powertrains, autonomous driving systems, and alternative fuel sources.

Toyota’s research and development efforts have led to a number of groundbreaking technologies. For example, the company’s hybrid electric system, called Hybrid Synergy Drive, was introduced in 1997 and has since been used in millions of Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

In addition, Toyota is a leader in hydrogen fuel cell technology. In 2014, the company introduced the Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that has a range of up to 312 miles on a single tank of hydrogen.

Social Responsibility

Toyota has a strong commitment to social responsibility. The company’s philosophy, called “the Toyota Way,” emphasizes respect for people, continuous improvement, and responsible business practices.

Toyota is also committed to reducing its environmental impact. The company has set a goal to achieve zero emissions at its factories and to reduce the average carbon emissions of its vehicles by 90 percent by 2050.

In addition, Toyota is committed to supporting local communities. The company partners with local organizations to promote education, health, and community development initiatives.


Toyota is a global company that has established itself as a leader in the automotive industry. The company’s commitment to innovation, research and development, and social responsibility have helped it to remain competitive and successful over the years. With its continued focus on groundbreaking technologies and responsible business practices, Toyota is sure to remain a major player in the automotive industry for years to come.

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The Globe and Mail

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The Sydney Morning Herald

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Japan Times

23-05-16 02:26

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The Globe and Mail

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Financial Times

23-05-16 23:19

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The Independent

23-05-17 11:22

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Financial Times

23-05-17 15:51

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South China Morning Post

23-05-18 09:42

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South China Morning Post

23-05-18 12:30

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Associated Press

23-05-18 15:57

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23-05-18 14:58

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