Tuesday, 24 July 2012 3:37 PM
Some milestones are worth celebrating. A golden wedding anniversary perhaps, or 20 minutes without woofing a chocy bar. But 200 million motors built is one hell of a lot of steel! And so, Toyota Motor Corporation today announced that in June, its worldwide cumulative vehicle production did indeed surpass some 200 million units. Well done, guys.
This rather mega milestone took the famous Japanese brand 76 years and 11 months to reach, and began with production of their Model G1 truck way back in August 1935 at the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Ltd’s Automotive Department, which later became the Toyota Motor Company we know today.
Perhaps quite obviously, it’s been in more recent years that the new Toyotas have really been built at a blinding pace, with production since 1992 at Toyota’s manufacturing facilities in Europe - including facilities in the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Russia and Turkey reaching 7.44 million units at the end of 2011.
Marking their metallic milestone, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said: “I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to our customers the world over who made it possible for us to reach this milestone. 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. 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.”
And which of Toyota’s famous models is the most-produced of all? The Corolla…
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By Daniel Anslow
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