Toyota sales cross 200 million units
Japanese car maker, Toyota has produced their 200 millionth vehicle. Their top seller Toyota Corolla has been instrumental in Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corporation reaching and surging ahead of the 200 million mark. This is a major event in the history of Toyota Motor Corporation which rolled out its first G1 truck in August of 1935. The company has certainly come a long way in these past 77 years.
Out of the total of 200 million vehicles 145.21 million have been produced on their home ground Japan while the balance of 55.12 million was produced from other global markets. It goes without saying that the Corolla sedan has been their prized seller ever since it was launched with total sales reaching 39.08 million units till the end of June 2012.
Toyota Motor Corporation currently employs a total of 300,000 staff worldwide. The Corolla has always been looked upon as the company’s most successful vehicle accounting for one in every five Toyota’s sold. Sales in Australia alone accounted for 1,190,750. Production in Australia commenced in 1963 while exports commenced from 1986 both of which continue today with Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion sedans. After Corolla, Camry is the company’s second best seller.
Akio Toyoda, President of the company thanked his employees across the world who have played a major role in the company reaching this historic milestone.
Read the press release below for more information.
Auto News Release
TMC Worldwide Cumulative Vehicle Production Passes 200 Million Mark
Toyota City, Japan, July 24, 2012—Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that in June its worldwide cumulative vehicle production surpassed 200 million units.
This milestone took 76 years and 11 months to reach, and began with production of the Model G1 truck in August 1935 at Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd.’s1 Automotive Department, which was spun off and later became TMC. As of the end of June, cumulative production in Japan2 totaled 145.21 million vehicles and overseas production totaled 55.12 million vehicles.
Marking the achievement, TMC 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.”
The most-produced model among Toyota-brand vehicles is the “Corolla”, of which the 11th generation was launched in Japan on May 11. Cumulative worldwide Corolla production totaled 39.08 million units as of the end of June.
Toyota Worldwide Cumulative Vehicle Production Milestones
|Milestone||Reached||Time since production of first vehicle|
(Model G1 truck)
|10 million units||January 1972||36 years, 6 months|
|50 million units||October 1985||50 years, 3 months|
|100 million units||January 1997||61 years, 6 months|
|150 million units||January 2006||70 years, 6 months|
|200 million units||June 2012||76 years, 11 months|