Notching up 200 million
TOYOTA recently announced production of its 200-millionth vehicle – a milestone reached in June after 76 years and 11 months.
Placed end to end, the 200 million vehicles would stretch around the equator more than 22 times, using the 4.545m Corolla sedan as an average.
The first official Toyota was a Model G1 truck produced in August 1935 by Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Ltd’s automotive department, which was spun off and later became TMC.
It took TMC more than 50 years to produce its first 50 million vehicles – a milestone passed when Bob Hawke was Prime Minister in 1985. The pace of production has quickened rapidly with the second 50 million taking just more than 11 years and a further nine years to raise the total to 150 million. The most recent 50 million were produced in a mere six years and five months at a rate of one vehicle almost every four seconds.
Toyota has produced 145 million vehicles in Japan and 55 million in other countries, including Australia.
The company’s most popular car in Australia and the world is the Corolla, which accounts for about one out of every five Toyotas ever sold. It has been the bestselling new-car brand in Australia for the past nine years and is leading so far in 2012.