Notch­ing up 200 mil­lion

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -

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.

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