Top 10 Odd Facts about Toyota

Toyota’s mission is to “attract and attain customers with high-valued products and services and the most satisfying ownership experience in America.” Their vision is to “”be the most successful and respected car company in America.” In many ways, they are the most successful automaker in the world. They’ve been in business since 1937.  It’s Net revenues totaled 22.0 trillion yen (US$ 216,7 billion, +18.7%) between March 2012 and March 2013.

Here are some very important facts you should know about Toyota. If you were surprised once, comment on our forum section. If you were surprised twice, share our blog on your Facebook wall. If you were surprised three times or more, write an email blast to 5 friends promoting this article. Your feedback and satisfaction is important to us. If you weren’t surprised at all, just send us your revisions for this article.

10. Toyota Corolla:

Toyota Corolla

The Corolla is Toyota’s bestselling nameplate for cars across the globe. The total number of nameplates that have been sold to date is 30 million. It’s hard to believe this because just this past month, Toyota recalled 6.39 million vehicles globally.Some vehicles were recalled for more than one problem. One such car is the Corolla.

9. Hybrid Cars:

smog Singapore

The Toyota Prius is sold in more than 70 regions and countries cross the world. Nearly 75% of all Hybrids have been sold by Toyota in the United States. That’s all surprising because the United States is also the biggest pollutant in the world. Too much of U.S.’s energy comes from dirty sources that harm our environment. In January, 2013, Toyota Motor Corp. gave their  employees face masks, offered health tips and added office plants as pollution in Beijing hit hazardous levels for a 19th day this month. They put their employee welfare first.

8. Founder’s name is Toyoda:

Eiji Toyoda

The founder of Toyota Motor Corporation’s last name is actually TOYODA. Kiichiro Toyoda, to be exact. The spelling of the company name was changed to Toyota because when it is written in Katakana (a Japanese script) it only takes 8 strokes to print, and 8 is a lucky number in Japanese culture. Toyoda served as president (founder) of the company between 1941 and 1950. He left due to declining health issues. He passed away on Mar. 27, 1952.

7. Third Largest Car Manufacturer:

Toyota Corolla Black

In the year 2011, Toyota was ranked as the third largest car manufacturer in the world, beating everyone except General Motors and Volkswagen Group. The main headquarters of Toyota is located in a three story building in Toyota. In addition to manufacturing cars, Toyota offers financial services through its Toyota Financial Services division, and also builds robots.

6. Banned from 1996 WRC:

Toyota WRC

Toyota were banned from the 1996 WRC because it created an illegal bypass of the inlet air restrictor. It was invisible during inspection, but was enough to give the Celica GT4 WRCs a huge advantage over the competition. That did not hurt Toyota’s reputation, in fact 80% of cars bought in the last 20 years are still on the road today. That says something about their long-lasting impressions.

5. Suffers from Lack of Imagination:

st Toyota cars

Toyota wasn’t too imaginative with their car names. Their first two production cars were named the AA and AB. But, who cares! It’s all about quality and not quantity. Weren’t we taught not to judge a book by its cover? Yes. No? Maybe?

4. Most Vehicles Manufactured in U.S.


Some know this, but not most: many Toyota vehicles are actually manufactured in America. Big surprise there! Most automakers take their manufacturing facilities to third world countries in order to utilize cheap labor. At least Toyota is not doing that. There is an obvious precedence of quality over quantity.

3. Charity Donations:

Toyota Charity

Toyota donates money to charity {up to $500 a year per person} for employees who log volunteer hours.

2. Toyota originally was not an automaker:

toyota robots

Toyota started by making automated looms in 1924. The profits were later used to invest in automobile production. Well, everyone has a second career? Right?

1. Spendings:

Toyota Hybrid

Toyota annually spends nearly $9 billion (more than $1 million an hour), on research and development toward cars and technologies of the future.