The history of our company began in 1937 with the founding of the Toyota Motor Co. Ltd. But did you know the original Toyoda business was in textile weaving in the late 19th century?

Where do we come from

Sakichi Toyoda’s success in developing automatic loom technology provided a sound commercial foundation for his son Kiichiro to pursue his dream of making vehicles, inspired by the new mass-production methods he saw in Europe and the USA. Today we have grown to become one of the world’s largest and best-known automobile manufacturing businesses. We employ more than 340,000 people and make vehicles in factories on every continent. Our cars and trucks are sold in more than 160 countries and territories.

Throughout our expansion we have remained true to the philosophy that is at the heart of our corporate culture. Our aim is to help build a more prosperous society with a business that values respect and fairness and which grows in harmony with the global community. We strive to enhance the quality of people’s lives by using our skills and advanced technologies to create great new products and services.

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Meet our President

Akio Toyoda became our President and CEO in 2009. A grandson of Kiichiro Toyoda, he represents another generation of the family which founded Toyota Motor Corporation.

He joined the business in 1984 as an entry level employee, having gained a degree in law in Japan and master’s degree in business administration in the USA. He has international experience of every phase of our automotive operations. He has been on our board of directors since 2000 and became a senior managing director in 2003.

As a board director, Mr Toyoda created and supervised the setting up and operation of gazoo.com, establishing new online channels for marketing goods and services to customers. From 2005 he was an executive vice president and a representative director with responsibilities including IT (he headed the development of the web-based, integrated e-Toyota business stream) integrated transport systems, quality and production management. He has also played a pivotal role in the development of Toyota’s activities in China, in his role as Chief Officer of the company’s China Operations Center and, later, the China Operations Group.

His leadership reflects his great passion for cars and the joy to be had from driving, both on the road and the race track. He is an enthusiastic and experienced racing driver himself and an inspiring force in our commitment to create ever better cars for our customers.

More than cars

We are world-famous for making vehicles, but did you know Toyota has many other manufacturing and business activities?

These include making and selling boats and marine engines and producing fork-lift trucks and other industrial equipment. We have been building houses since 1975, developing new building techniques and setting up condominium and rental housing projects as well. The Toyota Housing Corporation was set up in 2004 as a separate company.

We do pioneering work in biotechnology and agriculture, including research into growing sustainable plant-based products we can use in our manufacturing processes as a more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional plastics.

Initiatives that support our commitment to protecting the environment and being a responsible business include forest planting schemes in China to prevent land from turning to desert.

Toyota Financial Services provides financial products to help millions of customers worldwide purchase or lease their vehicle. In Japan, this area of our business also provides other facilities such as home loans and credit cards.

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