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Toyota hits major milestone

2012-07-25 06:45

Toyota has announced that in June 2012 its worldwide cumulative vehicle production surpassed 200 million units.

It took the Japanese automaker 76 years and 11 months to get there; as at the end of June 2012, cumulative production in Japan totaled 145.21-million while overseas production was 55.12-million vehicles. Total production of the Corolla, the most-produced Toyota model, was 39.08-million.

The story started with production of the Model G1 truck in August 1935 at the Toyoda Automotive Loom Works’ Automotive Department, later spun off to become Toyota Motor Corporation.

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Company 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."

Toyota’s milestone timeline
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

200 million units
June 2012 - 76 years, 11 months