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October 31, 1957 – Toyota establishes American headquarters
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October 31, 1957 – Toyota establishes American headquarters

Toyota began its invasion of the American car market on this day in 1957 when the company established its US headquarters in an old Rambler dealership in Hollywood, California. Executives believed that the Toyota Toyopet, also known as the Toyota Crown, would be the first choice for a second car for American families. Sales began in 1958 and they quickly discovered their small, under-powered vehicle was not the home run they hoped for. After selling just 286 of the cars and one Land Cruiser that year, Toyota was forced to reevaluate its approach to selling stateside. Above: 1957 Toyota Crowns imported to the US for demonstration and testing. Top: Toyota's Hollywood headquarters. Images via Toyota.com After a 1961 decision to discontinue the Toyopet, the Land Rover carried Toyot...

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