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February 14, 1867 – The patriarch of Toyota is born
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February 14, 1867 – The patriarch of Toyota is born

Sakichi Toyoda, the “King of Japanese Inventors” and patriarch of Toyota, was born on this day in 1867 in Kosai, Shizuoka, Japan. Early in his career Toyoda invented a variety of weaving machines, including the automatic power loom, leading him to found Toyoda Automatic Loom Works. By the late 1920s Sakichi found himself supporting the plans of his son Kiichiro to develop an automobile. Unfortunately he never saw the project through to fruition, as he passed away in 1930. Sakichi ToyodaCover photo: 1936 Toyoda AA replica. The name was officially changed to Toyota in 1937. By Iwao CC BY 2.0 Kiichiro would take over the family business, establishing an automotive division in 1933. A prototype debuted just two years later. In 1937 Kiichiro organized Toyota Motor Corporation. The spell...
January 9, 1958 – Toyota and Datsun come to the USA
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January 9, 1958 – Toyota and Datsun come to the USA

On January 9, 1958, Nissan and Toyota showcased their cars in the USA for the first time at Imported Car Show in Los Angeles. While some Datsuns, Nissan’s vehicle trade name at the name, and some Toyotas came home with servicemen in the early 1950s, this was the first time that the two companies officially presented their cars to the American public. Above: Customized 1960 Datsun-1000, similar to the first Datsuns available for sale in the US. By Vetatur Fumare. Top: A right hand drive 1959 Toyopet Crown, similar to the model that debuted in LA in 1958. By Iwao The vehicles debuted included a Datsun-1000 and a Toyota Toyopet Crown. Although Toyota had opened a Hollywood dealership in October of the previous year, sales didn’t begin until after the show. Toyota found their small, un...
October 31, 1957 – Toyota establishes American headquarters
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October 31, 1957 – Toyota establishes American headquarters

Toyota began invaded the American car market on this day in 1957 when the company established its American headquarters. They set up shop in an old Rambler dealership in Hollywood, California. Executives believed that the 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, underpowered vehicle was not a hit. After selling just 286 of the cars and one Land Cruiser that year, Toyota was quick to reevaluate its approach to the American car market. Toyota's Hollywood headquarters When the Toyopet was discontinued in the US in 1961, the Land Rover carried Toyota until 1965 when it introduced the Corona. The Corona soon went viral with buyers. By July of 1967 Toyota was the ...
October 28, 1983 – Toyota unveils 3  concept cars
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October 28, 1983 – Toyota unveils 3 concept cars

The 1983 Tokyo Motor Show opened its doors to the public on this day of that year. Attendees visited under the theme "Vehicles: Past, Present, and Future.” Toyota took aim at the future component. Within their display of 51 vehicles were three concept cars that showcased studies in driver control, styling and material usage. They were the FX-1, TAC3 and SV-3, each influenced numerous models in the coming years. Toyota FX-1 concept The FX-1 offered a glimpse into the future. A digital color dash that displayed speed, RPM, fuel level and other metrics was a highlight of the car. Perhaps the most intriguing part of the vehicle was its nearly 2,000 cc, twin cam 24-valve inline six engine equipped with dual turbos and computer controlled valve timing. At low speeds the computer control s...
March 11, 2009 – Toyota announces 1 millionth hybrid sale
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March 11, 2009 – Toyota announces 1 millionth hybrid sale

Toyota, standing tall behind the Prius, was the first company to mass produce a hybrid vehicle that was successful in the United States. The Prius launched in Japan in October 1997 and made its way to America by July 2000, and over the next few years the company would launch several other hybrid models. On this day in 2009 Toyota announced that it has sold its one millionth gas-electric hybrid in the US under its six Toyota and Lexus brands. More than 700,000 of them were Priuses, which was more than half of all the Priuses sold worldwide by that time.  Above: Lexus RX 400h By derivative work: Altair78Top: First generation Toyota Prius (2000-2003) Other hybrid models sold under the Toyota umbrella at the time included the Lexus RX 400h, the world’s first hybrid luxury vehicle, ...
October 28, 1983 – Toyota unveils 3 futuristic concept cars at the Tokyo Motor Show
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October 28, 1983 – Toyota unveils 3 futuristic concept cars at the Tokyo Motor Show

The 1983 Tokyo Motor Show opened its doors to the public on this day of that year, presenting the theme "Vehicles: Past, Present, and Future.” Toyota displayed 51 vehicles in total that year, which was the shows 25th anniversary. Among them were three concept cars that showcased studies in driver control, styling and material usage. They were the FX-1, TAC3 and SV-3, each influenced numerous models in the coming years. Toyota FX-1 concept The FX-1 offered a glimpse into the future with a digital color dash that displayed speed, RPM, fuel level and more. Perhaps the most intriguing part of the vehicle was its nearly 2,000 cc, twin cam 24-valve inline six engine equipped with dual turbos and computer controlled valve timing. At low speeds the computer control system was able to shut o...
February 14, 1867 – Toyota patriarch is born
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February 14, 1867 – Toyota patriarch is born

The “King of Japanese Inventors” and patriarch or Toyota was born on this day in 1867 in Kosai, Shizuoka, Japan. Sakichi Toyoda invented a variety of weaving machines, including the automatic power loom, leading him to found Toyoda Automatic Loom Works. By the late 1920s Sakichi found himself supporting his son Kiichiro’s plans to develop an automobile but was never able to see the project through to fruition as he passed away in 1930. Kiichiro would take over the family business, establishing an automotive division in 1933 and released a prototype vehicle two years later. In 1937 a Toyota Motor Corporation was formed, changing the spelling as it was thought Toyota was a luckier name than Toyoda, and it was easier to write in Japanese characters. Toyota borrowed a lot from Detroit automake...