This milestone took 76 years and 11 months to reach, and began with production of the Model G1 truck in August 1935 at Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Ltd.’s Automotive Department, which was spun off to later become TMC. As of the end of June 2012, cumulative production in Japan (including kits for overseas production) totaled 145.21 million vehicles and overseas production totaled 55.12 million units.
“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,” said TMC President Akio Toyoda.
The most-produced model among Toyota-brand vehicles is of course the Corolla, of which the 11th generation was launched in Japan in May. Cumulative worldwide Corolla production totaled 39.08 million units as of the end of June.