In an announcement released earlier this week, Toyota revealed that its cumulative vehicle production total has surpassed 200 million units. Toyota claims the vehicle that helped the company reach this important milestone was produced sometime during June.
Seventy six years ago, it was known as The Automotive Department Of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Ltd during its first years of operation formally began vehicle production in 1935 with the Model G1. The G1 was designed to be a simple work truck. The G1 was 20 ft long and could haul up to 1.5 tons of cargo, which was a healthy amount for vehicles of the period. The Model G1 was progressively upgraded during its production run before it was finally replaced by the BM series truck in 1947. In the years since those first G1s rumbled their way off the assembly line, Toyota has transformed itself from a small local car maker into one of the largest automakers in the world.
“I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to our customers the world over who made it possible for us to reach this milestone,” Toyota president Akio Toyoda said. “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.”
It is interesting to note that even though the Model G1 truck was the vehicle that helped Toyota break into the automobile business, the company’s best seller is the Toyota Corolla compact which has sold over 39 million units during its lengthy production run – a run that continues today.