15 Things you didn’t know about Toyota
Our today’s luxury topic is about a well known and appreciated brand, and we hope you will enjoy these amazing facts. Here are the 15 things you didn’t know about Toyota!
Toyota is notorious for being one of the largest automobile manufacturer in the World, they made quite an impression over the years, and continue to impress us with their, some may say, Sci-Fi projects.
The company founded by Kiichiro Toyoda, had become an example of innovation and success, but it didn’t get there over night, and years after years of hard working were necessary to become what Toyota represents today.
With that said, start getting comfy and let us present you these 15 things you didn’t know about Toyota!
1.At first was called Toyoda, with a “D”
The founder of the company Kiichiro Toyoda thought that Toyota was a more popular choice, and that it was more visual appealing.
2.The idea for the Toyota cars came from the U.S.
When Kiichiro Toyoda first arrived in the U.S. in 1929, with the purpose of investigating the automobile production, he was inspired by the Dodge Power Wagon and Chevrolet.
3. The first Toyota had a modified Chevrolet engine
The first Toyota engine, produced 65 hp, which means it was 10% more powerful than the American version.
4. Toyota used the American Supermarket model for its factory organization
That means that they stopped producing more wheals or hoods than cars, and I know that sounds obvious now, but back then it was revolutionary.
5. The company was saved by the Korean War
In 1950 Toyota was on the verge of bankruptcy, and it was saved by the US who ordered 5,000 vehicles.
6. Toyota spends $1 million every hour for research
Toyota spends more on research than any other company in the World. They do that in pursuit of making better and safer cars.
7. Toyota cars are incredible durable
Approximately 80% of the cars produced 20 years ago, are now still on the road.
8. First freeway in Japan was celebrated by Toyota in a great way
When the first freeway was built in Japan, Toyota celebrated by driving 100,000 miles without any stops.
9. Toyota Corolla was a great winter car
To prepare the car for exporting it to Canada, they put it to the ultimate test, a road trip across the country in the winter of 1967.
11. Toyota Prius was a big success
When Toyota Prius was launched, it was an instant success, and in only 10 years they managed to sell over 1,000,000 units.
12. It took 450 prototypes to make the first Lexus
Even for a company of this proportion, 450 tries means a lot, but to be honest it was worth the wait.
13. There is a city named after Toyota
The city Koroma changed its name in 1959, to honor the most successful business in Japan, and the next year it became Detroit’s sister city.
14. Toyota is trying to develop a “robot partner”
That sounds pretty Sci-Fi, right? But who can stop a multi-billion company to do that? Oh, did i mention that it can play musical instruments? Because why not?
15. Toyota and BMW are working together on a new car
It is a quite an unusual collaboration, but there is no doubt that the result will be EPIC!
This concludes our today’s article, about 15 things you didn’t know about Toyota, and I hope you enjoyed it!
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