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Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese automotive manufacturer headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan.

In March 2014 the multinational corporation consisted of 338,875 employees worldwide and, as of November 2014, is the eleventh-largest company in the world by revenue. Toyota was the largest automobile manufacturer in 2012 (by production) ahead of the Volkswagen Group and General Motors.

In July of that year, the company reported the production of its 200-millionth vehicle. Toyota is the world’s first automobile manufacturer to produce more than 10 million vehicles per year. It did so in 2012 according to OICA and in 2013 according to company data.

As of July 2014, Toyota was the largest listed company in Japan by market capitalization (worth more than twice as much as #2-ranked SoftBank) and by revenue The company was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937 as a spinoff from his father’s company Toyota Industries to create automobile.

Three years earlier, in 1934, while still a department of Toyota Industries, it created its first product, the Type A engine, and, in 1936, its first passenger car, the Toyota AA. Toyota Motor Corporation produces vehicles under 5 brands, including the Toyota brand, Hino, Lexus, Ranz, and Scion. It also holds a 51.2% stake in Daihatsu, a 16.66% stake in Fuji Heavy Industries, a 5.9% stake in Isuzu, a 3.58% stake in the Yamaha Motor Company,[ and a 0.27% stake in Tesla, as well as joint-ventures with two in China (GAC Toyota and Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor), one in India (Toyota Kirloskar), one in the Czech Republic (TPCA), along with several “nonautomotive” companies.

TMC is part of the Toyota Group, one of the largest conglomerates in the world.

DRAMA AS STAGE 9 OF DAKAR 2016 IS SHORTENED

BELÉN, ARGENTINA – Extremely hot temperatures, reaching nearly 50 degrees Celsius, plagued Stage 9 of the 2016 Dakar Rally. As a result, the stage was shortened to just 90 km for the cars and trucks, while the motorcycles completed the full 285 km-long route. For Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, the stage again brought mixed results, […]

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Wednesday January 13, 2016

DAKAR 2016 – MIXED FORTUNES FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA ON DAKAR 2016 STAGE 8

BELÉN, ARGENTINA –  Stage 8 of Dakar 2016 brought mixed results for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, though all three Toyota Hilux race vehicles made it safely through the tough, 393

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Wednesday January 13, 2016

FRUSTRATION FOR THE TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM AS DAKAR 2016 STAGE 1GETS CANCELLED

VILLA CARLOS PAZ, ARGENTINA – Stage 1 of the 2016 Dakar Rally turned into a non-event, when the organisers were forced to cancel the 258km-long racing section due to heavy

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Wednesday January 13, 2016

DAKAR 2016 – GINIEL DE VILLIERS UP TO SECOND PLACE ON DAKAR 2016

JUJUY, ARGENTINA – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz pushed hard on Stage 3 of Dakar 2016, to move into second place in the overall standings. The stage, which took place on January 5th, saw the crews relocate from Termas de Río Hondo to the town of Jujuy, in […]

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Wednesday January 13, 2016

DAKAR 2016 – POULTER MOVES UP TO 4TH OVERALL ON DAKAR 2016

TAJITA, BOLIVIA – As the support crews and staff relocated to the Bolivian town of Tajita on January 6th, the competitors in Dakar 2016 tackled Stage 4 – a 429 km loop at altitudes peaking over 4,000 m. Not only that, but Stage 4 was also a marathon stage, which means that the crews will […]

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Wednesday January 13, 2016

DAKAR 2016 – TOYOTA GAZOO RACING UNDER PRESSURE AT HIGH ALTITUDE

UYUNI, BOLIVIA – The high altitudes of Stage 5 of Dakar 2016 placed the crews of Toyota Gazoo Racing SA under extreme pressure, not only because of the performance differences between the normally aspirated V8-powered Toyota Hilux’s engines, but also because of the strain the rapid rise to heights over 4,300 meters placed on their […]

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Wednesday January 13, 2016

DAKAR 2016 – POWER PERFORMANCE BY YAZEED KEEPS TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA IN THE DAKAR FIGHT

UYUNI, BOLIVIA – It was another high altitude stage on Dakar 2016, as the crews tackled the 542 km Stage 6. For Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, the extreme altitudes of Bolivia’s high planes made it challenging to compete with the turbo-charged cars in the field. Even so Yazeed al Rajhi and navigator Timo Gottschalk (#305) […]

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Wednesday January 13, 2016

DAKAR 2016 – TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA IN TOP TEN AS DAKAR 2016 REACHES MIDPOINT

SALTA, ARGENTINA – Stage 7 of Dakar 2016 brought to an end not only the race’s foray into Bolivia, but also a series of high-altitude stages that did not suit the naturally aspirated V8 petrol engines of the Toyota Hilux race vehicles. Even so, all three Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s crews are in the top […]

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Wednesday January 13, 2016

TOYOTA DAKAR 2016 GAZOO RACING SOUTH AFRICA SAFELY IN SOUTH AMERICA

CAMPANA, ARGENTINA – The Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa team arrived safely on location in South America, and have been progressing well with preparations for Dakar 2016. The team also completed a shakedown of the three competing Toyota Hilux vehicles, confirming that they are ready to tackle the world’s toughest motorsport event, which starts on […]

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Saturday January 2, 2016

TOYOTA SOUTH AFRICA HOLDS CAR SALES MOMENTUM FOR MARKET LEADERSHIP

Toyota makes it 11 out of 11 months of sales success for 2015  Hilux #1 LCV for 2015  Marked increase shown for newly launched models Toyota South Africa Motors signed off the second last month of 2015 with another month of unstoppable market leadership, making it 11 out of the 11 months to date. Toyota […]

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Wednesday December 2, 2015

TOYOTA STARTS NEW DREAM CAR CONTEST

If you have a wild imagination, an overload of creativity and are under 15 years old, then Toyota South Africa Motors is looking for you. If you like to draw, then you should enter the 10th annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. The contest runs from 15 November 2015 to 1 March 2016. The Toyota […]

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Tuesday December 1, 2015

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA CONCLUDES PRE-DAKAR TESTING

  With the start of the 2016 Dakar Rally coming inexorably closer, Toyota Gazoo Racing SA wrapped up their pre-race testing last week. The purpose of the final test session was to sign off on a number of suspension setups and smaller details, and to lock down the configuration of the latest generation Toyota Hilux […]

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Tuesday December 1, 2015

TOYOTA RAV4 – RELOADED AND REFRESHED FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS

  Revised exterior styling with LED lights front and rear Host of interior upgrades and improved interior quality New convenience features for all models New safety and security system across the range New exterior colours added to the range Since the launch of the original RAV4 in South Africa in 1995 (it is hard to […]

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Tuesday December 1, 2015

Toyota Hilux Dakar Rally 2016

THE VEHICLE: EVOLUTION OF THE RACE TOYOTA HILUX “A race vehicle is never finished – you keep evolving it until the flag drops, then you make the best of what you have at that point.” – Glyn Hall, Team Principal: Toyota Gazoo Racing SA

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Friday November 13, 2015

Toyota South Africa Dakar Rally 2016 Team Members

THE TEAM: EXPERIENCE AND SPEED The Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team for the 2016 Dakar Rally consists of three crews. Each of the pairings have proven themselves in the past, and there can be no doubt of the talent and commitment of the six men who will pilot the latest evolution of the South African […]

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Friday November 13, 2015

THE DAKAR RALLY: DAKAR 2016 AND TOYOTA

THE RACE: DAKAR AND TOYOTA The Dakar Rally is one of the greatest races on earth. It all started in 1977, when the founder of the race, Frenchman Thierry Sabine, got lost in the Ténéré Desert while competing in the Abidjan-Nice Rally. By the following year, the Paris-Dakar was born, and 182 vehicles competed in […]

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Friday November 13, 2015

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA ALL SET TO TACKLE 2016 DAKAR RALLY

Toyota SA Motors is pleased to announce the team that will tackle to 2016 Dakar Rally, which takes place from January 2nd to 16th in Argentina and Bolivia. The race, often billed as the toughest motorsport event in the world, will see three race Toyota Hilux vehicles from South Africa take part under the new […]

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Friday November 13, 2015

TOYOTA C-HR CONCEPT HINTS AT NEW SMALL SUV

Toyota’s global reveal of a second C-HR Concept vehicle signifies the commitment to produce an all-new, stylish, lightweight and dynamic SUV to compete in the segment below its popular RAV4.

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Wednesday September 16, 2015

Toyota Aygo makes its Mark

The all-new edgy Toyota Aygo made its first local public appearance before a crowd of 18 000 at the Red Bull X-Fighters event held at the Union Buildings in Tshwane on Saturday, 12 September.

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Tuesday September 15, 2015

New Toyota Prius – Future of Mobility

Striking exterior design ushers in new hybrid era New platform and rear double wishbone suspension dial up driving dynamics Ten percent fuel economy improvement on core models; highest MPG without a plug First vehicle based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture Toyota Safety Sense system available among other safety enhancements

Gerald Ferreira

Published : Wednesday September 9, 2015

TOYOTA TAKES POLE POSITION IN AUGUST SALES RACE

The Toyota Hilux remains SA’s best-selling vehicle year-to-date, pipping its closest rival to the post by 156 units thanks to another impressive retail performance in August. The rugged, dual-purpose workhorse marked a significant milestone by recording the second-highest sales (2449) for a single model this past month.

Johann Verster

Published : Wednesday September 2, 2015

Scene set for thrilling final quarter to the 2015 SA National Rally championship

With the two leading protagonists in the battle for top honours in the 2015 National Rally Championship for all intent and purposes level-pegged at the top of the leader board, the scene is set for a thrilling final two tests in the series.

Johann Verster

Published : Monday August 24, 2015

TOYOTA MIRAI ARRIVES IN THE UK – First shipment of fuel cell vehicles to Europe

Toyota has taken another step towards a hydrogen-powered future with the arrival of the first Mirai fuel cell vehicles at its import centre at Portbury, near Bristol last week. The cars are part of the first consignment to reach Europe, ahead of Mirai’s official launch in September.

Johann Verster

Published : Wednesday August 12, 2015

The all-new, bolder Toyota Fortuner bows in

Redefining freedom, the all-new Toyota Fortuner makes its much-anticipated global debut. New Fortuner eschews a purely utilitarian presence for cool new styling, an additional helping of luxury features and a refined drive, while still epitomising strength and genuine all-terrain capability.

Johann Verster

Published : Thursday July 16, 2015

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