In 1934, the Toyota Motor Company produced its first product, an automobile engine in Japan, followed by a 2-seater vehicle in 1936 and called the Toyota A1.
The name was changed to Toyota in 1937.When the new company was registered, the newly formed word Toyota was trademarked at the same time.
From September of 1947, Toyota vehicles were sold using the name Toyopet. When Toyota entered the market in America in 1957, the name Toyopet was not well received as the name was linked to toys and pets.
The Toyota Motor Corporation was formed in 1982 when the Toyota Motor Company merged with Toyota Motor Sales.
In the early 80s in response to taxes and tariff relief imposed by the American government Toyota, as well as other Japanese car manufacturers, began to build manufacturing plants in the U.S.
In 1984, Toyota also entered into a joint venture with General Motors called New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. Under this venture they operated a factory in California, which had been an old GM factory.
At the end of the 1980s, Toyota launched its luxury brand, Lexus and introduced a new logo for Toyota, which is used today.
The Toyota Motor Corporation owns Toyota and Lexus, as well as Scion, Daihatsu and Hino Motors.
There are at least 70 different models of vehicles sold by Toyota - coupes, sedans, trucks, vans, crossover vehicles and hybrids.