Toyota has reached yet another production milestone, confirming it has now manufactured over 300 million vehicles globally.
This latest milestone was reached 88 years and two months after the Japanese carmaker produced its first vehicle – the Toyoda (later Toyota) G1 truck – in August 1935.
To the end of September 2023, Toyota has manufactured 180.5 million vehicles at its domestic production facilities in Japan, as well as 119.6 million vehicles abroad at other facilities.
This latter figure includes the 3.45 million vehicles produced in Australia from 1963 until 2017.
The Japanese carmaker claims the model with the highest total production is the Corolla series of vehicles, including the high-riding Corolla Cross, which until to the end of September 2023 has a cumulative global production of 53.4 million.
This means almost 20 per cent, or one in five, of the 300 million vehicles Toyota has produced was a Corolla of some variety.
“This history did not just start when they built the first car,” said Toyota chairman and master driver Akio Toyoda.
“The founding members repeatedly tried and failed, continually building prototypes, and their efforts led to the Toyota of today.
“Toyota has faced danger time and again to this point. Each time, what has saved us are the customers who love Toyota cars.
“I think the number of cars tells the stories of our customers, and the customers who have chosen Toyota cars to be their partners through their own stories are what allow us to continue making cars to this day.
“I am grateful from the bottom of my heart. I love cars, too, and we will carry on making cars, one by one and with care, along with all our car-loving colleagues.”
Toyota has been the top-selling carmaker in Australia for the 20 years in a row and looks set to be at the top of the sales charts yet again this year.
The Toyota HiLux ute has also been Australia’s best-selling car since 2015, according to the VFACTS industry data, though it has been fighting for the top position over the last few years with the Ford Ranger.