It is an event 923 months in the making. Toyota surpassed 200,000,000 cars built during June.
In August 1935, the Toyoda (spelled correctly) Automatic Loom Works Ltd.’s Automotive Department produced its first vehicle, the Model G1 truck. A car followed shortly in 1936 with the Model AA sedan. Sales success was brisk for the company, but worldwide prosperity would come after WWII with cars like the Corolla, which surpassed the Volkswagen Beetle as the most sold car in the world over its ten generations.
The official count from the company is 145.21 million vehicles built in Japan, and 55.12 million in its overseas operations. Toyota operates factories in places such as United Kingdom, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Brazil, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, and Mexico. It currently operates six assembly plants across the United States.
While Toyota has been criticized lately for allowing expansion to overshadow quality, and production totals are hardly sexy, a financially healthy 77-year-old company building its 200 millionth unit is a milestone worth acknowledging.