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by Adam Lynton
Major milestone reached in June after almost 77 years of production.
There's little question that Toyota has made a whole lot of cars. But just how many, exactly? 200,000,000. That's a whole lot of zeros, and it took Toyota nearly 77 years to get there. The first Model G1 truck rolled off the line in 1935 at Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd, which later became the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). Over the years Toyota has become extraordinarily efficient at building cars. It took over 61 years to produce its first 100 million, and only 15 years to double that.
Of those 200 million vehicles, 145.21 million were built in Japan, and 55.12 million were made overseas. Since 1992, 7.44 million units have been produced at its European facilities in the UK, Czech Republic, Russia, Portugal, Turkey and France. Pictured here are some of the most exciting cars from Toyota's history. "I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to our customers the world over who made it possible for us to reach this milestone," said TMC President Akio Toyoda. "I also have the most profound respect and gratitude for the efforts of all persons who were involved in developing, manufacturing, and marketing Toyota and Lexus vehicles over the years."
To put the unfathomable figure into perspective, consider that, on average, amounts to 7,123 cars built every day, or five every minute - although today's output would be considerably higher taking into account its production rate today compared to when it started 76 years and eleven months ago. Although Toyota did not (and probably could not) pin-point exactly which car was its 200,000,000th, it did identify the Corolla as the best-selling nameplate in its history. As of the end of June, worldwide production of the phenomenally popular sedan - now in its eleventh generation - totaled 39.08 million units... and counting.