Toyota of Orlando takes a look at the history of the Toyota Motor Company!

Here at our Toyota dealership, we know how popular and reliable our new Toyota in Orlando are. Not only do they boast outstanding reputations for their dependability, but they also happen to be some of the best-selling vehicles in the world! This automotive company has been around for more than 75 years, which means that it's had time to perfect the vehicles they produce.  In order to see just how far our new Toyota in Orlando have come, we've delved into the history of the Toyota Motor Company!

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Dig deep to discover the rich history of the Toyota Motor Company!

The Toyota Motor Company definitely came from humble beginnings. In fact, the idea to start this automotive phenomenon began in the 1930s when creator Kiichiro Toyoda and his father started tinkering with auto engines in their home. 


Like we mentioned, Kiichiro Toyoda and his father tinkered with various auto engines before they invented their first engine in 1937. Their success was marked when the Japanese military decided to use their vehicles-specifically the new Toyota Land Cruiser. However, the automaker made its way to the United States in 1957 with Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.! Sales began the following year, with the Toyopet Crown being the first Japanese car sold on American soil.


With the creation of the Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., new Toyota started arriving all over the country! Unfortunately, the Toyopet Crown was discontinued in 1961, but this led to the increase in sales of the new Toyota Land Cruiser in Orlando. This new Toyota quickly became a hot commodity and helped the company grow in the good ol' USA. 

  • Toyota introduced the Toyota Corona in 1966, which quickly tripled the sales of the American counterpart of company to reach over 20,000 units sold.

  • The 1960s was quite the decade for Toyota-in 1968, Toyota became the best-selling import in the United States. That same year, the iconic new Toyota Corolla in Orlando was introduced. This Toyota quickly gained a positive reputation that it still holds to this date. Did you know that this new Toyota in Orlando is actually the WORLD's best-selling vehicle?

  • By 1972, Toyota had built and sold one MILLION units. Three years later, in 1975, the automaker beat out its competitors to become the best-selling import brand in the United States. 


You would think that the new Toyota Company would have reached its peak in the 1960s and 1970s, but that's not the case at all! The later part of the century was when the Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. really hit its stride in the American market.

  • Toyota opened new Toyota headquarters in Torrance, California to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 1982.

  • In 1986, Toyota began building new Toyota all over the United States in manufacturing plants in Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas (where the Orlando Toyota Tundra is made), and many other places.

  • America's best-selling vehicle, the new Toyota Camry in Orlando, was introduced in 1982, marking the beginning of the Toyota dominance in the automotive market!

  • Lexus, the luxury sister line of Toyota, was introduced in 1989. This expansion showed that the Toyota brand was capable of quickly expanding. In fact, Lexus became the number one luxury import in the United States two years after it was introduced.

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New Toyota in Orlando stay with the times


Toyota only continues to rise in fame as the years have gone by. Toyota definitely revolutionized the auto industry with more introductions.

  • In 2000, the dynamic Orlando Toyota Prius was received by drivers with high-acclaim. This Toyota hybrid in Orlando certainly set the bar for the rest of the hybrid cars in the market!

  • 2003 was another important year for Toyota. The Scion lineup was unveiled, which provides drivers the opportunity to get behind the wheel of an affordable sports car!

  • Toyota also became the number one selling automotive brand in America in 2008. For the first time, Toyota surpassed its competitors in global sales to become the world's largest automaker for the first time since its launch!

New Toyota in Orlando continue to dominate the market, due to their positive reputation! The Toyota lineup now boasts of more than 25 Orlando Toyota, and this isn't including Lexus options!

Want to know more about our new Toyota in Orlando? Visit us at 3575 Vineland Road, just off I-4 by the Millenia Mall.

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