The Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has this week announced that it has produced its 200 millionth vehicle.
No particular vehicle has been identified as the 200 millionth however, and that's fair; the company currently produces approximately 30,300 vehicles per day, or 1263 vehicles per hour.
And, with Toyota's manufacturing operations spread across 26 countries and regions, the actual 200 millionth vehicle would be a trick to pinpoint.
As a comparison, first-quarter 2012 results show that Toyota’s nearest rivals, General Motors and the Volkswagen Group, are producing 1041 and 986 vehicles per hour respectively.
Toyota has hit the 200 million sales mark in just 76 years and 11 months after producing its first vehicle, the Model G1 truck, in August 1935. Incidentally, just 20 examples were produced that year.
The first 100 million vehicles took 61.5 years to produce, with Toyota’s recent momentum evident in the 15.5 subsequent years it has taken to produce the second 100 million.
"I have the most profound respect and gratitude for the efforts of all persons who were involved in developing, manufacturing and marketing Toyota vehicles over the years," TMC president Akio Toyoda said recently.
The carmaker's most successful nameplate has been the Corolla, which has sold more than 39 million units globally to date.1.2 million of these Corollas have been sold to Australians.
TMC statistics show that Australians have a particular taste for its cars, with our 0.32 percent of the world’s population accounting for 2.77 percent of Toyota's total global production.
Toyota has been the best selling brand on the Australian market for the past nine years, and in 2012 has sold nearly twice as many vehicles as its nearest rival Holden (106,035 vs 56,183 to the end of June).
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