It may have taken 76 years and 11 months, but Japanese automotive juggernaut Toyota has produced over 200 million vehicles worldwide.
The milestone was reached last month, after the company had cumulatively sold 145.21 vehicles in Japan and 55.12 million cars in export markets. To help put that into perspective, Toyota sold 1,644,660 units last year in the U.S., and it has already moved 1,046,096 cars through the first half of this year. The grand total for North American production since it started in 1984? Roughly 25 million. The very first car ever built by Toyota is the Model G1 pictured above, which rolled off the Toyoda Automatic Looms Works' automotive department assembly line back in 1935.
With the announcement, Toyota president Akio Toyoda relayed a heartfelt message about the accomplishment: "I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to our customers the world over who made it possible for us to reach this milestone. 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."
Unsurprisingly, the Toyota Corolla is the most-built nameplate within the brand. The first Corolla went on sale way back in 1966; last year, Toyota sold an impressive 240,259 copies in the U.S., the automaker's second-best-selling car here. Toyota's first car in the States was the 1957 Toyopet Crown.