Two hundred million of anything is a lot, and the point here is that Toyota has built a lot of cars. The automaker announced this week that sometime in June its 200,000,000th vehicle rolled off the assembly line.

Toyota's feat took the company 76 years and 11 months. It has been in the car business since August 1935, but it wasn't until 1972 that Toyota managed to produce its first 10 million vehicles – some 36 years that were, of course, interrupted by World War II. In the past four decades, however, Toyota has grown at a tremendous rate, with its next 190 million vehicles taking just 40 years and five months. Toyota's Corolla has been its top seller, accounting for over 39 million units worldwide.

By comparison, when General Motors celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1983, it had already built over 235 million vehicles, according to General Motors: The First 75 Years of Transportation Products by the Editors of Automobile Quarterly Magazine.
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TMC Worldwide Cumulative Vehicle Production Passes 200 Million Mark

Toyota City, Japan, July 24, 2012-Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that in June its worldwide cumulative vehicle production surpassed 200 million units.

This milestone took 76 years and 11 months to reach, and began with production of the Model G1 truck in August 1935 at Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd.'s (1) Automotive Department, which was spun off and later became TMC. As of the end of June, cumulative production in Japan (2) totaled 145.21 million vehicles and overseas production totaled 55.12 million vehicles.

Marking the achievement, TMC President Akio Toyoda said: "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. We are determined to make our cars even better, to continue to give our customers the best possible product. This is the common goal of our 300,000 Toyota staff members worldwide."

The most-produced model among Toyota-brand vehicles is the "Corolla", of which the 11th generation was launched in Japan on May 11. Cumulative worldwide Corolla production totaled 39.08 million units as of the end of June.

Toyota Worldwide Cumulative Vehicle Production Milestones
Milestone, Reached, Time since production of first vehicle (Model G1 truck)
10 million units, January 1972, 36 years, 6 months
50 million units, October 1985, 50 years, 3 months
100 million units, January 1997, 61 years, 6 months
150 million units, January 2006, 70 years, 6 months
200 million units, June 2012, 76 years, 11 months


1 Now Toyota Industries Corporation
2 Includes kits for overseas assembly


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      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      200 million appliances. What an accomplishment.
        steve_macdonald
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Believe it or not, not everyone shares the same passion for cars that you do. Your (and my) obsession with the automobile is just as strange to others as their obsession with cricket or 400 year-old books probably is to us. A reliable, safe, cost-effective "appliance" is precisely what a large section of the population wants and needs -- they are not to be pitied or mocked just because they have different interests in life.
          Radioactive Flea
          • 2 Years Ago
          @steve_macdonald
          Well then, perhaps Better Homes and Garden have a website that you might enjoy.
        Myself
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Landcruiser, Celica, Supra... Those are appliances?
          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Myself
          The Celica and Supra haven't been built for years, and in the US, the Landcruiser hasn't been what it once was for the past 2 decades.
        Radwon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Appliances, toys...whatever. Call them a telephone if you want. As long as they do what we bought them to do, who really cares?
      Yaman Ahmed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every single article about Toyota has a lot of haters, no matter what the subject of the article is...It's one thing to be an ignorant fanboy but it's honestly worse to be an arrogant haterboy. Congrats Toyota on selling good reliable cars.
      Cadillacftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congrats Toyota, for building 200 million bland uninspiring cars. Here is a toast to another 200 million bland uninspiring cars in the future.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cadillacftw
        Yep those Cimmarons were pure excitement! Along with those 1980 Sevilles with the diesel implosion spec engine.
      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a lot of appliances.
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        @Keldon
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          Keldon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WMB...Oh i agree, and i'm definitely not a Toyota hater. Toyota builds some of the highest quality cars in the world...have owned two myself...an '86 MR2 and '01 Celica GTS 6M...both of which i miss. Didn't mean to offend you or any Toyota fans by my post.
          Keldon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ WMB...Nope, never said that. I was insinuating that the majority of their cars are appliances, not ALL of them. They've produced some downright awesome cars like the MR-2, Supra, Celica GTS, and now the FR-S. But your comment about ppl being smarter than me (just b/c I'm obviously not a huge fan of everything Toyota) was out of line. And yes, maybe for the majority of humans cars are simply a mode of transportation, but those on sites such as this one are typically automobile enthusiasts who want more from their cars than just A to B transportation.
      Generic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where are all the haters coming from? I know a lot of "car guys" who have weekend toys who use Toyota and Honda's to get to work in. They work, insurance and gas is cheap, they work. Did I mention, they just work? I can't remember.
        Radwon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Generic
        Good point. Just like Mac (computers)...they just work but there are still haters out there.
          moderate fringe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Radwon
          Apples to Oranges. My problem with Mac is price. Not a problem with Toyota. You want a Mac? Fine with me.
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      Andrea
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's quality not quanity that matters
        yoshiki2x
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andrea
        check this video. Quality means= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnWKz7Cthkk
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      DigitFox
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota always deliver excellent auto experience to their cars. I love this brand.
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      200 million vehicles, and not a single new innovation in any of them.
      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even if you don't like their cars, Toyota has greatly contributed to the industry by forcing their competitors to build better cars.
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        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        Then you must be really stupid. If you cant figure out why people by dependable cars that give years of service and great economy then you probably should put down your rattle and binkie and read elsewhere. What a moron.
        over9000
        • 2 Years Ago
        it's a friggin appliance. I don't understand what makes you buy a fridge, dishwasher, and a dryer.
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